Georgia Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
Even a minor spinal cord injury (SCI) can cause great discomfort and limited mobility, impacting one's ability to perform everyday tasks. Those who suffer more serious damage to their spine often end up having to deal with the repercussions for a lifetime. In fact, many never return to the life of normalcy they once had. Although medical technology has progressed rapidly over recent years, researchers are still struggling to find a solution for SCI. It is truly one of the most devastating injuries an individual can suffer.
If you have been inflicted with SCI in an accident caused by another party, you have the right to pursue compensation for all related damages. The experienced Georgia personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. can help you negotiate a full and fair settlement that'll cover past and future medical treatments, rehabilitation, lost wages, and more. If a trial becomes necessary, we will fight aggressively in court to defend your claim. If you have any questions regarding your SCI claim case, please call us today at (404) 995-3955 for a free consultation.
What are the Different Types of Spinal Cord Injury?
The spinal cord is essentially a collection of many, many nerves, numbering in the millions. It is only about 18 inches long and about as wide as average human thumbs. In spite of its relatively small size, it is a vastly complex structure that is absolutely essential to the body's many functions. Think of it as the primary information highway that allows the passage of signals from our brain to our body and vice versa. The spinal column, made of 33 bones called vertebrae, cover the spinal cord, shielding it from damage.
The effects of an injury depend on its location and severity. The various types of SCI include the following:
- Cervical Spinal Cord Injury: Affects eight vertebrae in the top region of the spinal column. May result in paralysis or weakness in limbs, a condition referred to as quadriplegia or tetraplegia.
- Thoracic Spinal Cord Injury: Affects 12 vertebrae in the top-middle region of the spinal column. May result in paralysis or weakness of the legs. May also adversely affect bowel, bladder, and sexual function.
- Lumbar Spinal Cord Injury: Affects five vertebrae in the lower-middle region of the spinal column. May result in paralysis or weakness of the legs, a condition known as paraplegia.
- Sacral Spinal Cord Injury: Affects five vertebrae in the lower region of the spinal column. May adversely affect bowel, bladder, and sexual function. Can also cause paralysis or weakness of the legs or hips.
What are the Long-Term Consequences of a Spine Injury?
Since SCIs tend to result in partial or complete paralysis of different parts of the body, a victim may have to endure extended periods of rehabilitation or therapy along with surgery. He or she may also suffer great emotional and mental struggle in the aftermath, making mental health treatment necessary for recovery. Depression and anxiety is not uncommon amongst SCI victims.
The expenses involved in the recovery process can be extremely high; a six-figure estimate is not unreasonable. Even with medical insurance, a victim may spend the majority of their life paying off bill after bill. However, if the victim's injuries were caused by another party, he or she may pursue financial compensation by filing a claim.
Providing Compassionate Representation
A spinal cord injury can radically change your life or the life of someone you love. Georgia law protects the rights of those who suffer from spinal cord injuries, including the right to seek compensation from any negligent parties. The experienced Atlanta lawyers at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. can help you understand and protect your legal rights after an injury. Contact us today to learn more.