Recovering from a Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury can impact your ability to live the type of life you want to live. These injuries often require lengthy medical care and rehabilitation, and leave victims with a trail of unanswered questions: Will I be able to keep doing the things I love to do? Will I walk again? Will I work again?
Spinal cord injuries can have life-changing repercussions, but the lawyers at Tipp Coburn & Associates PC in Missoula, MT, can help. With over 130 years of combined legal experience, we can identify the responsible party and help you collect maximum compensation for your injury.
Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries
Between 245,000 and 353,000 Americans live with a spinal cord injury and an estimated 17,500 new spinal cord injuries occur every year. While the average life expectancy for victims has increased in recent decades, it remains much lower than the general population.
While the statistics alone are alarming, they do not capture the despair of the individual victims. These injuries can have a lasting impact on a victim’s psychological and social well-being. Whether the complications are cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, or mobility-related, they can significantly reduce the quality and length of a person's life.
Common Causes and Long-Term Effects
Motor vehicle accidents are the top reason for spinal cord injuries. Other common causes include acts of violence, sports injuries, slip and fall accidents, and workplace accidents.
Spinal cord injury victims sometimes experience symptoms immediately. Other times they may not experience symptoms for days or weeks. That is why it is important to promptly seek medical treatment if you have been in an auto accident. By doing so, you will increase your chances of catching potential injuries early.
Spinal cord injuries have life-changing consequences.
Victims often lose sensation in their extremities, and the ability to control their muscle movement. Paralysis in the limbs, trunk, and pelvic organs are also common. The location and nature of the injury impacts which muscles are affected, and how extensive the damage is. In addition to these physical effects, a spinal cord injury can cause devastating emotional damage, as well. It can impact the type of lifestyle a person leads, their financial situation, and relationships with family and friends.
Damages You Can Expect
Spinal cord injuries have life-changing consequences. Tasks that were once routine can become challenging, and victims often require ongoing medical assistance, therapy, and rehabilitation. A lawsuit can help you cover:
- Medical costs: These include past, current, and future medical costs resulting from surgeries, treatments, medications, and rehabilitation.
- Lost wages: If you missed work or can no longer work because of your injury, you could receive compensation to cover your lost wages.
- Pain and suffering: Because these injuries can have a profound impact on your emotional well-being, relationships with friends and family, and ability to pursue hobbies, the court will sometimes award additional money to compensate for this.
At Tipp Coburn & Associates PC, we help ease the financial burden of spinal cord injury victims by helping them recover damages for:
Why Hiring an Expert Personal Injury Attorney is Essential
If you sustain a spinal cord injury in an auto accident, you will need to prove the other driver was at fault. This requires looking into many factors, such as how fast the other car was going and whether or not the driver was distracted. Dealing with this on top of the physical and emotional consequences of the injury is often too much for any one person to handle.
Our personal injury attorneys know how to identify who was at fault and lay out the facts clearly. We know how to use expert testimony from medical professionals to strengthen your case. We leave no stone unturned and fight to secure every penny you are owed.
Fight for the Compensation You Deserve
While we may not be able to cure your injury, we can help you secure compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Do not hesitate to contact a law firm that cares and gets results. Contact us online or call (406) 549-5186 today to schedule a free consultation.
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