Spinal cord injury can happen to anyone in any number of ways. Young males between the ages of 16 and 30 are the most common victims. Males of all ages make up the majority of spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injury is devastating and is often progressive in nature. It is possible to have spinal cord damage and not be immediately aware of that fact. As swelling and inflammation increase so does the damage to the spinal cord. Injuries to the head, neck, and back may ultimately result in spinal cord injury. The immediate symptoms can range from mild, vague sensory changes to paralysis
If you have suffered trauma to the head, neck or back, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention. Emergency medical care can minimize damage to your spinal cord. In addition, you must contact a Texas spinal cord injury attorney as soon as feasibly possible. Our attorneys are seasoned experts in spinal cord injury. We are a San Antonio injury law firm with offices in San Antonio, Brownsville, and McAllen. We know that you are likely facing a lifetime of challenges, and we will investigate your accident, determine liability and hold the negligent accountable.
When you are dealing with something as serious as a spinal cord injury, seek help from a trusted San Antonio personal injury law firm. At the Villarreal & Begum, LAW GUNS, we are dedicated to helping those injured due to another person’s negligence.
Spinal cord injury cases often involved large settlement amounts. Because of this, the defendant (along with their insurance carriers in legal teams) will work to reduce the amount of money they have to payout. Your San Antonio spinal cord injury attorney will thoroughly investigate the incident by:
Until a spinal cord injury affects a person or someone they love, these incidents seem remote. However, the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) tells us that there are currently estimated to be around 288,000 people living with spinal cord injuries in the United States.
The average age that a person sustained the spinal cord injury has increased over the last few decades and is currently at 43 years old. Approximately 78% of all new spinal cord injury cases happen to males.
The NSCISC Says that around 30% of people who sustained spinal cord injuries are re-hospitalized one or more times in any given year following their injury. Those who sustain these injuries are more likely to be affected by other diseases, including those to the respiratory, digestive, circulatory, and musculoskeletal systems.
The spinal cord is the messenger for the body. Nerve impulses travel from your spinal cord throughout the rest of your body. If the spinal cord is damaged, the nerve impulses do not have a clear conduit to the rest of the body. Different portions of the spinal cord activate different parts of the body; therefore, symptoms will vary depending on the location of your injury. Generally, all of the nerve impulses above the area of damage remain intact. After a spinal cord injury, you will be dealing with major medical concerns. You will be completely overwhelmed and will need the help of a Texas spinal cord injury attorney.
Spinal cord injuries are sudden and can happen to anyone at any time. Some of the most common causes are:
One of the most common types of injuries in car crashes is back injury. Back injuries range from minor to severe. Unfortunately, even a small back injury can be excruciating. After a serious car crash, victims might suffer from broken bones or herniated discs. Your movement can be limited, and you may be in constant pain. Below, we’ll discuss how you should handle your back injury when making your insurance claim.
If your back was injured due to an auto collision, it is essential to show your injury was the result of your crash. In order to get your claim paid, you’ll have to work with your lawyer to build your case. The first place to start is with your doctor. Doctors have the education and experience to determine if your injury was the result of a crash. Once a doctor learns more about your case, they will be able to demonstrate how it was caused in the collision. The next important step is gathering past medical records. If you’ve never had issues with your back before, this will strengthen your case. If you did have back issues before the crash, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a case. This is especially true if the collision made your injury worse. The Villarreal and Begum Law Group understands that each case is unique. Gathering your current and past medical records will help show how your injury was caused, and the extent of that injury.
Gathering and reviewing MRIs and x-rays will also be important in proving your case. What’s also important is showing how the damage to your vehicle matches up with your back pain. For example, if your car was totaled, it will most likely be easy to show how this massive impact affected you. However, each case is different. Your best bet is to get an experienced car accident attorney and come up with a strategy. Contact our office today to discuss your case in a free consultation.
Spinal cord injury falls into two basic categories, complete (total loss of nerve conduction) and incomplete (partial loss of nerve conduction). Resulting symptoms depend on location and degree of damage. They include:
Our spinal cord injury attorneys at Villarreal & Begum have successfully helped others like you get the help and compensation you are entitled to. Whether you are dealing with a negligent party or an insurance company, we are prepared and have the resources to act as your advocate. Not only will you need immediate help, but you will probably need ongoing care for the rest of your life.
In the days following a spinal cord injury, you will come to realize the changes that have occurred in your life. Depending on the location and severity of the damage, you may be confined to a wheelchair or be a quadriplegic with very little use of your body. You may not be able to breathe on your own. Regardless, your life will go on. With long term rehabilitation and both medical and personal assistance, your life can become the best it can be.
Much of what follows and the future quality of your life will depend on the assistance of a Texas spinal cord injury attorney. We will utilize our many resources to investigate your accident, assist in getting medical care, determine liability and get the maximum compensation you are allowed and deserve. We know the challenges you face now and in your future. It is our desire to assist in getting the help you need to protect your rights and your future. We love what we do and want to help you get all that you are entitled to.
If you or somebody you care about that sustained a spinal cord injury that was caused by the negligent or careless actions of another person, contact an attorney today. The Villarreal & Begum, LAW GUNS Has the experience necessary to pursue the compensation you are entitled to. We will work diligently to secure:
The total costs of these injuries vary depending on a variety of factors, including the severity of the injury. The NSCISC says that the first year of medical costs for these injuries can range from $359,000 to over $1.1 million, with each subsequent year of medical costs ranging from $43,000 to $191,000.
If you or a loved one has a spinal cord injury, do not try to go it alone. You can’t depend on the attorneys representing the negligent parties or the insurance companies to have your best interests at heart. The very nature of what they do is to attempt to limit the liability for their client, meaning less money and less help for you. You are not their client. They do not work to protect you. Call the Villarreal & Begum, LAW GUNS today for your free consultation and evaluation of your claim.