When to hire a lawyer for a spinal cord injury?
If you or a loved one has a spinal cord injury, an attorney can help you receive financial compensation to cover the numerous expenses involved. Although every case is different, our attorneys have recovered millions for those suffering from spinal cord injuries. Call our spinal cord injury attorneys at 254-753-6437 to discuss your matter.
Damages in a Spinal Cord Injury Case?
Numerous expenses occur while caring for a spinal cord-injured person; some of which you may not even realize at first. Financial compensation awarded in a court focuses on expenses like:
- Medical care throughout the person’s life
- Caregivers at home
- Counseling and Psychiatric care
- Lost wages
- Expenses not covered by existing health insurance
- Travel expenses for medical care
- Various support services for the injured person’s family
- Funeral expenses
A qualified spinal cord injury lawyer will help you get compensation for these expenses and others related to your injury. If you are considering seeking compensation, be sure to keep all receipts for expenses related to your injury, as well as all of your medical records.
Many people worry that they will have to spend hours in court if they file a personal injury or wrongful death suit, but the lawyer will take care of most of this. Your prime role when you file such a suit is to provide detailed, accurate information to your attorney. He or she will handle the rest of the case.
We will work with medical experts, certified life care planners and economists to determine the exact nature of your spinal cord injury and the anticipated life time costs. Then we will aggressively pursue full compensation for the damages you have suffered, including pain and suffering; current and future medical expenses; physical, occupational and vocational rehabilitation; lost income and loss of future earning capacity; property damage and more.
Spinal Cord Injury in Waco, Temple or Killeen
Spinal cord injury involves damage to the nerves within the spinal canal; most SCIs are caused by trauma to the vertebral column, thereby affecting the spinal cord’s ability to send and receive messages from the brain to the body’s systems that control sensory, motor and autonomic function below the level of injury.
After injury, nerve cells, or neurons, of the peripheral nervous system (PNS), which carry signals to the limbs, torso, and other parts of the body, are able to repair themselves. Injured nerves in the CNS, however, are not able to regenerate.
Nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord respond to trauma and damage differently than most other cells of the body, including those in the PNS. The brain and spinal cord are confined within bony cavities that protect them, but this also renders them vulnerable to compression damage caused by swelling or forceful injury. Cells of the CNS have a very high rate of metabolism and rely upon blood glucose for energy – these cells require a full blood supply for healthy functioning. CNS cells are particularly vulnerable to reductions in blood flow (ischemia).
Treatment for spinal cord injuries in Waco, Temple & Killeen?
Treatment for spinal cord injuries can be divided into to two stages: acute and rehabilitation. The acute phase begins at the time of injury, and lasts until the person is stabilized. The rehabilitation phase begins as soon as the person has stabilized and is ready to begin working toward his or her independence.
The Acute Phase
During the acute phase, it is very important that the person receive prompt medical care. The faster the person accesses treatment, the better his or her chances are at having the least amount of impairment possible.
The first few days of the acute stage are accompanied by spinal shock, in which the person’s reflexes don’t work. During this stage, it’s very difficult to determine an exact prognosis, as some function beyond what is currently being seen may occur later. At this stage other complications from the accident or injury will also be present, such as brain injury, broken bones, or bruising.
The Rehabilitation Phase
Once the acute phase is over and the person has been stabilized, he or she enters the rehabilitation stage of treatment. Treatment during this phase has the goal of returning as much function as possible to the person. Because all spinal cord injuries are different, a unique plan designed to help the person function and succeed in everyday life is designed. The plan often includes:
- Helping the person understand his or her injuries
- Helping the person understand the details regarding his or her care
- Helping the person become as independent as possible in everyday activities such as bathing, eating, dressing, grooming, and wheelchair use
- Helping the person learn to accept a new lifestyle, especially pertaining to sexual, recreational, and housing options
- Helping the person learn how to instruct caregivers in how to assist them
- Preparing them for vocational rehabilitation
- In most cases, rehabilitation occurs at an approved and accredited spinal cord injury treatment center.
Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys in Waco, Temple & Killeen
Dunnam & Dunnam personal injury lawyers are experienced in handling claims involving spinal cord injuries. Waco, Temple & Killeen brain injury attorneys at Dunnam & Dunnam can be contacted at 254-753-6437. The Temple, Killeen & Waco spinal cord injury attorneys at Dunnam & Dunnam include:
- Vance Dunnam
- Jim Dunnam
- Thomas C. West
- Merrilee Harmon
- Christie Ryan
- Andrea Michelle Mehta
- Eleeza Johnson
Call our Central Texas spinal cord injury attorneys at 254-753-6437 to discuss your matter.