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Spinal Injury Lawyers
Spinal cord injuries are always severe and may lead to lifelong pain or paralysis. Unfortunately, there is very little that doctors can do to treat these serious injuries. Spinal cord injuries may permanently prevent you or your loved one from being able to function alone ever again.
If you or someone you love has developed a spinal cord injury due to an accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Juan Hernandez Law. We’ll help you get compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other damages. Don’t let the insurance companies manipulate you into accepting a settlement that’s less than you deserve; contact us and we’ll help you get full compensation for your injuries.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
The spinal cord runs along the spine, through the back and neck, and up to the brain. It carries signals throughout the body that allow you to move freely. When you get into an accident, the impact can dislodge vertebrae in the spine, which will often lead to serious spinal cord injuries.
Spinal cord injuries usually have lifelong effects. These injuries may include partial to complete paralysis, depending on where on the spine the injury takes place. This paralysis may be curable, but it’s usually permanent.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are sometimes caused by degenerative diseases, but they’re more commonly the result of accidents, negligence, or violence. The most common causes of spinal cord injuries are:
- Car wrecks. Car accidents are responsible for close to half of all spinal cord injuries.
- Violence. Crime victims account for 12% of those who suffer from spinal cord injuries. Gunshot and knife wounds are the most common causes of these types of injuries in crime victims.
- Work accidents. Worksites often carry hazards that can very quickly lead to a work accident. Most spinal cord injuries that occur at workplaces are due to falling objects.
- Sports. Sports activities lead to around 10% of spinal cord injuries every year. A large percentage of child spinal cord injuries are incurred while playing sports.
- Slip and falls. A slip and fall may lead to a minor injury, but it can also lead to a severe spinal cord injury. This is most common when someone falls from a great height.
These accidents are usually caused by someone else’s negligence. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that led to a spinal cord injury, the personal injury attorneys at Juan Hernandez Law P.C. can help you gain the compensation you deserve.
Types of Spinal Injuries
Spinal injuries may affect the spinal column, the spinal cord, or both. If the injury just affects the spinal column, the injuries may include herniated disks, fractures, or breaks. However, if it affects the spinal cord, the injuries will be much more severe. Types of spinal cord injuries include:
- Anterior cord syndrome. This is a type of incomplete spinal cord injury. With this type of injury, people experience nerve damage and struggle with movement, but they retain some sensation to the affected areas.
- Paraplegia. Paralysis of both legs, usually caused by an injury to the thoracic nerves located in the middle of the back.
- Quadriplegia. Total paralysis below the neck, usually caused by an injury to the cervical spinal cord located at the top of the spine.
- Monoplegia. Paralysis of either one arm or one leg.
- Hemiplegia. Paralysis of an arm and a leg on the same side of the body.
Paralysis and other types of spinal cord injuries are usually devastating to the person affected and their loved ones. If you or a loved one has been paralyzed, it’s vital that you contact the attorneys at Juan Hernandez Law to make sure that you get fully compensated for your damages. The insurance companies may offer a partial settlement for medical bills, but the damages you deserve compensation for extend far beyond that.
Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms
Symptoms of a spinal cord injury include:
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Difficulty moving
- Loss of control of bladder and/or bowel
- Constant pain or stinging sensation in nerves
- Difficulty breathing
- Extreme pain or pressure along the spine
- Numbness, weakness, or tingling
- Loss of sensation in extremities
- Twisted back or neck
Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in Dallas, Abilene, and Amarillo
If you or someone you love has sustained a spinal cord injury after an accident, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. At Juan Hernandez Law, we have the expertise to get you the compensation you deserve. Our lead attorney Juan Hernandez has board certification to practice personal injury law in Texas. This certification has only been received by 2% of Texas attorneys. Contact us today to get his expertise on your side.