Chicago Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Spinal cord injuries are serious, life-altering ordeals. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you and your family are now faced with financial burdens and increased medical needs. A spinal cord injury often results in a loss of mobility and, depending on the location, can leave you permanently paralyzed.
At Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., our Chicago spinal cord injury lawyers don’t work for the money, we work for you. We can negotiate with doctors, insurance companies, even Medicare/Medicaid to help you keep more of the settlement and recover a fair compensation for your spinal cord injury.
About Spinal Cord Injuries
Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that travels from your brain along your vertebrae and down to your extremities. Your spinal cord transmits electrical impulses carrying sensory inputs to your brain and takes commands from your brain to your body. While your vertebrae cover and protect your spinal cord, if you sustain trauma to your neck, head or back, this can damage and even rupture that delicate cord. This injury restricts your nerve impulses, which causes a loss of mobility below your area of injury.
Spinal cord injuries affect 12,000 people in America each year. Though spinal cord injuries range in severity, they always cause a drastic change in the victim’s life.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are several types of spinal cord injuries:
Complete spinal cord injury: This type of injury equally impacts both sides of your body. A complete spinal cord injury means that you will not have any voluntary movement or physical sensation below the point of your injury.
Incomplete spinal cord injury: This type of injury does not always affect both sides of your body equally. When an incomplete spinal cord injury occurs, you will often experience some movement or sensation below the point of injury.
If a small amount of tissue is damaged, it may be possible to achieve a complete recovery. However, severe incomplete and complete spinal cord injuries may result in paraplegia or quadriplegia. Paraplegia is the loss of movement and sensation from your waist down. Quadriplegia is the paralysis of your arms and legs, which typically occurs from your shoulders down.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Many accidents and events can lead to a spinal cord injury. Some of the common ones include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Illnesses (such as spina bifida and polio)
Any individual whose negligence causes or contributes to your spinal cord injury could and should be held responsible. This can range from a drunk driver to the manufacturer of a defective product to a business owner who failed to maintain safe property, which caused you to slip and fall.
If you were injured in the Chicago area and suffered a spinal cord injury, please call or email the Chicago spine injury lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. You will be surprised at how much difference a personal touch can make in your case. We offer free consultations and will never charge unless we get money for you.