Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Chicago
Recovering Damages for Back Injuries Caused by Car Accidents, Work Accidents, and Other IncidentsSpinal cord injuries are serious, life-altering ordeals. A spinal cord injury often results in a loss of mobility and can leave you permanently paralyzed. If you have suffered a spinal injury, you and your family may now be faced with financial burdens and increased medical needs. At Walner Law®, our Chicago spinal cord injury lawyers work to get you the compensation you deserve. We negotiate with doctors, insurance companies, and Medicare/Medicaid throughout your personal injury litigation, and work to get you the maximum compensation you’re entitled to.
About Spinal Cord InjuriesYour 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. Neck, head, and back trauma can damage the spine. 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 the United States each year. Though spinal cord injuries range in severity, they always cause a drastic change in the life of the injured party and their family members. Most individuals with spinal cord injuries may experience some degree of paralysis or loss of movement, sensation, and reflexes below the site of the injury. Depending on the level and severity of the injury, individuals may be unable to walk, use their hands and arms, breathe, or control their bowels and bladder. In addition, individuals with spinal cord injuries are at increased risk for other health conditions. The financial impact of a spinal cord injury can be significant as individuals may require expensive medical care and adaptive equipment, which can be costly. In addition, many individuals with this injury may be unable to work and may lose their income leaving family members to take on additional caregiving responsibilities.
Types of Spinal Cord InjuriesThere are two types of spinal cord injuries: Complete spinal cord injury and incomplete spinal cord injury.
- 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.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord InjuriesMany accidents and events can lead to 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)
Spinal Cord Injury SettlementsIf you have suffered spinal cord injury from an act of negligence, you are likely curious about what your settlement may be worth. Since spinal cord injuries range in severity, there isn’t a set settlement amount for an injury of this nature. However, the severity of these cases often results in a settlement of over $1 million.
Compensation for your spinal cord injury should include damages such as:
Medical expenses (past and future)
Lost earnings from missed work and future earning capacity
Pain and suffering
Physical impairment and/or disfigurement
Loss of quality of life
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn. You may be wondering how you will support yourself and your family if you can no longer work. You may be concerned about how you will pay for your medical expenses. A spinal cord injury attorney can help get you the financial compensation you need to cover your medical expenses, lost income, and other damages.It’s important to work with a personal injury attorney who will effectively handle your case. You deserve the highest compensation available in your situation.