The term “spinal cord injury” refers to a broad range of injuries causing damage to the spinal cord, causing either a loss of feeling or a loss of motor control in some part of the body. The degree of injury and loss varies widely depending upon the location of the spinal damage and the severity of the injury to the spine.
About 11,000 Americans sustain a spinal injury ever year. Nearly half of all spinal injuries (45 percent) are known as “complete” spinal injuries, meaning the victim no longer has any sensation or motor function below the site of the injury.
Spinal cord injuries come from a variety of causes. Falls and acts of violence are among the leading causes of spinal injuries, but are topped by automobile accidents and motorcycle accidents. Each of these causes can also lead to milder back injuries, which stop short of spinal damage.
Even if the victim does not suffer a spinal injury, and retains full motor control and sensation, he can suffer from a lifetime of pain, muscle weakness, lack of coordination, and tingling or numbness. Both spinal cord injuries and ordinary back injuries can cause great pain, interfere with daily activities and routines, and impair the victim’s ability to work.
In fact, every year Americans spend over $50 billion on back injuries alone. Only headaches are a more common neurological ailment in the United States. Back injuries can include spinal injuries, herniated discs, crushed vertebrae, torn ligaments, and a fractured spine.
Legal claims involving a back injury or spinal injury caused by the negligence of others can be extremely complicated. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys know that these claims typically require expert opinion, and can take longer than most claims to resolve. This is why it is crucial for those seeking legal compensation for a spinal injury to consult with and retain counsel experienced in these types of catastrophic injuries.
Experienced counsel can help you to avoid problems with the statute of limitations, conduct a proper investigation into the circumstances surrounding the injury, and preserve evidence and testimony. These steps enable you to maximize your chances of obtaining a full recovery, and receiving justice for the injuries you have suffered.
For a free consultation with an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer at Passen & Powell, call us at (312) 527-4500.