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California Spinal Cord Accident Attorney-
Injury Lawyer

Your spine is made of many bones called vertebrae. Your spinal cord runs downward through a canal in the center of these bones. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that carries messages between the brain and the rest of the body for movement and sensation. Traumatic injury to your spinal cord bruises, partially tears, or completely tears the spinal cord. At Big League Law we understand that spinal cord injuries are serious and require serious medical treatment.

 

We handle spinal cord injuries on a contingency fee basis. This means that we only get paid a fee when we win your case with no upfront costs to you.

 

Every year, around the world, between 250,000 and 500,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury. If you’ve recently injured your spinal cord, it might seem like every aspect of your life has been affected. You might feel the effects of your injury mentally, emotionally, and socially.  Depending on where the injury occurred on your spinal cord and the severity, your injury could affect your ability to control your limbs. Most people with spinal cord injury experience chronic pain.

 

What Types of Accidents Can Cause a Spinal Cord Injury?

 

Many things can cause a spinal cord injury. The more common injuries occur when the are of the spine or neck is bent or compressed, as in the following:

 

  • Falls

  • Motor vehicle accidents (automobiles, motorcycles, and being struck as a pedestrian)

  • Sports injuries

  • Diving accidents

  • Trampoline accidents

 

Immediately following a spinal cord injury, your spine may be in shock. This causes loss or decrease of feeling, muscle movement, and reflexes. But, as swelling eases, other symptoms may appear depending on the location of the injury. Generally, the higher up the level of injure is to the spinal cord, the more severe the symptoms.

 

The severity of the injury is often called “the completeness” and is classified as either of the following:

 

  • Complete. If all feeling and all ability to control movement are lost below the spinal cord injury, your injury is called complete.

  • Incomplete. If you have some motor or sensory function below the affected area, your injury is called incomplete. There are varying degrees of incomplete injury.

 

Additionally, paralysis from a spinal cord injury can be referred to as:

 

  • Tetraplegia. Also known as quadriplegia, this means that your arms, hands, trunk, legs and pelvic organs are all affected by your spinal cord injury.

  • Paraplegia. This paralysis affects all or part of the trunk, legs and pelvic organs.

 

What Are the Most Common Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury?

A serious spinal injury isn’t always immediately obvious. If it isn’t known, a more severe injury may occur. Numbness or paralysis can be immediate or come on gradually. The time between injury and treatment can be critical in determining the extent and severity of complications and the possible extent of expected recovery. Look out for one or more of the following signs and symptoms:

 

  • Loss of movement

  • Loss of or altered sensation, including the ability to feel heat, cold and touch

  • Loss of bowel or bladder control

  • Exaggerated reflex activities or spasms

  • Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity, and fertility

  • Pain or an intense stinging sensation caused by damage to the nerve fibers in your spinal cord

  • Difficulty breathing, coughing, or clearing secretions from your lungs

 

What Treatment is Needed for a Spinal Cord Injury?

A spinal injury can cause ongoing neurological problems that require further medical follow-up. Sometimes, surgery is needed to stabilize the spinal cord. Other diagnostic tests may include blood tests, X-rays, computed tomography scan (also called a CT or CAT scan), or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

 

Discuss Your Case With a Big League Law Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer?

As with every case we handle at Big League Law, we do not charge a fee for your case until we win. These types of cases necessitate a professional negotiator and litigator to help obtain the best possible recovery. Insurance companies are not on your side and they will do everything possible to minimize the gravity of your life changes and reduce their costs. Our attorney will fight on your behalf to obtain the biggest recovery possible and to ensure you receive all needed treatments for your injuries.If you or a family member is dealing with a spinal cord injury, call Big League Law as soon as possible for personal, reliable, and expert legal guidance. Call (949) 414-6630 NOW or fill out our FREE Consultation Form and we’ll contact you when you’re ready.

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