Car Accident Spinal Cord Damage
While there are many injuries that can result from a car accident, suffering damage to the spinal cord can have some of the most varied and most serious results. Victims must often deal immediately with the fallout of their injury, which can include serious disabilities and major medical bills.
We believe that all southern California residents should understand their rights and the effects of spinal cord damage, whether or not they have become the victim of such an accident. Our southern California car crash injury lawyers are dedicated to preserving the rights of and find justice for victims harmed by negligent or reckless parties.
Causes of Spinal Cord Damage in Car Crashes
While it is much less common to suffer spinal cord injuries in a common car accident like a rear-end collision or sideswipe, there are many other, more severe accidents that could easily cause such an injury. These include rollovers (especially in the event of a roof collapse), seatbelt failure, tire failure-related crashes, and head-on crashes. Anything that impacts, compresses, twists, stretches, or penetrates the spinal cord with enough force during the crash can easily cause an injury.
Coping with Your Spinal Cord Injury
The severity and scope of a spinal cord injury is dependent upon two factors: location of the injury and extent of the injury. The higher in the spinal cord the injury, the more widespread the effects, with injuries at the neck possibly causing a victim to lose all bodily functions, including the ability to independently breathe. These injuries are categorized into two types, incomplete injury (where the cord is damaged but not completely severed and a varied degree of bodily function is lost) and complete injury (where the cord is completely severed and all bodily function below the injury is lost).
To cope with these injuries, a victim may need emergency treatment, surgery, rehabilitative care to recover, or permanent medical care and devices to cope with lost abilities. While these are all necessary, the cost of care and the loss of abilities can quickly put a victim in severe debt with no way to pay for the costs.
Legal Aid in Your Search for Compensation
If you have been injured in a crash due to another party’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses from the at-fault party and his or her insurance company, but the search may not be easy. During the pursuit of compensation, insurance companies will do all they can to minimize the amount of compensation or even prevent or delay any compensation from being paid. Our San Diego spinal cord injury attorneys have the skills and resources needed to build up a case that can find success while negotiating with insurance companies. For more information on how we can assist you in holding negligent parties liable, contact us.Follow us!