The experienced Seattle spinal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Dean Standish Perkins & Associates understand the physical and emotional devastation that catastrophic neck and back injuries can cause. They have been helping spinal cord injury victims obtain financial compensation through personal injury settlements and litigation for more than two decades, and they will fight to win the compensation you deserve.
Spinal Cord Injuries: An Overview
The spinal cord carries nerve signals sent by the brain to all other parts of the body. Although referred to as a "cord," it is actually a thick bundle of nerves protected by the thirty-three bones (called vertebrae) that make up the spine. The vertebrae are divided into three groups: the upper (cervical), the middle (thoracic) and the lower (lumbar).
Accidents such as auto accidents and slips and falls can put a tremendous strain on the back and spinal column, causing injuries ranging from basic whiplash or a herniated disc to permanent paralysis. These injuries can have long-lasting effects for the victim, often making daily tasks either terribly painful or impossible. As a result, traumatic spinal injuries often necessitate exorbitant medical bills, and require treatment by physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists.
When the spinal cord is damaged or severed, communication between the brain and body becomes impaired or nonexistent. Victims typically suffer from some degree of paralysis – numbness, loss of feeling and loss of motor control – below the afflicted area. A victim could potentially suffer from paraplegia, which involves paralysis of the lower limbs, or quadriplegia, which involves paralysis of all limbs and the torso. The physical effects of paralysis can include:
- Intense, radiating or chronic pain
- Loss of grip strength
- Loss of sensation
- Difficulty breathing
- Impaired muscle movement
In the most severe cases, victims suffer total loss of muscle movement.
Spinal injuries resulting in paralysis are uniquely difficult because, at present, no cure exists. Research into potential treatments is ongoing, but currently medical care for paralysis centers on preventing additional loss of function and learning to adjust to life with a debilitating injury.
Contact A Spinal Injury Lawyer In Seattle, Washington
Over a lifetime, the financial and emotional costs of spinal cord injuries can seem insurmountable. If you are facing life with a spinal cord injury as a result of someone else's negligence, our Seattle spinal injury attorneys can help you secure compensation to pay for the care you need and account for the emotional toll of your injury. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help you pursue the recovery to which you are entitled.