Spinal Cord Injuries
Every year our dedicated personal injury lawyers represent hundreds of individuals who have suffered a tragic life-changing spinal cord injury. Of those who sustain a spinal cord injury, 84% are under 34 years old. Our primary goal is to make sure that each of these individuals recovers sufficient funds to allow them to live an independent lifestyle and to provide for the type of care they will require over the balance of their lifetime.
Martin G. Schulz & Associates is a leading specialist spinal injury law firm. Our personal injury lawyers are dedicated to supporting those people who are affected by spinal cord injury. Upon being retained, our team immediately sends out expert accident reconstruction engineers and private investigators to determine the exact cause of the accident and whether there may be other parties, whose actions may have contributed to the accident thus exposing them to potential liability for the damages suffered by you.
Early accident reconstruction and investigation is absolutely critical in uncovering these additional defendants thus resulting in larger awards for you.
The spinal cord is a thick bundle of nerves that runs through the vertebrae in your spine. The spinal cord acts as a superhighway between your brain and the rest of your body. Want to take a step, or wriggle a finger? The message is sent through the spinal cord to these body parts, in the form of nerve impulses. This runs in both directions: stub a toe or touch something sharp, and those pain or pressure signals speed back up to your brain.
FACT: Over 41,000 Canadians and over 227,000 Americans are living with spinal cord injuries.
The most frequent cause of spinal cord injury is a motor vehicle collision. Other common causes include falls, diving accidents and medical complications. An accident that causes your vertebrae to break can also damage your spinal cord. And when the spinal cord is damaged, the highway is essentially interrupted or closed. Nerve impulses can’t get through. This results in a range of effects from complete paralysis to loss of mobility and sensation. It is important to note that not all spinal cord injuries cause complete and permanent paralysis.
The location of your injury will determine what parts of your body are affected or paralyzed. The higher the location of the injury on the spine, the more parts of the body are affected. For instance, a spinal cord injury in the upper, or cervical, region of your spine will affect your arms as well as your trunk, legs and pelvic area (including bowel and bladder). Someone with this level of injury is considered to be quadriplegic. Alternatively, a lower spinal injury, in the thoracic or lumbar region, won’t affect the arms. Someone with a spinal cord injury in either of these regions is considered to be paraplegic. About 50% of all people with spinal cord injury are quadriplegic, and 50% are paraplegic.
If you have experienced a spinal cord injury, it is important to speak with a Personal Injury Lawyer from our office as soon as possible. You deserve to be compensated for your loss including medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost income. Please contact our dedicated personal injury lawyers at the Firm of Martin G. Schulz & Associates.
We will provide you with advice and legal guidance during this difficult time.