Ensuring Spinal Cord Victims Get The Help They Deserve
Damage to the spinal cord or any of the nerve endings can cause a permanent loss in bodily function below the injury site and yield changes in the victim’s strength and sensation. Most people who suffer severe spinal cord injuries never make a full recovery.
The catastrophic injury attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law have extensive experience helping victims with spinal cord injuries and their families. We fight tirelessly to help victims get a full and just recovery.
Spinal Cord Injury And Traumatic Medical Issues
Most spinal cord injuries are categorized as complete or incomplete: complete means the loss of all sensory and motor functions, whereas incomplete allows for some sensation and activity.
Spinal cord injury symptoms, in addition to loss of sensation and movement, include:
- Inability to control the bowel or bladder
- Spasms or unusual reflex activity
- Changes in sexual function
- Respiratory problems such as difficulty in breathing and coughing
We know how physically trying and emotionally upsetting this condition can be. The Crandall & Pera Law team helps give clients and their families the strength to continue. Our lawyers work to determine the cause of the accident and the full extent of the person’s current and likely future medical condition.
Causes Of Spinal Cord Injuries In Ohio
Many accidents and events can cause a spinal cord injury. Our spinal cord injury attorneys will work with investigators to determine the real cause.
Some of the more common reasons these catastrophic injuries occur are:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents.These are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries.
- Falls from Heights. This is the second leading cause of spinal cord injury.
- Pain Management Malpractice. Sometimes the treatment can be worse than the cure. Pain doctors often use epidural injections to manage pain. Just a slight error can cause a spinal cord injury, worsen a pre-existing injury or, in tragic cases, cause a stroke, paralysis or even death.
- Medical Malpractice. Surgical errors and other forms of medical negligence can cause partial paralysis or total paralysis.
- Sporting Activities. The more physical the sports, the higher is the risk for spinal cord injury.
The personal injury attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law will aggressively work to get you the compensation you deserve. Every case is prepared for trial, but we are fierce negotiators when a trial is neither right nor preferable to our clients.
We Help Those Who Suffer Partial Paralysis
Anyone who suffers a spinal cord injury or another injury that causes partial paralysis will have to contend with the physical pain. Rehabilitation and medical procedures can help a patient adjust, but recovery can take months or even years. The final adjustment often will still leave the accident victim with the daily task of managing the pain.
Lack of mobility can mean the person will need to rely on others for activities of daily living. The inability to move often means the person cannot work. In addition to the physical pain, there are psychological scars such as depression that can last a lifetime.
Our attorneys will review all the client’s medical problems, current and future, prior to trial before a judge or jury. We understand how crucial it is to know the full extent of a person’s medical injuries, wage loss and diminished earning level before even considering a full resolution of the case.
Types Of Permanent Paralysis
Many types of full paralysis are caused by a spinal cord injury. When your spinal cord gets injured, it interrupts the signal between your body and your brain. You lose sensation and the ability to move your body.
There are four basic types of paralysis:
- One limb is paralyzed.
- Both the arm and leg on the same side of the body are paralyzed.
- Both legs are paralyzed, or the pelvis and lower body are paralyzed.
- Both the legs and arms are paralyzed. This medical condition is also called quadriplegia.
Complications from paralysis include heart disorders and respiratory infections. If equipment such as oxygen machinery fails, the person can suffer permanent brain damage.
Fighting Relentlessly To Get Just Compensation For You
Spinal cord injury clients and their families often have many questions. Crandall & Pera Law’s personal injury attorneys are here to answer those questions and guide you through each stage of the case so you can focus on getting better.