Waterbury Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is connected to the brain and plays an important part in various bodily functions. Sustaining a spinal cord injury can lead to permanent disability or a loss of function.
When the spine is bruised, severed, or otherwise damaged, even a mild injury can dramatically impact your life. Many spinal injuries are caused by negligence or wrongful conduct. When someone’s negligent actions cause your spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to compensation to pay for some of the costs of such a severe injury.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
An injury can be sustained in almost every scenario. The spinal cord is sensitive, and any trauma can lead to long-lasting injury. When it comes to spinal cord personal injury law, cases commonly feature some of the following scenarios:
- Car Accidents – Car accidents are the most common cause of spinal cord injury. Wearing a seat belt and having your car equipped with an air bag may lessen the chance of injury.
- Violence – Any sort of violence can lead to a serious spinal cord injury. Gunshots often hit the spinal column, potentially leading to paralysis or loss of mobility. Both knife attacks and unarmed physical assault can cause a spinal cord injury, as well.
- Medical Negligence – Medical errors are often severe and debilitating. Surgery is a common cause of spinal cord injury and may indicate medical negligence.
- Work Accidents – Work can be a dangerous place. Industrial and construction workplaces may be the most dangerous of all. Falls sustained at the workplace may cause spinal cord injuries. Mistakes with heavy machinery can also lead to devastating injuries.
- Defective Products – When a product is defective, it may be dangerous. Defective products, like an airbag that doesn’t deploy, can lead to severe injury and damage the spinal cord.
Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury
Due to the close relationship the spinal cord shares with the brain, an injury can cause a wide range of complications. Every area of your life can change when you’re a victim of spinal cord injury. The symptoms you experience are dependent on the area of injury and how badly it’s been damaged. Some common complications of spinal cord injuries include:
- Complete or partial loss of motor control.
- Temporary or permanent paralysis.
- Loss of sensation or function of a body part.
- Reduced mobility or a need for a wheelchair.
- Digestive issues, a possibility of incontinence or loss of bowel control.
- Anxiety or depression.
- Sexual dysfunction.
- Difficulty breathing.
The full extent of disability may not be immediately obvious. In many cases, it takes an injured person months or years to discover how bad the injuries are. It’s important to keep receiving medical treatment and follow your doctor’s instructions to monitor any changes in your injury.
Spinal cord injuries are associated with high costs. Those who suffer from spinal cord injuries often have recurring medical expenses and may require rehabilitation. The victim may even lose their ability to work, sometimes permanently. Fortunately, these monetary consequences are considered when damages are awarded. Costs that are often calculated in damages include:
- Medical Expenses – Spinal cord injuries often require long hospital stays, leading to expensive medical bills. A spinal injury may require medication, medical devices (such as a wheelchair), handicap accessible additions to the home, and many doctor’s visits.
- Out of Pocket Expenses – You may need to consult a specialist when you’ve sustained a spinal cord injury. Specialists often require a long commute. Transportation costs are calculated in the awarded damages.
- Lost Wages – When suffering from a severe injury, you might miss work. This can further the economic burden placed upon you and your family.
- Loss of Earning Capacity – Even years after sustaining a spinal cord injury, you may not be able to work in the same capacity as before your injury. This loss of future wages may be included in the amount you’re awarded.
- Nursing Expenses – Many spinal cord injuries lead to costs of rehabilitation or nursing care.
Consult an Experienced Attorney
When you’ve received a spinal cord injury, your life might change drastically. Our spinal cord injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Thomas E. Porzio, LLC. can help take back control of your life. Call (203) 573-0019 for a free legal consultation.