A spinal cord injury refers to the damage to the bundle of nerves housed within the ‘backbone’ – spinal column, to be precise – that conveys messages between the brain and body. Consequently, it may result in partial or complete loss of motor control and sensation, which may render the victim paralyzed. Moreover, as the spinal cord is also responsible for a broad range of bodily functions including body temperature, bladder, and even breathing, an injury may result in severe health consequences.
What Causes Spinal Cord Injuries?
A spinal cord injury is caused mainly due to a traumatic injury or heavy blow to the spine of the victim. Per stats available on Spinalcord.com, the most predominant cause of a spinal cord injury is auto accidents, contributing roughly 47 percent of all cases, succeeded by slip and fall accidents, which account for around 21 percent of all cases. Other causes may include acts of violence and recreational sports activities. An individual may also suffer from a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of a medical practitioner during a risky surgical procedure.
How to Pursue a Spinal Cord Injury Claim?
Spinal cord injury claims can be classified into two categories. Firstly, there are cases where spinal cord injury is caused by the negligence of an individual or an entity; for example, an individual became a victim of a car accident or slip and fall accident on a wet floor. In such instances, the victim may seek a personal injury lawsuit against the defendant, however, the plaintiff must establish four points of negligence and demonstrate that the defendant is legally responsible or “at fault” to obtain compensation for their pain and sufferings.
Secondly, there are cases where spinal cord injury is caused by damaged or faulty products; for example, malfunctioning breaks, seatbelts, or airbags of the car, or perhaps defective design. In such instances, the victim must prove four elements of product liability and demonstrate that they used the faulty product (as it was intended) and those defects led to the injury. If the claim is successful, the victim may obtain rightful compensation from the company or business that designed, manufactured, and/or sold the defective product.
How Can A Lawyer Help?
If you have sustained a spinal cord injury and are seeking justice and fair financial compensation for your pain and sufferings, consider hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer to initiate a legal action against the negligent party.
A competent personal injury lawyer will attempt to obtain maximum compensation for your injuries during the settlement arrangement. This can be extremely beneficial for you as you do not have to go through the trial process and rather can focus on your recovery process.
Furthermore, if the case goes to trial, your personal injury lawyer will devise a solid case in your favor by demonstrating negligence of the defendant by establishing facts and elements pertaining to the case, ensuring that your legal rights remain protected and you are able to obtain rightful compensation for your pain and anguish.
If you wish to find out more about this topic or schedule a free consultation, contact the offices of Robert Edens at (847) 395-2200 to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer.