Tallahassee Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
Spinal cord injuries (SCI) are a significant cause of morbidity and permanent disability in the United States, with an additional 15 to 40 new cases per million people added annually, reports the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today, there are approximately 200,000 people living in the United States who are coping with a spinal cord injury.
A SCI can be a traumatic experience that is emotionally trying and physically detrimental. A spinal cord injury can result in a person never being able to return to a normal life and job and can significantly alter their daily activities. Additionally, SCIs are often extremely expensive to treat and can cost thousands of dollars in long-term care costs.
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of the negligence or actions of another person, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, as well as any costs accrued.
Causes and Signs of a Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury might result from any trauma to the spinal column. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following are leading causes of SCI:
- motor vehicle accidents (46 percent);
- falls (22 percent);
- violence (16 percent); and
- sports (12 percent).
Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, states that the symptoms of a spinal cord injury may include:
- numbness or tingling in the arms and leg;
- difficulty walking;
- loss of bladder or bowel control;
- a stiff neck or headache; and
- blue lips and fingertips.
If you’ve had an accident and suspect that your spine may have been damaged or have any of the symptoms of SCI, seek medical attention immediately. Additionally, consult an attorney as soon as possible to help you get started on the claims filing process if another party is responsible for your accident and injury.
Quick Action is Necessary
If someone else’s actions or negligence — such as another driver, an assault or a fall for which someone else may be liable — caused your spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. The statute of limitations is four years for most personal injury cases based on negligence, so it is imperative that you act immediately to recover compensation.
Consultation with a Personal Injury Attorney
If you have sustained a serious injury such as a spinal cord injury, seek representation from an attorney. A personal injury attorney can provide you with information about the forms and documents you’ll need to file your claim, facts about liability and negligence, details about the types of compensation you may be eligible to receive, and can help to guide you through the claims filing process.
Don’t hesitate to call the personal injury attorneys at Barrett, Fasig & Brooks in Tallahassee. To get started on your claim and to schedule your free initial consultation, call us today at 850-224-3310.