Spinal Cord Injuries
More often than not, the impact of a spinal cord injury on an individual (and often their family’s) life can be devastating. In addition, the medical attention and rehabilitation needs after the fact can be extremely expensive.
In brief, spinal cord injuries can be severe and life altering. Our firm understands that your immediate goals after going through such trauma are to get your medical bills paid and covered, avoid suffering financially through any lost wages, and make sure your insurance company will pay for future treatment for your injuries. Our experienced injury lawyers will discuss your situation and go over the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately.Types of Spinal Cord Injuries & Complications
A spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs when a traumatic event results in damage to cells within the spinal cord or severs the nerve tracts that relay signals up and down the spinal cord. The most common types of SCIs include contusion (bruising of the spinal cord) and compression (caused by pressure on the spinal cord). Other types of injuries include lacerations (severing or tearing of some nerve fibers, such as damage caused by a gunshot wound), and central cord syndrome (specific damage to the corticospinal tracts of the cervical region of the spinal cord). Severe SCI often causes paralysis (loss of control over voluntary movement and muscles of the body) and loss of sensation and reflex function below the point of injury, including autonomic activity such as breathing and other activities such as bowel and bladder control. Other symptoms such as pain or sensitivity to stimuli, muscle spasms, and sexual dysfunction may develop over time. SCI patients are also prone to develop secondary medical problems, such as bladder infections, lung infections, and bedsores.Causes
The leading causes of SCI vary by age. Among persons under age 65, automobile and other motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause. Among persons over 65, falls cause most SCIs. Other causes include:
- Workplace accidents
- Diving accidents
- Electric shock
- Bullet or stab wounds
- Extreme twisting of the trunk
- Sports injuries (landing on head)
At Levin & Perconti, we have extensive experience with all types of cases involving spinal cord injuries and have won numerous multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients, including a $5.77 million verdict for woman who became paralyzed as the result of a Veterans Administration physician's failure to perform timely surgery, and a $3.5 million settlement for a 46-year-old man who was paralyzed as a result of his physician’s failure to diagnose and treat a spinal epidural abscess.
If you live in Illinois and would like to discuss your legal options with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer, call us at 877-374-1417 or 312-332-2872 to set up a FREE consultation or contact us online.