When a car crash or accident causes major injuries, your first priority is, more often than not, getting well. Getting well, however, may not happen if you’ve got a spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries can change a person’s life forever.
There are many things that can cause spinal injuries. A few common causes of these types of injuries are car wrecks, falls, and other types of trauma. No matter what the initial cause of the injury, the result is usually the same; a spinal injury can interrupt a person’s life, causing a lifetime of pain or discomfort. Sometimes these injuries become disabling, making a person unable to work and provide for their family. This can cause a lot of stress and turmoil as the family begins to adjust to life after the accident.
If you or somebody you love has been in an accident and suffered spinal cord injury, and it wasn’t your fault, you can to file a lawsuit to help provide for your medical care and other expenses. This is the ideal course of action if you’re the victim of a traffic collision, an accident on the job, or another injury caused by the actions of another person or a company’s negligence.
A good attorney will assess the situation and help you fight for the compensation you deserve. In order to help your lawyer, you should carefully document all expenses related to the injury, including time off from work and any therapy you need.
What Is Spinal Cord Injury?
Spinal cord injuries occur when an accident or trauma causes damage to the nerves within the spinal column. This is often damaging to the nerves within the spinal column. People with spinal cord injuries often experience intense pain such as sciatica that moves up and down the spine. Other people with spinal cord injuries lose their ability to walk, or even their ability to move their arms and legs.
Paralysis is a common and severe result of spinal cord damage. These types of severe injuries will require special care for life, and often take years of rehabilitation to help a person function at his or her fullest.
The spinal cord doesn’t just affect how a person moves. It also helps some of our major organs do their job. Breathing and body temperature are important functions that the spinal cord helps regulate. It’s a vital part of our bodies. Because of this, many accident victims can suffer a range of permanent and serious health problems.
What Causes a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury is usually the result of a trauma to the spine. The most common causes are motor vehicle accidents, falls, and acts of violence, such as gun shot wounds. There are also a good number of spinal cord injuries caused by playing sports. Sometimes a doctor may perform a risky procedure that results in damage to the spine. In medical cases, these injuries are often a result of malpractice.
A spinal injury is serious medical problem that can cause many problems for the rest of your life. The spine acts sends messages from the brain to literally every part of the body. It’s essential to a working body, and a bad injury can have devastating consequences for motor control and many autonomic functions of the body.
If you have sustained a spinal injury because of someone’s negligence or actions, it’s important that you retain a lawyer with experience trying personal injury cases. An attorney will fight to help you get the care you need. In Minnesota, there are many laws meant to help people who injured as the result of another person’s actions.
What Complications Can a Spinal Cord Injury Cause?
Spinal cord injuries can cause a plethora of issues for people. A few issues that an attorney can help you get compensation for are:
- Back pain
- Burst fractures
- Back spasms
- Compression fracture
- Spinal stenosis
- Herniated discs
- Facet joint injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
Spinal cord injuries can cause you to feel severely incapacitated and you may need extensive rehabilitation to regain your life after an accident. It’s possible you won’t be able to recover your range of motion or alleviate the pain caused by nerve damage. Because of this, costly medical expenses, prescriptions, and even bills for surgeries and home care can cause financial hardship. These types of expenses can also be stressful and emotionally draining. Getting used to a different life after an accident can cause a lot of suffering for both yourself and your family.
Minnesota Laws Regarding Spinal Cord Injuries
Regardless of how severe your injuries are, Minnesota law is clear that there is a two-year statute of limitations. The clock starts ticking from the moment you are first treated for your injury. This means that as soon as you are capable, you will need to seek out a competent lawyer and begin documenting your medical expenses. Many of these expenses can be recovered in court.
In some cases, the law may find that you are partially at fault for your injury. This is called “shared fault.” For example, if you are in an auto accident where you may have failed to signal, and you’re struck by a drunk driver, the judge may decide that part of the injury was caused by your own negligence as well. This will limit how much payout you can get from the person who struck your vehicle.
Because there are many defenses to personal injury cases, you need a competent lawyer on your side to fight for your rights and help you get relief for some of the financial burdens caused by your injuries. We will work hard to make sure that the person or entity responsible for your spinal cord injury is held responsible. With our team on your side, you can be assured of the best possible outcome in your case.
Do you need help holding somebody responsible for a life-altering injury? Please contact us to set up an appointment to discuss your case.