Spinal Cord Injury & Nerve Damage FAQs
When Should You Suspect A Spinal Cord Injury?
After a serious accident, it’s highly important to recognize the signs of a spinal cord injury. In the immediate aftermath of a serious car collision or another accident, the affected person shouldn’t be moved otherwise permanent paralysis might occur. You can suspect a spinal cord injury if a certain set of signs is apparent in the victim. These include continuing changes in a person’s level of consciousness; severe back or neck pain; numbness, weakness or paralysis; an inability to control limbs, the bladder and bowels, and an oddly positioned posture.
Again, keeping a person still at the accident scene is imperative in avoiding further damage. By swiftly calling 911, qualified medical professionals can be alerted to the scene of the accident as soon as possible. First aid should be performed with as little movement of the head or neck as possible. If an injury victim needs to be rolled due to sickness or choking, two people should always perform rolling.
What Is The Most Common Cause Of Spinal Cord Injury?
Although serious car accidents are a major cause of spinal cord injuries, they aren’t the only culprit. Spinal cord injuries are also commonly caused by motorcycle accidents and slip and fall accidents too. More than 86,000 Canadians are currently living with a spinal cord injury according to Rick Hansen Institute.
In the United States, our neighbours to the south experience a disproportionate number of men being involved in spinal cord accidents with women only accounting for 20% of the same accidents. Moreover, spinal injuries can have more devastating consequences for the elderly and those over 65 since their bodies are weaker and frailer. Spinal cord injury victims experience a wide range of debilitating day-to-day issues including education, employment and mobility discrimination.
What Are The Warning Signs Of Nerve Damage?
The body experiences pain and discomfort when nerve damage is inflicted onto an individual. Ultimately, when nerves don’t function correctly due to a serious personal injury, nerves are prevented from carrying the correct signals from the brain to the spinal cord. It’s important that family members and friends spot the following warning signs of nerve damage before relaying them to a doctor and a personal injury lawyer.
Warning signs of nerve damage include numbness and a tingly sensation in the hands and feet; arm and leg muscle weakness; an inability to grip and hold objects; sharp pains in the arms, hands, legs or feet; a buzzing sensation, and the feeling of wearing a tight glove or sock.
What Is The Average Payout For Spinal Injury?
Wondering what is the average payout for spinal injury? This is a difficult question to answer without knowing the specifics relating to your individual spinal cord injury. Ultimately, the compensation you receive for your spinal injury will be based on the severity of your injuries, the quality of evidence you produce, and details relating to who was at fault. To give you some idea however, spinal cord injury cases are one of the highest-grossing claims for plaintiffs. Settlements typically range between hundreds of thousands of dollars to amounts exceeding one million. To give you a better idea of De Rose Lawyers’ track record, view our success stories here .
Why Should I Hire A Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer?
The legal process following such a serious accident can be confusing and overwhelming. It’s very important for your personal injury lawyer to properly investigate the accident, in order to ensure that your rights and remedies can be properly represented.
Whether your injuries are the result of a car accident, skiing accident, snowmobile accident, slip and fall, or other cause, it’s important to seek professional help from an experienced lawyer familiar with spinal cord cases.
Why Choose De Rose Personal Injury Lawyers?
With 40 years of combined experience, De Rose Personal Injury Lawyers can provide you with the proper care and service in order to make sure your interests are properly represented. Your recovery is our first priority. We’ll do everything to make sure that you’re fairly compensated.
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Above all, a financial settlement cannot fully compensate for the pain and loss you have suffered. However, we’ll fight for the compensation you deserve. Therefore, you can focus on your recovery and rehabilitation.
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