San Antonio Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
Maximum Compensation is Critical After a Spine Injury. Contact Our Experienced San Antonio Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers For A Free Consultation
Spinal cord injuries are extremely serious matters. Not only can this sort of injury be both life-changing and permanent, it can mean that you have to remodel your home, may not be able to support your family as you once did, need a caretaker, require permanent nursing care, and have millions of dollars in medical bills. It’s an overwhelming thought. You didn’t ask to be involved in a catastrophic accident. And yet, you’re expected to pay for it for the rest of your life. If you or someone you love received this sort of injury, call us now to schedule a free consultation with our San Antonio spinal cord injury lawyers. We will tell you whether you have a case. If you do, we’ll explain your options. Let us help you protect you from being victimized again. You could be entitled to financial compensation for past medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.
What Is a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury is the name of condition that references damage to any part of the spinal cord or the nerves in the spinal canal. In addition to potential paralysis, those who suffer from a spinal cord injury often struggle mentally, emotionally, and even socially for the rest of their lives. This is especially true for people who were victims in a catastrophic accident that resulted in the injury. The added stress of unexpected medical bills, being unable to work, and possibly needing long-term nursing care can truly affect the psyche of the entire family.
What Are the Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury?
The symptoms of a spinal cord injury can depend on the type. If you or someone you love is involved in an accident and has any of the following symptoms, get emergency medical attention right away.
- Inability to move
- Inability to feel heat, cold, or touch
- Loss of bladder control
- Loss of bowel control
- Extreme reflexes or spasms
- Loss of sexual function
- Intense stinging feeling or pain
- Struggling to breathe or cough
- Serious pain or pressure in the back, neck, or head
- Weakness in any part of the body
- Numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in the feet, toes, hands, or fingers
- No longer being able to balance and walk
- The back or neck is twisted in an odd fashion
Spinal Cord Injuries Aren’t Always Obvious
You may have noticed from the list of symptoms that some are extremely serious and there are some that you may not immediately recognize. You may not know right away that there’s a spinal cord injury. Not knowing could mean that you could do something that makes the injury even worse. Symptoms may set in over time as swelling takes place. How long you wait to get medical care for a suspected spinal cord injury could mean that the injury is made worse.
Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis
Because paralysis is commonly associated with spinal cord injuries, it’s important that you understand the differences between the four main types of paralysis:
- Quadriplegia: Sometimes called tetraplegia, this sort of paralysis affects all the limbs that are below the level of injury (generally the neck). It could result in damage to organs. Christopher Reeve was quadriplegic and required help to breathe and to function.
- Paraplegia: This is paralysis that is below the waist. The legs and hips lose partial or full feeling and use. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had paraplegia.
- Monoplegia: This is paralysis of one part of the body. For example, the right arm.
- Hemiplegia: This is paralysis of an arm and a leg on the same side of the body. So, for example, both the left arm and the left leg.
A spinal cord injury or other serious accident injury resulting from a car crash or SUV rollover is not something that goes away. You may always be injured and suffer because of it. There are medical bills, rehabilitation, extra care, medical equipment — so much to pay for and you may also be out of work. It wasn’t your fault — someone else’s carelessness caused the wreck. It’s only right that he or she should pay for your damages.
If you are in this situation, or if someone you care about and rely upon is, there are things you can do to begin the process of being reimbursed for your damages. First of all, you need to contact experienced San Antonio spinal cord injury lawyers who understand how to litigate these types of claims.
Work With An Attorney Who Is Also A Medical Doctor
Every spinal cord injury is different. In order to take this kind of case to trial, your catastrophic injury attorney needs an understanding of musculoskeletal structures and the nervous system in order to determine the full extent of the injury. Here at Rush & Gransee, L.C., in San Antonio, Texas, we have an on-staff attorney who is also a medical doctor. This gives us considerable insight into the medical determination of the cause and the extent of spinal cord injuries. We also have access to a battery of talented medical consultants and experts who can help determine how much you’ve been injured and can help make a jury understand what you’ve gone through.
As trial lawyers with over 40 years of combined experience in personal injury claims, we will do everything we can to help you get the compensation that you need and deserve. Our law office will seek to bring all of the responsible parties to court, from the driver of the vehicle and his or her insurance company to the manufacturer of a faulty seat belt to the highway planning department.
Complications of Spinal Cord Injuries
In addition to the risk of paralysis, medical expenses, and all the other high costs that come with spinal cord injuries, there are also serious complications that can arise. The most common complications include blood clots, urinary tract infections, tightening of the muscles, bed sores, and depression. These are extremely serious risks for someone who was victimized by an accident.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries?
The most common causes of spinal cord injuries in south Texas include:
- Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Accidents on a construction site
- Oilfield accidents
- Railroad accidents
- Medical malpractice
Contact Our San Antonio Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Today For A Free Consultation
If you were the victim of someone’s negligence and it caused you to suffer from a spinal cord injury, call us now to schedule your free consultation. Our experienced San Antonio spinal cord injury lawyers want to help you get justice.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, call (210) 223-9200 to set up an appointment or fill out our online contact form.
We handle cases and serve clients throughout Texas, including the cities of San Antonio, Brownsville, McAllen, Harlingen, Laredo, Austin, Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, the Rio Grande Valley, and Bexar County.