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After a spinal cord injury, you may not be able to work, and unsure of how to cover expenses. A personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible may be an option.
If you or a loved one has experienced spinal cord injuries in Summit County, Ohio, the Akron spinal cord injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help.
What Is a Spinal Cord Injury?
The National Spinal Cord Injury Association estimates as many as 450,000 people in the U.S. are living with a spinal cord injury (SCI). They also say that another 11,000 occur in the U.S. annually.
The spinal cord transmits impulses to and from the brain around the rest of the human body, and it is surrounded by vertebrae which are collectively known as the body’s backbone. The Cleveland Clinic describes spinal cord injuries as direct or indirect damage caused by trauma to the spine.
Spinal nerves transmit messages between the body and the brain, powering mobility and sensation. When something damages those nerves or discs, the nerve’s transmissions are disrupted. As a result, this can permanently affect a variety of bodily functions.
Depending on where on the spine and how severe the injury, spinal cord injuries can lead to chronic back pain as well as permanent damage to other areas. Spinal injuries affect strength, sensation, and mobility, including limb paralysis. There are also long-lasting psychological and emotional effects of spinal injuries.
Causes and Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Because of the connection between the spine, brain, and other body parts, direct impact on the spinal cord can displace and disconnect spinal nerves. This results in physical pain, neurological abnormalities, and loss of motor functions.
Primary causes for spinal cord injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Industrial accidents
- Sports accidents
- Weakened backbones due to conditions such as arthritis and spina bifida
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injuries
Unless the trauma is significant, spinal cord injuries may not be instantly recognizable. Spinal cord injury symptoms include:
- Loss of bowel movements
- Paralysis or mild loss of mobility
- Loss of sensation
- Weakness of back or limbs
- Limb incoordination
- Impaired breathing
If you are experiencing any of these, you may have sustained a spinal cord injury and should contact a medical professional immediately.
Our Akron spinal injury lawyers have compiled the following medical resources for patients dealing with spinal injuries:
- Summa Health Spine and Neuroscience Center
- Spine Conditions & Treatment Information in Akron, Ohio
- Northeast Ohio Spine Center
Long-term Effects of Spinal Damage
Spinal injuries can cause serious, long-term physical and psychological damage. They are most likely causing severe pain, loss of work, medical care costs, financial debt, and the inability to participate in your daily life.
Spinal damage often requires major surgery, in addition to physical therapy. Long-term bed rest is also part of the healing process for spinal cord injuries. However, this often results in a high number of patients suffering pressure sores, and creates additional costs and complications.
Our spinal cord injury attorneys in Akron are ready to help by seeking the best treatment possible while pursuing compensation so you can return to work and recover your mobility.
Cost of Spinal Cord Injuries
The cost of treating spinal cord injuries is high. The Dana and Christopher Reeves Foundation, which advocates research and cures related to spinal cord injuries, estimates people with severe spinal cord injuries may spend upwards of one million dollars for care. This includes spinal cord surgery, trauma care, rehab, medication, medical equipment, job training, and other costs.
Almost no one is prepared to deal with these costs alone. We can evaluate your situation and help determine what you need to deal with the considerable expense involved with treating and living with a spinal injury.
Let KNR file your claim and document your losses, so you can get the best care possible.
Compensation After a Spinal Cord Injury
If you or a loved one suffered a spinal injury in a car accident or other act of negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
It is important to seek payment for damages if you are not at fault, particularly if your spinal injury occurred on the job. Filing a spinal cord injury lawsuit may help you recoup a number of losses and assist with ongoing rehabilitation.
KNR can guide you through the legal process, help with treatment, negotiate with the insurance company, and fight for everything you deserve.
A spinal cord injury lawsuit can help you recover your:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
KNR has helped numerous spinal cord injury victims get compensation for their long-term needs. For example, we represented a Greyhound passenger after the bus was struck from behind. The client required spinal surgery, and KNR settled the case for the policy limit of $100,000.
Our Akron Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Can Help
The skilled legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you recover after a spinal cord injury in Akron, Ohio.
We have 11 locations throughout Ohio and a long history of fighting for people like you. If you have questions, speak to an experienced Akron spine injury attorney today.