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Any injury is hard. But, spinal injuries dramatically change lives.
Working with a skilled spinal cord injury attorney in Columbus can be the first step in your and your family’s future. Even though it’s difficult, if you or a loved one are in this situation because someone was negligent, you should do everything possible to recover what you need. Our Columbus spinal cord injury lawyers can help you gain the compensation necessary to move forward.
Kisling, Nestico & Redick has experience helping clients who have suffered minor to severe spinal cord injuries in and around Franklin County. Every case is unique, and we will treat yours with care.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)?
The spinal cord allows impulses to travel from our brain to the body. And when an injury happens, it disrupts the information between the body and the brain.
Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries happen frequently and can often lead to permanent disabilities. This includes paralysis and significant challenges. Because of this potentially life-changing trauma, it is a good idea to speak with an attorney experienced in spinal cord injury cases to help ease the burden on you and your family.
Common Causes of Spinal Injuries
The main causes of Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs) are:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents – According to the Mayo Clinic, car accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries and account for about half of all spinal cord injuries. In Columbus, Ohio, the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Morse Road is well-known for having a record number of car accidents, many resulting in serious injuries.
- Falls – The 2nd largest cause of spinal cord injury is falls, with workplace falls being especially common.
- Acts of Violence -, Most often occurring from gunshot or knife wounds, acts of violence are responsible for about 12% of spinal injuries. The Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Clinic at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center (Columbus VA ACC) offers detailed assessment and rehab for Veterans.
- Diving incidents – Ohio State University recently upgraded Mirror Lake to discourage students from doing the Mirror Lake Dive after a student suffered fatal neck and spinal injuries.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Following an injury, the ability to control your limbs can vary greatly. The most important components are the location and severity of the damage. The closer it is to a victim’s head, the more function a victim can lose.
Classifications of spinal injuries:
- Complete: The spinal cord is completely severed, eliminating function in the nerves. This means loss of all feeling, sensory ability, and motor function below the injury site.
- Incomplete: The spinal cord is only partially severed or damaged, eliminating some motor or sensory function below the affected area means your injury is incomplete.
When paralysis occurs it is often referred to as:
- Quadriplegia: Paralysis of all four limbs (also known as tetraplegia).
- Paraplegia: This paralysis affects all the lower part of the body- trunk, legs, and pelvic organs. The upper limbs are still functional.
Spinal Cord Injury Treatment & Care
Regrettably, spinal cord injuries devastate tens of thousands of people each year and have a much greater impact on individuals and families because of their life-changing aspect. Excluding fatal cases, about 17,000 people suffer Spinal Cord Injuries annually in the U.S.
However it happened, you probably need a great deal of medical treatment with ongoing support. Our Columbus spinal cord lawyers know how to help families and individuals deal with these claims, so you can concentrate on rehabilitation.
Rehab is critical for regaining lost skills and learning alternative behaviors to compensate for what you cannot reverse. For example, the Spinal Cord Injury Rehab Program at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center helps patients achieve the highest level of independence and quality of life possible.
There are also programs like The Spinal Injury Program at Ohio Health Rehabilitation Hospital. This facility works with individuals with spinal cord injuries and helps address their complex needs.
With considerable experience helping local injury victims, our Columbus lawyers will guide and assist you with documenting the medical care and costs associated with spinal truama. We have strong relationships with many of the excellent hospitals and trauma centers in Columbus, including:
Spinal Injury Compensation
If you suffered a spinal injury in Franklin County because someone was negligent, you deserve to hold the liable party accountable. KNR can guide you through the legal process, help you get treatment, negotiate with the insurance company, and fight for everything you deserve.
A spinal injury lawsuit can help you recover:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
KNR has helped numerous spinal injury victims recover compensation. For example, KNR reached a $100,000 settlement for the policy limits for a Greyhound bus passenger when the bus was struck from behind, causing a severe spinal injury.
In addition, if your spinal injury happened on the job, in a car crash, or because someone was negligent, it’s important to pursue compensation right away. Ohio’s statute of limitations expires after two years. If you wait too long, your claim could be dismissed.
Our Spinal Injury Lawyers Can Help
The skilled legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you recover after a spinal cord injury in Columbus, 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 spine injury attorney today.