Getting The Care And Compensation You Need After A Spinal Cord Injury
Perhaps the most serious injury a person can suffer is damage to their spinal cord. When this happens, we may require extensive medical treatment, care and equipment. In some cases, with the right treatment and care, an injury can improve and heal. In other cases, the damage is extensive and permanent. No matter what type of spinal cord injury you or a loved one has suffered, the personal injury team at Clark | Martino, in Tampa is here to offer the legal guidance you need to understand your rights and your options.
Understanding What A Spinal Cord Injury Is
It sounds straightforward enough, but a spinal cord injury can involve nerves, bones and the brain. Because the spinal cord is the “highway of information,” it needs to be intact for messages to travel from the muscles and nerves to the brain and back. Without this, paralysis occurs.
The symptoms of a spinal cord injury can include numbness in the arms and legs and trouble with coordination, especially with walking. Loss of control of the bladder or bowels, pain and pressure in the back and severe headaches are also signs of this type of injury. Because you may be in shock after an accident, it is very important to be evaluated by a medical professional right away. Always accept an ambulance ride to the nearest hospital after a serious accident.
Five Common Accidents That Cause Spinal Cord Injuries
There are hundreds of ways a spinal cord injury can happen. The five most common are:
- Car crashes, truck wrecks and motorcycle accidents
- Biking and pedestrian accidents
- A fall from a height, off or a ladder or on a construction site, for example
- A dive into shallow water
Anything that hits and damages the spinal cord can cause a debilitating injury. Gunshot and knife wounds and electrical accidents also commonly cause serious injuries or paralysis.
Get The Knowledgeable Legal Guidance And Support You Need
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, the trial lawyer team at Clark | Martino, is here to help. With over 50 years of personal injury case experience in Florida and over $300 million recovered for our clients, we understand what it takes to present a successful case. We will pursue optimal compensation. As trial lawyers, we are not afraid to say no to lowball insurance offers and are always prepared to take your case to the level it needs to go to protect your interests. You pay nothing for our representation or our time unless we take your case and win a settlement or verdict for you.