Written By Award-Winning Personal Injury Attorney Larry Lapidus
Here at The Lapidus Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers in Maryland specialize in helping clients navigate their way through the legal process when they have injured their spinal cord because of someone else’s negligence. Regardless of the cause of the accident, our experienced attorneys are here to help.
When you think of the different injuries that can happen in an accident of any kind, you may think of cuts, bruises, and broken bones. Your mind may not immediately go to the worst of the worst in accidents. Spinal cord injuries – without a doubt – fall into that category.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury is no small incident. In fact, Maryland Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers classify it as a catastrophic injury.
Healthline says this about spinal cord injuries:
“It’s an extremely serious type of physical trauma that’s likely to have a lasting and significant impact on most aspects of daily life. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves and other tissue that the vertebrae of the spine contains and protects. The vertebrae are the bones stacked on top of each other that make up the spine. The spine contains many nerves, and extends from the brain’s base down the back, ending close to the buttocks.”
Because the spinal cord is linked to every other part of the body, the messages it sends from the brain – to the hands, feet, legs, arms, etc. – are directly impacted when this area is injured. This area not only allows us to move on command but also is the way we feel pain and discomfort.
Spinal Cord Injury Causes & Statistics
We have represented clients with spinal cord injuries caused in several different ways. The most common cause is – by far – by car accidents. This correlates with the statistics detailed by Brain and Spinal Cord, which noted the following causes of spinal cord injuries and the percentage for each.
- 1% of spinal cord injuries are caused by car accidents.
- 7% of car accident injuries are caused by falls (such as slips and trips).
- 1% of spinal cord injuries are caused by violent acts (such as gunshot wounds or injuries sustained in a violent altercation).
- 6% of spinal cord injuries are caused by sports accidents.
- 6% of spinal cord injuries are caused by other occurrences.
With each of these causes listed above also comes the effect of the injury, which will involve either the high cervical nerves, low cervical nerves, the thoracic nerves, or the lumbar nerves.
High cervical nerve injuries are the most severe resulting in complete quadriplegia. Meaning – all four limbs can no longer move because of the extent of the nerve damage, and the injured will need 100% assistance with day-today living and activities. Low cervical nerve injuries most commonly impacts the arms and hands. Thoracic nerve damage typically results in disfunction of the legs and leads to the use of a wheelchair, as hand and arm function is usually intact. And lumbar nerve damage means compromised function from the waist down, impacting leg and hip movement. However, the injured may be able to walk again with the proper treatment.
Medical doctors will use the nerve area affected to determine if the injured is suffering from:
- Incomplete Quadriplegia
- Complete Quadriplegia
- Incomplete Paraplegia
- Complete Paraplegia
Maryland Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
It is crucial that you get a lawyer to help under these circumstances because the insurance company will most likely NOT initially offer a settlement that is fair and reasonable. What’s more – the insurance adjusters feel confident that the injured doesn’t know the law and how much their settlement could actually be.
The adjusters may take advantage of your lack of knowledge surrounding your legal rights – and put simply, that just isn’t fair. That’s why we’re here. We represent our clients by tapping into our 40 years of personal injury law experience in Washington, DC, and Maryland, we dedicate ourselves to each case, and we work tenaciously to get our clients a fair and reasonable settlement for their injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered spinal cord injuries because of someone else’s negligence, call us at The Lapidus Law Firm at (301) 852-7500.