Spinal cord injury victims suffer through more than just the pain and recovery from the accident. Many also have to deal with feelings of sadness, denial, and anger. In addition to adjusting to the spinal cord injury and its physical impairments, you might also face worries over medical bills, lost wages, and budgeting for everyday expenses. However, depending on the causes of your injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. The Charlotte, North Carolina spinal cord injury attorneys of Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. can guide and represent you throughout the legal process in a fight to seek justice while we maximize the value of your claim.
At Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A., our caring and dedicated staff brings over 50 years of combined experience to each claim we handle. We will be fierce legal advocates for you and your family, and will work tirelessly to prove fault and hold the responsible person accountable. If you have any questions about your legal options after suffering a spinal injury in North Carolina, look to the compassionate attorneys of Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. for guidance you can trust. For a free legal consultation, contact our law offices online, our call (704) 377-3737.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
Spinal cord injuries (SCI) have a wide range of causes. However, while the specific causes vary, many spinal injuries can be traced back to a common factor: human error. Examples of some common causes of spine injuries include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Accidental falls (falls from heights, slip and fall accidents)
- Bus accidents
- Car accidents
- Construction accidents
- Medical malpractice and hospital mistakes
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents and commercial vehicle accidents
- Other catastrophic accidents
If the victim’s accident and resulting back injuries were caused by human error, there may be grounds for filing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party or parties. The spinal injury lawyers of Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. can evaluate your claim to determine which parties may be liable, and how you may be able to pursue compensation.
Effects of Spinal Cord Injury
The spinal cord consists of major nerves which branch outward through small openings in each vertebra. They then spread throughout the body, branching into smaller and smaller nerves, enabling crucial functions and abilities like sensation and movement. When the spinal cord is injured, cut, severed, or otherwise damaged, the victim can lose a wide array of these functions and abilities. A bruised or pinched spinal cord may cause either temporary or permanent nerve damage, and a severed spinal cord will cause permanent damage.
The effects of spinal cord injury depend not only on the severity of the injury, but also on where the injury is located. If the spinal cord is damaged in the neck area, the entire body could be paralyzed. This is known as quadriplegia, also called “tetraplegia,” which requires lifelong living assistance. If the spinal cord is damaged lower down, paralysis may be limited to the lower body. This level of paralysis, known as “paraplegia,” confines a person to a wheelchair and may necessitate some level of living assistance, particularly while the person is newly adjusting to the loss of mobility. Permanent nerve damage can make daily tasks such as bathing, dressing and eating extremely difficult, and some tasks impossible.
In addition to causing loss of sensation and mobility, an injury to the spinal cord may also cause a range of serious problems with the lower or upper back, the neck, and any of the muscles and nerves in the area. Symptoms may include pain, loss of feeling, weakness in limbs, diminished organ function, muscle problems, heart and blood pressure issues, digestive problems, and sexual dysfunction.
Settlements for Spinal Injuries in NC
Unfortunately, medical care and healthcare expenses both become a major part of daily life for someone who has suffered a spinal cord injury. This can create an intense financial burden for the victim. However, the victim may not have to pay for all of these expenses. It may be possible to recover compensation for medical bills and other damages, including losses that are expected to occur in the future as a result of the spine injury. If the defendant refuses to make a reasonable settlement offer, it may be necessary to litigate. Recovering compensation from insurance companies and negligent parties may include the following:
- Cost of rehabilitation therapy (present and ongoing)
- Loss of earning potential
- Lost wages (past, present, and future)
- Medical expenses (past, present, and future)
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
Experienced Charlotte, NC Spinal Cord Injury Claim Lawyers Can Help
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. is ready to fight for you and your loved ones. You can bring all your questions and expect clear answers. It’s important to know your legal rights and options after suffering a serious injury, which is why we offer free initial consultations. If you have any questions about your options for filing a spinal cord injury claim or lawsuit in North Carolina, contact the Charlotte SCI lawyers of Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. online, or call our law offices at (704) 377-3737.