Any injury to the spine is a very serious matter, requiring immediate and ongoing medical attention. A spinal cord injury often results in permanent, dramatic changes to a person’s life. Whenever a person suffers an injury to the back, neck, or pelvic region, it is critically important to immobilize the person and seek emergency medical attention. Current research suggests that treatment administered during the first 8-24 hours after a spinal injury may significantly improve the victim’s long-term prognosis.
Once the accident victim is receiving proper care, it may be time to consult with a Miami spine injury lawyer to learn about the rights of the victim and the victim’s family.
Effects of Spinal Cord Injuries
Although advancements in emergency care have made it possible to reduce the long-term damage resulting from a spine injury, all significant injuries to the spinal cord still have lasting effects. Some of these effects are:
- Respiratory difficulties, especially in the case of injuries to the neck
- Chronic pain, tingling or numbness
- Reduced motor skills or paralysis
- Impaired functioning of the bladder or other vital organs
Paralysis may be partial or total, depending on the severity of the damage to the spinal column. In the case of a spinal injury classified as “incomplete,” the spinal cord retains some ability to transmit signals from the brain to areas of the body below the injury. The injured person can often regain at least some function in affected areas of the body through extensive physical therapy and skill-building training.
Medical scientists, supported by wonderful organizations like the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, are making almost daily advances in the treatment of spinal cord injuries. It will be many years before it is possible to truly repair a significantly damaged spine, but the ongoing development of sophisticated devices to help restore proper functioning of the bladder, lungs, and limbs (called neural prosthetic devices) offers growing hope.
Even if some recovery of abilities is possible, the lasting effects of a spinal injury are emotionally traumatic for the injured person. It is essential that victims of spine injuries receive appropriate counseling and other interventions that provide emotional and social support.
Miami area residents are fortunate to have access to one of the nation’s leading centers for spine injury research and the treatment of spinal cord injuries. The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis is internationally known for compassion and a deep commitment to improving the lives of victims of spine injuries everywhere. Visit http://www.themiamiproject.org/ for more information.
Your Lawyer’s Role in the Process
Neither a person who has suffered a spinal cord injury nor those close to that person should ever have to expend precious energy battling with insurance companies over appropriate compensation for the injury. Because the injury permanently alters a person’s life, determining appropriate damages is very complicated, which is why victims and their families need the advice of an experienced Miami spine injury lawyer.
Miami residents can receive guidance from Boris Lavent, an attorney who understands all the issues surrounding the accident that caused the spinal cord injury. Call us today at (305) 440-0450 to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to helping you through the process.