Richmond VA Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Spinal cord injuries are among the most severe injuries to result from ordinary accidents. While an accident may not seem extreme from the onset, the slightest impact on a person’s spine during an accident could have life-threatening repercussions. Spinal cord injuries are not injuries that can be easily recovered from over time, but instead require months of rehabilitation and often an unsettling future diagnosis. If you have suffered a back injury because of someone else’s negligence, a Richmond spinal cord injury lawyer at Christina Pendleton & Associates can help you recover the damages you deserve.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries, unfortunately, impact thousands of people across the country every year, many often resulting in paralysis. Spinal cord injuries are defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “an acute traumatic lesion of the neural elements in the spinal canal, resulting in temporary or permanent sensory deficit, motor deficit, or bowel/bladder dysfunction.” It is devastating to understand that an accident which simply hits a victim at the wrong place with the wrong pressure could have such an impact on their future.
Spinal cord injuries often result in paralysis and are divided between two distinct types of paralysis: paraplegia and tetraplegia. Injuries to the spinal cord below the first thoracic vertebra lead to paraplegia or the loss of feeling in the torso and the complete or partial loss of feeling in the legs. Paraplegics retain control of their arms and hands and often find that they can continue a reasonable lifestyle at the same pace with ongoing rehabilitation. Injuries to the spinal cord above the first thoracic vertebra result in tetraplegia, which is the partial or total loss of all limbs and torso. Depending on the extent of the injuries, a victim may also lose the ability to breathe on their own, and may require ongoing care for the rest of their lives. These types of injuries are often devastating to the victim and require extensive medical care within the first year, as well as ongoing rehabilitation sessions with the victim and their family.
How do Spinal Injuries Occur
Spinal injuries can occur due to a number of unintentional accidents, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Slip and falls
- Motorcycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
- Pedestrian accidents
- Train accidents
Personal Injury Recovery
Victims and their families can bring an action for damages against the responsible party after an accident leads to a spinal cord injury. Virginia is, unfortunately, a contributory negligence state, which means that if the victim was even one percent at fault, a court may rule against their personal injury claim. However, a dedicated Richmond spinal cord injury lawyer at Christina Pendleton & Associates will work closely with you to develop a claim for damages after carefully reviewing the facts of your case. You and your family should not be forced to go through the financial burden on top of the lifestyle alteration after a traumatic accident leading to spinal cord injuries. A claim for damages after a spinal cord injury can include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Our Richmond personal injury attorneys will assist you in projecting out those expenses which may not have a current dollar amount, such as future earnings or pain and suffering.
Christina Pendleton & Associates | Richmond Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident resulting in a spinal cord injury, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Christina Pendleton & Associates. Our lawyers will work tirelessly on your claim so you can focus on what is important: your recovery. Contact our firm today for a free initial consultation and appraisal of your injury claim.