California Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates that about 12,000 Americans suffer spinal cord injuries each year. The number of people in the United States who live with Spinal Cord Injury has been estimated to be more than 262,000 individuals. Approximately 50 percent of new spinal cord injuries result from motor vehicle accidents, the leading cause of spinal cord injuries.
The spinal cord is a column of nerve tissue, bones called the vertebrae and support cells extending from the brain to the last segment of the thoracic vertebrae. A spinal cord injury is a traumatic event that injures the ligaments, vertebrae, disks or nerves. In injuries where the spinal cord is severed, the transmission of nerve signals between the brain and the rest of the body may cease to work and you can lose sensation or the ability to function below the level of the signals.
These types of injuries are among the most catastrophic cases that anyone can suffer. It is essential that anyone who suffers a spinal cord injury have competent legal help. The team of personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Alex G. Tovarian is helping spinal cord injury victims throughout the tri-state area obtain fair and just compensation.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Because the spinal cord is responsible for delivering messages between the brain and the rest of your body, an injury can destroy the ability of the brain to communicate with vital areas of your body.
A complete spinal cord injury means that all or nearly all sensation and ability to control movement below the place of the area of injury is lost. An incomplete injury means that you have some motor or sensory function below the injured area.
Many spinal cord injuries result in permanent disability or paralysis. If paralysis is to your lower body, it is paraplegia; to all four extremities, it is quadriplegia. The impact on a victim’s life is catastrophic as well as emotional as many victims must adapt to a completely different and complicated lifestyle and incur substantial medical and rehabilitation expenses for years, if not for life.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can be relatively minor but many are devastating, especially if paralysis occurs. Severe spinal cord injuries include the following:
- Paraparesis: Partial paralysis of the lower extremities.
- Paraplegia: Complete paralysis of the lower extremities and usually the lower trunk.
- Quadriparesis: Partial paralysis of all four extremities.
- Quadriplegia: Complete paralysis of all four extremities.
Spinal cord injuries of any type can include any of the following symptoms:
- Loss of sensation
- Loss of movement
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Pain caused by damage to nerve fibers in the spinal cord
- Exaggerated reflexes or spasms
- Difficulty breathing
- Changes in sexual function
Millions of Americans each year suffer less disabling but still painful injuries to the neck and the structures surrounding it. In many car accidents and slip and fall cases, the whipping forces that affect the body are often concentrated in the neck because of its position between the larger and heavier trunk and skull. Muscular pain, herniated discs, arthritic spurring, nerve stretching and nerve impingement cause significant pain and often require extensive medical treatment and physical therapy.
Consequences of a Spinal Cord Injury
Adjusting to life with a spinal cord injury can be difficult. Along with the physical impairments are the emotional costs to the victims and their family. Our clients have valid concerns about how their injury will affect their lifestyle, finances and personal relationships. Grieving and emotional stress are normal and expected. Our attorneys are familiar with the psychological as well as the physical consequences of any spinal cord injury and are sensitive to the demands that such cases require.
Evaluating the full effects of your injury is an important first step in setting goals for rehabilitation. The Law Offices of Alex G. Tovarian will adequately represent you in obtaining the compensation that you deserve. Victims should not bear the financial cost of accidents that were not their fault. We will work to hold the liable party accountable for its actions and help you obtain the monetary settlement to which you are entitled.
Professional Legal Help is Essential
The California spinal cord injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Alex G. Tovarian litigate neck and spinal cord injuries throughout the tri-state area and have obtained substantial compensation for clients including lost wages, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and pain and suffering. Our attorneys handle the complicated legal issues involved, allowing you to focus on your recovery.
Call The Law Offices of Alex G. Tovarian today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We have the necessary experience and the resources to properly handle a spinal cord injury case.