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Spinal injuries are considered catastrophic injuries as they often entail permanent and life-changing damages. Unlike many other tissues in the body, the spinal cord does not have the ability to heal itself after suffering wounds. Spinal injuries can cause serious physical and psychological trauma, making them some of the most devastating injuries a victim can experience.
The team at DiMarco Araujo Montevideo in San Bernardino is committed to helping spinal injury victims through some of the most difficult times of their lives. We thoroughly investigate each case so that we can secure the best possible outcome for every client we assist.
The spinal cord is a thick bundle of nerves that, along with the brain, make up the central nervous system. Protected by the vertebral column, the cord runs down the back from the base of the brain. Branching off from the cord are several smaller nerves which flow out to the body’s extremities. This network of nerves is responsible for creating unconscious reflexes, conscious movements, and sensations. When the spinal cord suffers damage, the brain loses connectivity with certain parts of the body. Damage higher up on the spinal cord causes more severe symptoms.
Spinal injuries affect people in different ways, depending on the type of injury and the placement on the spine. Common symptoms of spinal injuries include:
In a few cases, the spinal cord may only suffer partial damage or become pinched between vertebrae, and some individuals may completely recover over time. In other cases, however, symptoms are permanent.
Almost any accident can result in a spinal injury including falls, sports injuries, vehicle accidents, and violence. Some medical conditions can also cause spinal cord injuries such as cancer and osteoporosis. If you suspect that someone has a spinal injury, do not move the individual. Use blankets or towels to hold the head still until a medical professional arrives. Moving someone who has suffered a spinal injury could worsen the condition or cause permanent damage.
The right treatment team can make a significant difference in a patient’s prognosis. While medical professionals cannot repair severed spinal cords, they have made advancements in spinal injury treatments. Your physician may recommend surgery, physical therapy, medication, or treatments for primary conditions that may cause or worsen spinal cord damage.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe spinal injury on the job or because someone else was acting carelessly, you deserve access to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and diminished quality of life. Pursuing a legal claim against the person or parties responsible can’t undo the harm a spinal injury causes, but it can improve your ability to cope in the aftermath.
In addition to helping our clients with insurance claims and initial lawsuits, we also develop long-term relationships with clients who experience catastrophic injuries. Unfortunately, some may face further legal concerns as they learn to cope with their new condition. We represent clients who struggle collecting benefits or damages, with unfortunate acts of medical malpractice and those who experience other complications after an initial case settlement. Every attorney at DiMarco Araujo Montevideo is committed to helping our clients through medical treatment, insurance struggles, and case settlement or litigation.
We carefully investigate each claim to determine all causes and liability factors before we recommend the best course of action. During a free initial consultation, we can help clients determine if moving forward with legal assistance makes sense. For more information about how we can help you through this difficult time, call our office in San Bernardino today.