Cleveland Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
An injury to the spinal cord could cause permanent loss of feeling and motor function below the point of injury. If a negligent, reckless, or irresponsible party caused you or a loved one’s recent spinal cord injury, contact Elk & Elk today for a free case review in Cleveland. Our Cleveland spinal cord injury lawyers can make a house call or hospital visit if you are unable to make it to our local law office. It is our mission to help your family recover the damages you need during this difficult time.
Why Choose Elk & Elk?
- Our spinal cord injury attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience successfully representing clients.
- Our firm has obtained more than $1 billion in collective case results – including many multimillion-dollar results for spinal cord injury victims.
- Our law firm does not charge anything for attorney’s fees unless we secure financial benefits on the client’s behalf.
Do You Need a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney?
The personal injury attorneys at Elk & Elk can be a valuable resource for your spinal cord injury claim.
- An attorney can assist you with all the legal proceedings while you focus on healing and recovery.
- Negotiating with insurance providers can quickly turn contentious. We can communicate with other parties on your behalf to ensure you are receiving the proper compensation you deserve.
- Calculating the value of your case may be difficult, especially in cases where injuries can lead to significant future expenses. We utilize our resources to hire experts who can accurately determine the compensation you are entitled to.
Ultimately, we want to help you out during this time of need, and ensure the legal proceedings run smoothly through the claims process.
Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury
When the neck, back, or spine suffers a serious injury, the individual could experience a range of different symptoms. The victim may feel pain or tingling sensations in different limbs, or nothing at all. Loss of movement, altered sensations, muscle spasms, back pain, difficulty breathing, and loss of bowel or bladder control are all symptoms of a serious spine injury. A victim will need to immediately go to the hospital if he or she exhibits symptoms such as weakness or paralysis, difficulty walking, or impaired breathing after an accident.
The lifetime prognosis of someone with a spinal cord injury depends on the severity and location of the damage. Injuries to the cervical spine, or upper column, can cause paralysis throughout all four limbs and the trunk of the body (quadriplegia). Injuries lower on the spine can affect movement and feeling in the lower extremities (paraplegia), or in some cases both legs and one arm (triplegia). Paralysis is a permanent condition with no known cure; however, with years of therapy and rehabilitation, a patient may be able to improve his or her mobility.
What Causes Spinal Cord Injuries?
The delicate nerves within the spinal cord can suffer permanent forms of damage in many different types of accidents. A jolt to the spine, such as in a fall, could fracture the bones and cause a permanent injury. Common accidents that can cause spinal cord fractures are falls, diving accidents, sports impacts, and auto accidents. Penetrating spinal cord injuries, such as gunshots or stab wounds, could sever the spine and cause a complete or incomplete injury.
A complete spinal cord injury is one that completely takes away the patient’s ability to move or feel sensation, while the patient may retain some abilities with an incomplete injury. Other common causes of spine injuries include medical malpractice and surgical negligence. Surgical mistakes, such as nicking a nerve, could render the patient unable to move or feel for life. In these cases, the victim could have a claim against the surgeon, physician, or hospital for medical malpractice.
Get Help With Your Accident Claim
Filing the right type of claim against the correct party within the state’s strict two-year deadline can be hard without an attorney. When you retain Elk & Elk, you can have the freedom to focus on rehabilitation and physical therapy while your lawyer handles the legwork of your injury case. Your attorney can file paperwork and fight for fair compensation while you focus on your physical health and wellness. Working with an attorney is critical for an injury as serious as one to the spinal cord. Do not waste any time. Call (800) ELK-OHIO or contact us online now for a free consultation in Cleveland.