Spinal Cord and Neck Injury Attorneys
Spinal cord and neck injuries can be devastating, often resulting in some or extensive loss of mobility and motor function. The spinal cord controls these and other critical bodily functions, and any damage to the spine or neck can create lifelong hardship. If you or a loved one have sustained a spinal cord injury or a neck injury in an accident caused by the negligence of another, our Dallas attorneys can build a personal injury claim on your behalf.
The period after a serious accident is tumultuous for innocent victims and their families. You can learn about your legal rights and options by speaking with the Turley Law Firm. Please call 214-691-4025 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today to schedule your free consultation. Our office is located in Dallas, Texas.
- Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Whiplash Injuries
- Spinal Cord and Neck Injury Litigation
- Spinal Cord and Neck Injury Compensation
- Contact our Spinal Cord and Neck Injury Lawyers Today
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Paralysis is a common consequence of trauma to the spinal cord. However, inability to move independently is just one major complication of injuries to this crucial group of nerves. Other possible effects include:
- Chronic pain
- Numbness or loss of feeling in extremities and other parts of the body
- Trouble breathing
- Muscle spasms
- Inability to control bladder or bowels
- Sexual dysfunction
The initial adjustment to life after a spinal cord injury is often extremely difficult for previously able-bodied people. Symptoms can get worse over time, creating physical, emotional, and financial burdens for victims and their families.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), reports that neck sprains and strains are the most commonly reported injuries in U.S. insurance claims. Your neck is one of the most vital and vulnerable parts of your body, consisting of an intricate system of nerves, muscles, vertebrae, cartilage and soft tissue. Depending on the severity of damage, neck injuries can lead to pain, stiffness, paralysis and even death.
Some of the most common neck injuries include:
- Pinched nerves
- Broken vertebrae
- Damaged larynx or trachea
- Disc injuries
- Neck sprains and strains
It is estimated that whiplash injuries result in nearly $30 billion in damages every year throughout the U.S. Whiplash is caused when your body is suddenly jolted backward or forward with violent intensity. The forceful movement hyper-extends your lower neck bones, and hyper-flexes the bones in your upper neck. This frightening and painful motion damages tender muscles, ligaments and facet capsules.
Whiplash symptoms range from bothersome aches to debilitating physical impairments. Most often, whiplash causes symptoms such as:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Jaw pain
- Arm discomfort
- Vision problems
- Ringing in the ears
These symptoms can persist for lengthy periods of time, requiring significantly more cost and attention than just neck braces, pain medication and physical therapy.
It doesn’t require much force to cause a whiplash injury, and even slow-moving accidents can result in neck damage. Many times, whiplash symptoms will emerge from car accidents where there was little to no damage to the vehicles involved. Most often, whiplash injuries surface after a car is rear-ended.
Losing the ability to walk or even move your limbs is one of the most frightening possibilities victims of a severe accident might face. Unfortunately, paralysis from spinal cord injury affects hundreds upon thousands of people each year – many of them in accidents that weren’t their fault.
Paralysis occurs along a spectrum according to the severity of the spinal cord injury. Paraplegia is the loss of feeling and function in parts of the body below the waist and sometimes in the torso, while quadriplegia affects all parts of the body below the shoulders.
Medical professionals use a standard of “completeness” to determine the severity of spinal cord damage and the subsequent paralysis. Patients with incomplete paralysis retain some feeling and function in the affected area, while complete paralysis completely disables movement and sensation.
Even incomplete paralysis can be a burden for patients recovering from catastrophic injuries after an accident. At the Turley Law Firm, our attorneys work for clients with these severe injuries as well as lesser injuries.
Spinal Cord and Neck Injury Litigation
Our attorneys have experience representing clients who have suffered damage to the spinal cord and neck. Often, these cases are the result of:
- Car accidents and other motor vehicle collisions
- Slip and fall accidents
- Workplace negligence claims involving faulty handrails, scaffolding, etc.
- Balcony collapses and other hotel and resort premises-caused injuries
Since 1973, our law firm has been ready for trial in a variety of injury cases. Our focus isn’t simply winning financial compensation for clients – each of our lawyers is dedicated to providing personalized guidance so you and your family can focus on recovery and adapting to life after your injury.
Spinal Cord and Neck Injury Compensation
People who suffer injury to the spine and neck often require extensive, long term care. Our attorneys will pursue the maximum compensation for damages including:
- Medical expenses, including surgeries, physical therapy, and ongoing care
- Purchase and maintenance of wheelchairs and other equipment
- Modifications to the family home
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Missing income, both from lost wages and loss of future earnings
We believe that injury victims don’t just need legal representation to hold the negligent party accountable – they also need committed lawyers who care deeply about them and their families. This dedication to caring for our clients has set the Turley Law Firm apart for over 50 years.
Contact our Spinal Cord and Neck Injury Lawyers Today
Proving damages in spinal cord and neck injury cases is often challenging, requiring testimony from medical experts, examination of medical records and photographic evidence. Our experienced injury attorneys will handle all of these legal complexities so you can focus on healing.