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Handling Spinal Cord Injury Cases

It only takes one moment for a life to change forever. A swerving car, a broken ladder, or the nick of a surgeon's knife - in the blink of an eye, serious damage can be done to the human spinal cord. Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries are among the most devastating. Recovery is a lengthy process, and in some cases, the injury cannot be resolved. Permanent paralysis, including paraplegia and quadriplegia or tetraplegic can be lifelong physical impairments from spinal injury.

On top of facing the physical challenges of a spinal cord injury, victims often face financial hardship and emotional strain. If you or a loved one were the victim of a spinal cord injury, don't have tackle the legal challenges alone. At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., our Seattle spinal injury attorneys will fight to get you the justice and financial compensation you deserve.

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How Spinal Cord Injuries Occur

Spinal cord injuries are usually the result of a sudden impact or change in momentum. Some common ways this occurs include:

Car Accidents

Drivers are expected to exercise a reasonable level of care while operating a vehicle. We must all keep our eyes on the road ahead, obey traffic signals, and watch out for other motorists, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. When drivers are careless, they put everyone at risk. An impact with another vehicle can damage the spinal cord permanently. Some drivers get behind the wheel while under the influence, or drive distracted. Drunk or distracted drivers are more likely to speed, making a collision far more dangerous due to the increased force of impact.

Motorcycle Collisions

Even if riders are careful and defensive drivers, they are still vulnerable to unsafe behaviors by motorists. They are especially at risk, since little separates them from the road. Being thrown from a motorcycle can lead to a spinal cord injury when a rider strikes the ground at high speed. In fact, over one in ten motorcyclists involved in a crash suffer a spinal cord injury.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Spinal cord injuries can be caused by a fall on slippery sidewalks, broken staircases, faulty equipment, and more. Elderly people are at high risk. If the owner of the property failed to provide a safe environment for visitors, legal action can be taken. It is the responsibility of homeowners and business owners to keep property free of any hazards that could put visitors at risk. The most serious injuries are those upon the spinal cord or brain. If the property owners knew about the dangers, or should have known, this is typically considered an act of negligence.

Medical Malpractice

We place an enormous amount of trust in our healthcare providers. Every time we visit the family doctor or go to a hospital or clinic, we expect that doctors and nurses will provide, minimally, the accepted standard of care. Certain procedures are inherently risky, and require extreme precision. This is especially true for the delicate spinal cord area. Surgical errors can do lasting nerve damage leading to paralysis and other serious medical issues.

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The Effects of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries involve damage to the vertebrae, ligaments, disks or the nerve bundle. Once injured, the injuries often leave the individual with irreversible damage. Possible signs of a spinal cord injury include the loss of sensation, trouble with motor control, or spasms. If you suspect a spinal cord injury, you should seek medical treatment immediately. Your doctor will perform tests to determine the nature of your injury, and resolve it if possible. Unfortunately, the consequences may be impossible to resolve. Victims may suffer paralysis, loss of control of bowels and bladder, or numbness. In many cases, these symptoms may be permanent.

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What to Do After a Spinal Injury in Washington

Once you have consulted a qualified specialist, the next step is to engage the services of an experienced attorney. Many people don't know that they may have the ability to recover compensation for their injuries. Every case is different, but if your injury was the result of another person's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, the cost of rehab and other care, lost wages, lost earning potential, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, and emotional anguish associated with the injury.

At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., we can help you through every step of the process. We have over 40 years of experience working with clients like you throughout the state of Washington, and we are dedicated to helping you to pursue justice and full compensation. To discuss your case with a Seattle catastrophic injury lawyer, call us at (888) 228-3860 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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