Washington Car Accident Spinal Injury Lawyers
Legal Representation for Victims of Spine Trauma
A car accident can happen to anyone. The damage to the car is the least of anyone's concerns should injury or death be the result of that car accident. Yet, the speed, frequency, and sheer number of motor vehicles on the road make the road a dangerous place to be. Good driving unfortunately doesn't always help a motorist avoid a car crash if it's caused by a negligent driver, dangerous roadway, or auto part defect. One of the most catastrophic injuries a person can suffer in a motor vehicle collision is a spinal cord injury.
Treatment for any type of spinal cord injury will take time - and money. Get legal help by calling a Seattle car accident spinal injury attorney at (888) 228-3860.
How Do Spinal Cord Injuries Occur?
A spinal cord injury occurs when the body is impacted. It is not a condition which results from disease. Car accidents account for 40% of all new spinal cord injuries in this country. A spinal cord injury creates weakness to, sometimes, complete immobility in the normal neurological functions of the body. The degree of impairment will depend on the location, on the spine, of the injury and the severity of the impact which created it. Loss of mobility, feeling, bladder control; sexual dysfunction; pain due to nerve damage; and difficulty breathing are some of the ill-effects of a spinal cord injury. Respiratory problems, after a car accident, are often symptoms of a severe spinal cord injury. Whether the injury is "complete" (loss of feeling, sensations, pain and respiratory issue) or incomplete (some motor functioning is still possible), treatment is essential and will need to be long-term in order to slow down continued damage, and consequently, increased pain or incapacity.
What Are the Effects of a Car Accident Spinal Injury?
While the effects of a spinal cord injury, whether "complete" or "incomplete", are debilitating, they are not always readily apparent. The damage inflicted on the body is immediate as bone fragments, disc protrusions, or ligaments bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue. The symptoms may not be felt until much later.
Following an auto accident, you might believe you are not injured and still you may have suffered a spinal cord injury. Symptoms of a spinal cord injury such as weakness, loss of sensation, pain, or trouble breathing, may not be immediately experienced. In order to avoid a spinal cord injury from becoming more devastating than it might be, the time between the impact or injury and the time medical treatment is administered has been shown to determine the degree of impairment, if any, a person will suffer. That is why, whenever you are involved in a car accident, it is imperative that medical treatment be sought immediately, if only to rule out a spinal cord injury.
What is the Prognosis?
There is no way to reverse the impairments caused by a spinal cord injury. Treatment consists of preventing further injury to the spine, medication to manage any pain, and physical therapy to allow the victim of a spinal cord injury to live as active a life as possible.
Protect Your Rights and Future
In some circumstances following a spine injury, medical care will be necessary for your entire life. Managing your care is your utmost priority. In order to do that though, you will need financial resources. Receiving just compensation from the person(s) responsible for your car accident spinal cord injury should be entrusted to competent, experienced, legal counsel like the Seattle car accident injury lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. Call us for a free consultation at (888) 228-3860.
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