Columbia Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
A healthy spinal cord is fundamental to the function of our entire nervous system. An injury to this sensitive and vital area of the body can cause a range of problems, including those that are both permanent and life-altering. Injures are unfortunately, not a rare occurrence and sometimes those are injuries that might been avoided. Our Columbia, SC spinal cord injury lawyers can offer advice as to whether your situation has the basis for a lawsuit and the best means of pursuing it.
Spinal cord cases involve a lot of money and that requires an attorney who’s experienced at dealing with high-dollar verdicts and understands how to negotiate with insurance companies and persuade juries. Mann Blake & Jackson has won settlements of $50 million and higher. From our Columbia office, we serve all of South Carolina. Call today at (803) 525-1645 or contact us online to set up a consultation.
The Ways Spinal Cord Injuries Can Happen
A car accident is among the most common ways people can injure their spinal cord. The very nature of the accident can cause both the head and neck areas to suffer a severe jerking. Truck accidents fall in the same general category, only more severe because the collisions are coming with a larger vehicle.
Motorcyclists can be at high risk of a spinal cord injury. They are being struck by a larger vehicle and virtually certain to be thrown from their bike at high speed. Wearing a helmet can be lifesaving and it can prevent injuries—but it can’t stop all of them. Injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists can have the same devastating impact.
Certain jobs are more susceptible to spinal cord injuries than others and the construction industry is certainly among them. Workers can be at elevated heights. Heavy objects can fall and cause injuries. In fact, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports the injuries from people falling or objects falling on them, totals in the thousands. Spinal cord injures are going to be among them.
The nursing home and other assisted living facilities are venues where spinal cord injuries happen. The cause can be staff that is negligent in helping a resident keep their balance while walking. There can be an equipment or staff failure when a resident has to be lifted from a bed to a chair. The elderly can be more susceptible to falls and more vulnerable to serious injury when a fall does occur.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury can be broadly divided into two categories. The first is an injury that is considered complete. In this case, the spinal cord has been severed, with none of the pathways that govern all of its functions able to be preserved. Then there is the incomplete spinal cord injury, where some neural pathways are still functioning, offering the possibility of at least some level of recovery and independence.
The consequences of any spinal cord injury can be severe. Everything from mobility to sensory perceptions to the ability to control one’s bladder and bowels can be reduced, if not eliminated. Breathing problems can be one of many aftereffects. These consequences might be temporary, but they can also be permanent.
A Columbia, SC spinal cord injury attorney has a lot of factors to assess in securing a fair settlement in a spinal cord injury case. The costs of immediate medical treatment alone are likely to be substantial. Furthermore, the road to rehabilitation is going to be a long one and there’s a good chance that rehab will be a permanent feature of the injured plaintiff’s life.
There will be physical therapy, aimed at helping the injured plaintiff recover as much motion as their body will allow. An occupational therapist is someone who can work with the plaintiff on learning how to bathe themselves and even re-learn tasks like how to eat. If the spinal cord injury impacted speech, a specialist in that area must be brought in as well.
Then there is the financial costs of renovating the plaintiff’s house. It’s unlikely that the plaintiff is living in a house suited for someone with a serious spinal cord injury. Stairways may need to be replaced with rampways and the entire home will need to be made accessible.
After all of these costs are tabulated, there is still the costs of psychological therapy. The terrible consequences of a spinal cord injury can leave someone extremely depressed, and counseling is likely going to be needed for a long period of time.
Relentless Lawyers for Serious Cases
All of these factors and more require a Columbia, SC spinal cord injury lawyer who can think downrange and anticipate the new circumstances an injured plaintiff is going to fast. The attorney must understand how to calculate the costs of meeting those circumstances and how to defend their figures to an insurance company’s negotiator or to a jury.
Mann Blake & Jackson has secured big verdicts for our clients in the past. While previous results can never guarantee future performance, what those results can tell you is that our lawyers know what they’re doing ,they work hard, they’re tenacious and they don’t back down from a fight. Especially when they know their client’s livelihood is riding on their efforts.
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