One of the most devastating and catastrophic injury types is a spinal cord injury. Even when a spinal cord injury is not completely paralyzing, a spinal cord injury will no doubt leave a person with permanent disability and an inability to perform many of the physical activities that they once enjoyed or were crucial to their wellbeing. At the office of Tetzel Law, our spinal cord injury lawyers in Massachusetts know that if you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury, your life will never be the same. For the representation you need during the process of seeking monetary damages for your harm, call our experienced law firm today.
What Is a Spinal Cord Injury?
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerve fibers that runs the length of the spinal column—from the base of the neck to the tailbone—and is responsible for transmitting information from the brain to the rest of the body and vice-versa. When you want to pick up an object, the brain sending a signal to your hand via the spinal cord allows that movement to happen; when you step on a sharp object or touch a hot surface, the messaging between the brain and body, facilitated by the spinal cord, is what allows you to experience pain and withdraw.
When the spinal cord is injured, this ability to send and receive messages is disrupted. This means that the brain’s ability to communicate with any part of the body that is below the site of the injury is cut off. The result can be permanent partial or complete paralysis from the site of the injury downwards.
Common Causes of a Spinal Cord Injury
Because the spinal cord is protected by the spinal column, it takes a great amount of force to injure. Most spinal cord injuries happen in acute accidents, such as:
- Falls from heights;
- Motor vehicle accidents;
- Diving accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Bicycle accidents; and
- Sports injuries.
In many cases, a spinal cord injury would never occur but for the negligence of another party, such as a drunk driver who hits another car head-on, or a distracted driver who hits a cyclist. When another party is responsible for a spinal cord injury, the injured person maintains the right to file a claim or a lawsuit for damages.
What Is the True Cost of a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury will likely lead to hundreds of thousands (or millions) of dollars in medical expenses, ongoing medical care, necessary household accommodations, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity and income. These types of damages are economic—they are countable and reflective of actual monetary losses/expenses. But in addition to economic damages, a victim may also incur noneconomic damages. Working with an attorney is necessary for calculating the true cost of a spinal cord injury, including the value of the victim’s diminished quality of life, physical pain and suffering, emotional anguish, psychological injury, loss of consortium, and harm to relationships.
Seek Legal Help Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in Massachusetts as a result of the negligence of someone else, you deserve to be compensated. To learn more about your legal rights, please reach out to our Massachusetts spinal cord injury attorney directly today by sending us a message online or calling our law firm at (617) 742-1700. We offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis.