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Categories for spine trauma include:
Your children suffer spine injuries from jumping into shallow swimming pools or hot tubs. Defective products like car seatbacks, or seat belts can fail and snap your spine.
Categories include sports, falling off of ledges, ladders, and gunshots. Children suffer spine injuries jumping into shallow swimming pools or hot tubs. Defective products like car seatbacks, or seat belts can fail. And that single snap a spine.
Doctors call a spinal cord injury an "SCI." Any damage to the spine that changes its function is an SCI.
Important: Getting diagnosed right away remains vital to your health.
Changes include loss of sensation, muscle function, or autonomic function. Loss of control of limbs and organs could happen at the spine lesion. Injuries can occur at any level of the spine and at any time.
Symptoms can range from:
And even if you think it’s just a case of whiplash or Facet Joint Syndrome, treat it with urgency.
Spine injuries fall into two parts.
Location and extent of spine damage determine the symptoms.
A wide range of symptoms is possible:
So the patient's prognosis can be full or partial recovery.
But in bad wrecks:
And so far, these stay permanent. These types of injuries may permanently hinder a person’s movement.
Loss of spinal cord function can make people very vulnerable to financial ruin and mounting medical bills. You don’t want to be in this fight alone.
All of this interferes daily living activities. But hope exists for the future. New research and treatments include prolotherapy, PRP, and stem cells.
But some off labels use of Human Growth Hormone is underway. Even wearable robotic exoskeletons are under experiment. And lab engineered materials for tissue support have seen great promise.
The spinal cord forms the cord of nervous tissue. It extends from the brain lengthwise along the back in the vertebral canal. It gives off the pairs of spinal nerves. Neural circuits carry impulses to and from the brain. It serves as a center for initiating and coordinating reflexive acts.
The spinal cord also supports cells.
If damaged, it can fail as a conduit for motor, sensory and reflex information. If transmissions fail, permanent disabilities present themselves.
Paraplegia and quadriplegia remain at the high end. Whiplash presents itself at the low end. At the mid-range, people may suffer foot drop, or partial limb use. Others suffer issues with incontinence.
The spinal column attaches at the neck. It connects the brain to all nerves, from the lower part of the back to the tailbone.
The spine primarily groups into 3 parts:
These types of injuries could take any form. Simple accidents rarely result in these ailments. It usually takes a sharp bump or strike.
Because of this, signals to the nerves to could malfunction.
The supple, pliable material in the spinal cord becomes compressed with the right types of forces. It may even degenerate during a jarring incident itself. Doctors call herniated disc injuries ruptured discs.
Other names include bulging discs and disc protrusions. The g-forces may cause the discs to shift out of place violently.
The higher up the base of the neck the damage, the worse the symptoms. This area can become dull and afflicted with paralysis. This nerve compression can be painful.
This is known as spinal fusion surgery. What we do is help victims with locating doctors and in diagnosing these ailments. And as seen above, we have won huge money for these types of injuries.
Common back trauma includes the effects of pressure on the spinal nerves. So bulging disc injuries can cause constant back, leg, neck, and shoulder pain.
Right after the accident a victim’s body produces adrenaline. This can cause a feeling of euphoria that covers up the extent of the injuries. This natural human response makes us able to fight or move to flight but can confuse the situation. After the adrenaline wears off, victim face severe pain.
Typically the pain radiates into their backs, feet, legs, hands. It may also lead to other parts of the body. A situation like this make things worse. So get checked out by a doctor from the start.
X-Rays are only capable of taking a photo of hard tissue. So they can see some issues. For example, they can spot a cervical lordosis. So spotting whiplash, or similar modality is no problem.
But Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or CT scans can see damaged tissue. This makes it superior in detecting spine injuries. Our attorneys make sure you have access to the best imaging systems.
This is one of the top steps after a severe injury. An ambulance can take you to the hospital for X-rays, Cat scans, MRIs, and other tests. This assures you are checked out and stabilized. Many crash victims fail to seek treatment or hire an attorney.
Insurance company attorneys take advantage of these victims. They'll say the injuries are faked. They try anything to reduce or eliminate payments!
Our spinal cord injury lawyers practice law in Los Angeles, San Bernardino County, and all over Southern California.
Ehline is expert at using abstract legal theories to resolve specific conflicts. And this is how we advance client interests. The role of our lawyers remains to protect victims of severe injuries in all jurisdictions.
The goal is winning clients money damages. In fact, Ehline Law Firm has won millions in verdicts and settlements. For example, in the case of Doe versus Doe, we won $8.7 million for a spinal cord injury victim. In that case, the client suffered respiratory problems. That client had spinal fusion surgery after a motorcycle accident.
Our expertise in and out of the courtroom sets us apart. Our trial attorneys, like Gary Dordick, can take the case to court. We try our best to avoid trials. Clients want the maximum recovery with no judge or jury.
Ehline’s personal injury attorneys compile evidence, and conduct discovery. Then we read, review, and create a synopsis of medical records and reports. The firm also uses the Physician’s Desk Reference constantly.
Our knowledge of law and medicine makes us viable experts. So we have the means to back your claim. Last, we don’t get paid a dime unless you win your case.
If a person suffers a form of paralysis, he or she will require a custom tailored devices.
So you may need:
If a developing minor, the victim will outgrow the equipment. And replacements will need to be purchased. This can result in runaway expenses and could bankrupt families.
Holding Your Defendnat's Feet to the Fire!
Affording these costs if another's fault is a tough pill to swallow. The right counsel can prove who the defendants who caused this accident or injury were. After that, we can hold them accountable.
So now they are on the hook for the money you deserve. Now they have to pay for:
They may also need to cover your:
Insurance companies try to trick jury pools into thinking newer cars prevent serious injuries. These companies hope to prevent a victim from receiving full compensation. They fail to mention that modern cars cause the force of the impact to transfer to the car occupants.
Many spinal cord injuries need long-term physical therapy. Occupational therapy remains part of the repair process. All of this interferes daily living activities. And all of this translates into money damages.
They now insist the visible damage won't support the damages claimed.
Ironically, it is the insurance industry who led the fight to make bumpers stronger. They did this to avoid paying property damage claims for bumpers. They fought to eliminate the crumple zone. With this gone, the forces travel into the passengers.
No longer is there this crumple zone that helps stop or mitigate the impact’s inertia. Insurance companies now persist that most all motor vehicle rear-end accidents are too minor (“fender benders”) for payouts or even fraud.
They now insist the visible damage won't support the damages claimed. Insurance companies may accuse the victim of failing to treat their injuries properly. It is a no win situation for a person to take on alone.
These types of accidents cause thousands of injuries every year. A severe back injury means lost work and lost future income. And it also causes unseen future issues such as loss of mobility and obesity.
Sadness and depression fall on families with spine injuries. Some people never adjust. Loved ones are victims too. But help is out there.
As seen above, research, grants, and legal help are a click away. Spinal cord injury education is essential.
Why Not Let Us Lobby Your Causes?
Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC is a successful nationwide law firm. We lead the way in lobbying for better consumer protections. We have achieved landmark verdicts and settlements.
For example, in the case of Doe v. Doe, partner Michael Ehline and staff won an $8.7 million settlement. A motorcyclist we helped was forced to undergo a spinal fusion surgery.
He was in an unfortunate automobile accident that threw him from his bike. The victim, in that case, came close to becoming a quadriplegic.
Our partners and staff fight for windfall results. And we thrive at complex cases that many lawyers reject. No matter the medical or legal problem, we can help.
Lawyers from Ehline Law Firm are proven, pathfinders. Our lawyers are community leaders. And we all participate in educational peer organizations. These include Personal Injury Warriors International, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, and Circle of Legal Trust.
Attorney Michael Ehline has taken a national leadership role. He has written treatises on cruise ship and aviation disasters. Michael speaks regularly before his peers on a wide range of trial strategies. So if you want a proven industry leader, you call (213) 596-9642.
Irene Perdomo edits for JNLAEM, an online consumer rights journal. Our personal injury attorneys have won over $100 million in results. Going it alone without a certified attorney can be the end of your case.
Only the finest injury attorneys can help. Ehline Law Firm of Los Angeles can assist you through this tough time. Call us today for a no-pressure consultation at no charge at 213-596-9642.
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