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The spinal cord is an essential part of the human body. A tube made up of nerve tissue, it is protected by dozens of vertebrae in the middle of the back. Any damage to the cord is possibly life-changing, with many spinal injury victims struggling with impaired sensation or even paralysis for years. When the cord is severely damaged, a person can end up permanently paralyzed.

These are expensive injuries. Victims and their families need an experienced Houston spinal cord injury lawyer to represent them in these cases. At The Stano Law Firm, we can gather evidence for use in settlement negotiations or possibly even in a personal injury lawsuit.

What Are Common Spinal Cord Injuries?

The spinal cord runs from the base of the brain to the tailbone, with nerve roots branching off from it. Traumatic injuries can shatter the protective vertebrae and damage the cord, leading to following injuries:

  • Incomplete spinal cord injuries. The spinal cord is nicked, torn, bruised, or shredded—but it is not completely cut in two. Because some of it remains intact, a patient can try to recover movement and sensation below the site of injury. Nonetheless, impairment of varying severity is common.
  • Complete spinal cord injuries. The spinal cord is cut into two pieces. In this situation, paralysis is permanent below the site of injury.
  • Brown-Séquard syndrome. An injury on one side of the spinal cord manifests as loss of sensitivity or movement on one side of the body.

You might not immediately know you have suffered a spinal cord injury after an accident. Pay attention to the most common symptoms:

  • Difficulty walking
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Intense back pain
  • Back and neck stiffness
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms and legs
  • Paralysis

You should immediately go to the hospital to discuss your symptoms with a doctor. Spinal injuries are diagnosed by using various imaging tests, as well as direct observation.

Accidents Which Cause Spinal Cord Injuries

Our spinal cord injury attorney in Houston has helped people injured in:

  • Car wrecks
  • Truck accidents
  • Pedestrian collisions
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Premises liability accidents
  • Defective products

The Stano Law Firm has deep experience in personal injury law. We know how to find the evidence you need for use in your case and how to piece together an accident to uncover what happened and who is to blame.

Compensation for a Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries require expensive medical care. Accident victims usually need immediate surgery to stabilize their spines, and they might spend weeks in the hospital for monitoring. Physical therapy helps patients maintain and possibly regain movement, if they suffered an incomplete injury. Others will need at-home help with daily tasks.

According to estimates from the University of Alabama, medical expenses for these injuries are incredibly high but vary based on the type of injury:

  • High tetraplegia: $1,102,403 in the first year, and $191,436 each year after
  • Low tetraplegia: $796,583 in first year and $117,437 each year after
  • Paraplegia: $537,721 in the first year, $71,172 each year after
  • Motor function impairment: $359,783 in the first year, $43,700

Given the skyrocketing cost of medical care, these estimates are already out of date. But they give you some idea of how much care will cost.

Other financial losses include property damage and lost income. Someone who suffers a permanent injury might never work a job again. These financial losses make it harder for people to continue to stay in their homes or pay other bills.

With spinal cord injuries, victims should also seek compensation for future losses, including loss of earning capacity. Contact our firm to discuss today.

How to Negotiate a Settlement

Accident victims should hire an experienced spinal cord injury attorney in Houston for assistance. Even relatively minor injuries will sideline someone, and it is hard to pull together enough information to bring a successful injury claim.

If hired, our legal team will immediately:

  • Review evidence known about the accident;
  • Work with medical experts to fully understand your prognosis;
  • Interview witnesses and collect other information for use in your claim;
  • Identify the correct defendant to sue for your spinal cord injury;
  • Negotiate for financial compensation with the defendant;
  • Protect you from insurance adjusters so you focus on recovery;
  • File a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires.

Talk with a Houston Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Today

The Stano Law Firm understands how difficult it is for accident victims to come back from a serious spinal cord injury. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.