We don’t have a cure for spinal cord damage yet. The fact is, unlike other body parts, the spinal cord cannot repair itself. However, treatments do exist. These can help reduce the pain, prevent further injury, and enable people with spinal cord injury to return to an active life.
Although there is no way to reverse damage to the spinal cord, researchers are working on new treatments that may promote nerve cell regeneration or improve the function of the nerves that remain intact after a spinal cord injury.
Spinal cord injuries take different forms. Paraplegia is paralysis from the waist down. That means, people with paraplegia can use their hands and arms. In the US, it is estimated that 46% of people suffering from a spinal cord injury have paraplegia. Paraplegia is most often the result of traumatic injury to the spinal cord. It can also be the result of a congenital condition such as spina bifida. The area of the spinal cord that is affected with paraplegia is the thoracic, lumbar, or sacral region.
Tetraplegia is paralysis from the shoulders down. Therefore, it affects all four limbs including the upper body, arms, and hands.
SCI treatment works to prevent further injury. It also empowers people to return to an active and productive life. But the methods for reducing the impact of the injury and for restoring all body functions are still limited. For severe spinal cord injury, immediate treatment includes:
Some spinal cord injury treatments include:
In the emergency room and early stages of treatment, doctors focus on:
Do you suffer from paralysis because of someone else’s negligence? Call our Miami based office today. The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary will help you recover fair compensation.
People who have suffered a spinal cord injury won’t be able to do all the things they once did with ease: playing with their babies or working to support their families, for example.
A spinal cord injury claim allows you to protect your family by securing for you and your family a sum of money that will allow you to live independently and:
Spinal cord injuries that were caused by someone else’s negligence are eligible for compensation. By filing a legal claim, you can receive compensatory damages - which can be monetary and non-monetary - and punitive damages.
Monetary damages require the evaluation of life care costs, which influenced by how severe the injury is. People suffering from spinal cord injuries need different degrees of care throughout their lifetime, such as
The compensation received should secure you dignity and comfort for the rest of your life. To get an accurate figure for damages, we consider the opinion of experts. The main factors that will influence the estimation are:
The expert will come up with a valid number included in the claim for compensation.
An expert life care planner will assess all your future needs and testify about their value. Often, a family member may take responsibility for providing care and support, but this responsibility is sometimes too much for a single individual to handle., so the expert will estimate the costs for paid providers. If the experts estimate that you have a good case, the amount of damages you may receive should be significant.
You can also collect non-monetary damages in a personal injury claim. Some examples of non-monetary damages include:
If a court finds that a defendant’s behavior was intentional or particularly egregious and outrageous, it may award punitive damages. The purpose of punitive damages is to deter people from committing similar acts. Florida limits the amount of punitive damages awarded in personal injury cases to three times the amount of compensatory damages awarded or $500K, whichever is greater.
Whether your injury was caused by a motor vehicle accident, a work-related accident or a fall on someone else’s poorly maintained property, our Miami based law firm can help you pursue maximum compensation.
If you suffer from paraplegia due to someone's negligence contact our law office in Miami today. In Florida, you must file a personal injury case within four years from the date of the accident. Other claims that may arise from a spinal cord injury, such as wrongful death or medical malpractice, have a shorter statute of limitations of two years. Our experienced attorney can guide you through this complex legal process to recover the maximum compensation.
Whether it’s medical malpractice, a car accident or an injury at a local water park, being injured due to someone else’s negligence can be an expensive, painful and confusing experience.
Spinal cord injuries are not only associated with car accidents. Some other accidents that can cause this injury include:
People who hurt you deserve to be held accountable. By seeking justice after an injury you can recover the funds you need to live a normal or almost-normal life. It’s also a way of regaining a sense of self-assurance. A spinal cord injury lawyer in Miami ensures that the process is fair and efficient.