Can a Spinal Cord Injury Heal?

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:

  • Techniques to diminish cord compression
  • Prompt (in the first 8 hours after the incident) drug therapy to minimize cell damage
  • Stabilization of the vertebrae to limit further injuries

Some spinal cord injury treatments include:

  • Medications (intravenous (IV) methylprednisolone: A-Methapred or Solu-Medrol)
  • Immobilization to bring the spine into proper alignment. (a rigid neck collar and a therapy bed)
  • Surgery to remove fragments of bones, foreign objects, herniated disks or fractured vertebrae and to stabilize the spine to prevent future pain or deformity.
  • Experimental treatments

In the emergency room and early stages of treatment, doctors focus on:

  • Maintaining your ability to breathe
  • Preventing shock
  • Immobilizing your neck to make sure further damage doesn't occur
  • Avoiding possible complications (stool or urine retention, respiratory or cardiovascular difficulty, the formation of deep vein blood clots in the extremities, etc.)

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.

What Can I Do When a Spinal Cord Injury Occurs?

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:

  • Ensure you can afford high-quality medical care
  • Pay for in-home caregivers
  • Allow you to pay for services that support your family (such as childcare and family therapy)

How Much Is My Claim for a Spinal Cord Injury Worth?

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

  • Various medical services
  • Rehabilitation expenses. While you’re in the early stages of recovery, you will have rehabilitation teams working with you. You will be educated on the effects of your spinal cord injury and on how to prevent complications. And they will give you advice on rebuilding your life and increasing your quality of life.
  • Medical equipment
  • Lost wages and the potential to earn them. Loss of income and loss or reduction of future earnings is one of the main issues of a paraplegia legal action. The procedure for estimating a plaintiff’s future earnings starts with the evaluation of earnings before the accident and testing how much the earning capacity has decreased since the accident.
  • Pain and suffering
  • A part-time or full-time attendant, possibly a housekeeper. Spinal cord injuries are, perhaps, the most catastrophic injuries you can suffer. Those sustaining such an injury will have 24 hours of care needs, and perhaps they cannot return to work.

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:

  • Age and social status
  • Earning capacity

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:

  • The cost of lost enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • The cost of a loss of consortium
  • Emotional distress

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, personal injury cases must be filed within four years of the date of the injury. 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.

Who Can Be Held Liable for a Spinal Cord Injury?

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:

  • Assaults
  • Falls
  • Sports and recreation accidents
  • Being struck by objects
  • Construction accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Slip and falls

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.

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