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Midland Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers

Neck & Back Injury Attorneys Serving Midland, Odessa & the Entire U.S.

Per the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 40% of the 100 million Americans who are dealing with chronic pain are suffering from spinal cord injuries. Whether these injuries are from car accidents, work accidents, or other preventable incidents, these injuries are often life changing. If you or a loved one has suffered from neck or back injuries and are now dealing with the pain, financial losses, and the expenses of this catastrophic injury, we at Arnold & Itkin may be able to help you hold the responsible parties accountable. With a spine injury lawsuit, we may also be able to help you recover compensation to cover the medical expenses that have been forced on you and your family.

Protect your future. Call (888) 493-1629 to learn how our Midland-Odessa spinal cord injury lawyers can help you. Your consultation is free!

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Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

There are different types of spinal cord injuries, typically depending on the location and severity of damage to the nerves and vertebrae. Understanding these can prove useful not only in terms of treatment and coping with your injury but also in pursuing the level of compensation that will provide for your lifelong care.

Complete Spinal Cord Injuries

A complete spinal cord injury results in a total loss of function below the level of the injury. This means there is no sensation or voluntary movement, and both sides of the body are equally affected. These injuries can result in paraplegia or quadriplegia, depending on the section of the spine that is injured. Paraplegia typically affects all or part of the trunk, legs, and pelvic organs. Quadriplegia (or tetraplegia) affects all four limbs, as well as the torso. 

Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries

Incomplete injuries mean that there is some function below the primary level of the injury. Individuals with incomplete spinal cord injuries may have some movement or sensation in affected areas. The extent and type of function vary widely, depending on the severity of the injury. 

The following are types of incomplete spinal cord injuries:

  • Anterior Cord Syndrome involves damage to the front of the spinal cord, affecting motor and sensory pathways. 
  • Central Cord Syndrome results in loss of function in the arms more than the legs, with varying sensory loss. 
  • Posterior Cord Syndrome affects the back of the spine, impacting sensory pathways instead of motor function. 
  • Brown-Sequard Syndrome is characterized by damage to one side of the spinal cord, resulting in paralysis and loss of touch on the same side as the injury, with loss of pain and temperature sensation on the opposite side. 

Cauda Equina Syndrome

This is a rare and serious condition caused by compressed or damaged nerve roots at the lower end of the spinal cord. It can lead to loss of sensation in the lower part of the body, loss of bladder and bowel control, and sexual dysfunction.

Spine Injuries: Common Causes & Determining Liability

When a person experiences a spinal cord injury, understanding its cause is an essential part of moving forward with a claim. Potential causes include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents, including car, truck, and motorcycle accidents, are the leading causes of spinal cord injuries. The force of the collision can cause severe damage to the spine, leading to partial or complete paralysis.
  • Falls from significant heights, slip and fall incidents, and workplace accidents, particularly in construction, can result in spinal injuries. Older adults are especially vulnerable to sustaining spinal cord injuries from falls.
  • Acts of violence, including gunshot and knife wounds, can sever or damage the spinal cord. These incidents account for a substantial percentage of spinal cord injuries annually.
  • Contact sports, diving into shallow water, and other recreational activities can lead to spinal injuries. While these injuries are less common, they can be particularly devastating to younger individuals.
  • In rare cases, medical procedures can result in spinal cord damage. This may occur due to surgical errors, incorrect handling during medical treatment, or complications from invasive procedures.

As Midland spine injury attorneys, we understand how to investigate cases of this kind in order to determine what caused our client's injuries and who is to blame. It may be a negligent driver, the manufacturer of a defective product, an employer who failed to put safety first, or a property owner who allowed hazardous conditions to persist. Serving Odessa, Midland, all of Texas, and the entire U.S., we have the resources to get to the bottom of these matters.

Long-Term Effects of Spinal Cord Injuries

Whether someone is dealing with bulging or herniated discs, vertebrae fractures, paralysis, or other serious spinal cord injuries, these back or neck injuries can severely affect other aspects of one's health. In many cases, recovery will involve intensive treatment, ongoing therapy, and sometimes continual medical care for the foreseeable future.

Some of the effects of spinal cord injuries can include:

  • If injured at C3, C4, C5 segments or above, breathing can be affected to the point that a ventilator is required.
  • Blood clot risks increasing significantly.
  • Blood pressure issues and irregular heartbeats, particularly when the cervical spine has been injured.
  • Spasms that result when a damaged spinal cord means that reflexes can fire off spastically.
  • Pressure sores can develop for paralyzed patients who need help to be moved often enough to avoid these sores from developing, and who will also require a diet that promotes skin health.
  • Bladder and bowel functions can be disrupted, requiring a catheter implant in some cases to avoid infection.
  • Sexual and reproductive function can result from spine injuries, more often in men than in women.

There are many other effects to consider as well. For instance, in cases of paraplegia and quadriplegia, this could mean learning to live in a wheelchair, losing much in the way of earning capacity, and dealing with the psychological trauma as well as the resulting financial strain.

After a Spinal Cord Injury: What You Should Do

If you or someone you love has been catastrophically injured, the steps you take right now could impact their ability to get the care they need. First and foremost, seek medical attention. Once you've done that, involve an attorney who has experience with these cases. Our Midland spinal cord injury law firm is standing by to help when you need it most.

Dealing with the insurance company and other involved parties without legal counsel can prove disastrous to your claim. You could feel forced to accept a settlement that is worth far less than what you deserve, you may be pressured into working with the wrong doctor or returning to work too soon, or you could even be blamed for an accident you didn't cause. No matter the circumstances or your concerns, reach out today to talk about the ways we can help you.

Turn to Record-Setting Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in Midland-Odessa

Getting medical care as soon as possible is critical for any amount of recovery. After getting emergency medical care, a patient's long-term rehabilitation may require working with rehab nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and other specialists. From medications and orthopedic procedures and devices and more, recovery can be an intense process that requires the right amount of funding, especially if you want to be treated by skilled experts. 

That's where Arnold & Itkin comes in.

We can investigate the causes of your accident, determine who is at fault, and then build the case needed to secure the financial compensation you need to cover all your related costs and more. Our Midland injury attorneys have won more than $20 billion on behalf of our clients, and we have done so on a contingent fee basis. That means we only get paid if our clients do. We charge nothing upfront and won't charge anything until we've won compensation for you.

Learn more in a free and confidential consultation. Call (888) 493-1629 today to reach out to our Midland-Odessa spinal cord injury attorneys. 

Common Questions

  • What Are Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injury?

    Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents are one of the leading causes of spinal cord injuries in Midland, Texas, and the entire country. Motor vehicle accidents account for nearly half of the spine injuries each year in the United States. After that, falls account for nearly a third of spinal cord injuries, with violence and sports and recreation also making the list of leading causes.

    Determining the cause of your injury is an important part of recovering the compensation you need for medical treatment and ongoing care, not to mention lost earnings or loss of earning potential. Our Odessa spinal cord injury attorneys can help determine cause and fault.

  • How Much Does It Cost to Live with a Permanent Spinal Cord Injury?

    Hospital and medical bills, assistive devices, therapy, and more all add up to significant expenses. For someone with paraplegia at age 50, these lifetime healthcare costs can total up to $1.5 million. That cost looks more like $2.3 million for a paraplegic who was injured when they were 25 years old. If the 25-year-old's spinal cord injuries amounted to quadriplegia, the lifetime healthcare costs to range from $3.4 million to $4.7 million. If a 50-year-old became a quadriplegic, the lifetime medical costs could still add up to $2.1 million or $2.5 million.

    These costs are exacerbated by the fact that the injured person has a reduced earning capacity or may be unable to work at all.

  • Who Is at Fault for a Spinal Cord Injury?

    If a neck or back injury came from a car accident, then the other driver in the crash may be liable. If it came from a fall, then the property owner may be responsible. If the injury happened at work, then a workers' comp claim or third-party lawsuit may be in order. For injuries stemming from a defective product, then a lawsuit against the manufacturer could be the next step.

    Our Midland spine injury attorneys are well-versed in the investigation it takes to determine what happened, who is responsible, and what legal options a spinal cord injury victim has for rebuilding and moving forward.

  • How Much Can You Get from a Spinal Injury Case?

    The value of a spinal cord injury case will depend on the severity of the injury and its impact on all aspects of the survivor's life. Working with medical experts, economists, and other professionals, our Midland spinal cord injury lawyers work diligently to determine the full and fair value of each client's case. We may be able to pursue compensation for medical expenses, ongoing care, assistive devices, home modifications, lost wages, loss of future earnings, emotional trauma, and more. 

    With cases like these, a fair settlement or verdict can ensure a person living with a spinal cord injury has everything they need for the rest of their life.

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