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Atlanta Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

Injuries to the spinal cord can have lifelong consequences, including permanent paralysis. If you recently sustained an injury to this essential body part for negligence-related reasons, speak with an Atlanta spinal cord injury lawyer as soon as you can. An attorney with experience in these serious personal injury cases will provide aggressive representation that can result in significant compensation.

Learning to adjust after a spinal cord accident takes time due to the mental, physical, and emotional aspects involved. And while it is important to take as much time as you need, connecting with the right legal professional is equally important. The attorney takes over all legal tasks so you can concentrate on managing your condition.

Common Spinal Injury Causes

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, 42.1 percent of spinal cord injuries are due to car and motorcycle accidents. Falls make up 26.7% of spinal injuries, with other common causes including recreational and professional sports accidents, and acts of violence. Attorneys refer to violent acts causing severe injuries as intentional tort. Workplace accidents can also cause spinal cord damage, such as injuries from falling objects on a construction site or within a warehouse.

Personal injury claims apply to negligence and intentional tort cases. Plaintiffs have two years to file personal injury claims according to Georgia Code §9-3-33.

Types of Spinal Cord Damage

No matter why the accident happened, a spinal cord injury damages the nerve bundles that allow communication between the brain and body. Paralysis frequently results, though the severity depends on where the injury occurred on the spinal column. Legal professionals represent clients who sustain spinal damage resulting in:

  • Monoplegia: Paralysis focusing on a single body part, such as an arm or leg. The effects can be temporary if the individual’s nerves do not get completely severed. And while monoplegia is commonly associated with cerebral palsy, it can also occur from traumatic brain injuries and severed nerves from assorted accidents.
  • Hemiplegia: Paralysis on one side of the body exclusively. It frequently causes mobility problems in both the arm or leg on the same side, with causes including brain trauma and infection.
  • Paraplegia: Paralysis affecting the body from the waist down, which can hinder bladder, bowel, and sexual functions. However, some paraplegics retain these functions and varying degrees of sensation. Nerve damage in the waist and hips can cause paraplegia, as can injuries to the spinal column among other things, such as brain tumors and infections.
  • Quadriplegia: Paralysis affecting the body from the neck down. Also called tetraplegia, quadriplegia affects the torso, all four limbs, and bladder, bowel, and sexual abilities. Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries are among the main causes of quadriplegia.

Both paraplegia and quadriplegia generally cause complete severing of the nerves, which makes full recoveries challenging.

Damages in Spinal Column Injury Cases

Since many spinal cord accidents render victims unable to work, they can request lost wages and disability in addition to emergency and ongoing medical care costs. Other common damages legal representatives request in spinal column accident claims concern compensation for ongoing rehabilitation, including occupational and physical therapy, assistive devices, and changes to the plaintiff’s home, such as the installation of ramps and wider doorways. Since all of these damages connect directly to monetary amounts, they are known as economic damages.

Non-economic damages relate to accident trauma, and include pain and suffering, mental anguish, and emotional distress. If the spinal damage occurred because of intentional tort, the attorney can request punitive damages for gross violence or other horrific acts.

Reach Out to a Spinal Damage Attorney in Atlanta

As you reconfigure your life in light of this catastrophic injury, count on an Atlanta spinal cord injury lawyer to represent you throughout the claims process. A member of our winning team will fight to win the damages you deserve.

Do not wait another day to contact us about your injuries. We are here to help you create a brighter future for yourself.

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