Tulsa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Spinal cord injuries are common types of injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents. Damage to any part of the spinal cord or the nerves at the base of the spinal canal are considered spinal cord injuries.
Oftentimes, injuries to the spinal cord cause permanent changes to the strength and sensations below the site of injury. Additionally, the closer the spinal cord injury is to the brain, the more the rest of the car accident victims body will be affected.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible for compensation.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
In a complete spinal cord injury, the victim has no feeling or movement below the injury location. In an incomplete spinal cord injury, the victim has limited feeling or movement below the site of injury. Incomplete injuries are usually divided into different degrees of severity.
Spinal cord injuries can also result in paralysis. A spinal cord injury victim can suffer from paraplegia or quadriplegia. In paraplegia, parts or the entire torso, pelvic organs and legs are affected by the spinal cord injury. In quadriplegia, the arms, hands, legs, torso and pelvic organs are affected.
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injuries
About 40 percent of new spinal cord injuries are caused by auto accidents, according to the Mayo Clinic. It is important to recognize the symptoms of spinal cord injuries as a delay in seeking medical attention can cause further damage.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from a spinal cord injury:
- Extreme back pain or pressure in the back, neck or head
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty walking
- Weakness or paralysis in any part of the body
- Numbness or tingling in the hands, fingers, feet or toes
- Difficulty walking
Numbness and paralysis can be a gradual process, as bleeding or swelling builds up in or around the spinal cord injury, so severe spinal cord injury symptoms are not always immediately apparent.
Contact an Oklahoma Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Diagnosing a spinal cord injury can be expensive. An auto accident victim with a perceived spinal cord injury will be taken to the emergency room, where a physician will carefully evaluate the patient. A doctor may take X-rays, CT scans or an MRI before confirming the diagnosis of a spinal cord injury.
If you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury due to the actions or negligence of another person or entity, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for your losses by filing a spinal cord injury lawsuit.
You may be able to recover damages from medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain, emotional trauma and other losses related to your condition. At The Edwards Law Firm, our Oklahoma spinal cord injury lawyers have the experience and resources necessary to handle spinal cord injury claims and to help you fight for your rights.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to spinal cord injury victims, contact an Oklahoma spinal cord injury lawyer by calling 1-800-304-9246.