Washington Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
Phillips Law Firm Can Handle Your Spinal Cord Injury Claim
Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) in Washington State are common in auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and work accidents. The spine is a fragile system that, when injured, can effect the victim’s ability to work, do their favorite activities and in the worst cases, confine them to a wheelchair. The experienced lawyers at Phillips Law Firm will help you seek proper compensation for your spinal cord injury.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
A slipped disc is when the soft part of the disc bulges through the circle of connective tissue. This can happen very easily in a car accident and could potentially be a life long ailment.
When a herniated disc bulges out from between the vertebrae, the spinal nerves and spinal cord can become pinched. It may seem okay in the beginning, becoming worse gradually with repetitive straining of the spine after the accident.
Lumbar Spinal Problems
A lumbar sprain occurs in the lower back when the ligaments are torn from their attachments. This can take months, even years, to correct depending on the victim’s age.
Sciatica occurs when there is pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve. This nerve controls the muscles of the back of the knee and lower leg. This spinal cord injury can also lead to temporary loss of mobility.
The vertebrae in your spine have three main points of movement: the intervertebral disc and the two facet joints. In an accident, fractures, torn ligaments, and disc problems can all cause abnormal movement and alignment, putting extra stress on the facet joints.
When individual vertebrae become fractured or dislocated, the back can be described as broken or fractured. The bones can heal normally, however, the victim wears a back brace for months and is vulnerable to future breaks much easier.
The neck is a fragile part of the spine and could have the largest implications for spinal cord injury victims as it could lead to quadriplegia.
Spinal Cord Injury Severity
Spinal cord injury severity depends on whether the entire cord is severely injured (complete) or only partially injured (incomplete). Paralysis and loss of sensation of part of the body are common. This includes total paralysis or numbness and varying degrees of movement or sensation loss.
Results of Spinal Cord Injuries
- Nerve Damage – Spinal cord damage can be healed in some cases, however, if severed completely it may cause permanent damage.
- Loss of sensation – Retaining function but loss of sensation is rare, but can occur and pose serious limitations to the victim’s ability to do certain activities.
- Paralysis – Loss of use of certain extremities can lead to serious professional limitations and may adversely effect the victim’s quality of life.
- Paraplegia – The loss of the movement in both legs renders the victim wheelchair bound and means major changes in personal actives, professional activities, sexual activities, and expensive modifications to environment.
- Quadriplegia – The loss of movement in all limbs requires the victim to have a 24-hour caretaker available. Occupational, relationship, and personal prospects are seriously impeded.
We will seek compensation for:
- Medical costs – Emergency, hospital, and fees.
- Ongoing medical costs – Physical and mental therapy, pharmaceuticals, and speech therapy.
- Loss of income – Lost wages and potential income.
- Pain and suffering – We seek general damages and special damages.
- Lost quality of life – Due to permanent personal injury or other factors.
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At Phillips Law Firm our spinal cord injury lawyers are dedicated to getting you justice and compensation you deserve. Call Phillips Law Firm at 1-800-708-6000, we are waiting to assist you 24/7, offering a free case evaluation. Remember our no fee promise. If we do not recover anything for you, you do not owe us an attorney fee..