Omaha Spine Injury Attorney

Spine injuries are some of the most devastating injuries a person can receive after a serious accident and have the potential to turn your world upside down.  It almost seems as though your entire life changes in the blink of an eye after a severe accident leading to a spinal cord injury.  If you have been involved in an accident leading to a spine injury, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.

Spine Injury After Accidents

Spinal cord injuries are defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “an acute traumatic lesion of the neural elements in the spinal canal, resulting in temporary or permanent sensory deficit, motor deficit, or bowel/bladder dysfunction.”[1]  Taking this definition into consideration, it is easy to understand why spine injuries are so serious and must be treated as soon as possible after an accident.  Spinal cord injuries have the potential to completely change your life and the lives of those close to you as they must adapt along with you.

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Database, approximately 12,500 new spinal cord injuries occur each year, with the average age at time of injury increasing to 42 (from 29 in 1970).[2]  According to these statistics, the most frequent result of spinal cord injury is incomplete tetraplegia, although paraplegia and complete tetraplegia are not far behind.  Unfortunately, a very small percentage (less than 1%) of people who received spinal injuries experienced complete neurologic recovery.

Paralysis after Spine Injury

The location of the spinal cord injury will determine any paralysis that occurs.  If the victim sustained an injury below the first thoracic spinal nerve, this will result in a loss of feeling in the torso.  Some paraplegics may be able to move their legs, although it varies from case to case.  Paraplegics will also have control of their arms and hands.  However, if the injury occurs above the first thoracic vertebra, quadriplegia, or tetraplegia will occur, which is the partial or total loss of all limbs and torso.  This type of paralysis can even affect an injured party’s ability to breath on their own.

Spine Injury Recovery

Spine injuries are extremely severe and can lead to a lifetime of ongoing medical assistance.  Not only will the physical health of a spine injury victim be turned upside down, but the financial security of their family will also begin to suffer.  One family member may have to quit their job in order to provide ongoing care to the victim of a spine injury as the cheaper alternative to hiring home health care.

However, the victim of a spine injury is entitled to bring a claim for damages against the responsible party, seeking the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation care
  • Ongoing medical treatment
  • Lost wages
  • Future earnings
  • Loss of companionship
  • Pain and suffering

Spine injuries have a lasting impact not only on the victim, but their entire family unit.  A court will take into consideration the current salary of the injured party at the time of the accident, their ability to perform work in the future, and the impact their salary had on the family.  An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to assist you in calculating the proper amount of damages, including estimating the future expenses which will occur as the result of a spine injury.  You should not be forced to cover years and decades’ worth of medical expenses due to the negligence of one person’s actions in causing the accident.

The Knowles Law Firm | Omaha, Nebraska

If you or a loved one received a spine injury during a traumatic accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at the Knowles Law Firm.  Our attorneys understand the difficult situation you have been put in as the result of the accident, and will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.  Your life was turned upside down in the span of a few seconds, and our attorneys will work together with medical experts and the court to prepare your claim for damages.  Contact our Omaha, Nebraska office today for your initial free consultation.

[1] http://wwwn.cdc.gov/nndss/conditions/spinal-cord-injury/case-definition/1990/

[2] https://www.nscisc.uab.edu/PublicDocuments/fact_figures_docs/Facts%202014.pdf