Athens Spine Injury Attorney
Helping the Injured in Georgia Get the Compensation They Deserve
At Hall & Collins Injury Law, LLC, we believe that no one should have to suffer in silence after suffering an injury. We work tirelessly to ensure that our clients receive all of the compensation they are owed, whether that be through a settlement or a jury verdict. We handle all types of personal injury claims, including those involving spinal cord injuries.
If you or someone you love suffered a spinal cord injury, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation. Our team at Hall & Collins Injury Law, LLC, can help. We can evaluate your case and help you determine whether you have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit.
What Is a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury is any injury that results in damage to the spine and/or the spinal cord. The spine is a column of bones that connects the brain to the rest of the body. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that carry signals from the brain to the rest of the body and vice versa. Any damage to the spinal cord can result in a loss of ability to move parts of the body, a loss of feeling in certain areas, and/or a loss of certain bodily functions.
What Causes Spinal Cord Injuries?
Spinal cord injuries can be caused by a wide variety of accidents, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Defective products
- Premises liability accidents
- Violent attacks
Any of these accidents can result in a spinal cord injury. The resulting injuries may be temporary or permanent, depending on the severity of the accident and the location of the damage.
What Are the Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury?
The symptoms of a spinal cord injury depend on the severity of the injury. A mild spinal cord injury may result in no noticeable symptoms. A moderate spinal cord injury may result in temporary symptoms that go away after a few weeks or months. A severe spinal cord injury may result in permanent symptoms that will never go away.
The most common symptoms of a spinal cord injury include:
- Weakness or loss of feeling in certain parts of the body
- Numbness in certain parts of the body
- Loss of bodily functions, such as bowel and bladder control
- Paralysis in certain parts of the body
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty moving parts of the body
What Are the Types of Spinal Cord Injuries?
There are four main types of spinal cord injuries:
- An incomplete spinal cord injury is one in which the spinal cord is damaged but the person still has some ability to move certain parts of the body.
- A complete spinal cord injury is one in which the person loses all ability to move certain parts of the body.
- A partial spinal cord injury is one in which the person loses some ability to move certain parts of the body but still has partial use of certain parts of the body.
- A cauda equina injury is one in which the spinal cord is damaged in the lower part of the body and results in loss of bodily functions.
The type of spinal cord injury a person suffers from will impact the type of recovery they can make. An incomplete spinal cord injury is often recoverable, while a complete spinal cord injury is not.
What Damages Are Recoverable in a Spinal Cord Injury Claim?
In a personal injury claim, the injured person is trying to recover damages for their injuries, pain and suffering, and other losses. These damages can be made up of several components.
Some of the damages that may be recovered in a spinal cord injury claim include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Loss of household services
- Loss of consortium
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of future wages are often the most significant components of a spinal cord injury claim. The injured person will have to show that they are out of work and will likely be out of work for an extended period of time. They will also have to show that they will likely never be able to work again. This can be done through the help of an Athens spinal cord injury lawyer.
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