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Spinal Cord Injuries

Fairfax Injury Lawyer Brien Roche Addresses Spinal Cord Injuries

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A spinal cord injury is life-altering. It impacts lives of victims short-term and long-term.  Spinal cord injuries create a host of health problems.  The spinal cord begins at the base of the skull. It extends to the lower back.  It is a composite of nerves (neurons) that transmit electrical messages to and from the brain and to and from different parts of the body. When these electrical signals are impaired they cause a loss of motor skills and sensation. 

Electricity in your body is what allows you stand up straight. It allows you to bend over. It allows you to do things with your hands. Without it you are just a blob.

Spinal cord injuries arise in a number of ways. They can be from car crashes, medical malpractice, slip and falls or acts of violence.  The compensation for such injuries varies. It will depend in part on the locale in which you live in.  This article discusses the main types of compensation open to those pursuing a spinal cord injury claim.

Types of Compensation for Spinal Cord Injury Claim

Damage awards serve the purpose of placing the victim in their pre-injury condition by paying for any losses. The main types of damage are payment for medical expense and pain and suffering. In addition there are the cost of assistive devices, modifications to make the victims’ homes accessible and loss of income.

Reimbursement of Medical Expenses:   These are damages given to reimburse the victim for the treatment received and the estimated costs in the future. These awards may be subject to a subrogation lien from the health insurer.

Pain and Suffering:  Pain and suffering damages compensate victims for the suffering from discomfort due to their spinal cord injury.

Assistive Devices:  The court may order an award for assistive devices such as wheelchairs, crutches and canes that assist the victim.

Modifications for Accessibility:  These awards are to pay for changes needed to make the victim’s home more accessible after the injury.

Injuries to the spinal cord are either complete or incomplete. A complete injury means that there is no sensation or controlled movement below the level of the injury. An incomplete injury means that there is still some function below the point of the injury. Paraplegia is an injury to the spinal cord that occurs in the mid-back or lower back region. Quadriplegia is an injury that occurs in the neck area. If you have suffered such an injury contact personal injury attorney Brien Roche. Call, or contact us for a free consult.

Spinal Cord Injuries May Necessitate a Wide Range of Experts

Spinal cord injuries, because of their scope require life care planners to testify to the full scope of care needed. In addition, there may be a need for a vocational rehab expert. She may testify as to the future work life of the victim. There may be a need for an economist to project what the future economic losses are. In addition there is a need for a medical expert to prove the scope of the injury.

Spina Bifida

Although this is not a result of trauma it is a spinal cord injury. Babies with spina bifida have surgery either before or after birth. The spinal cord that protrudes through the spinal column is inserted back into the column and sealed.

The results of a federally funded study released on February 9, 2011 indicates that 42% of those babies who receive this surgery in the womb were able to walk compared with about 21% of those who had the surgery after birth.

There are risks with the pre-birth procedure. They include ruptured membranes resulting in C-sections. Future births may then need to be C-section.

Spina bifida is the most common birth defect in the central nervous system.  Approximately 1,500 babies are born each year with the most severe form of this condition. The condition consists of the spinal column not closing around the spinal cord.  Where this is not corrected children have lifelong disabilities. They include paralysis, bladder and bowel problems and excessive fluid buildup in the brain.

Chiari Malformations

Chiari malformations consist of brain tissue from the cerebellum of the brain protruding into the spinal canal.  These are congenital.   The brain tissue can block the flow of spinal fluid which surrounds the brain and spinal cord.  It disrupts signals that should be transmitted to other parts of the body.  They can result in cavities in the spinal cord that fill with fluid. 

At that point, surgery is needed.  The surgery involves cutting through the skull to remove a small section of bone at the back of the skull and at the top of the vertebrae.  If the symptoms have progressed to the point where surgery is needed and is not performed, then the result can be hydrocephalus. This is a buildup of fluid inside the skull. The fluid compresses the brain causing severe neurological problems.

Seeking Legal Help For Spinal Cord Injury Claim

If you have a spinal cord injury claim retain an attorney who knows personal injury law. This is the first step to obtaining the damages that you may be entitled to because of your injury.

Call, or contact us for a free consult. For more information about your spinal cord injury claim and personal injury in general, see the other pages on this site. Also see the pages on Wikipedia.

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Spinal Cord Injuries

Fairfax Injury Lawyer Brien Roche Addresses Spinal Cord Injuries

Brien Roche

A spinal cord injury is life-altering. It impacts lives of victims short-term and long-term.  Spinal cord injuries create a host of health problems.  The spinal cord begins at the base of the skull. It extends to the lower back.  It is a composite of nerves (neurons) that transmit electrical messages to and from the brain and to and from different parts of the body. When these electrical signals are impaired they cause a loss of motor skills and sensation. 

Electricity in your body is what allows you stand up straight. It allows you to bend over. It allows you to do things with your hands. Without it you are just a blob.

Spinal cord injuries arise in a number of ways. They can be from car crashes, medical malpractice, slip and falls or acts of violence.  The compensation for such injuries varies. It will depend in part on the locale in which you live in.  This article discusses the main types of compensation open to those pursuing a spinal cord injury claim.

Types of Compensation for Spinal Cord Injury Claim

Damage awards serve the purpose of placing the victim in their pre-injury condition by paying for any losses. The main types of damage are payment for medical expense and pain and suffering. In addition there are the cost of assistive devices, modifications to make the victims’ homes accessible and loss of income.

Reimbursement of Medical Expenses:   These are damages given to reimburse the victim for the treatment received and the estimated costs in the future. These awards may be subject to a subrogation lien from the health insurer.

Pain and Suffering:  Pain and suffering damages compensate victims for the suffering from discomfort due to their spinal cord injury.

Assistive Devices:  The court may order an award for assistive devices such as wheelchairs, crutches and canes that assist the victim.

Modifications for Accessibility:  These awards are to pay for changes needed to make the victim’s home more accessible after the injury.

Injuries to the spinal cord are either complete or incomplete. A complete injury means that there is no sensation or controlled movement below the level of the injury. An incomplete injury means that there is still some function below the point of the injury. Paraplegia is an injury to the spinal cord that occurs in the mid-back or lower back region. Quadriplegia is an injury that occurs in the neck area. If you have suffered such an injury contact personal injury attorney Brien Roche. Call, or contact us for a free consult.

Spinal Cord Injuries May Necessitate a Wide Range of Experts

Spinal cord injuries, because of their scope require life care planners to testify to the full scope of care needed. In addition, there may be a need for a vocational rehab expert. She may testify as to the future work life of the victim. There may be a need for an economist to project what the future economic losses are. In addition there is a need for a medical expert to prove the scope of the injury.

Spina Bifida

Although this is not a result of trauma it is a spinal cord injury. Babies with spina bifida have surgery either before or after birth. The spinal cord that protrudes through the spinal column is inserted back into the column and sealed.

The results of a federally funded study released on February 9, 2011 indicates that 42% of those babies who receive this surgery in the womb were able to walk compared with about 21% of those who had the surgery after birth.

There are risks with the pre-birth procedure. They include ruptured membranes resulting in C-sections. Future births may then need to be C-section.

Spina bifida is the most common birth defect in the central nervous system.  Approximately 1,500 babies are born each year with the most severe form of this condition. The condition consists of the spinal column not closing around the spinal cord.  Where this is not corrected children have lifelong disabilities. They include paralysis, bladder and bowel problems and excessive fluid buildup in the brain.

Chiari Malformations

Chiari malformations consist of brain tissue from the cerebellum of the brain protruding into the spinal canal.  These are congenital.   The brain tissue can block the flow of spinal fluid which surrounds the brain and spinal cord.  It disrupts signals that should be transmitted to other parts of the body.  They can result in cavities in the spinal cord that fill with fluid. 

At that point, surgery is needed.  The surgery involves cutting through the skull to remove a small section of bone at the back of the skull and at the top of the vertebrae.  If the symptoms have progressed to the point where surgery is needed and is not performed, then the result can be hydrocephalus. This is a buildup of fluid inside the skull. The fluid compresses the brain causing severe neurological problems.

Seeking Legal Help For Spinal Cord Injury Claim

If you have a spinal cord injury claim retain an attorney who knows personal injury law. This is the first step to obtaining the damages that you may be entitled to because of your injury.

Call, or contact us for a free consult. For more information about your spinal cord injury claim and personal injury in general, see the other pages on this site. Also see the pages on Wikipedia.

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