The attorneys at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, a Baton Rouge attorney, has represented clients suffering from serious spinal cord injuries since 1995. We seek fair and just financial compensation for those who have suffered injuries caused by the negligence of others. Often times, accident victims suffering from back injuries, neck injuries and spinal cord injuries are paralyzed. In some cases, accident victims may suffer from radiating or shooting pain in their arms or legs, experience weakness or tingling in extremities, or lose muscular control of limbs. These types of injuries can completely change the life of the victim.
Automobile accidents are estimated to be the cause of 42.1% of spinal cord injuries in the U.S. each year. More than 11,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year in the United States. While some victims will experience a full recovery, others will be completely and permanently paralyzed. Car accidents are also frequently the cause of other serious back injuries such as a herniated disc, cervical facet join injury, and severe whiplash injury, among others.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
The spinal cord is the large bundle of nerves that control the movement of nerve impulses from the brain to the rest of the body. Spinal cord injury usually starts with a traumatic blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae. The impact causes the vertebrae to fracture, compress, or shift, in turn crushing the nerve cells (axons) that carry signals along the spinal cord between the brain and the body. The specific effect of a spinal cord injury depends on the location and severity of the injury. An injury to the spinal cord can either be small and recoverable, or large and devastating.
Spinal cord injuries are called either “complete” or “incomplete”. The victim of a complete injury totally lacks sensory and motor function below the level of the injury. An incomplete spinal cord injury victim retains some sensory motor function below the injury site. Most brain and spinal cord injuries are irreversible. Neck injuries, back injuries and spinal cord injuries can vary in severity and have a range of short and long-term complications.
Long-Term Injuries Including Paraplegia or Quadriplegia
In addition to draining the victim both physically and emotionally, spinal cord injuries can also drain a family’s finances because medical care for spinal cord injuries is costly and long-term.
Many people who live with spinal cord injury have secondary complications including pain, respiratory and heart problems, bladder and bowel dysfunction, pressure sores, respiratory complications, urinary tract infections, spasticity and scoliosis.
Paraplegia is an impairment in motor or sensory function of the lower extremities (legs). It is typically the result of spinal cord injury. The area of the spinal canal which is affected in paraplegia is either the thoracic, lumbar, or sacral regions. If both arms are also affected by paralysis, quadriplegia is the proper terminology.
Baton Rouge Attorneys Representing Spinal Cord Injury Victims
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of the negligence of another person, business or entity, it may be in your best interests to consult with an attorney with experience handling these types of claims. The degree of rehabilitation and long-term care typically associated with spinal cord injuries makes it even more important that victims have a full understanding of their legal rights before pursuing a claim.
Get the legal aid that you need and deserve. Call attorney Clay Burgess at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess to schedule a free legal consultation. The call is free, and the advice may be priceless. Call our Baton Rouge office at 225-922-4416 for a complimentary consultation. There is no obligation to hire a lawyer. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that there is no fee until our attorneys recover fair compensation for you and your family.