Vero Beach Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
There are presently about 11 million people in the country living with some degree of spinal cord injury. Some are able to live fulfilling and productive lives with help from the right technology and physical adaptations to their environment. Others require round-the-clock care either in their own home or a skilled nursing facility. Damage to the spinal cord is most often a catastrophic injury, and the costs involved can quickly max out health insurance benefits and lie beyond the reach of most households to deal with. At Vocelle & Berg, our Vero Beach spinal cord injury lawyers are committed to holding responsible parties accountable for the damage they have caused while helping accident victims recover the maximum amount of compensation necessary to deal with their injuries. Read on to learn more facts about spinal cord injuries, and contact Vocelle & Berg in Vero Beach if you have suffered a spinal cord injury in a car, truck or motorcycle accident, boating accident, slip and fall or other incidence of negligence along Florida’s Treasure Coast.
Important facts and information about spinal cord injuries
The severity of a spinal cord injury differs depending upon the type of injury incurred and the location along the spinal column where it occurred. The most common types of spinal cord injury are:
- Compression injury – pressure on the spinal cord
- Contusion – bruising of the spinal cord
- Laceration – a tearing of the nerve fibers which form the spinal cord
- Central cord syndrome – cutting or tearing of the largest nerve fibers in the spinal cord
The milder cases of compression or contusion most often result in diminished function, such as tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, or the loss of ability to move fingers or toes. When the spinal cord is cut or severed, most or all communication is cut off between the brain and the nerves in the body below the point of injury. In these cases there is no feeling or sensation, or ability to move or control, body parts in the affected areas.
The higher up along the spine the injury occurs, the more the body will be affected. For instance, a spinal cord injury in the lower back, in the lumbar or sacral region, may cause the loss of control over bladder and bowels, and loss of sexual function. Damage in the upper back and chest, or thoracic region, can result in paraplegia, which is the loss of feeling and inability to move the legs. Damage to the neck or cervical spine causes quadriplegia, or the loss of sensation and motor function in both arms and legs. A spinal cord injury along the uppermost vertebrae can also cause the injury victim to lose the ability to control vital functions such as breathing or swallowing. These patients need ongoing mechanical assistance to stay alive, and without emergency medical treatment frequently do not survive their injuries.
There are actually numerous different ways that a spinal cord injury can present itself, and a whole spectrum of disabilities that may result. Spinal cord injuries are most often permanent, although treatment and rehabilitation may help restore lost function in less severe cases.
At Vocelle & Berg, our attorneys understand the lifetime of daily living challenges and medical complications that persons living with a spinal cord injury must face. We work to develop a life care plan that accounts for medical care, adaptations to home and car, vocational rehabilitation, and all the many costs thrust upon someone who receives a spinal cord injury because of another party’s negligence. Justice for the victim is obtained when negligent parties are held accountable and required to compensate the victim for the damage they have caused.
Get Help for Spinal Cord Injuries from Board Certified Attorneys in Vero Beach
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury in a motor vehicle accident, boating accident or slip and fall accident anywhere along Florida’s Treasure Coast and surrounding areas, contact Vocelle & Berg in Vero Beach for a no-cost consultation with a team of Vero Beach spinal cord injury lawyers who will fight to see that you get the maximum amount of compensation due to you for your injuries.