Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in Park City
When Serious Injury Happens, Our Caring Team is Here
A spinal cord injury is tragic both to the victim and their loved ones. With a host of serious side effects, these injuries can upend your day-to-day life and your plans for the future. As the site of a major part of your central nervous system, the spine is very fragile. Any blunt-force trauma can cause lasting damage that cuts off communication between the brain and the parts of your body below the injury.
The most common reasons for spinal cord injuries, as found by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, are:
In many of these situations, a victim may be able to pursue compensation if another party was at fault. Our team at Dodd & Kuendig is dedicated to helping accident victims recover the compensation they deserve. This includes damages like:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
If you have already been offered a settlement for your injuries, we urge you not to make any final decisions until you have consulted with our attorney team. You may be able to ask for more compensation than you know—for line items an insurer does not want you to consider. In a free case evaluation, we can clarify your legal rights and help you identify the best plan of action.
Impacts of and Treatments for Spinal Cord Injury
Unfortunately, much damage to the spinal cord cannot be reversed or otherwise cured by medical treatment. However, there is a chance an accident victim will be able to recover at least some of the functionality the damage took away. In some cases, the body’s neurons may be able to rewire themselves to make up for lost capabilities. This is not a guarantee for any patient, and doctors are unable to predict the extent of any such recovery. Injury victims and their loved ones should know their future may be radically different than they imagined—and structure their request for compensation accordingly.
Complete or Partial Paralysis
When an accident damages the spinal cord all the way through, all sensation below the injury is lost. This may cause paraplegia (paralysis of the lower limbs/body) or tetraplegia (paralysis of all four limbs, sometimes known as quadriplegia). Partial spinal cord injury may cause monoplegia (paralysis of one limb) or hemiplegia (paralysis of one side of the body). Any type of paralysis can take away a victim’s ability to perform their job, take care of themself, and complete other activities they once enjoyed.
Interference with Health and Wellness
Basic internal functions such as breathing can also be threatened by spinal cord injury. Though we do not have to think about the cellular actions and interactions that keep us alive, among spinal cord injury victims, organs and glands sometimes do not receive the brain signals that regulate them. This can decrease a patient’s quality of life in many ways: From serious, life-threatening issues caused by the lack of communication to conditions that require regular care to chronic pain, those with spinal cord injuries face many barriers others could never imagine.
Determine If You’re Eligible for Compensation
Dealing with the changes an unexpected and catastrophic injury has forced on your life is often tiring and overwhelming. Caught in this situation, many accident victims simply do not have the energy to negotiate for a settlement that will truly meet their needs. Our caring and committed team can step in if you find yourself in this situation.
Your right to compensation matters not only because it can help protect your future—but also because, in some cases, it is the only way to bring the person who caused the accident to justice. With an experienced and understanding legal team like ours by your side, you can have confidence someone is fighting for you. Our firm can help you by collecting evidence for your case, taking over insurer negotiations, and preparing legal action should it be necessary. Any way we can support our clients, we do. Especially when are you trying to recover from a catastrophic injury, we understand you do not need anything more to worry about. Let us know if we can help you.