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Your health care is a priority when it comes to dealing with damage to the spine or any neurological system; however, an effective spine injury lawyer is essential to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Our legal services ensure that you receive the compensation necessary for various personal injury cases.
We empathize with clients during times of difficulty; therefore, you can trust us to win your case, as we have won more than $150 million on behalf of previous clients.
One of the instances where you may require our assistance may include damage to the spine. Whether this occurred due to a car accident, a dog bite, or another person’s negligence, we are here to ensure that all parties serve justice. We treat all legal issues fairly; however, who is responsible for medical treatment regarding surgery or damage to the spine or brain?
What is a spinal cord injury? A doctor can rule out the probability of a spinal cord injury, brain damage, or spinal stenosis via careful examinations and inspections in the emergency room. The professional expert tests the patient for sensory function and movement while inquiring about the accident.
Suppose the issues the patient experience relating to neck pain, have an evidential neurological injury or weakness, or is not entirely awake. In that case, the medical expert may need to run a few emergency diagnostic tests.
What do these tests consist of? They include:
Specialists often conduct further comprehensive neurological exams several days after the trauma or injury to determine the damage’s severity. During this test, doctors examine your muscle strength and responsiveness toward light, touch, and specific sensations to determine the necessary treatment and occupational therapy. Specialists conduct these days after this period because the swelling often subsides after this timespan.
Specialists cannot reverse any damage done to the spinal cord or brain; however, researchers are constantly working on new and advanced treatments, such as medicine and prostheses, that could promote nerve cell regeneration or positively impact the way the nerves and muscles function after the injury.
However, while this is still in progress, current spinal cord treatment emphasizes preventing further injury to the spine and encouraging patients to continue living a productive and active lifestyle. Unfortunately, there is still not much medical treatment available to assist with muscle or nerve regeneration.
A patient requires urgent medical treatment to reduce the effect of neck or head trauma or brain injury. Hence, specialists need to treat spinal injuries from the incident scene.
Emergency medical specialists immobilize the spine quickly and gently with a stable carrying board and rigid neck collar. They use these items to transfer the patient to the hospital or clinic.
A doctor usually focuses on the following to treat a brain or spine injury in the emergency room:
Specialists generally admit patients to the intensive care unit when treating brain or spinal injuries. Additionally, the hospital may transfer the patient to a regional spine injury clinic or center where a team of spine medicine specialists, neurosurgeons, psychologists, orthopedic surgeons, therapists, nurses, and social workers work together to treat the patient. This rehabilitation team has extensive knowledge regarding brain and spinal injuries and effective health treatment options.
It is crucial that people take the necessary health steps after the initial spinal injury or spinal stenosis to prevent any secondary issues such as muscle contractures, reconditioning, bladder and bowel problems, blood clots, respiratory infections, and pressure ulcers.
Hospitalization and rehabilitation depend on patients’ specific health conditions and medical issues. Specialists often transfer patients to a rehabilitation facility once ready to participate in physical therapy and treatment.
A rehabilitation team starts to work with patients during the early stages of recovery. The group often consists of an occupational therapist, physical therapist, rehabilitation psychologist, rehabilitation nurse, recreation therapist, dietician, social worker, and specialist in physical medicine or spine injuries.
During the early stages of treatment, a physical therapist and occupational therapist work together to strengthen muscle and nerve functions, redevelop the person’s fine motor skills, and learn how to adapt to continue with daily activities.
Specialists educate patients on the effects of brain and spinal injuries, spinal stenosis, and how to prevent further complications in the long run. Rehabilitation or treatment includes teaching patients how to increase their quality of life and rebuild their health and independence.
Patients learn new skills and how to use specific equipment and technology to help them live independently. Rehabilitation, which includes physical medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, health information, and treatment, encourages patients to continue with their hobbies, fitness, social activities, and work or school.
Doctors use medication to work together with therapy and treatment to manage the injury’s or damage’s impact. The medicine is for the treatment of muscle spasticity and pain. It is also possible to get medication to assist patients with their sexual function, bladder control, and bowel control.
Medical or health devices are available to assist patients with improving their mobility and improving their quality of life.
A few medical devices also help to restore function. These include:
Specialists cannot always provide patients with a medical or health prognosis immediately. Recovery from a spine injury usually occurs between a week and six months after the injury. People can see minor improvements in their health between the one and two-year period.
Professionals continue to discover various medical or health treatment options, tests, and interventions to detect, control, treat, or prevent a spine, brain, or neurological condition or diagnosis.
A spine accident that leaves patients paralyzed is a life-altering experience. Getting an impairment can be terrifying and perplexing, and adjusting is no simple job. Patients worry about how their spine injury and neurological disorders can affect their health, daily routine, work, relationships, and future happiness.
It takes time to heal from this type of occurrence or pain, but many paralyzed individuals live productive and fulfilling lives. It is critical to remain motivated and get the required help.
Injured people go through a time of grieving and sorrow. Although people grieve differently, denial or disbelief is standard, followed by sorrow, rage, negotiation, and eventually acceptance.
Grief is a natural and safe part of the healing process. It is normal — and necessary — to mourn the loss of one’s former self. However, people must still set new goals and find a way to move on with their lives.
Patients are most likely concerned about how the accident impacts their health, lifestyle, finances, and relationships. Grief and emotional stress are both natural and shared experiences.
Suppose depression and anxiety interfere with medical treatment, isolate the person from others, or lead people to misuse alcohol or other medications. In that case, one should speak with a social worker, counselor, or therapist. Patients may also benefit from joining a health support group for individuals who have suffered an injury to their spine.
Talking with people who understand what patients are going through can be energizing, and group members can be able to provide helpful suggestions about how to change areas of their health, home, or workplace to best suit their current needs. Inquire with doctors or recovery therapists about local support groups.
Learning about spine damage and the medical choices for reclaiming independence is one of the best ways to reclaim control after an accident. A variety of equipment is available to assist individuals with this.
The same applies to home improvement items. Patients can live more independently with ramps, unique sinks, wider doors, grab bars, and convenient doorknobs.
Since the medical expenses of a spine injury can be daunting, patients can see whether they qualify for financial aid or treatment programs from the state or federal government and charitable organizations. Our law firm is here to help you take care of this—the recovery group assists in locating local services.
Friends and family members can react to a disability in various ways. Some people may feel uneasy and uncertain regarding whether they are saying or doing the right thing.
It is beneficial to be knowledgeable about spine damage and to share that knowledge with others. Children are naturally curious, and if you answer their questions concisely, they often respond quickly. Adults can profit from knowing the truth as well.
Patients should be open about explaining how the spine injury affects them and what their family and friends can do to help. Additionally, do not be afraid to mention it if friends and family members are assisting you excessively. While it may be painful at first, discussing the accident with family and friends helps reinforce bonds.
An injury to the spine, by its’ very nature, has an immediate effect on a person’s way of living and the lives of those closest to them. When patients first learn of their medical diagnosis, they can begin to make a mental list of everything they can no longer do. However, once people understand the injury, treatment, and recovery choices, they know how much they can accomplish.
Due to new technology, therapy, and devices, patients with spine and nervous system damage can now play sports and compete in other physical activities. They can live normally and enjoy the finer things they thought they could no longer.
Individuals with spine or muscle damage can now hope for a better recovery thanks to developments in stem cell science and nerve cell regeneration.
Nobody knows about the accessibility of new treatment options, but everyone should be optimistic about the future of the science of the spine while enjoying their lives.
An injury to the spine and other related emergencies, such as muscle or brain injury, is extremely traumatic, especially because patients often cannot participate in their therapy or treatment during the early stages.
A group of healthcare professionals helps to stabilize the patient’s condition. These professionals include doctors specializing in the nervous system and neurological disorders and a surgeon specializing in spine injuries and other nervous system conditions. Other medical professionals are involved in the procedure; however, these are two of the most crucial.
Doctors then redirect patients to specialty rehab teams for further treatment and therapy.
Patients must prepare and have the necessary information relating to the events of the injury to the body, including both direct and indirect information. Additionally, it may be beneficial to go to the health professional with a relative or close friend who can help recall the events of the accident. When dealing with trauma, it can be challenging to remember all the finer details. Patients may also find it helpful to write down any doctor questions.
Essential information to obtain from the doctors includes:
Doctors often require the following information from patients:
Our law firm promises to assist all patients whose body was severely injured in an accident, whether it is regarding their spine, brain, neck, or neurological system. We have countless satisfied clients who received compensation for treating their spine, brain, and nerve damage. Have you experienced any damage to your spine, brain, neck, or nervous system as a result of an accident? Call us at (213) 596-9642 for a free consultation at our Los Angeles law firm.
Alternatively, you can use the online consultation form for a quicker response regarding legal advice for the damage done to your spine, brain, muscles, or nerves. Our compassionate, friendly, and charismatic lawyers are ready to help you and all accident victims get justice for the injury and harm done to their bodies.
Michael is a managing partner at the nationwide Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. He’s an inactive Marine and became a lawyer in the California State Bar Law Office Study Program, later receiving his J.D. from UWLA School of Law. Michael has won some of the world’s largest motorcycle accident settlements.