All injuries to the nervous system are very delicate. But the physical and emotional harm from spine injuries devastates families. Los Angeles County injury lawyer Michael Ehline covers the vital information you should know about spine injuries and your rights as a consumer.
The spinal cord forms a cord of nerve tissue extending from the brain lengthwise along the back down the vertebral canal, giving off spinal nerve pairs. Neural circuits carry impulses to and from the brain, making it the service center for initiating and coordinating spontaneous acts.
The spinal cord also supports cells.
If your spine receives damage, it may fail as your conduit for sending and receiving motor, sensory, and reflex information, causing you to suffer permanent disabilities. Paraplegia and quadriplegia remain at high back injuries, whereas whiplash remains at low soft tissue injuries. Mid-range conditions suffered by spinal cord injury victims will include foot drop or partial limb use. Some spine injury victims will suffer through incontinence and other losses of bodily functions. Many average parents and families find themselves financially broken under the weight of medical bills and other expenses caused by a bad back injury.
[Page updated: 01-13-2021]
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The spinal column attaches to the neck. It connects the brain to all nerves, from the lower part of the back to the tailbone.
The spine primarily groups out into three distinct parts:
Categories for spine trauma include:
Your children suffer spine injuries from jumping into shallow swimming pools or hot tubs. Defective products like car seatbacks or seat belts can fail and snap your spine.
Also, rehab runs costly for a family with no employed wage earner. Plus, a spinal care specialist isn’t cheap. As noted, auto accidents are the primary reason for back injuries. Most of all, this remains true in this country and Europe today. (Also shown by recent statistics.) Other major causes of spinal cord injuries come from work-related accidents.
Categories include sports, falling off of ledges, ladders, and gunshots. Children suffer spine injuries by jumping into shallow swimming pools or hot tubs. Defective products like car seatbacks or seat belts can fail. And that single snap a spine.
Doctors call a spinal cord injury an “SCI.” Any damage to the spine that changes its function is an SCI.
Important: Getting diagnosed right away remains vital to your health.
Changes include loss of sensation, muscle function, or autonomic function. Loss of control of limbs and organs could happen at the spine lesion. Injuries can occur at any level of the spine and at any time.
Symptoms can range from:
And even if you think it’s just a case of whiplash or Facet Joint Syndrome, treat it with urgency.
The Ehline Law Firm helps clients suffering back injuries caused by severe car accidents, slips, falls, and motorcycle wrecks. Spinal cord injury ailments force many clients to change their lifestyles overnight, causing ongoing, lifelong health implications. Many functions depend on the spinal cord. When a back injury occurs, you are at risk for short-term and long-term complications. The victim and their family must learn spine injury management, helping them understand the art of surviving through their back injury recovery process.
Effects Of Spine Injuries On Your Life?
As you can see, many ways exist for a spinal cord injury to affect human life. Your body’s nerves lead down your brain through your spine and back. When you suffer a severe spine injury, sometimes, you may require lifetime medical care. Only a well-trained, expert spinal cord lawyer specialist will know whether you should settle or negotiate your negligence claim to full value? You must not go without legal help during this tenuous period, so you must retain counsel because you may have to sue everything responsible for your injuries.
Spine injuries fall into two parts.
Your spine’s damage location will determine symptom severity and treatment.
Spie injury symptoms remain wide-ranging, including:
A patient’s prognosis for full or partial recovery remains guarded, with families’ worst fears often becoming true from auto accidents causing temporary or long-term paralysis.
But in bad car wrecks and serious incidents:
Mostly, these paralyzing injuries will remain permanent, hindering a person’s movement with no chances of healing.
Loss of spinal cord function can make people very vulnerable to financial ruin and mounting medical bills. You don’t want to be in this fight alone.
Either type of dullness causes severe changes to a family. For example, the victim could become bedridden and remain out of work. It could also mean no paycheck. So they may also not be able to enjoy the same lifestyle. And worse, victims face losing their family and may require significant therapy or lifestyle changes accommodating specialized equipment. The parties liable for causing your motoring accident should be helping you, and your loved ones get through this challenging time. But good luck getting money from a wrongdoer unless represented by the best Los Angeles car accident lawyer.
All of these interfere with daily living activities. But hope exists for the future. New research and treatments include prolotherapy, PRP, and stem cells.
But some labels use of Human Growth Hormone is underway. Even wearable robotic exoskeletons are under experiment. And lab-engineered materials for tissue support have seen great promise.
These types of injuries could take any form. Simple accidents rarely result in these ailments. It usually takes a sharp bump or strike.
Because of this, signals to the nerves could malfunction. So the supple, pliable material in the spinal cord becomes compressed with the right types of forces. It may even degenerate during a jarring incident itself. Doctors call herniated disc injuries ruptured discs.
Other names include bulging discs and disc protrusions. The g-forces may cause the discs to shift out of place violently.
Herniations located higher up the base of your neck remain associated with worsening pain symptoms, including dulling pain leading to the patient’s partial or total paralysis from painful nerve compression.
Spinal fusion surgery remains expensive and never a sure cure considering complications causing death or condition worsening. Our superior Los Angeles spinal cord injuries help severely injured victims locate doctors with expertise in treating and diagnosing these ailments. Our charismatic legal team at Ehline Law Firm has won spine injury, victims, large insurance settlements arising from accidents caused by negligence, leading to their back injuries.
Common back trauma pain increases from spinal nerve pressure caused by simple things, including extended periods on your back, laying in bed. A bulging disc injury may radiate intense, sharp pain all across your trapezius, upper rhomboids, or scapula, causing you to suffer constant back, leg, neck, shoulder pain, and suffering.
Right after the accident, a victim’s body produces adrenaline. This rush can cause a feeling of euphoria that covers up the extent of the injuries. This natural human response makes us able to fight or move to flight but can confuse the situation. When your adrenaline wears off, you face severe pain radiating into your back, feet, legs, or hands, possibly leading to your other body parts. A situation like this makes things worse. So get checked out by a doctor from the start.
X-Rays are only capable of taking a photo of hard tissue. So they can see some issues. For example, they can spot a cervical lordosis. So spotting whiplash or similar modality is no problem.
But Magnetic Resonance Imaging or CT scans can see damaged tissue. So this makes it superior in detecting spine injuries.
This treatment is one of the top steps after a severe injury. An ambulance can take you to the hospital for X-rays, Cat scans, MRIs, and other tests. Plus, this assures you are checked out and stabilized. Many crash victims fail to seek treatment or hire an attorney.
Insurance company attorneys take advantage of these victims, claiming they faked their injuries, saying anything to reduce or eliminate your insurance payments!
Our charismatic team of spinal cord lawyers practice law in Los Angeles, San Bernardino County, and Southern California. Ehline is an expert in using abstract legal theories, resolving specific conflicts, advancing client interests. Moreover, our superior spine injury lawyers protect victims suffering severe injuries across all California and even nationwide legal jurisdictions.
Our primary goal is winning clients money damages, having won clients millions in verdicts and settlements, including Doe versus Doe, where we won a motorcycle crash victim $8.7 million for a spinal cord injury. In that case, our client’s motorcycle accident injuries caused him respiratory problems forcing him to undergo expensive, painful spinal fusion surgery and rehabilitation.
Our expertise in and out of the courtroom sets us apart. Our trial attorneys, like Gary Dordick, can take the case to court. But we try our best to avoid trials. After all, clients want the maximum money recovery with no judge or jury to get in the way.
Ehline’s personal injury attorneys compile evidence and conduct discovery. Then we read the review and create a synopsis of medical records and reports. The firm also uses the Physician’s Desk Reference regularly.
Our knowledge of law and medicine makes us viable experts. So we have the means to back your claim. Last, we don’t get paid a dime unless you win your case.
If a person suffers a form of paralysis, he or she will require a custom-tailored device.
So you may need:
If a developing minor, the victim will outgrow the equipment. And replacements will need to be purchased. Most of all, this can result in runaway expenses and could bankrupt families.
Holding Your Defendant’s Feet to the Fire!
Affording these costs if it’s another’s fault, especially, is a tough pill to swallow. The right legal counsel investigates, locates, and forces all liable defendants, holding them accountable, making them pay for:
They may also need to cover your:
Insurance companies try to trick jury pools into thinking newer cars can prevent serious injuries. These companies hope to prevent a victim from receiving full compensation. They fail to mention that modern cars cause the force of the impact to transfer to the car occupants since they lack the same crumple zones.
Many spinal cord injuries need long-term physical therapy. Occupational therapy remains part of the repair process. All of these interfere with daily living activities. And all of this translates into money damages.
They now insist the visible damage won’t support the damages claimed.
Ironically, the insurance industry led legislative efforts making bumpers stronger, harder to damage to avoid paying property damage claims for bumpers. Insurers fought to eliminate the crumple zone, forcing travel inertia into passengers’ bodies.
No longer is there this crumple zone that helps stop or mitigate the impact’s inertia. Insurance companies now persist that most motor vehicles rear-end accidents are too minor (fender benders) for payouts or even fraud. They now insist the visible damage won’t support the damages claimed. Insurance companies may accuse the victim of failing to treat their injuries properly. It is a no-win situation for a person to take on alone.
These types of accidents cause thousands of injuries every year. A severe back injury means lost work and lost future income. And it also causes unseen future issues such as loss of mobility and obesity.
Approach to the Patient and Diagnostic Evaluation Harman Singh, MD Jim Harrop, MD: https://www.jefferson.edu/content/dam/tju/jmc/files/neurosurgery/SPINETRAUMA.pdf
Prevention of Spinal Disc Injuries – PDR Diagnostics: https://www.pdrclinics.com/prevention-spinal-disc-injuries/
Evaluation and Management of Acute Cervical Spine Trauma – Laura Pimentel, MDa,b,*, Laura Diegelmann, MDa,c: https://www.paems.org/
Sadness and depression fall on families with spine injuries. Some people never adjust. And since treasured loved ones are often victims, you have to choose the best help out there. As seen above, research, grants, and legal aid are a click away. Spinal cord injury education is essential.
Why Not Let Us Lobby Your Causes?
Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC, is a thriving national law firm. We lead the way in lobbying for better consumer protections. We have achieved landmark verdicts and settlements.
For example, in Doe v. Doe, partner Michael Ehline and staff won an $8.7 million settlement. A motorcyclist we helped was forced to undergo spinal fusion surgery.
He was thrown from his bike in an unfortunate automobile accident, almost suffering quadriplegia.
Our partners and staff fight for windfall results. And we thrive in complicated cases that many lawyers reject. No matter the medical or legal problem, we can help.
Lawyers from Ehline Law Firm are proven, pathfinders. Our lawyers are community leaders, participating in educational peer organizations, including Personal Injury Warriors International, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, and Circle of Legal Trust.
Attorney Michael Ehline has taken a national leadership role, having written treatises about suing cruise ship companies and helping victims solve liability questions presented by aviation disasters. Michael regularly speaks before his peers on wide-ranging trial strategies and tactics. Clients seeking Los Angeles personal injury attorneys leading our profession will call proven industry leaders (213) 596-9642.
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