Protecting the Rights of Spinal Cord Injury Victims in and around the St. Louis Metropolitan Area
Spinal injuries can be very serious and in some circumstances, catastrophic. The spinal cord and brain make up our central nervous system. The brain sends messages to our body through the spinal cord and similarly, our body sends messages to our brain through our spinal cord. As you can imagine, a spinal cord injury can have a potentially detrimental impact on a victim’s ability to function normally.
Effects of Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is made up of a bundle of nerves that function as a sensory network. If one part of the spinal cord is not functioning properly, our body could possibly not receive a message and malfunction. Damage to the spinal cord can cause things such as:
- Loss of mobility
- Loss of feeling (numbness) to a certain area of the body
- Impaired breathing
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Paraplegia or quadriplegia
Typical Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
A number of different causes can result in spinal cord injury. Statistics have suggested that the following have been most likely to cause a spinal cord injury:
- Collisions involving motor vehicles
- Slips or trips and falls
- Violent acts (stabbings, gunshot wounds, assaults, etc.)
- Contact sports and recreational activities (football, skiing, snowboarding, wrestling, etc.)
- Blood clots or tumors caused by medical malpractice
Seeking Compensation for a Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries tend to be permanent and, therefore, they can have a serious and lasting impact on a victim’s life. Many victims of spinal cord injuries are faced to deal with dramatic lifestyle changes in order to cope with their injuries. Diagnosing a spinal cord injury itself can be expensive, as it requires a victim to partake in costly medical procedures like a CT scan or an MRI. Further, rehabilitation after the injury can be both expensive and time-consuming.
It goes without saying that expenses associated with a spinal cord injury can vary widely. All of that said, victims can be compensated for medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, and loss of future wages, to name a few. Only an experienced attorney who has seen a number of spinal cord injury cases will be able to properly assess the various methods of recovery available for a victim of spinal cord injury.
Contact a St. Louis Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has been involved in an incident that resulted in spinal cord injury, call Kilo Flynn today at 314-647-8910 to discuss your potential claim. Spinal cord injuries can have a severe impact on a victim’s quality of life and it is imperative that the victim be compensated for their losses. Our attorneys at Kilo Flynn have a great deal of experience in spinal cord injury cases and are familiar with the different avenues available for compensation. We will help navigate you through the process and will fight with insurance companies to get you every penny you deserve.
We have represented clients with spinal cord injuries throughout counties in Missouri, including St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, Jefferson, Franklin, and Crawford and also in the Illinois counties of Madison, St. Clair, and Monroe. No case is too small for us. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation with an attorney.