Spinal Cord Injuries
Neck, Back and Spinal Cord injuries (Quadriplegia & Paraplegia)Jacksonville Spinal Cord Injury LawyersMost injuries that result from a slip or fall, automobile, motorcycle, truck or construction accident result in damage sustained to the neck, back or spinal cord. Frequently these types of injuries can be severe and recovery time lengthy. Neck, back and muscle injuries are the most common form of injuries resulting from these types of accidents. Most neck and back injuries include slipped, ruptured or herniated (bulging) discs, bone fractures, connective muscle injuries, and whiplash. Resulting symptoms can include: stiffness, pain, numbness, nausea, dizziness, muscle spasms. However, in some cases, the spinal cord is injured, which can result in paralysis in the most severe cases. Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) occurs when a traumatic event damages cells within the spinal cord or severs the nerve tracts that relay signals up and down the spinal cord.
The most common types of SCI include contusion (bruising of the spinal cord) and compression (caused by pressure on the spinal cord). Other types of injuries include lacerations (severing or tearing of nerve fibers) and central cord syndrome (specific damage to the corticospinal tracts of the cervical region of the spinal cord).
Severe SCI often causes paralysis (loss of control over voluntary movement and muscles of the body) and loss of sensation and reflex function below the point of injury, including autonomic activity such as breathing and other activities such as bowel and bladder control. Depending upon the level of the injury to the spinal cord, this can result in Quadriplegia (paralysis from the neck down, involving both arms and both legs) or Paraplegia (paralysis in both legs). Other symptoms such as pain or sensitivity to stimuli, muscle spasms, and sexual dysfunction may develop over time. SCI patients are also prone to develop secondary medical problems, such as bladder infections, lung infections, and bed sores. Treatments range from physical therapy, medications to surgery in the most severe cases.Who are the Most Susceptible to these Types of InjuriesAmong persons under age 65, automobile and other motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of SCIs. Among persons over 65, falls are the leading cause of SCIs. Other causes include:
Why Hire Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A.?
- Workplace accidents
- Diving accidents
- Electric shock
- Bullet or stab wounds
- Extreme twisting of the trunk
- Sports injuries
- Nursing home falls
- Premise Liability
Our firm understands the severe, life-altering physical and emotional effects of SCI’s. Michael Atter and David Wolf are personal injury attorneys experienced in handling Spinal Cord Injury cases, and they will assist you from the very beginning, as you cope with putting your life back together and adjusting to do familiar things in unfamiliar ways.
We understand that your immediate concerns include getting your medical bills paid, limiting potential lost wages, and ensuring insurance coverage for your current and future treatment of your injury. We will assess your situation and discuss all the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies and other involved parties to ensure your needs are addressed quickly and appropriately.
We will work to protect your legal rights and pursue rightful compensation for long term medical bills, wage loss, disfigurement, pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, and lost enjoyment of life. This includes putting together a Life Care Plan that will identify your ongoing medical, rehabilitative, and supportive needs for the rest of your life and the exorbitant costs related to them. This will encompass not only medical providers, but the costs of modifying your home and transportation needs so that you can live as full a life as possible while dealing with such devastating losses of bodily functions and the ability to independently perform activities of daily living.
Success in our adversarial legal system depends on what has been commonly referred to as “zealous advocacy” and at Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. we are here to win for our clients.
If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligent act of another, Michael Atter and David Wolf are here to aggressively pursue your case. Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. has been serving the needs of our clients living in the Northeast Florida area, including Jacksonville, Orange Park, St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach or in the areas around Duval, St. Johns, Nassau, and Clay counties for over 50 years. Contact Us Online or Call Us at (904) 355-8888 to set up a FREE consultation.