Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Helping Victims of Spinal Cord Injuries
An injury to your spinal cord can occur in the flash of an eye and have a permanent impact on the lives of you and your family members. Victims of spinal cord injuries may require extensive rehabilitation, experimental treatments, and in the most severe cases, round-the-clock in-home care. This may be a level of care that your family simply can’t afford without help.
Fortunately, you may have options to recover for the injuries you’ve received in an accident which caused damage to your spinal cord. Chicago area personal injury lawyer John Fairman is experienced in representing victims of traumatic injuries in claims for money damages for spinal cord injuries. Consult with John Fairman today to find out if you could have a legal claim for compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering after a spinal cord injury in Illinois.
Types of spinal cord injuries
Experts estimate that 11 million individuals across the US have been the victim of a spinal cord injury. There are several common forms of injury to the spinal cord, which include:
- Compression: Injuries resulting from pressure on the spinal cord which diminish function
- Contusion: Bruises to the spinal cord
- Laceration: Tears within the nerve fibers forming the spinal cord
- Central cord syndrome: Trauma to the largest nerve fibers in the spinal cord
Symptoms of spinal cord injuries
Some spinal cord injury victims may be all too aware of the ways that an injury has affected them. That said, it is possible to suffer damage to your spinal cord that may not be immediately obvious. See a doctor right away if you’re suffering from any of the following symptoms:
- Tingling or numbness in the limbs or extremities
- Poor and diminished coordination
- Loss of control of the bladder or bowels
- Weakness or pain in the hands or limbs
Depending on the location of the spinal cord injury, the effects of that injury can vary. For example, injuries to the neck or cervical spine can result in partial or full quadriplegia, rendering victims unable to use their limbs. Injuries to the portion of the spine running from the chest down, known as the thoracic spine, can result in paraplegia, or loss of use of the legs. When injuries occur to the lowest portion of the spine, in the sacral or lumbar regions, victims may no longer be able to control their bowels or bladder, or may lose sexual function.
Don’t wait to take action after an accident
If you or someone you love has suffered from a spinal injury, contact an attorney right away to find out if you may be able to seek money damages for your injury. Call the skilled and compassionate Chicagoland personal injury lawyer John Fairman for a consultation, in Homewood at 708-799-4848,and in Bridgeview at 708-960-4806.