South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
Cases involving spinal cord injuries are major commitments requiring a significant investment of attorney time and resources. Our spinal cord injury lawyers will help you get through the experience and fight for fair compensation including future medical treatment for your spinal cord injury.
A spinal cord injury is a catastrophic event that deeply impacts the life of the survivor and the survivor’s family. Damages in any catastrophic case are extensive. If you speak to any seasoned trial lawyer you will learn that problems associated with a spinal cord injury case can be severe and potentially life threatening.
Medical advances for treating spinal cord injuries through rehabilitation have paved the way for victims to transition back to a productive lifestyle while living with various limitations.
Our challenge as your South Carolina spinal cord injury lawyer is to make sure that you receive adequate compensation for your injuries both current and future.
Our accident attorneys begin by reviewing the extent and severity of your spinal cord injury. While no two spinal cord injuries are ever the same, and damages in paraplegia and quadriplegia cases will naturally differ in many ways, spinal cord injuries cases seek the same type of compensation:
- past, resent, and future wage losses;
- past, present, and future medical expenses;
- pain and suffering;
- emotional distress;
- embarrassment and humiliation;
- physical, emotional, and psychological injuries; and
- attendant care costs coupled with special medical equipment costs.
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As each spinal cord injury victim will have unique needs, “humanizing” the plaintiff’s case will dictate special attention to each need.
Life expectancy must be taken into account when evaluating any spinal cord injury case. In a rush to emphasize the catastrophic nature of the plaintiff’s injuries, inexperienced counsel can easily fall into a defense theory, such that the plaintiff’s spinal cord injuries result in a shortened life expectancy, and possibly less compensation.
While the defense argument tends not to take into account improvements in rehabilitative medicine, working to increase mobility, it is essentially an emotionally “rational” argument for the jury. Therefore, for spinal cord injury cases counsel must meet the argument head on, and early in the trial.
Similarly in spinal cord injury cases, bowel and bladder control may be non-existent and concerns of potentially life threatening infection arise. It is not uncommon for orifices to be tightly closed, necessitating the use of suppositories. Catheters are required for voiding, along with a “void bag” or other such depository.
Concern of infection also arises from the risk of development of decubitus ulcers or pressure sores, a development that is potentially life threatening, but avoidable though with proper care. These sores are caused by prolonged external pressure and a spinal cord injury victim with limited mobility is naturally at a greater risk for the development of sores.
Moreover, the continued pressure on the particular point causes impairment of blood supply, depriving tissue of nutrition, causing tissue breakdown and the development of painful sores and potential infection.
Surgery is often necessary and mandated debridements for spinal cord injury victims. Protocol of most hospitals requires constant hourly turning of most victims of quadriplegia. A wrinkled sheet or underwear not perfectly even is a potential cause for the development of a pressure sore.
With limited mobility, each spinal cord injury victim is at risk for death. Medical equipment and sufficient attendant care is imperative for the victim’s quality of life and counsel is cautioned to keep in mind the necessity to tend to these issues to avoid a shortened life expectancy.
Spinal cord injuries are devastating. This abrupt physical change can have detrimental effects on the victim and often times, without proper intervention, a victim can lose will to live, and therefore psychiatric intervention is imperative. Mental evaluations must be required to cater to any significant neuronal damage, and potentially issue any necessary medications.
Our spinal cord injury attorneys will work with appropriate experts and treatment teams in order to address each of the issues relevant to a particular case: psychiatrists, neurologists, orthopedics, psychologists, neuropsychologists, speech, occupational and physical therapists, and many others.
If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal injury through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. 803.252.4800. While you focus on getting better, we will concentrate on your rights.