What to Do If You Suspect Damage to Your Spinal Cord
There are few things more frightening than sustaining a spinal cord injury. Damage to your spinal cord can result in debilitating pain or even paralysis. Without the help of an attorney, it may be difficult to prove the extent of your injuries and obtain the compensation you deserve after an accident.
At Siegel & Coonerty, we understand how challenging it can be to get answers after a sudden accident with injury. We know that you may be overwhelmed and frustrated. Our lawyers are here to help. Our goal is to have you focus on your physical recovery so that we can get you fair and full compensation for your injuries. If you recently suffered a spinal cord injury, contact our office at (212) 532-0532 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
What Causes Spinal Cord Injuries?
Spinal cord injuries can have a number of causes. According to the Mayo Clinic, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States, accounting for nearly half of the new injuries every year.
Common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Auto accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Acts of violence
- Sports injuries
- Recreation injuries
If you sustained damage to your spinal cord due to someone else’s negligence, you might be entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim. It is important to contact an attorney as quickly as possible after your injury to determine your legal options.
How Can I Prove a Spinal Cord Injury?
One of the most critical pieces of your recovery will be proving your injuries. Unfortunately, damage to your spinal cord can be difficult to prove. Spinal cord injuries may not be apparent immediately after the accident. Pain and numbness may be sporadic at first, which is why you need to be assessed as soon as possible to determine any injuries that may not be obvious.
To prove that your spinal cord was damaged in the accident, you will need to have a diagnosis by a medical professional. Waiting to be seen by a doctor can result in a delay in treatment and may make your condition worse. It can also impact your right to compensation. Going to the doctor and continuing treatment will help ensure you protect your rights and your health.
Examinations and Imaging
If you are involved in an accident or sustain head trauma, a doctor will likely run a series of tests to determine the severity of your injuries. In addition to a physical and neurological examination, a physician may order a series of imaging tests to see if there are any problems with your spine.
Imaging tests used to diagnose a spinal cord injury:
- Computerized tomography (CT) scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Any medical records regarding the diagnosis and treatment of your injuries should be provided to your attorney.
Signs and Symptoms
A doctor may also use your signs and symptoms to help determine whether you suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of the accident.
Common signs and symptoms of spinal cord damage:
- Weakness or numbness in the extremities
- Head, neck, or back pain
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Difficulty breathing
Treatment for any of these symptoms may also help to prove your spinal cord injury. You can and should ask for a referral to a specialist if you are experiencing any of these after an accident.
Expert Medical Testimony
Finally, a lawyer may suggest that you have expert medical testimony at your trial to prove your injuries. An expert can review your medical records, including any imaging, to determine how serious your injuries are and the prognosis for recovery.
Get a Free Consultation Today
If you sustained a spinal cord injury, contact our office at (212) 532-0532 for a free consultation. All cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning you pay no fees unless we win. Call now to get started.