Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can be one of the most significant injuries a person can sustain, and traumatic spinal cord injuries don’t just affect the back. Very often, they result in a loss of mobility and even a loss of independence.
Depending on where the injury occurs, how quickly medical assistance is offered and how severe the injury is, a spinal cord injury can potentially lead to total immobility and may require a patient to get around-the-clock care for the rest of their life. In other cases, trauma to the spinal cord can lead to paraplegia or quadriplegia and can mean life in a wheelchair.
Spinal cord injuries can affect every area of a person’s life. They often cause devastation to relationships and to entire families. A person with a severe injury may also be unable to return to their normal life or their job. Many times, they may require at-home care. Depression, mood swings, and other challenges often arise. Some patients experience a shorter life expectancy and because of their injury, they may be more at risk for pneumonia, heart disease and other serious conditions. Often, the medical complications and care required for spinal cord injury patients are very expensive, so many patients experience significant financial worries, too.
How Do Spinal Cord Injuries Happen?
Spinal cord injuries occur any time direct trauma occurs to the spinal cord. This can happen through:
- Gun shot or stab wounds
- Assault and battery
- Swimming-related injuries
- Sports injuries
- Car accidents
- Vehicle accidents (such as motorcycle accidents or ATV accidents)
- Workplace injuries
- Crushing injuries
Spinal cord injuries are always an emergency. Unfortunately, if someone with this type of injury does not get emergency help in time or is moved by someone other than a medical professional, serious complications can result, making an injury even worse.
Seeking Help From a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney in Delaware
Life after a serious injury has its challenges. If you have suffered spinal cord trauma, you will want to face those challenges by contacting a spinal cord injury lawyer in the Delaware offices of Rahaim & Saints. The legal team at Rahaim & Saints can take action at once, offering you legal advice and taking care of the financial and legal details of your case.
One thing many injured patients find is that insurance companies are not always cooperative in a situation like a spinal cord injury, where medical and related costs are usually very high. The attorneys at Rahaim & Saints have supported many patients and have successfully secured insurance benefits and settlements on their behalf. Settlement money and insurance benefits in these situations are crucial in providing quality medical care and at-home support needed for a more complete recovery.
Rahaim & Saints may also be able to advise you if you have a legal claim after your injury. If you have sustained a serious spinal cord injury because of a car accident or road accident caused by someone’s negligence, for example, you may have a civil claim. An attorney can help you understand how much your claim may be worth and may be able to pursue that claim for you. That way, you have a source of income even if you can’t work — so you can keep paying the day-to-day and medical bills that arise.
A spinal cord injury often affects your body, your emotions and your finances. In fact, no area of your life may be untouched. Contact Rahaim & Saints for a free consultation to find out how our caring legal team can assist you as you start to heal.