Georgia Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
According to the Mayo Clinic, about 11,000 Americans suffer spinal cord injuries each year.
At Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison & Norwood, P.C., our Georgia spinal cord injury attorneys help victims obtain fair compensation. With offices in Atlanta and Columbus, our personal injury attorneys have obtained billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. If you or a loved one has suffered a severe back or spinal cord injury, contact a Georgia spinal cord injury lawyer today.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is the column of nerve tissue that transmits messages between the brain and the rest of the body. Running through an oval shaped shaft in the bones of the spine (vertebrae), the spinal cord may become injured if the vertebrae are damaged or broken. A spinal cord injury reduces or destroys the conduit used by the brain to communicate with the body. When this occurs, the affected area of the body looses its ability to function properly, or at all.
The effects of a spinal cord injury can be devastating. Spinal cord injuries commonly affect every aspect of the victim’s daily life. When a spinal cord injury occurs as a result of the reckless or negligent actions of another party, the victim is entitled to compensation.
Our Georgia spinal cord injury attorneys have helped many victims obtain compensation for these tragic injuries. If you have been diagnosed with a spinal cord injury, contact an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer today.
Common Spinal Cord Injury Causes
A spinal cord injury is often caused by a sudden, traumatic blow to the victim’s spine which fractures, dislocates, crushes, or compresses the vertebrae. The most common causes of spinal cord injury are:
- auto accidents (accounting for approximately 50 percent of new injuries)
- falls (24 percent)
- violent encounters (11 percent)
- sports injuries (9 percent)
Statistics taken from the Mayo Clinic.
Consequences of Spinal Cory Injury
The closer a spinal cord injury occurs to the head, the greater the portion of the body that will be affected. A complete spinal cord injury occurs when the affected area has lost all sensation and muscle control. Most of these injuries are not caused by severing the cord, but rather by bruising it. Paralysis can involve all four extremities —a condition called quadriplegia or tetraplegia — or only the lower part of the body — a condition called paraplegia.
- Paraparesis: Partial paralysis of the lower extremities.
- Paraplegia: Complete paralysis of the lower extremities and usually the lower trunk.
- Quadriparesis: Partial paralysis of all four extremities.
- Quadriplegia: Complete paralysis of all four extremities.
Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuits
Spinal cord injury victims who have been injured as a result of the reckless or negligent actions of others have the right to file a personal injury claim and recover damages. Because spinal cord injuries are among the most expensive injuries to treat, settlements and jury verdicts in these cases are often sizable.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses – hospital, surgical, and ambulance bills
- Rehabilitation costs – physical therapy and future medical care
- Diminished earning capacity – compensation for future earnings lost due to the injury
- Lost income – payment for wages lost
Contact a Georgia spinal cord injury lawyer today to discuss your legal options.
Contact Our Georgia Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe back injury or spinal cord injury, a personal injury lawsuit may be the best means of obtaining the compensation you deserve. At Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison & Norwood, P.C., our Georgia spinal cord injury lawyers provide victims with thorough and experienced representation. Contact our Atlanta or Columbus office today.