FAQs: Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Texas

Q: What are the leading causes of traumatic spinal cord injuries?

A: Research of medical records has shown that currently motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries at 44 percent. The second leading causes are acts of violence at 24 percent (gun shot wounds, assaults, etc.). The remaining injuries are caused by falls (22 percent), sports injuries (8 percent), and other miscellaneous causes (2 percent).


Q: What are the signs of a spinal cord injury?

A: Signs of a spinal cord injury (SCI) include extreme pain or pressure in the neck, head or back; tingling and loss of sensation (feeling) in the hand, fingers, feet, or toes; partial or complete loss of control over any part of the body; impaired or difficulty breathing after the injury; and unusual bumps on the head or spine. You should work with your primary health care provider to determine your exact injury and contact an attorney if you believe the cause of your injury is due to the negligence of someone else.


Q: What is a spinal cord injury?

A: A spinal cord injury (SCI) is when there is damage to the nerves within the spinal canal. More explicitly, SCI is trauma to the vertebral column that houses the spinal cord, thereby interfering with the spinal cord's ability to send and receive messages from the brain to the body's systems that control sensory, motor, and autonomic function below the level of injury.


Q: What damages can I recover in my spinal cord injury case?

A: If your case proves that your injury was caused by the negligence of another person or company, then you are entitled to both economic and non-economic damages. The economic damages include medical expenses (current and future), wage loss, earning potential loss, and loss of retirement or benefits that result from the injury. Non-economic damages are meant to compensate you for the pain that your life-altering injury has caused and your inability to participate in activities that are important to you. It also includes compensation for the emotional trauma the accident has caused you and your family.


Q: Are expert witnesses necessary to prove my case when my injury is obvious?

A: Yes, expert witnesses are required in every personal injury case to some degree. Even though your injury may be obvious, the expert witnesses are vital to establish both the responsibility of the person or company at fault, and also for medical support that thoroughly explains the suffering of a spinal cord injury victim and all that they will face in the future in terms of medical care and complications of their daily lives.


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