Get the Help You Need from an Experienced Columbus Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
If you or your spouse, child or parent has been diagnosed with a spinal cord injury, you could be facing substantial costs. According to data from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the annual cost of treatment can range from tens of thousands to nearly $200,000 per year. Over a person’s lifetime, medical bills can easily run into the millions of dollars. When you add in lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other injury-related losses, it isn’t hard to see why you should hire an experienced Columbus spinal cord injury lawyer if it is possible that you have a claim.
Our lawyers have decades of experience helping accident victims and families in Ohio recover just compensation. If you have questions about hiring a Columbus spinal cord injury lawyer, we encourage you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. One of our lawyers will be happy to walk you through everything you need to know; and, if you have a claim, we will do everything we can to help you and your family recover just compensation.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
We represent Ohio residents and families following all types of serious accidents. Spinal cord injuries can happen in a variety of different scenarios, and the unfortunate reality is that it does not take much to cause serious damage to the spine. If the accident was the result of someone else’s negligence, or if you or your loved one was harmed by a defective product, you have clear legal rights. You can—and should—file a claim, and you will want to work with an experienced Columbus spinal cord injury lawyer to ensure that you maximize your chances of recovery.
The following are common causes of spinal cord injuries for which victims and families will frequently be entitled to financial compensation:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents (Car, Motorcycle, SUV and Truck Accidents)
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
- Slips, Trips and Falls
- Construction Accidents and Other Workplace Accidents
- Lifting, Bending and Twisting Injuries
- Sports Injuries
- Birth Injuries
- Defective Product Accidents
- Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Negligence
- Criminal Violence
- Dog Attacks
Types of Spinal Cord Injury Cases We Handle
Just like the causes of spinal cord injuries, these injuries can take many different forms. They can also have varying levels of severity. At Malek & Malek Law Firm, we handle cases involving all types of spinal cord injuries, including:
Full Paralysis (Quadriplegia or Tetraplegia)
Full paralysis results from damage to the cervical, or uppermost, region of the spine. Medically labeled as tetraplegia, full paralysis is commonly referred to as quadriplegia as well. Individuals who are diagnosed with tetraplegia due to accidents or other traumatic events will need substantial assistance with the activities of daily living, and they will incur substantial medical expenses every year. On top of these financial costs, many individuals diagnosed with tetraplegia experience psychological effects—including anxiety, depression, loss of society and companionship, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Partial Paralysis (Monoplegia, Hemiplegia or Paraplegia)
Partial paralysis results from damage to the lower levels of the spine. There are three primary types of partial paralysis: (i) monoplegia (which affects one arm or leg), (ii) hemiplegia (which affects the arm and leg on one side of the body, and (iii) paraplegia (which affects both legs). While not as severe as tetraplegia, being diagnosed with partial paralysis is still undeniably a significantly life-altering event, and individuals who are experiencing any form of paralysis will need significant financial resources to manage the physical, financial and psychological effects of their injuries during their lifetimes.
Back spasms can result from trauma or repetitive stress. As a result, back spasms are particularly common among individuals who work physically demanding jobs—although many other individuals suffer from back spasms as well. Treatment options will depend on the severity and nature of the injury causing a person’s spasms, and may range from physical therapy combined with cortisone injections to surgery followed by a substantial period of rehabilitation.
Chronic Back Pain
Chronic back pain can also result from trauma or overuse. Technically, chronic back pain is a symptom. It can be caused by inflammation, herniation, microfractures, muscle strains, nerve damage and a variety of other medical factors. Here too, treatment options vary widely, and recovering from chronic back pain is often a difficult, expensive and long-term process.
A herniated disc occurs when the soft and rubbery disc between the vertebrae in the spine pushes through its casing. When accident victims experience pain as a result of a herniated disc, this pain is most often caused by irritation of the nerves in the surrounding area of the spinal cord. While herniated discs are among the more common types of spinal cord injuries, they still require medical intervention and a commitment to the recovery process.
Loss of Mobility or Muscular Control
Loss of mobility or muscular control in various parts of the body can be attributed to spinal cord injuries. With these injuries an accurate diagnosis is critical, and accident victims must carefully follow their doctors’ treatment plans to have the best chance of a full recovery. Oftentimes, this will mean missing weeks or months from work, and in some cases an injury may result in a permanent disability.
Loss of Sensation (Numbness)
The same considerations apply when a spinal cord injury results in loss of sensation, or numbness. Not only can diagnosis and treatment be incredibly expensive, but individuals who experience a loss of sensation due to a spinal cord injury can also face a long and difficult road to recovery.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Columbus Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
For more information about asserting your (or your family’s legal rights) after a spinal cord injury in Ohio, contact us to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation. To speak with an experienced Columbus spinal cord injury lawyer at a time and location that are convenient for you, please call 888-444-7440 or tell us how we can reach you online today.