Spinal Cord Injury Law Firm in Sacramento
Dealing with spinal cord injury can be very costly and when someone else is at fault, you may have legal recourse to recover compensation. Our Sacramento lawyers at Mastagni Holstedt, A Professional Corporation can evaluate your accident and determine the prospects of pursuing a case.
What is spinal cord injury?
The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves that runs down the spine and connects to the brain. Its function is to send nerve impulses that carry messages from the brain to areas throughout the body. An impact can occur directly to the spinal cord, resulting in injury or can indirectly affect the spinal cord by damaging the bones, soft tissue or nerves. Herniated discs or broken vertebrae may not actually damage the spinal cord. However, broken vertebrae and herniated discs can also be serious and result in permanent disability.
What are the major causes of spinal cord injury?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common cause of spinal cord injury is motor vehicle accidents, which would include a bicycle accident, an auto accident, truck accident, motorcycle accidents or any accident where some type of motor vehicle collision occurs. The next most common cause of spinal cord injuries are falls, followed by violence and then sports accidents. Whatever the cause is, when it involves someone else’s negligence, there may be grounds to pursue legal action.
Types of spinal cord injury
Spinal cord injuries fall into two major categories — incomplete and complete. Incomplete refers to a partial loss of function below the spinal cord injury area, and complete refers to complete loss of function below the injured area. When injury is complete, paralysis results. Paraplegia is a name for paralysis from the waist down. Quadriplegia is paralysis from the neck down.
Exorbitant costs for assistance and medical care
Both paraplegia and quadriplegia are incapacitating conditions, and the lifetime costs for medical care and assistance often runs into millions of dollars. Injured individuals frequently require home renovations and vehicle modifications. They also may be unable to work and need around-the-clock assistance with daily activities.
Consult an experienced spinal cord injury law firm
Our attorneys at Mastagni Holstedt, A Professional Corporation have experience with spinal cord injury cases and can identify liable parties and help you recover compensation. Contact us online or call 1-877-212-6907 for a free consultation.