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Whether they arise from a car crash, a boating accident, a slip and fall, or another harmful incident, spinal cord damage is one of the most devastating injuries that a victim can sustain. Unlike other injuries that heal over time or that can be addressed through reparative procedures and therapies, these are often permanent and forever alter the victim’s life. For those with families or active lifestyles, the results can be catastrophic. The Athens Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Joshua W. Branch fights for the rights of Georgia accident victims. If you have been harmed because someone else acted carelessly, you should not hesitate to vigorously pursue the compensation that you need.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can be caused by a variety of accidents, though most injuries of this type are the result of some form of negligence. An attorney can help you understand your legal options and pursue full compensation for your damages.
Spinal cord injuries are commonly caused by:
- Car accidents
- DUI Accidents
- Boating accidents
- Bus accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck and tractor trailer accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
Types of Spinal Injuries
When it comes to classifying different types of spinal cord injuries, they are usually divided into two categories: complete and incomplete.
What is a Complete Spinal Cord Injury?
A complete spinal cord injury results in the complete loss of all movement and sensory abilities in areas below the level of the injury. The American Spinal Injury Association's Impairment Scale designates these types of injuries as "ASIA A" injuries.
What is an Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury?
An incomplete injury generally refers to someone who still maintains some degree of sensory feeling or movement in the areas below the injury.
This can be designated in one of three ways on the ASIA scale:
- ASIA B - Certain sensory functions remain but there is complete motor function loss
- ASIA C - Some motor functions remain but less than half of the muscle groups are able to move against the force of gravity with a full range of motion
- ASIA D - Similar to the ASIA C designation, but more than half of the muscle groups maintain the prescribed range of motion
Whether your injury was complete or incomplete, it will have a significant impact on your life. Whether your injury prevents you from returning to work, or from carrying out the same everyday tasks you were formerly able to accomplish, you should not have to bear the weight of your injury on your own.
Assert Your Right to Compensation for a Spinal Cord Injury
The spine consists of 33 different bones stacked on top of one another, muscle tissues connecting the bones and keeping them aligned, and ligaments. Not only does the spine provide the central support column for your upper body, but also it facilitates bending, twisting, and leaning. Deep inside the bones, the spinal cord connects your brain with the rest of your body.
Since the spine is such a complex and intricate system, it is susceptible to a wide variety of injuries. Paralysis and quadriplegia are two of the most common disorders, permanently preventing the victim from walking or using his or her limbs.
Why is Compensation Important?
Imagine you are healthy and strong, working at a job you love and living in a pleasant residential community in the first home that you own. You engage in a variety of hobbies like tennis and jogging while also participating in the school and sports events of your two children. When you are driving home from work one day, you are rear-ended by a truck driver who sped through a red light. Although you survive the accident, you need to undergo five operations over the next year. Also, you discover that you will need to change careers because you cannot physically return to your job. Somehow, you still need to pay for your children’s education and complete the mortgage payments on your house, while looking for a new field of work. What can you do to protect your loved ones?
The Four Elements of Duty
In many situations, an accident victim can bring a negligence claim against the party that caused his or her injuries. This usually requires proving the four elements of duty, breach, causation, and damages. Most people are expected to take the same precautions that a reasonable person would take in a certain situation to avoid posing foreseeable risks of harm to others. This is known as the duty of care, and any conduct that falls short of this standard is known as a breach. The victim must have been harmed as a direct result of the breach in order to establish his or her right to compensation.
Since spinal cord injuries can be so devastating, these cases often result in a substantial award of damages, which may be both economic and non-economic. Some common examples include medical and hospital bills, the costs of future treatment, lost income and earning capacity, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment. Also, Georgia law allows a victim’s spouse to bring a loss of consortium claim, which seeks to compensate the spouse for the loss of his or her loved one’s society, companionship, and support.
If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury as the result of another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. The Athens Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Joshua W. Branch has counseled many victims and their families in matters involving devastating accidents. We have the knowledge and dedication that you need to bring a strong claim. Mr. Branch also represents residents of Savannah, Decatur, Marietta, and other Georgia communities who need a car accident attorney or guidance with another type of personal injury claim.
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