San Bernardino Spine Injury Lawyers
Spinal Cord Injury Claims in Southern California
A spine injury can have catastrophic effects on a person’s health, wellbeing, and finances. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury due to another’s negligence, an insurance settlement will likely not suffice to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other relevant expenses.
The best way to ensure you receive the fair and just compensation you deserve is to work with an experienced legal team who can fight on your behalf. The San Bernardino spine injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Vetchtein & Associates are available 24/7 and are capable of building personalized and effective legal strategies tailored to your specific needs.
What Are Spine Injuries?
A spine injury is one that affects the vertebrae of the spine and/or the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries range from mild to severe and may result in the full or partial loss of movement and/or sensation in the parts of the body located below the site of the injury.
The severity of a spine injury is typically classified as either of the following:
- Complete (or total): All sensory and motor function is lost below the site of the injury
- Incomplete (or partial): Some sensory and motor function remains below the affected area
For example, paraplegia occurs when an injury to the base of the spine causes complete or incomplete paralysis to the lower half of the body. Tetraplegia (or quadriplegia) occurs when a spine injury occurs near the top of the spine and causes total or partial paralysis from the neck down.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord injury cases we typically handle at our firm involve spine injuries caused by an outside force, such as a fall, rather than by something internal, like a birth defect or degenerative disease.
In the United States, such spinal cord injuries are most often caused by the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Falls from heights
- Slip and fall accidents
- Sports and recreational injuries
- Intentional acts of violence
Risk factors include being older than 65, being male, having a bone or joint disorder, and engaging in risky behavior. However, it should be noted that anyone is susceptible to a spinal cord injury—and that the age group most susceptible besides the elderly are those between 16 and 30 according to the Mayo Clinic.
Long Term Effects of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spine injuries can drastically alter a person’s life, as well as those of their family and close friends. People who suffer from serious spinal cord injuries often must quit their jobs, endure intense physical therapy, and learn to live with using a wheelchair, respirator, or other medical devices.
Signs of a spine injury may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of or decreased movement
- Loss of or altered sensation, such as the ability to feel touch
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Intense pain or stinging sensations in the spine
- Changes in sexual function
These symptoms may persist or worsen over time, meaning that the victim will require extensive and long term medical treatment to compensate. In some cases, the victim may no longer be able to move or function on their own at all, therefore requiring permeant live-in care and ongoing treatment.
Spinal cord injuries can affect victims in myriad other ways. People understandably have a hard time adjusting to such injuries and may suffer from depression and feelings of anger, frustration, and hopelessness as a result—especially at first. A victim’s physical health may suffer as well, forcing them to make drastic changes to their fitness routines and diet.
Finally, victims are hit hard financially. While modern medical technology has come a long way and now allows many spinal cord victims to lead productive and fulfilling lives despite their injuries, such treatments do not come cheap. Over time, treating such injuries can cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions.
Our Spine Injury Attorneys Will Fight for the Compensation You Deserve
At The Law Offices of Vetchtein & Associates, we understand the immense toll spine injuries can take on a victim and their families. We will work closely with you to ensure your needs are met by fighting to obtain compensation that will cover all your injury-related expenses for life. Our San Bernardino spinal injury lawyers possess the experience and skills to calculate the full cost of your injuries, thoroughly investigate your claim, and present the evidence in your favor. We will do what it takes to secure the result that works best for you and your unique situation.
Injured Californians choose our firm because we offer:
- 24/7 availability for emergencies
- Free, no-obligation legal consultations
- Tailored solutions for every case
- Personal attention to every client
- Contingency fees
Want to know more? Contact us now to set up your free consultation. We are happy to answer all your questions and address your concerns.