Philadelphia Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
Spinal cord injury is an umbrella term that can apply to a wide variety of injuries that affect the spine and usually damage the nervous system. An injury to the spine is not necessarily an injury to the spinal cord. The attorneys at the PA law firm of The Levin Firm understand that persons who have suffered a spinal cord injury will usually experience a loss of mobility, a loss of the ability to feel, or both. Our lawyers know that some spinal cord injuries will result in almost complete recovery, while others will result in complete paralysis. Spinal cord injuries have been classified into five categories by the American Spinal Injury Association:
- no motor or sensory function is preserved in the sacral segments
- sensory function, but not motor function, is preserved below the neurological level and includes the sacral segments
- sensory function and motor function are preserved below the neurological level; more than half of key muscles below the neurological level have a muscle grade of less than 3
- sensory function and motor function are preserved below the neurological level; at least half of the key muscles below the neurological level have a muscle grade of 3 or more
- motor and sensory scores are normal
Category A injuries are referred to as “complete” injuries, and are usually permanent in nature. Category B-D injuries are “incomplete” injuries, which may be permanent or temporary. Category E injuries are the least severe, as they do not affect mobility or sensory perception at all. The severity of your injury will determine what kind of medical care you need, and also how much you will be able to recover in your case.
We understand that spinal cord injuries, which may be caused by car and motorcycle accidents, or as the result of a disease or disorder, or from many other causes, dramatically change our clients’ lives. Our lawyers understand the different diagnoses – including myositis, myofascitis, fasciitis, neuropathy, soft tissue injury, spondylosis, arthritis, stenosis, spondylolisthesis , scoliosis, pinched nerve, radiculopathy and parasthesia – of spinal cord injuries.
What Should I Do If I Sustain A Spinal Cord Injury?
Spinal cord injuries can change a person’s behavior, and destroy a person’s ability to walk, talk, feel or perform the types of functions we all take for granted. Spinal cord injuries often require long-term care and rehabilitation, and may involve extraordinary medical expenses. At The Levin Firm, we understand the severity of these traumatic spinal cord injuries, and work with our clients, their friends and family, as well as their doctors, psychologists, long-term care planners, and others, to assure that our clients receive not only the finest legal representation, but also the finest support and medical care.
What Should I Do If I Sustain A Spinal Cord Injury?
Spinal cord injuries can result from a wide variety of accidents, and can result in serious long term medical complications. According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions, about 11,000 Americans sustain spinal cord injuries each year. Among the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries, and violent assaults. When spinal cord accidents are negligently caused, victims may be able to recover by filing a Pennsylvania personal injury lawsuit. The best way to determine whether you have a spinal cord injury claim is to consult with an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident.
Because spinal injuries can have such serious consequences, it is important for victims to take appropriate measures to ensure that their rights are protected. These include the following:
- Seek medical attention immediately – Spinal injuries are an extremely serious matter, and can result in paralysis and may even be fatal. Anyone who suspects that an accident has resulted in a spinal injury should seek immediate medical attention. In addition to making sure you are properly treated, seeking medical care will also officially document your injuries. This can make it significantly easier to establish legal liability in the event of a lawsuit.
- Gather information – It is important to gather as much information as possible about the circumstances of your accident. This can include facts like the place it occurred, the names of other people who were involved, any conditions that may have contributed to your accident, and contact information for any witnesses to the accident.
- Retain legal counsel – After an accident, insurance companies or other parties may try and pressure you into admitting fault or accepting an unreasonably low settlement offer. Hiring a personal injury lawyer can help ensure that you are treated fairly and you receive the compensation you deserve.
Representing clients with traumatic spinal cord injuries requires a team of aggressive investigators and lawyers all devoting their maximum effort to their clients. At The Levin Firm, our Pennsylvania and New Jersey personal injury attorneys work together with a team of investigators and support staff to investigate every claim so that we may aggressively and zealously represent our clients and obtain the best possible results.
When you need a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or New Jersey personal injury attorney to represent you, a family member or friend who has suffered a spinal cord injury, contact The Levin Firm, who represent every client zealously in order to obtain the best results possible in each case.