Our firm has extensive experience handling spinal cord injury cases. Many law firms that attempt to handle these cases do not have the experience or training to maximize the best result for their client. Many lawyers do not retain the right types of expert witnesses for these cases and end up settling these cases for far less money than they should. Often lawyers mistakenly focus only on liability, assuming that the insurance company or jurors will automatically understand how serious spinal cord injuries are. Jury verdict research proves this is simply not true. You must retain an attorney who understands and can educate the insurance company and the jury, if necessary, about the staggering life-long costs of medical care, economic loss, and pain and suffering. You must have an attorney who can work with the best experts in the United States—the best neurologist, neurosurgeons, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, life care planners, and economists.
There are many causes and degrees of spinal cord injuries. This type of injury is almost certain to radically change the life of the person who suffers it. To pay for the many medical expenses and ensure a decent quality of life despite a limited ability to work, it is imperative that you get compensation from the party responsible for your injury. Our Kansas City spinal cord injury attorneys can help victims obtain this compensation. Our medical-legal team has the experience, resources, and knowledge necessary to protect your rights.
Find out how we can help you by calling (816) 253-8606 for a free consultation.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are often the result of:
- Auto accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
They can also be caused by medical malpractice, including birth injuries. Defective automobile roofs in rollover accidents and similar situations involving product liability can also cause them. Regardless of the cause, a spinal cord injury will have devastating effects on the victim. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, we can help you understand how the injury pertains to your rights. Our Kansas City injury lawyers are also doctors and have degrees in anatomy and engineering, as well as advanced accident reconstruction training. All of this adds up to more effective legal counsel.
About the Spinal Cord
The brain and the spinal cord control our bodies. Together they comprise the central nervous system. The spinal cord is a cylindrical mass of nerve tissue which originates at the base of the brain called the medulla and continues downward to a person’s second lumbar vertebrae. The spinal cord is protected by a bony structure called the vertebral column and is divided into 31 segments: 8 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, 5 sacral, and 1 coccygeal. The nerves in the spinal cord carry impulses, or messages, to and from the brain to the rest of the body. Spinal cord injuries vary in degree depending upon the location and severity of damage to the spinal cord.
Paralysis: Quadriplegia, Paraplegia & Hemiplegia
Quadriplegia, paraplegia, and hemiplegia refer to the degree of paralysis and loss of function and feeling that occur after a spinal cord injury:
- Quadriplegia means all four extremities, both arms and legs, and the upper parts of the body are paralyzed.
- Paraplegia refers to paralysis of the two lower extremities, the legs and to the lower part of the body.
- Hemiplegia refers to a loss of function in one side of the body. This type of paralysis is most common in people who have sustained a stroke or a blow to the head and therefore involves a brain injury.
Whatever the form or extent of the spinal cord injury, our Kansas City spinal cord injury attorneys can help victims understand their legal rights and determine how best to proceed after this unfortunate occurrence.
Seeking Treatment for Spinal Injuries
Spinal cord injuries often require spinal surgery, rehabilitation, years of physical therapy, and life-long medical care that costs millions of dollars. Quick and accurate diagnosis and treatment is vital for all spinal cord injuries. Unfortunately, spine injury treatment can be extremely expensive. Health and disability insurance are inadequate to care for spinal cord injuries. For some victims, the only way to get fair compensation for the life-long medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and disability is to file a claim against the at-fault party.
To be successful with their claims, injured victims must prove how the injury occurred. Claimants must show that the other party’s negligence contributed to the spinal cord injury. Eyewitness accounts, police reports, medical professionals, investigators, and accident reconstruction specialists may be needed to ensure that your rights are protected. It is also important that you get the resources and support you need to protect your rights and to ensure that you are on the road to recovering both physically and emotionally.
Contact Our Kansas City Spinal Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, you should immediately seek the advice of attorneys who have experience in the complexities of these cases. Many attorneys are not skilled in the law or medicine involved. Because our attorneys are also medical doctors, we understand what is at stake and what level of compensation is needed to ensure stability and a better quality of life. We would be honored to discuss your case with you.
Contact Cullan & Cullan at (816) 253-8606 to fight on your behalf for the reimbursement you deserve to begin rebuilding your life.