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When you are involved in a serious accident that results in a spinal cord injury, the medical outcome frequently involves long-term debilitating consequences. A spinal cord injury can result in paraplegia or quadriplegia and deprive you of your ability to perform your job, take care of your family, or even engage in basic daily activities that require the use of your arms and legs. There are as many as 15,000 people per year who suffer spinal cord injuries (SCI). Approximately 10,000 people suffer paralysis and others die. Many of these spinal cord injury victims suffer permanent disability, loss of mobility, chronic pain, and even wrongful death.
If you suffer a serious spinal cord injury, our dedicated Chicago personal injury lawyers at Stein & Shulman, LLC have recovered over $45 million for our clients, and we have over 45 years of collective experience representing serious injury victims, including those who suffer spinal cord injuries. Serious spinal cord injuries are often the result of a traumatic accident. Motor vehicle accidents account for nearly half of all serious spinal cord injuries. While slip and fall accidents, gunshots, and sports injuries are other common causes of spinal cord injuries. If you are involved in an accident caused by the negligence of a third-party, which results in a spinal cord injury, you will need the experience of proven Chicago personal injury attorneys who have successfully represented many accident victims that have suffered spinal cord injuries in the past.
UNDERSTANDING SPINAL CORD INJURIES
The spinal cord is a nerve bundle that extends from the base of your brain down along your spine. If you suffer a serious injury to your spinal cord, a significant SCI will typically result in impaired sensation and limitation of your ability to move your extremities. A severe spinal cord injury can cause paraplegia, which is paralysis of your legs, or quadriplegia, which is paralysis of all of your limbs. Spinal cord injuries occur when a traumatic accident causes damage to the cells in the spinal cord, or the nerve tracks that transmit signals along the spine are severed. An accident victim can experience a loss of functioning and feeling without the spinal cord being severed.
Spinal cord injuries may be either complete or incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury refers to an injury where there is a complete loss of mobility or feeling below the point of the injury, and the injury affects both sides of the body. An incomplete spinal cord injury means that there is some mobility or sensation below the point of injury. Even an incomplete spinal cord injury can result in substantial loss of functioning or sensation in an injury victim’s extremities. Whether one suffers either a complete or incomplete spinal cord injury, the result is likely to be substantial medical costs, long periods of rehabilitation, permanent loss of functioning or sensation, and limitations on life activities and/or the ability to fully participate in the victim’s chosen occupation.
Many negligent parties may contribute to a motor vehicle accident that causes a spinal cord injury, including negligent drivers, their employers, vehicle owners, makers of defective vehicles, and public entities that fail to provide safe roadways. If you are involved in a car accident, take a tumble on a slick floor, fall from a ladder, or otherwise are involved in an accident that causes a spinal cord injury, our experienced Chicago spinal cord injury attorneys provide exemplary legal services based on personalized attention and tenacious advocacy for our clients.
CONTACT US – YOUR EXPERIENCED CHICAGO SPINAL CORD INJURY ACCIDENT LAWYERS
We invite you to contact us if you or someone you love has suffered a serious spinal cord injury caused by the negligence or intentional misconduct of a third-party. Our Chicago spinal cord injury lawyers can provide the perfect balance of experience, expertise, empathy, diligence, and tenacity to help you obtain the best possible outcome for you and your family. If you or your loved one has suffered a spinal injury, contact us today at (312) 422-0506 or email us to schedule your no-obligation free consultation.