Hiring the right spinal cord injury attorney depends on several factors. One of the most important is that the attorney be knowledgeable about human anatomy and biology and also understands that the spinal cord and human brain are integral parts of the central nervous system. An experienced attorney will tell their clients that this system is what controls the bodily functions. The spine consists of elongated nerve fibers which help carry nerve signals from the brain to other parts of the body. The nerve roots take information from these nerve fibers and pass the messages out to the rest of the body. The nerve roots lay between the 33 bones or vertebra which surround the spinal cord.
One of the issues with spinal cord injuries is that they may also result in different types of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). A knife or bullet can penetrate into the spinal column and severely damage it. The spinal column cord can be completely severed while other damage may be less visible or may not manifest for several weeks or month. There may be uncontrollable bleeding, swelling, edema, and inflammation.
Other types of TBIs can occur due to chronic diseases, including bad blood vessels, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, profuse internal bleeding, or other pre-existing conditions.
The right spinal cord injury attorney will hire expert witnesses to determine the type of TBI and spinal cord injury in your case. These experts will determine the damage to your spinal cord and to your nerve fibers. They will also reveal how this damage might be impairing other bodily functions or actions.
Many times, a spinal cord injury will occur in the neck or cervical area or in the low back, known as the lumbar or thoracic area. When you have an injury or damage to your spinal column that results in lumbar or thoracic spine injuries, they will typically disrupt leg movements, bladder control, bowel movements, and sexual function. A cervical spine injury may also impair your ability to breathe as well as movement in your lower and upper limbs.
A TBI could also be caused by a serious, sudden or traumatic blow to the spine. This can cause dislocations, burst fractures, vertebral compressions, or a crush wound. There are several possible causes of a TBI or spinal cord injury. Car accidents cause the majority of all spinal cord injuries, accounting for almost 50 percent of spinal cord injuries in the United States every year. Falling can also result in a spinal cord injury, especially after age 65. Diseases and viruses are another possible cause of spinal cord injury. These include arthritis, cancer, and infections which cause inflammation of the spine. Recreational activities and sports are another major cause of spinal cord injuries.
When you have a possible spinal cord injury case, it is imperative to hire an attorney experienced in dealing with spinal cord injury claims. They will know the right expert witnesses and have investigators on staff who can uncover the details of the incident. Choose an attorney who has significant experience in dealing with these cases and who will do their best to get you the compensation you deserve.