Spinal cord injuries can range from those that merely bruise the spinal cord to those that actually sever the spinal cord. The effects from spinal injuries can range from temporary nerve damage to permanent loss of function or paralysis. Located in St. Louis, The Bradley Law Firm has helped many individuals and families dealing with spinal cord injuries.
An estimated 8,000 cases of spinal cord injuries exist in the United States alone. In Missouri, about 167 spinal cord injuries occur each year.
Auto, truck, and motorcycle crashes are the leading causes of all spinal cord injuries. Traffic accidents and especially motorcycle crashes can result in broken necks, which lead to a high probability of severing the spinal cord.
Paralysis can occur without your neck breaking. In fact, any part of the backbone can potentially sever the spinal cord.
The spinal cord is made up of vertebrae and is supported by discs. Discs are made up of a nucleus and absorb energy to prevent destruction and deterioration of the spinal cord. These discs are designed to withstand ordinary everyday forces, but not large sudden forces like those seen in car, truck, and motorcycle wrecks.
When pressure is applied to a disc, the jelly-like substance between them mushrooms outward. When these discs are injured from the force of a car wreck, they can bulge or herniate. A disc bulge is usually when the disc protrudes from all sides. A disc herniation is usually focal and is directional.
The spine is made up of three different segments:
Spinal cord victims need assistance in order to live productive lives. Many times, this means family members are called upon to assist the spinal cord victim.
This can obviously be very trying for the victim’s families and for the victim. When faced with these kinds of situations, a spinal cord injury lawyer at The Bradley Law Firm in Missouri can coordinate long-term care for clients through a team of doctors and life care planners.
Your St. Louis personal injury lawyer will then exhaust all resources that are liable to the victim. In cases where there are limited liability resources, we help the victim coordinate care with any combination of the following:
In these cases, the victim will usually qualify to receive social security disability.
The Bradley Law Firm has over 30 years of experience handling personal injury claims and has a great deal of experience with spinal cord injuries. Contact E. Ryan Bradley today and speak to an experienced Missouri personal injury lawyer about your case for free.
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