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Spinal Cord Injuries

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The spine is a complex and delicate part of the human anatomy. When injuries occur to the spinal cord, it can result in devastating health consequences for the victim. A spine injury can permanently change the victim's life. Constant neck or back pain can be debilitating, preventing the victim from participating in their normal work and social activities. In more serious cases, paralysis may occur, creating serious debilitation, loss of enjoyment of life, and heavy medical costs.

Even in cases where liability is clear, you will need a proven lawyer if you want fair compensation. You don’t need just a lawyer with experience, but a lawyer who understands the full magnitude of harm caused by spine injuries. Insurance companies should not be expected to pay fair compensation unless they are forced to do so through settlement or jury verdict. Don’t fight for compensation alone when you can have the team at Biren Law Group behind your case.

If you have suffered any type of spinal cord injury in Los Angeles, don't wait to contact the Biren Law Group at (310) 896-4345 to schedule your free consultation.

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Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries have many causes and occur in a great many contexts, including:

What all of these circumstances have in common is sudden movement of the spine, compression of the spine, or a blunt force directly to the spine. The injury may take place near the neck (cervical spinal cord injury), in the lower back (lumbar spinal cord injury) or more rarely to the mid back areas (thoracic spinal cord injury).

Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury

When a traumatic accident causes a spinal cord injury that results in paraplegia or quadriplegia, these symptoms are often very unmistakable. However, other spinal injuries may be less obvious and take more time to develop before a person realizes that they have suffered something more serious. However, most spinal cord injuries do have this in common: the victim will suffer from significant pain and be unable to engage in normal, everyday activities like they used to.

Sometimes spine injuries cause unrelenting neck or back pain, but do not cause neurological deficits. Other times, the individual may start experiencing neurological deficits like a drop foot due to low back spine injury or hand dysfunction from a neck injury. If neurological symptoms develop, often surgical intervention is the only solution.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, make sure you get help:

  • Numbness in legs, hands, arms, or elsewhere
  • Loss of control of bladder
  • Pain or stiffness around the neck
  • Tingling sensation in limbs
  • Difficulty walking

Why do the symptoms of spinal cord injuries vary so much?

Every spinal injury is different. Every injured victim is different. A person who has had pre-existing neck or back pain, degeneration, or even arthritis is more vulnerable to suffering serious consequences following an accident. Everyone's spine is constructed differently; some people have abnormally narrow spinal canals, which means the same injury that might only cause transient problems for one person can cause debilitating pain and suffering for another.

Complete Vs. Incomplete Spine Injuries

The American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) has created a standardized neurological classification of all types of spinal cord injuries that includes evaluation of muscle grading and scale of impairment.

The impairment scale is split into five categories, covering three levels of impairment:

  • Complete spinal cord injury (A)
  • Incomplete spinal cord injury (B-D)
  • Normal function (E)

Of all spinal cord injuries, it is estimated that around 45% are complete , while the other 55% are incomplete. This can make a serious difference for an individual, especially in regards to type of medical care needed, costs of rehabilitation, physical mobility, and dependency on others.

So what exactly are the differences between complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries?

  • An incomplete injury means that the spinal cord still has the ability to transmit messages from the brain to other parts of the body below the injury, although in a reduced capacity. Limited movement and sensation is still possible with an incomplete injury.
  • A complete injury is one that totally and permanently destroys sensory and motor function below the injury site. This also means a greater amount of financial compensation may be needed.

Categorizing an Incomplete Spine Injury

Incomplete spinal cord injuries are categorized based upon sensory and motor functions, with motor functions tested against the muscle grading scale. The tests associated with these scales help to then determine level of injury and type of treatment. The more serious an injury, the more medical care and support is likely required.

Incomplete spinal cord injuries may be so mild that the individual has almost no muscle weakness or signs that he or she has a spinal cord injury. In other cases, an incomplete injury can be so severe that it seems like the victim have a complete spinal cord injury. Most cases fall somewhere in between.

Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries

If you have suffered a serious spinal cord injury, you most likely began your treatment in a hospital emergency room; possibly even in emergency surgery to fuse vertebrae and stabilize your back and/or neck. Treatment options will commonly vary tremendously depending on the type of spine injury you have sustained.

If your injury is not acute, you will likely go through a course of conservative care:

  • Non-inflammatory and pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Epidural injections
  • Tens machine
  • Bio-Feedback
  • Acupuncture
  • Nerve ablation

In more severe cases, surgery is mandatory so that the nerves will not be permanently damaged. In other cases, surgery is a lifestyle decision. If a person feels that their disability will greatly interfere with their life activities, they may decide to pursue this option. When spine injuries become extremely disruptive, more extreme measures may be required.

Our legal team at the Biren Law Group has the experience and know-how to help you obtain full compensation for your spine injury. Call us at (310) 896-4345.

Identifying the Negligent Party in Your Case

Nearly any incident involving severe motion of the spine can lead to a serious injury. Whether or not you secure compensation for your injury can rest heavily on the cause—more specifically the party who is deemed responsible. Did someone else's negligence lead to your injury? Did their recklessness or carelessness aggravate an existing condition?

Often, insurance companies will argue that a spine injury is the result of a pre-existing condition, unrelated to their policy holder's negligence or recklessness. At Biren Law Group, we have been successful in proving that negligence caused our clients' present injuries and resulting damages, regardless of even when conditions existed before.

Pursuing the Maximum Compensation

At Biren Law Group, our spinal cord injury lawyers do this through a combination of working with the best spine surgeons in Southern California and using compelling testimony to establish the plaintiff's need for compensation. We persuade and convince the jury to understand your pain and suffering, even if there are no diagnostic tests or other evidence.

We do this through a three-step approach:

  1. Bring in respected medical experts who examine the client, review their medical history, and explain to the jury how the accident was responsible for the injury.
  2. Ask the treating doctor to explain our client's condition and how it affects their daily life, as well as to outline the future medical care that the patient will require.
  3. Present testimony from our client's friends, acquaintances and co-workers who can describe how the person behaved before and after the injury.

We have won significant verdicts and settlements for victims based on the honest observations of those who know them best. We ensure our clients' stories are told fairly and the devastating effects of their injuries presented accurately.

Our attorneys have obtained more than half a billion of dollars in compensation for spine injury victims, many of whom had pre-existing back problems.

Spine Injury FAQs

What is the difference between a broken back and a spinal cord injury?

The term broken back generally refers to a fracture or dislocation of the vertebrae in the back. While these injuries can be extremely serious, if they do not impact the spinal cord, they can often heal without significant residual problems. A spinal cord injury, on the other hand, involves an injury to spinal cord, which can cause neurological deficits and paralysis.

Where can I get the most effective treatment and therapy?

Doctors and rehabilitation facilities that specialize in treating spine injuries are generally the best treatment resources. Biren Law Group has resources and connections that can help direct you to the appropriate specialists.

What is a typical timeline of recovery for a spinal cord injury?

As every patient’s injuries will vary, the typical timeline will also vary. Soft tissue injuries to the back or neck generally recover within weeks or months with conservative care. Some neck and back injuries that involve irritated nerves respond relatively quickly to conservative care. Other times, more serious injuries can take months or even years, but eventually respond to conservative care ranging from anti-inflammatory medications to physical therapy to epidural injections.

In other situations, there is no resolution until surgical intervention. However, some unfortunate spinal cord injury victims may never fully recover, suffering permanent symptoms, like paralysis, as a result of their injury.

How will my family and I cope with the costs of my spine injury?

Health insurance will pay at least some of the costs for medical treatment. If you are disabled enough, you may be able to qualify for state disability or Social Security Disability. However, a majority of the most significant costs will not be covered by these options. If your accident was caused by another’s negligence, then you have a strong chance of recovering compensation for your damages. Biren Law Group can review your case for free and direct you on the next steps.

Contact Biren Law Group - (310) 896-4345

A patient's needs are financial and practical. To maximize recovery of damages after a spinal cord injury, contact our spinal cord injury attorneys in Los Angeles at Biren Law Group. Our legal team advises and represents people who have suffered serious injuries due to catastrophic accidents. It is our goal to be as accessible as we can to potential clients and existing clients.

Are you ready to take the first step? Contact Biren Law Group at (310) 896-4345 to discuss your legal options with our Los Angeles spinal cord injury lawyers.


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