Spinal cord injuries result from traumatic incidents that damage any area of the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries often include injury to the neck, upper and lower back, as well as the muscles around the spinal cord, vertebrae, spinal cells, and the nerves running down the length of the cord.
A personal injury involving the spinal cord can be devastating and potentially life threatening, but you may be entitled to medical compensation or other financial relief.
Call the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, L.L.P. ® at (877) 529-1222 to speak with a spinal cord injury lawyer today. We’ll review the facts of your case during a FREE initial consultation.
North Carolina Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries
Compensation for a spinal cord injury may include money for medical costs, personal care, rehabilitation, and other personal injury related needs.
As with most accident claims, a spinal cord injury claim will likely involve insurance companies and adjusters, hospitals, medical records, state rules and regulations.
An experienced spinal cord injury attorney, such as those at the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, L.L.P. ®, can help you recover damages for:
- Lost wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent disability
- Medical costs
- Future medical costs
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost future wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Personal injury cases must be filed within a certain time frame according to the state’s statute of limitations. In North Carolina, injury claims must be filed within three years of the injury or accident.
North Carolina does not set caps on compensation for personal injury cases, excluding medical malpractice cases. However, North Carolina does follow contributory negligence laws, which state a defendant may not collect compensation if he or she was in any way responsible for the injury or accident.
Don’t assume that your involvement in an accident will keep you from collecting compensation. Let the experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, L.L.P. ® help sort through the facts of your case.
Causes and Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are often the result of a blow or hit to the spine. Broken or dislocated bones, called vertebrae, can also be damaged, broken, or swell, intensifying a spinal cord injury.
Nerve cells can also be damaged; these are the cells that communicate with the brain and are responsible for movement throughout the body. A serious spinal cord injury can cause complete or partial loss of movement (paralysis) and feeling.
Spinal cord injuries occur every day from common incidents such as:
- Car accidents
- Slip and falls (premises liability)
- Defective products (product liability)
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Workplace injuries (workers’ compensation)
Symptoms of spinal cord injury can usually be detected at any time, from immediately after the accident to days or weeks following the injury.
Common symptoms of spinal cord injury include:
- Intermittent or chronic pain
- Loss of feeling or sensation
- Difficulty moving
- Respiratory or breathing problems
- Weakness in muscles
- Spastic muscles
- Heart rate problems
- Blood pressure problems
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Sexual dysfunction
- Digestive problems
A spinal cord injury can be permanent, and the sufferer may require full-time personal attention or care for the rest of his or her life.
Filing a spinal cord injury claim can be very difficult, but many times it is absolutely necessary to ensure victims receive the medical attention they need and the justice they deserve.
If you need help after a spinal cord injury, the personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, L.L.P. ® want to hear from you.