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A spinal cord injury is a life-shattering experience for the victim and his or her loved ones. Those that survive a spinal cord injury may never be the same again. Family and friends have to adjust to the necessary changes in lifestyle that inevitably happen after such a devastating injury. Understanding spinal cord injuries can help the victim and his or her family and friends cope with the effects.
What is a spinal cord injury?
The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves and supportive tissue that extends from base of the brain to just beyond the first lumbar vertebra. It is protected by the bones in the spinal column, but does not extend the entire length, as is commonly assumed. A spinal injury is damage to the nerve fibers as a result of an (either traumatic or chronic) event. A traumatic event, such as an accidental blow or act of violence, crushes, compresses, dislocates or fractures one or more of the vertebrae in the spine, thereby damaging the spinal cord. A chronic (non-traumatic) spinal cord injury is generally from a more long-term condition, such as disc degeneration, arthritis or inflammation.
What causes spinal injuries?
Many spinal cord injuries are from a traumatic event. Motor vehicle accidents fall and acts of violence are the leading causes of spinal injury in the U.S. In Florida, spinal injuries are primarily caused by:
Common causes in each region within Florida may vary based on demographics. Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of spinal injuries for people between 16 and 30 years of age. Spinal cord injuries for those over the age of 65 are most often due to falls; almost 60% of spinal injuries in Florida occur in victims age 45 and older. The causes and severity of spinal cord injury in Brevard, Melbourne, Titusville, Palm Bay, and throughout Brevard County may deviate from the average in Florida and the U.S. based on demographics.
What are the effects of such an injury?
The devastation of a spinal injury is defined as either complete or incomplete. Complete means the total loss of all motor and sensory function below the affected area; incomplete means that some motor and/or sensory function remains below the injury location. Symptoms associated with spinal injury are:
- loss of sensation
- breathing difficulties
- sexual function changes
- nerve pain
- back pain or pressure
How can we help?
How much does a personal injury attorney cost?
At Couture Law P.A. in Melbourne, you won’t pay a penny unless our personal injury lawyers prevail at trial, or procure a settlement on your behalf. This arrangement is commonly referred to as payment “on a contingency basis.” Suffice to say, we’ll help you fight for every dollar for your pain and suffering.
How much time do I have to file an injury lawsuit?
The period of time from the date of the accident until you no longer can file a claim is known as the “statute of limitations.” In Florida, the amount of time in which statutes expire varies by case type. The statute of limitations for most injury cases is four (4) years. For medical malpractice and wrongful death cases, it’s two (2) years. Always err on the side of caution by consulting with your Melbourne personal injury attorney.
Do I have a case?
Because no two cases are alike, Melbourne injury attorneys should gather and analyze all of the facts regarding your case before addressing this question. After tracking down and speaking with witnesses, we’ll give you a fair, honest assessment of your unique situation – and how we can help.
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