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Which Law Firm Handles Lawsuits Involving Spinal Cord Injuries?

Spinal cord injuries are very severe and the confusion surrounding long-term health can cause the injured person and their families fear and anxiety. Questions about recovery and medical bills quickly arise making it very difficult to understand where to go next.

At Schiffman Firm, we understand how difficult coping with a severe personal injury can be – especially if that injury was caused by the carelessness and negligence of another person or even a defective product.

Investigating and pursuing a spinal cord injury case requires a deep understanding of the causes and effects that accompany such a complex injury. With over 100 years of combined legal and trial experience, we have helped our clients dealing with spinal cord injuries from sports accidents, automobile accidents, accidents involving defective products, and other causes receive the compensation they deserve.

Our team handles navigating the complex legal matters so you and your loved ones can focus on healing.

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If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury, you need the right attorneys. Contact us today for a free case assessment. There are no costs or fees for our services unless we recover money on your behalf.

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Trauma to the vertebrae, discs, and ligaments

What is a spinal cord injury?

Spinal injuries are caused by trauma to the vertebrae, discs, ligaments, or to the spinal cord itself.  In a spinal cord injury, the spinal cord is likely to end up bruised or even severed.

Generally, a bruised spinal cord is considered less severe. That doesn’t mean that the injury should be taken lightly, nor does it mean that the victim is safe from long-term discomfort and complications.

If the spinal cord is severed, the injury typically causes permanent and severe losses including no longer having the ability to move parts of the body. The paralysis can affect only the lower part of the body (partial or complete paraplegia) or potentially some or all of the injured person’s arms and legs (partial or complete quadriplegia).

Loss of Bladder, Difficulty Breathing, Memory Challenges

What are some signs and symptoms of a spinal cord contusion or injury?

Spinal trauma and injuries can take on many different symptoms. Some of these can include:

  • Spinal shock
    Best described as a loss of feeling or movement below the injury, this can last for hours, days, or even weeks
  • Loss of bowel or bladder functions
  • Difficulty or trouble breathing
  • Muscle spasms
  • Trouble understanding or producing speech
  • Issues with memory, attention, and other basic functions commonly associated with the brain
  • Heart rate and blood pressure issues

Car Accidents, Defective Products, Sports Related Accidents

What are some common causes of spinal cord injuries?

Spinal cord injuries, like any other form of personal injury, can occur from nearly any type of accident. However, most spinal cord injuries are associated with accidents involving blunt force trauma or scenarios where a victim suffers a high-impact blow to their head, neck, or back.

Determining the cause is the first step in taking legal action when a spinal cord injury case is presented. Our attorneys understand the complexity involved with these types of matters and the importance of having the right medical experience to successfully argue the case. That’s why we partner with top medical experts to help craft a case for our clients that is backed by facts and science. This approach helps to ensure that our clients receive the compensation they deserve.

Common causes of spinal cord injuries may include, but are not limited to:

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What should I do if I suffer a spinal cord injury?

If you or a loved one is involved in an accident and suffered a spinal cord injury your immediate well-being is the most important thing. Before anything, seek proper medical attention.

After you find yourself in a safer and more comfortable situation, contact a personal injury lawyer to help guide you through the next steps and provide proper legal advice.

Some other items to consider:

  • Take pictures (or ask someone close to you) of the scene where the accident occurred
    • Be sure to include pictures of any objects or equipment that were involved in the accident
  • Ensure that your accident is reported to proper authorities and obtain copies of the filings
  • Once you receive medical attention be sure to follow all your doctor’s or health care provider’s orders

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From personal injury to product liability - Schiffman Firm has the legal expertise and experience to take on a wide variety of cases with a proven track record of delivering results for their clients.

Our attorneys are always ready to listen to your case. Contact us today for a free review of your case - you don't pay anything for our legal services unless you win your case.

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