Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries are life-changing personal injuries that involve complex medical issues. Most spinal cord injuries cause paralysis (loss of movement) and permanent disability. Common causes of spinal cord injury include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents (including car, truck, or motorcycle accidents)
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Acts of violence (such as gunshot or knife wounds)
  • Slip and fall
  • Recreational activities (such as sports or diving into shallow water)
  • Defective or dangerous products

Symptoms

Symptoms of spinal cord injury vary according to the severity and location of the injury. Some symptoms of spinal cord injury include:
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of sensation (cannot feel pressure, pain, or temperature)
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Inability to breathe without assistance
  • Inability to sense body position
  • Pain
  • Loss of bowel and/or bladder control
  • Exaggerated movements

Future Medical Expenses and Special Needs

Spinal cord injuries are catastrophic and generally require ongoing medical care throughout the victim's life. There are many future medical expenses a victim can anticipate to pay throughout their lifetime as the result of a spinal cord injury. 

The team of professionals needed in the rehabilitation of a spinal cord injury might include: 

  • occupational therapist
  • physical therapist
  • rehabilitation nurse
  • rehabilitation psychologist
  • psychiatrist
  • social worker
  • recreational therapist
  • a doctor specializing in spinal cord injury
Expenses related to other typical special needs of spinal cord injury victims include the purchase and maintenance of wheelchairs or other equipment, such as equipment to assist with eating or breathing, which may be required throughout the lifetime of the spinal cord injury victim. Other possible special needs expenses include special vans for transporting the victim and making the victim’s home handicap accessible. 

Spinal Cord Injury Claims

Many spinal cord injuries are caused by the negligent or intentional act of another, or by defective or dangerous products. Possible claims against those that may have caused your spinal cord injury include negligence, premises liability, medical malpractice, or products liability. 

If you have a suffered a spinal cord injury that was caused by the negligence of another, it is important to speak with a spinal cord injury lawyer to find out if you have a claim. At the Coye Law Firm, our experienced personal injury attorneys can thoroughly review your circumstances and determine if you have a case. Our spinal cord injury attorneys can work with experts to assess your condition and the future medical expenses that will be required throughout your lifetime as a result of your spinal cord injury. 

The Coye Law Firm will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve and can assist with spinal cord injury cases anywhere in the state of Florida. Call the Coye Law Firm today to help offset the medical bills of a spinal cord injury.