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What is Spinal Cord Injury?

Spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord resulting in a loss of motor and/or sensory function. Causes can be trauma from an auto/truck accident, falls such as from a construction site, gunshot wounds, etc; or diseases such as polio, spina bifida, degenerative diseases, etc. The spinal cord need not be severed in order to lose sensation or function. In fact, the spinal cord is intact in most people with loss of function from spinal cord injuries. A spinal cord injury is very different from back injuries such as ruptured disks or pinched nerves, for which there is current medical therapy.

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Spinal Cord Injuries

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Spinal Cord Dysfunction

The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves within the spinal column that carries nerve impulses to and from the brain and the rest of the body. The spinal cord is surrounded by spine bones called vertebra. These bones constitute the spinal column. In general, the higher in the spinal column the injury occurs, the more dysfunction is likely to occur. The vertebrae in the neck make up the cervical spine. Cervical spinal cord injuries usually cause loss of motor and sensory function in the arms and legs, resulting in paraplegia or quadriplegia. The vertebrae that run the length of the chest are called the thoracic spine. Thoracic cord injuries usually cause loss of motor and sensory function in the chest and the legs, resulting in paraplegia. The vertebra in the area between the low rib and the pelvis is called the lumbar spine. The sacral vertebrae run from the pelvis to the end of the spinal column. Injuries to the lumbar and sacral spine generally result in some loss of functioning in the hips and legs.

There are many other types of sensory or motor function disabilities that may result from a spinal cord injury. These may include loss of bowel and/or bladder function, sexual dysfunction, fertility in men, loss of the ability to breathe, chronic pain and many other injuries.

The effects of spinal cord injuries depend on the location (level) and severity of the injury to the spinal cord. Generally, spinal cord injuries are of two types: complete and incomplete. A complete injury means there is no sensation or voluntary motor function below the level of the injury on either side. An incomplete injury means that there is some sensory or motor function below the level of spinal injury. This can range from some feeling to being able to function at a relatively normal level. The affect an incomplete spinal cord injury will have on a person is largely dependent on what activities they participated in before the injury.there is current medical therapy.

We know you have many questions as you consider all of your options, which includes filing a lawsuit to recover the costs of treatment, pain and suffering and other damages. You have come to the right place for answers.

What Is Spinal Cord Injury?

A spinal cord injury occurs when damage to the spinal cord results in loss of motor and/or sensory function. At Doyle Law, we have experience pursuing claims involving a variety of spinal cord injuries, including quadriplegia and paraplegia.

Can A Person Recover From A Spinal Cord Injury?

Yes, but not always. It depends on the specifics of a person’s injury, such as whether he or she has suffered complete or incomplete paralysis. Even if recovery is possible, it will be a long and financially costly process.

Why Is An Attorney Necessary?

No one is required to have an attorney in a personal injury case, but it is highly recommended due to the many processes and complex issues involved. As your attorneys, we will focus on your legal case so you can focus on getting better. We have achieved tremendous results in spinal cord injury cases, including landmark cases that are nationally known. This allows us to negotiate from a position of strength, as the insurance companies know we are capable of winning at trial.

I Don’t Have Insurance. What Can I Do To Get Treatment?

If you do not have health insurance or auto insurance that you can tap into to cover the costs of treatment, we will negotiate with doctors on your behalf to make sure you get the treatment you need. Your medical expenses can be paid out of the settlement or jury award we obtain for you.

How Much Will Your Representation Cost?

It will cost you nothing to have our experienced advocates on your side. We operate on a contingency basis, collecting no fees unless we collect compensation for our clients.

Paraplegia is a condition that leaves a person unable to voluntarily move the lower parts of his or her body, such as legs, feet and toes. There are two types of paraplegia: complete and incomplete. Each paraplegic’s individual circumstances will vary, but incomplete paraplegia describes a condition where a person has feeling with little or no movement, or has movement with little or no feeling. A person without feeling in or movement of his or her legs is considered to have complete paraplegia.

Regardless of type, paraplegia leaves victims facing an uncertain future wrought with costly medical procedures, ongoing rehabilitation, home modifications and in-home care. Even the best-case scenario — regaining feeling or movement after incomplete paralysis — will require an immense amount of resources. To make sure you have the resources you need to make as full a recovery as possible, you need accomplished personal injury attorneys with experience pursuing paraplegia injury claims. You need Doyle Law. It is not easy to maximize compensation for paraplegia victims in personal injury suits, but we have experience taking on these cases. More importantly, we have achieved successful outcomes for people who desperately needed financial resources to cover the costs of their injuries.

In 2013, we obtained the highest medical malpractice verdict in the history of Kern County on behalf of Charlene McKnight, a woman who was left a paraplegic after a botched spine operation. The verdict we obtained was for $26.8 million. The insurance companies know we are willing to go to trial to make things right for our clients, and this allows us to negotiate from a position of confidence.

We represent paraplegia victims in communities such as Los Angeles and Beverly Hills but are known nationwide for our ability to recover compensation for spinal cord injury survivors.

Why You Need Competent Attorneys

If you have a spinal cord injury resulting from the negligence of another, you want experienced attorneys who understand your injury and who have the resources to handle the case efficiently and appropriately. The attorneys of Doyle Law understand spinal cord injuries. We have worked with the finest neurology and neurosurgical experts in the United States. We have litigated many spinal cord injury cases including those arising out of hypotensive ischemic insult, trauma from car accidents and falls, degenerative changes, surgical mishaps and other medical failures.

If you turn to a dictionary for a definition, quadriplegia is described as the paralysis of all four limbs. This does not even begin to adequately tell the story of what people go through when they suffer an injury that leaves them a quadriplegic.

Quadriplegia is extremely difficult to cope with for injury victims and their entire families. If you or a loved one is suffering from quadriplegia due to the negligence of another, you likely have more questions than answers at this point, and that is OK. You can turn to Doyle Law for the answers you need and the nationally renowned personal injury representation you deserve. Just as these are difficult injuries for doctors to treat, these are difficult cases for lawyers to handle. You only get one chance to recover the compensation you need for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages and future damages, so it is crucial to make sure you have the right legal representation. At Doyle Law, we understand what it takes to be successful in cases involving quadriplegia, and we have the resources to make it happen. We work with the finest neurological experts in California and throughout the country, and we have experience taking these cases to trial to maximize financial settlements and jury awards for our clients.

The Effects Of Quadriplegia Are Severe. You Should Not Bear Them Alone.

In addition to the loss of arm and leg function, quadriplegia can result in the loss of ability to control bodily functions, infertility, chronic pain and even the ability to breathe. If you have suffered an injury as a result of someone’s negligence in a motor vehicle accident or a medical error, you need an attorney fighting for you.

Does the Firm Handle Cases in My Hometown?

Yes. Doyle Law is a national law firm. We represent clients in catastrophic injury cases across the country. Our lawyers are licensed to practice in California, New York, Florida, and the District of Columbia. The attorneys of Doyle Law will obtain admission in any state where our technical expertise and trial experience can make a difference subject to the rules of each jurisdiction.

Statute of Limitations

The laws of personal injury vary in each state. In addition, there are time limits (statute of limitations) within which you must file any legal action. If you do not file legal action within the statute of limitations in your state, you may forfeit your right to recover damages. If you believe you have a claim, do not wait. Seek professional advice immediately.

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