Fayetteville Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Get the Resources You Need to Recover
Worldwide, between 250,000 and 500,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year. The physical, emotional, and financial costs of these injuries are difficult to overestimate, and the majority of spinal cord injuries are preventable.
All too often, spinal cord injuries are caused by negligence. If someone else’s carelessness caused you to suffer a spinal cord injury, Richard D. Hobbs & Associates P.C. may be able to help. For nearly 30 years, Attorney Hobbs has been defending the injured in and around Fayetteville. Our firm can help you, too.
What Are Spinal Cord Injuries?
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the definition for a spinal cord injury is as follows.
“A spinal cord injury usually begins with a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae. The damage begins at the moment of injury when displaced bone fragments, disc material, or ligaments bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue.”
Although most spinal cord injuries do not sever the spinal cord, fractures and compression of the vertebrae can destroy axons (nerve cells), which disrupts the communication between your brain and the rest of your body. In severe cases, this disruption can lead to paralysis.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
All spinal cord injuries are either incomplete or complete. An incomplete spinal cord injury allows some function below the primary level of injury, but a complete spinal cord injury produces the total loss of all motor and sensory function below the level of injuries.
The American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) breaks down spinal cord injuries even further with the ASIA Impairment Scale.
The ASIA “grades” are as follows:
- ASIA A is a complete spinal cord injury with no sensory or motor function
- ASIA B is a sensory incomplete injury with complete motor function loss
- ASIA C is a motor incomplete injury where less than half the muscles can lift up against the force of gravity with a full range of motion
- ASIA D is a motor incomplete injury where more than half the muscles are “anti-gravity” (see above)
- ASIA E indicates a full recovery
Spinal cord injuries can also be classified by where the injury takes place or the level of injury. Generally, the higher in the spinal cord the injury occurs, the more serious the impairment. People are also less likely to recover from more severe injuries. Cervical spinal cord injuries, for example, happen in the 7 vertebrae in the neck and frequently result in quadriplegia or tetraplegia (paralysis from the neck down).
Similarly, thoracic spinal cord injuries affect the chest and legs, resulting in paraplegia (paralysis from the waist down). Lumbar and sacral spinal cord injuries usually result in some loss of function in the hips and legs. If you have suffered any kind of spinal cord injury due to a car crash or another accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
What Causes Spinal Cord Injuries?
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, and falls are a close second. We can help you if your injury is the result of a car crash, truck accident, or slip-and-fall accident. Other common causes of spinal cord injuries include gunshot wounds and other acts of violence, as well as sports injuries. Whenever your accident involves negligence or an intentional tort, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.
How Filing a Lawsuit Can Help
After a spinal cord injury, your future depends on the emergency care you receive and how well you manage your injury day to day. Fortunately, emergency care has improved and can mitigate the damage your injury may cause. Unfortunately, medical care is extremely expensive. The same is true for the rehabilitative care, assistance, and special devices you may need to cope with and adapt to your injury.
Filing a lawsuit cannot change what happened but it can give you the resources you need to maintain the highest possible quality of life moving forward. If someone else caused your injury, you should not have to cope with the financial consequences alone.
As such, a successful settlement or verdict can help you account for:
- Emergency care
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitative care
- Assistive care and devices
- Missed wages
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- And more
Our Fayetteville spinal cord attorney will pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.
Why Hire Richard D. Hobbs & Associates P.C.?
When you choose our firm, you get to speak to your attorney immediately. Your lawyer will remain available and accessible throughout your entire case, and someone will always answer the phone when you call. Attorney Hobbs has 27 years of hands-on legal experience and is deeply familiar with the Fayetteville community.
We understand how serious spinal cord injuries can be, which is why we fight aggressively for your rights and compensation. We can also provide compassionate legal support from the comfort of your home. Further, we offer free consultations and do not charge legal fees unless we win your case.