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The Devastating Nature of Spinal Cord Injuries

Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Indianapolis

Many of us spend much of our time preparing for the future. But life can change in an instant, and there’s no way to prepare for something as traumatic and catastrophic as a spinal cord injury. Many scientists believe that one day, it will be possible to repair spinal cord damage—but currently, spinal cord injury victims face an uphill battle when it comes to recovery. Thankfully, in many cases, spinal cord injury victims are able to recover compensation for their losses—both economic and noneconomic—under Indiana law.

What is Spinal Cord Injury?

Simply stated, spinal cord injury is damage to any part of the spinal cord or spinal nerves. Such injuries are often debilitating and life-changing. Their physical and emotional tolls are cataclysmic. After spinal cord injury, the ability to move depends (of course) upon where the injury occurred on the spinal column and the severity of the injury. In an incomplete spinal cord injury, victims still have function below the site of the injury. In a complete spinal cord injury, on the other hand, victims are paralyzed and have no sensation below the site of the injury.

Common signs and symptoms that indicate spinal cord damage include:

  • Lost or diminished sensation, such as touching, or feeling hot or cold temperatures
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Spasms or reflexes
  • Sexual sensitivity or dysfunction
  • Intense pain or stinging (caused by nerve fiber damage)
  • Difficulty breathing, coughing or clearing lungs
  • Loss of movement

Typical Causes of Spinal Cord Damage

Unlike many medical conditions, spinal cord damage is often preventable. Eighty percent of victims are male, the average age is about 42, and more than one-third are caused by car accidents. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) estimates that more than 250,000 Americans today suffer from spinal cord injuries.

The most common causes of spinal cord injuries (in descending order) result from:

Debilitating Injuries, but There is Hope

Spinal cord damage is caused by trauma. Paralysis (complete or partial, temporary or permanent) is most common. And there is a laundry list of other complications: breathing problems, pneumonia, loss of sexual function, circulatory problems, bladder and bowel problems, pain, and of course depression.

Research advances give hope that spinal cord injuries will eventually be repairable. There are new surgical techniques and developments (spinal nerve regeneration, cell replacement, neural techniques) that spur cautious optimism.

If You or a Loved One Has Suffered a Spinal Cord Injury, Call an Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer Today

At the Law Office of William Hurst, we are committed to helping injured victims obtain the compensation they are due. We will review the facts of your case at no cost to you and only collect legal fees if we are able to secure a settlement or award on your behalf. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Indianapolis injury attorneys, call us today at (317) 636-0808 or send us an email through our online contact form.

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If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

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Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Case Worth

As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

Why Hire?

Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

Medical Bills

If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney