Spinal Cord/Back Injury
Find restitution for your back pain and suffering
Sustaining a spinal cord or back injury can be a life-altering event, requiring expensive medical care and months or even years of physical therapy. A serious spinal cord or back injury can take time away from work and other responsibilities and can significantly decrease a victim’s quality of life. Unfortunately, these types of injuries occur all too often as a result of a car, truck, train, or motorcycle accident; a slip and fall accident; or a workplace or construction accident. In the event of a serious personal injury of this kind, it is important for the victim to have the best legal representation available. At our Kansas City, Missouri firm, a personal injury lawyer can evaluate your case and determine if you are eligible for compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury, or myelopathy, is defined as a disturbance to the spinal cord that affects a person’s sensation and ability to move. The typical spinal cord injury results in permanent disability or paralysis below the area injured. A spinal cord injury can involve the arms and legs, which is called quadriplegia or tetraplegia, or the lower body only, which is called paraplegia.
Approximately 250,000 – 400,000 people are currently living with spinal cord injuries in the United States, and about 11,000 new spinal cord injuries occur each year (30 injuries per day). A staggering 42 percent of these annual injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents, and another 22 percent result from traumatic falls.
Sustaining a spinal cord injury can severely affect a person’s quality of life, both physically and emotionally. A spinal cord injury often requires rehabilitation therapy, medication, surgery, prosthesis, and the use of a wheelchair and/or computer device to assist with daily routines. The costs of these treatments and technologies can be exorbitant, which is why it is so important to seek damages for any and all medical expenses that will arise throughout the victim’s lifetime with the help of a personal injury lawyer.
If you are a Kansas or Missouri resident who has sustained a spinal cord injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for damages based on the severity of your injury and the effect it has had on your day-to-day life. Be sure to reach out to a personal injury lawyer at Bottaro, Kubin & Yocum, P.C. for assistance today.
Unlike a spinal cord injury, a back injury involves damage not to the actual spinal cord, but rather to the vertebrae and nerve tissue. Back injuries can be caused by a number of factors and events and can range from mild to severe in their effects. Ruptured or herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and pinched nerves are all common causes of back pain. While some forms of back and spinal cord injury result from diseases such as osteoporosis, polio, spina bifida, etc., others are directly caused by specific injurious events. Auto accidents, slips and falls, repeated strain, or workplace injuries can all result in chronic and debilitating back pain that can last anywhere from a few weeks to many years. In order to obtain compensation for damages suffered, any resident of Kansas City or greater Missouri who has sustained a back or spinal cord injury should consult a personal injury lawyer at our firm for help in determining whether the problem was caused by the negligence of another person or party.
Contact a Kansas City Personal Injury Lawyer
Please visit or call our Kansas City, Missouri practice to discuss your back or spinal cord injury. A personal injury lawyer from our firm can assess the circumstances surrounding your accident and help determine whether you are eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills and other financial setbacks.