Kansas City Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
Spinal Cord Injury Cases in Missouri
There really is no such thing as a minor spinal cord injury; all spinal cord injuries are incredibly serious and require immediate attention from a qualified medical professional. If you were involved in a car accident, slipped and fell on a wet floor, or were otherwise injured in a traumatic event and believe you may have sustained a back or spine injury, seek medical attention right away. Then, contact Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman, Chtd.
When others are negligent and you are injured as a result, you have the right to take legal action. Our Kansas City spinal cord injury lawyers understand the unique challenges spine injury victims face, and they know how to take on major insurance providers and their defense teams in pursuit of fair compensation for their clients. Since our firm’s founding in 1949, we have successfully recovered well over half a billion dollars on behalf of the injured throughout Missouri, Kansas, and the Midwest. Get in touch with us today to learn how our experienced and highly respected legal team can help you with your case.
Call our office at (816) 542-5999 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. There are no fees unless we recover compensation for you.
Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms
Many people involved in accidents experience minor back pain afterwards and think it’s just muscle spasms. But back injuries can turn into more than just muscle and joint pain. Often, a minor break in the spine can grow into a very serious spinal cord injury. If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident, get your spine checked for damages, particularly if you were hit from behind.
Some of the most common symptoms of spinal cord injuries include:
- Pain in any range from neck to hips
- Loss of mobility
- Loss of feeling in arms and legs
- Organ malfunctions
- Hearing loss
- Blurred vision
If you or someone else is displaying emergency symptoms of a spinal cord injury—such as extreme pain/pressure in the head, neck or back; numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, fingers, or toes; paralysis or weakness/loss of coordination; or loss of bladder or bowel control—do not move the injured individual. Call 911 and wait for paramedics to arrive.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can result from any type of accident, but the most common causes include:
- Car crashes
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Injuries from assault/violence
Other common causes of spinal cord injuries include ruptured vertebrae, surgical errors, birth injuries, and being hit by falling objects.
Spinal Cord Injury Treatments
Many Americans believe that injuries to a person’s spinal cord inevitably mean such severe loss of mobility that the person will be permanently disabled and can only look forward to a life of diminished quality. It is true that many people who suffer spinal cord injuries are permanently paralyzed and must change the way they live. Many others, however, are able to adapt to these challenges and live full and complete lives.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, approximately 12,000 Americans suffer spinal cord injuries each year. Most experience significant changes in their lives, including many secondary injuries caused by neural damage and restricted blood flow.
Treatment for spinal cord injuries may include surgery, physical therapy, chiropractic services, and even alternative medical procedures, like acupuncture. These treatments could last for years, may be extremely expensive, and might only lessen the severity of the injury or the victim’s pain—if they work at all. Additionally, victims of a spinal cord injury may need to move to a care facility or require in-home care and be dependent on various medical equipment, like a wheelchair or walking aid.
Successful rehabilitation programs include physical therapies with counseling for social and emotional support. In the hospital, a rehabilitation team is typically assembled; this team typically includes a rehabilitation specialist, social workers, physical therapists, rehabilitation nurses, psychologists, and case workers.
Physical therapy itself uses exercises that strengthen the patient’s muscles. Occupational therapy redevelops motor skills needed to perform daily activities; these can help a patient get in and out of bed, perform daily hygiene tasks, and prepare and eat meals. Patients are also taught strategies to cope with various other physical challenges as well as pain management.
The True Cost of a Spinal Cord Injury
The spine is delicate, and although it is protected by bone, any trauma to the spinal cord could cause lifelong damage. Spinal cord injuries may have effects that range from difficulty walking or moving to partial or even full paralysis. In addition to the financial costs associated with treating these injuries, victims often suffer serious, debilitating emotional and physical effects.
Coming to the realization that you may never walk, talk properly, or simply move your hand again can be devastating. For those who can improve, the road to a full or partial recovery may be long, frustrating, and expensive.
The overall costs to the economy of caring for patients with spinal cord injuries is approximately $3 billion per year. For individuals and their families, the costs are usually high enough to create significant financial problems. However, if a spinal cord injury was the result of negligence on the part of another person or party, compensation can be sought through a personal injury lawsuit to cover a wide variety of expenses. If a suit is successful, everything from hospital bills to rehabilitation to long-term care may be considered the legal responsibility of the negligent party.
Our law firm is dedicated in protecting the rights of spinal cord injury victims. We can provide information about this injury and how it may affect your life and the lives of people around you. We are committed to helping spinal cord injury patients and their families obtain the best possible outcome. Our Kansas City spinal cord injury lawyers are compassionate advocates who pay the utmost attention to cases involving negligence, whether it is due to a motor vehicle crash, work-related incident, slip and fall accident, or medical error.
We Offer Contingency Fees
Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman, Chtd is one of the Kansas City region’s prominent personal injury law firms. When you contact us for a free, confidential consultation, we can explain the legal process for recovering compensation and make sure you get any outstanding medical issues taken care of.
We’ll handle everything about your claim, from hiring independent professionals to investigating and preparing your case to making sure your property damage and medical needs are covered. We offer more than just sound legal advice and vigorous representation because we understand what a spinal cord injury can do to your entire family. We use our experience to help you get your whole family the financial, medical, and social support services they will need as your case moves toward a settlement or trial.