Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed with a spinal cord injury; or you’ve been dealing with a mysterious musculoskeletal, myofascial, or “not precisely diagnosed” pain problem that you believe might stem from your spinal cord injury, you may want to know whether a Louisville, KY spinal cord injury lawyer can help you to hold someone else (or some company) responsible for all of your expensive surgeries, medical bills, rehab, time that you had to take off work, anticipated future losses, etc. The short answer to this question is that you may be able to if the accident or incident that led to your injury was caused by negligence.
Spinal cord injuries are quite unlike other traumatic injuries, such as burns, strained muscles, and broken bones, in that damage to the spinal cord is permanent. Nerve tissue does not regenerate the same way that muscle, bone, and skin tissue regenerate. The loss of function may be permanent – or at the very least, very difficult to repair.
Spinal cord injuries also have a frustrating and tricky aspect to them. They evolve over time – and often new and surprisingly frustrating symptoms can suddenly emerge weeks or even months after the initial insult to the spinal column or surrounding tissues.
As a personal injury claimant, you would like to be able to catalogue, in a quantifiable and precise way, how someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or other untoward actions impacted your life. But when you suffer a spinal cord injury, you face a certain element of uncertainty about your long-term prognosis. This uncertainty can make it difficult for you to even know how hurt you actually are.
The secondary and tertiary problems associated with your spinal injury can also create confusion. Say a car accident destroyed nerve tissue in the thoracic region of your spine. You now need to use a wheelchair and/or crutches to get around. When you use these alternative technologies, you create new stresses on your body – for instance, the crutches put a lot of chronic pressure on your shoulders and upper back – which can, in turn, precipitate other health problems, such as trigger points in your back, chronic stress, and asymmetrical wear on your musculoskeletal system.
Pursuing a Claim
The indirect medical problems may not show up for months, or maybe even years, after your accident. This presents spinal injury victims with a challenge. What strategy and tactics should you adopt, given the uncertainty of the prognosis, to preserve your rights to collect compensation for the long term possible problems?
An experienced Louisville, KY spinal cord injury lawyer can lead you through the complex legal process to help you understand how to protect your rights, how to deal with setbacks resourcefully, and how to move your life forward after the disruptions caused by the accident. At Thomas Law Offices, we are experienced in handling cases involving catastrophic injuries like spinal cord injuries and understand the laws that may affect your case.
Mr. Tad Thomas served as one of two Assistant Deputy Attorneys General for the state of Kentucky, and he is widely renowned as a reputable and compassionate civil litigator and personal injury attorney. Call (502) 473-6540 to get a complete and free case evaluation.
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