A spinal cord injury is one of the most devastating types of injuries that a person can suffer in an accident. Often, the injury is permanent and can result in full or partial paralysis or another type of disability. Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries are also very common. More than 17,000 spinal cord injuries occur in our country each year, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center.
If you recently suffered spinal cord injury due to the careless or reckless acts of another person, you should seek help as soon as possible from the experienced Norcross personal injury lawyers at Adamson & Cleveland, LLC. We have more than 40 years of combined experience with helping catastrophic injury victims and their families in Norcross and throughout the greater Atlanta area. We are ready to put that experience to work for you today and pursue the compensation you deserve. Call or reach us online now to discuss your case in a free consultation.
Common Types of Spine and Back Injuries
Through the years, our attorneys at Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, have helped accident victims with a wide range of spinal cord injuries. These injuries fall into two general categories:
- Incomplete – When the spinal cord sustains partial damage. Depending on the severity of the injury, the victim may still be able to function in some capacity.
- Complete – When the spinal cord is torn or severed. The victim will lose all function below the point of the injury. However, with a combination of surgery and therapy, the victim may eventually regain some ability to function.
Some of the most common types of spinal cord injuries that accident victims suffer include:
- Anterior cord syndrome – Damage to the front of the spinal cord. The injury can cause damage to motor and sensory pathways.
- Central cord syndrome – Damage to the center of the spinal cord. The injury often destroys nerves that carry signals from the brain to the spinal cord.
- Brown-Sequard syndrome – Damage to one or both sides of the spinal cord. The injury may cause paralysis or weakness on one side of the body, while the other side of the body suffers a loss of sensation.
- Paraplegia – When the injury prevents sensation and movement in the legs.
- Tetraplegia – Also known as quadriplegia, this injury affects all of a person’s limbs and prevents the person from moving below the injury site.
In some cases, a victim does not suffer damage to the spinal cord. Instead, the victim suffers back injuries such as sprains and strains, herniated discs or fractured vertebrae. Like spinal cord injuries, back injuries can greatly reduce a person’s movement and may require extensive medical treatment, including surgery and rehabilitation.
Levels of Spinal Cord Injury
Not all spine injuries are equal. After examining a patient, a doctor will determine the level of the injury. These levels include:
- Cervical injuries – These injuries occur in the neck area. The cervical part of the spine contains seven vertebrae and eight nerves. The injuries in this area are classified as C1 to C8. Cervical injuries typically affect a person’s ability to move his or her chest, arms, and legs.
- Thoracic injuries – These injuries occur in the middle of the spine. They are classified as T1 to T12. Thoracic injuries typically affect a person’s chest and legs.
- Lumbar injuries – These injuries occur in the lower back. They are classified as L1 to L5. A lumbar injury typically will affect a person’s legs.
- Sacral injuries – These injuries occur at the very end of the spine. They affect a person’s feet.
The higher the point of injury in the spine, the more severe the injury will be. Radiating pain symptoms such as numbness and tingling in your arm and legs, or shooting pain and headaches are indicators that your injury may be more serious than just simple strain or sprain. Many spine injury victims are left with a permanent disability. They may need around-the-clock care and attention and can never work again.
Causes of Back and Spine Injuries
A person’s spine can suffer injury in a number of ways. Many of the clients we work with suffered injuries in cases involving:
- Car accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Premises liability accidents, including slip and falls
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice.
Unfortunately, most of these accidents are preventable. They result from the negligence of others. If you suffered a back or spine injury due to the careless or reckless acts of someone else, our attorneys will help you to pursue maximum compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, pain, suffering, emotional distress and more.
How Can Our Lawyers Help with Your Spine Injury Claim?
When you have suffered a severe back or spine injury in an accident, you need extra attention. At Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, we will take the time to listen to your story and understand how your injury has affected your life. In turn, we will aggressively pursue a result that justly compensates you for the harm that you have suffered. Through years, we have secured more than $150 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
While you focus on your health and your family, you can count on our legal team to:
- Thoroughly investigate your case – We will gather and analyze all relevant evidence in your case and determine why your back or spine injury occurred and who should be held accountable for it.
- Calculate your damages – We can examine your medical records, consult with doctors and other medical experts and assess the amount of damages that you should seek.
- Demand full and fair compensation – We can deal directly with the insurance companies on your behalf and demand just compensation for you. If necessary, our skilled trial lawyers will be ready to fight for you in the courtroom.
Our attorneys give our personal cell phone numbers to our clients for a reason. Throughout your case, we will be available to address your questions and concerns. We want you to know that we are here for you.
Contract Our Norcross Back and Spine Injury Attorneys Today
At Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, we care about our clients, their families and their futures. We go above and beyond to help them to get through difficult times, and we pursue all compensation they are due. If you suffered a back or spine injury due to someone else’s negligence, we are ready to go to work for you today. Contact us now for a free consultation through our Norcross office.
Our office is located at 4295 International Blvd. Suite D Norcross, GA 30093.
Alan is a Gwinnett County native who proudly serves his community and provides skilled representation to injury victims and their families as a founding partner of the personal injury law firm of Adamson & Cleveland, LLC. Alan earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and went on to graduate, summa cum laude, from Atlanta's John Marshall Law School. He is also a graduate of Gerry Spence’s renowned Trial Lawyers College (TLC) in Wyoming. In his free time, Alan frequently speaks at continuing legal education seminars. He also volunteers as a youth baseball coach and assists his local high school's moot court competition team.