Knowledgeable NJ Lawyers Represent Accident Victims with Spinal Cord Injuries
Aggressive pursuit of full compensation for life-changing harm
The nervous system is the body’s communication system and the spinal cord is its major conduit. Trauma to the spinal cord can interrupt the flow of neural impulses from the brain to tissues below the trauma point, causing diminished function and even paralysis. If you or a loved one has suffered spinal trauma, this injury could change your life forever. If someone’s negligent, reckless, or deliberate wrongful behavior caused your injury, you are entitled to recover monetary damages for your present suffering and your future physical limitations. But turning a claim into a judgment and actually collecting the compensation you deserve can be a daunting task. Because of the dollar amounts involved, insurance companies defend these cases vigorously, hoping to minimize or eliminate losses for their company. Fortunately, you can trust the veteran attorneys at Brach Eichler to manage your spinal cord injury claim professionally, assembling the evidence necessary to present a compelling case for full recovery. Our track record of results in catastrophic injury cases speaks for itself, and although no law firm can guarantee results, we promise to give your case the same meticulous care that has made us successful time and time again.
Understanding spinal cord trauma
Spinal cord injury occurs when damage to the cells of the spinal cord blocks communication between the brain and the body. Spinal cord trauma affects your sensory experience and motor reflexes, as messages may not be able to cross over the damaged section of the spinal cord. Generally speaking, the higher on the spinal cord your point of trauma lies, the more dysfunction you will experience. But what makes prognosis — as well as the pursuit of damages — uncertain is that different patients recover differently from the same measurable amount of spinal trauma.
The degree of disability and the bodily areas affected depend greatly on the trauma point, as follows:
- Cervical area — Trauma anywhere from C-1 to C-8 in the victim’s neck is potentially the most disabling. Mild trauma can cause diminished arm, wrist or finger motion. Severe trauma or breakage in the cord here can cause quadriplegia and diminished internal organ function, including loss of voluntary control over bowels and bladder.
- Thoracic area — Below the shoulders in the upper back lies the thoracic region. Damage to T-1 to T-12 can cause paralysis to the legs as well as weakness in the chest muscles. Most victims can operate a manual wheelchair, and some may stand with leg braces. Many lose function in the bowels and bladder.
- Lumbar area — Damage to L-1 to L-5 affects the legs, bowels and bladder. Some victims may be able to walk with braces, but many will be confined to a wheelchair. Most will have no voluntary control of bowels or bladder.
Naturally, the severity of the trauma dictates the outcome. The spinal cord can recover from mild trauma, whereas a break in the nerve fibers is generally permanent. But is permanent injury provable?
Diagnostic testing can only tell us so much. Two patients with similar MRIs can have very different levels of pain, weakness, instability, and loss of bodily function. Unfortunately, in this age of “CSI,” juries expect science to be able to explain everything. When science can’t definitively state what the patient is experiencing, an attorney’s experience, knowledge, and determination truly comes into play. Our lawyers know how to assemble medical and testimonial evidence that is comprehensive and persuasive.
Proving the cause of spinal trauma in various accident scenarios
An important aspect of your case is proving that your particular injury event could have caused the spinal trauma you are claiming. Our attorneys have a thorough understanding of the leading causes of spinal trauma, which include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Diving into shallow water
Proving that an accident could have caused spinal trauma is not easy, but it is usually one of the easier tasks in a very complex case. We also have to prove liability, or fault, for the accident. Then, of course, we must prove the lasting effects of spinal cord trauma, which may include:
- Loss of movement
- Loss of sensation
- Loss of bowel and/or bladder control
- Exaggerated reflex actions, spasticity, or spasms
- Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity, and fertility
- Pain or intense stinging sensation
But, again, proving that you are actually suffering from the symptoms you claim can be a difficult task. This is why you should only trust your case to a law firm with a proven record of results in spinal cord injury cases. Brach Eichler has recovered more than $160 million dollars in compensation for injury victims, including several seven-figure recoveries for clients who suffered spinal cord injuries. Although we cannot guarantee results, we can assure you that your case will receive the same level of meticulous attention and determined advocacy that we’ve delivered for our previous successful cases.
Contact a knowledgeable and determined NJ law firm for your spinal injury claim
A spinal injury can have lifelong implications and may require ongoing medical and personal care. Therefore, you cannot accept less than the maximum level of compensation for your claim. The injury attorneys at Brach Eichler are prepared to pursue the full compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation with a skilled and aggressive attorney, call us today at 973-364-8300 or contact us online.