The spinal cord is one of the most important communication tools for the whole central nervous system. It is so delicate and vital that it’s protected by a system of bones called vertebrae. A single accident, such as a car accident or a significant fall, can cause damage to those bones, allowing the small nerve fibers within to be damaged. When this happens, it can create intense pain and debilitating mobility loss. If you have been in an accident like this, you need a qualified Tacoma spinal cord injury lawyer to help you through the process of getting compensation for what you’re owed.
Even if you are unsure if someone else is responsible, speak to our team about your legal rights and options. Attorney Blake Kremer is a compassionate professional who wants to guide you through this process.
Types of Spinal Cord Injury
The spinal cord can suffer damage in many ways, with some conditions being much more severe than others. Often, these injuries create long-term damage that cannot be repaired as well as debilitating, chronic pain. Consider some of the most common forms of spinal cord injuries, according to The Cleveland Clinic.
- Complete injury: In this type of injury, a person suffers complete and total paralysis. That means that the spinal cord is no longer functional. Often, this type of damage occurs below the point of the injury. This type of injury typically will impact both sides of the body. This may include paralysis of all four limbs, which is called quadriplegia, or it could cause the lower half of the body to lose mobility, called paraplegia.
- Incomplete injury: In this type of injury, a person may have some function of their body below the injury point. This could include some function on one or both sides of the body. That means there is some function within the spinal cord, allowing the brain and body to communicate in some situations.
In either of these conditions, a person may suffer a significant amount of loss of mobility and pain. The damage could be long-lasting without the ability to improve since the spinal cord cannot always heal as other body tissues and muscles do.
Types of Personal Injury Accidents That Can Cause a Spinal Cord Injury
In some situations, a spinal cord injury can occur from a traumatic, significant accident, but that is not always the case. Other situations may occur in which a person has a minor accident, but just a bit of damage to the spinal cord happens anyway. The severity of the incident can range widely in many people. Sometimes other people’s actions cause these types of accidents. When this happens, it is called a personal injury.
Some examples of common personal injury accidents that may lead to spinal cord damage include the following:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Gunshot wounds
- Surgical complications
- Sports-related injuries
Not all situations are personal injury cases. For example, a person that falls within their own home or in an area where it is clearly noted that there’s a risk of falls and to avoid the area, but does not, may not have a personal injury case. Other times, another person or business is responsible for what’s occurred. That can occur in any of the above situations.
How Do You Know You Need a Lawyer?
If you believe that someone else’s negligence caused your losses, don’t wait to get help. A Tacoma spinal cord injury lawyer will work closely with you to better understand what your legal options are. If there is evidence of personal injury, your attorney will talk to you about your rights and the legal options available to you. Even if you’re unsure, Attorney Blake Kremer is happy to talk to you about your case to find out.
Can You Sue for Negligence After an Accident that Causes a Spinal Cord Injury?
Yes, you can sue the responsible party if negligence occurred and that led to your spinal cord injury. Remember the importance of proving this occurred, which means, in part, that you need to show the other party had a responsibility to you, failed to do so, and that you suffered your spinal cord injury because of their decisions or indecisions. It’s not easy to do this, which is why working with a Tacoma spinal cord injury lawyer is vitally important.
How Can an Attorney Help with an Accident Claim that Causes a Spinal Cord Injury?
Your attorney will guide you throughout the legal process. This includes first determining if negligence occurred. Your lawyer will gather information about your case, including the accident, medical documentation, and your symptoms, and work to get a solid understanding of who may be responsible. Then, they will work with the insurance company of that responsible party to ensure you receive a fair settlement for what is owed to you from all of your losses. Your attorney will even work to help you determine what those losses are.
Ultimately, your attorney’s goal is to help you get the compensation owed to you due to the incident. That may mean working a settlement with the insurance company or going to court when needed. Attorney Blake Kremer is ready to support you through this process.
Contact a Tacoma Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer for Guidance and Support
As a trusted attorney with years of experience helping people who are facing these types of seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their lives, Blake Kremer is dedicated to providing support and comprehensive care to those facing challenges brought on by personal injury. Take the time now to contact the office, set up some time to discuss your case, and find out what your legal options are moving forward.
Call (253) 676-9467 today to speak with attorney Blake Kremer or (253) 368-4382 to speak with Kate, Blake’s paralegal. We are here to help you, serving clients in Everett, Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, and the surrounding region. Contact us for a consultation now.