Spinal Cord Injuries

Chalmette Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys

If you or a loved one has experienced a spinal cord injury due to a negligence-based accident or incident caused by another’s wrongdoing, the journey ahead can be incredibly challenging. The sudden shift in daily life and the potential loss of independence require physical and emotional resilience and support. 

Depending on the severity of the injury, tasks you once took for granted may become daunting, if not impossible. Rehabilitation and adaptation often become necessary; this can include ongoing medical care, renovations to one’s home or vehicle to accommodate disability, and PTSD and other psychological counseling. 

At Tonry & Giraud, we aim to provide compassionate legal guidance that helps alleviate some of your burdens, ensuring you have the resources and support necessary to navigate this life-altering experience. Our role is to prepare, advance, and resolve your personal injury claim through a negotiated settlement or courtroom trial to secure maximized compensation for your losses and damages. 

Reserve a free case review with a Chalmette spinal cord injury lawyer by contacting us online or at (504) 470-0738

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are the result of a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae, the bone disks that make up the spine. The damaged vertebrae may crush or sever spinal nerves and tissues, disrupting the electrical signals the brain sends across the spinal cord to different parts of the body. 

Common causes of spinal cord injuries include car, motorcycle, bus, and truck accidents, falls, sports injuries, and acts of violence such as stabbings or gunshots. 

Spinal cord injuries are classified into two main types: complete and incomplete. The affected area of the spine defines their categories. 

Complete Spinal Cord Injuries

These injuries involve a total loss of sensation and motor function below the level of the injury. Patients do not have any remaining function or feeling in the affected areas. 

This can lead to conditions such as:

  • Paraplegia: Typically affecting the legs and lower half of the body, this paralysis results from injuries to the thoracic, lumbar, or sacral areas of the spinal cord.
  • Quadriplegia/Tetraplegia: This paralysis impacts all four limbs and usually the torso and is caused by injuries to the cervical portion of the spinal cord.

Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries

In these cases, the individual retains some sensation or motor function below the injury site. The extent of function can vary widely based on the severity of the injury. 

The following conditions could result from incomplete injuries:

  • Anterior cord syndrome: Loss of motor function and some degree of sensation, preserving some touch and awareness of the body’s position.
  • Central cord syndrome: Typically resulting in greater loss of function in the upper limbs compared to the lower limbs.
  • Brown-Séquard syndrome: Characterized by loss of motor function and pressure sensation on one side of the body, but pain and temperature sensation loss on the opposite side.

If you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury in Chalmette due to someone else's mistake, contact Tonry & Giraud today. Call (504) 470-0738 to discuss your situation and we can guide you on how to seek compensation.

Consequences & Symptoms 

The symptoms and disabilities arising from spinal cord injuries can vary widely but may include loss of movement, loss of sensation (including the ability to feel heat, cold, and touch), exaggerated reflex actions or spasms, changes in sexual function, sensitivity, and fertility, as well as pain or an intense stinging sensation. Individuals may also experience bladder and bowel function changes and respiratory complications.

Psychological Effects

The above implications of spinal cord injuries can have significant psychological effects on an individual. Depression, anxiety, and emotional distress are common as patients grapple with the enormity of their condition and its impact on daily life. Loss of independence and changes in body image can lead to feelings of helplessness and low self-esteem. Individuals may also experience grief for their lost capabilities and fear about their prospects.

These emotional burdens can alter the fabric of one’s everyday life. You may have to navigate permanent lifestyle changes, which can range from home and vehicle modifications to adapting to life from a wheelchair. Personal and social relationships may be tested as dynamics shift. Interactions with others can become strained if accessibility becomes a barrier or a sense of stigma associated with disability occurs.

Throughout such changes, access to mental health support is critical to managing the emotional and psychological challenges posed by spinal cord injuries.

Medical Treatments

Medical treatment for spinal cord injuries often begins with stabilizing the spine to prevent further injury and to reduce inflammation. This is followed by medication, rehabilitation therapies, surgery, and assistive devices designed to maximize function and independence.

How Tonry & Giraud Can Help Spinal Cord Injury Victims in Louisiana

Navigating the legal and medical landscape after a spinal cord injury can be overwhelming. A competent personal injury lawyer provides essential guidance, helping to secure the compensation necessary for the extensive medical care, rehabilitation, and support services these injuries require.

Tonry & Giraud brings empathy, professional experience, and unwavering support to each case. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to advocating for those affected by such catastrophic injuries.

We provide comprehensive legal representation, aiming to achieve the best possible outcome so that you and your family can focus on recovery and adaptation throughout the coming years. Discuss your case with one of our skilled attorneys to learn how our commitment to excellence can make a meaningful difference at this critical time.

Call our Chalmette personal injury team at (504) 470-0738 or contact us online for a free initial consultation about your case.

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Compensation in Personal Injury Claims for Spinal Cord Damage

As in other personal injury claims, the damages you may secure depend on the circumstances of your case, such as the severity of the injury and its impact on your quality of life.

Damages can include:

  • Past and future predicted medical expenses for hospitalization, rehabilitation, medical equipment, medications, and other injury-related costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Loss of income or wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium with one’s spouse
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