A spinal cord injury is devastating for the victim and his or her loved ones. Often, spine injuries have lasting, life-altering impacts, including temporary or permanent disability, paralysis, cognitive impairment, and other complications. The cost of treatment can easily reach millions of dollars, and the victim may never be able to return to work or his or her normal life. The injury takes a toll on the victim and all those in the victim’s family who often have to provide lifelong care.
At Howry Breen & Herman, we have spent nearly 25 years fighting for the rights of unjustly injured individuals and their families. Our Austin spine injury lawyers have extensive litigation experience and are adept at handling even the most complex of cases. We have helped our clients secure fair settlements and jury verdicts when they were severely harmed by someone else’s careless or reckless actions. We are proud to have won record-setting verdicts for quadriplegics, including the largest jury verdict in the Austin area on behalf of a woman who was rendered quadriplegic after being struck and run over by a defective utility cart. Our attorneys secured a verdict of $16 million in the case on behalf of the victim's family. See all of our results.
If you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury, call (512) 430-4844 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are several different types of spinal cord injuries, all of which can vary in severity. These injuries are categorized by the location of the injury along the spinal cord, as well as the degree of function loss.
Generally speaking, there are two distinct categories of spinal cord injury:
- Incomplete or partial spinal cord injury: The spinal cord is partially severed or damaged. Victims are usually able to retain some function, depending on the extent of the injury.
- Complete spinal cord injury: The spinal cord is completely severed. This eliminates all function at or below the break and typically results in temporary or permanent paralysis.
Because the central nervous system runs along the spine, spinal cord injuries can affect everything from movement to sensation to brain function to bladder and bowel control. Sometimes, the effects of a spinal cord injury may only impact one area of the body, such as the left arm or the lower body. Other times, the effects may be more widespread, affecting cognitive ability or full body sensation.
How Do Spinal Cord Injuries Occur?
Some of the most common types of accidents that lead to spinal cord injuries include:
- Car crashes
- Truck, bus, and commercial vehicle accidents
- Golf cart and utility vehicle accidents
- Motorcycle collisions
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Construction and oilfield accidents
- Sport-related accidents
In far too many cases, spine injuries are the result of negligence. A drunk driver might run a red light and crash into another motorist, causing severe whiplash and spine damage. A grocery store might fail to clean up or adequately warn shoppers of a spill, causing an individual to slip and fall. A construction worker might fall from unsafe scaffolding. A child may be thrown from a golf cart or utility vehicle or injured in a pool or swimming accident. All of these and other similar situations are examples of how negligence causes spinal cord injuries.
Discuss Your Legal Options with an Attorney Today
If you or a loved one suffered a spine injury, the first thing you should do is seek medical treatment. Even if you believe you only suffered a minor injury, it is crucial that you receive medical care so that a doctor can determine if there is any lasting damage. Next, it is wise to contact a spinal cord injury attorney in Austin who can help you take legal action against the liable parties. At Howry Breen & Herman, our team of highly skilled personal injury lawyers have the resources and experience to handle all types of catastrophic injury cases. We have successfully tried countless cases before juries and judges throughout the area. We can answer your questions, listen to your concerns, and address your unique goals.
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