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Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal Cord Injuries

Dedicated Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Protect Families throughout Tennessee

Helping our clients in Nashville, Hendersonville, Knoxville and beyond take back control of their lives

The spinal cord is the nexus of the central nervous system of the human body. Comprised of a complex system of bones that encase soft tissues and nerves, the spine is the link between body and brain. It directs every physical movement of the body, and when this elegantly curved structure suffers physical trauma, the effects can be felt throughout the body. According to the SCI News blog, approximately 250,000 Americans have a spinal cord injury, with approximately 11,000 new injuries occurring each year. About 52 percent of spinal cord injured patients are paraplegic and 47 percent are quadriplegic.

At the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, our number one priority is obtaining justice on behalf of our injured clients. Our personal injury attorneys in Nashville, Hendersonville and Knoxville have fought for and won compensation for clients who have suffered spinal cord injuries in accidents caused by other’s negligence. When you are seriously hurt and you don’t know where to turn, we are by your side and ready to fight for your family and your future.

Causes of spinal cord injuries

There are many different causes of spinal cord injuries. At Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, our experienced Nashville personal injury lawyers have helped clients get compensation when they have sustained spinal cord trauma caused by:

  • Auto accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Falls from heights
  • Violent assaults
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Construction accidents

The Spinal Cord Injury blog reports that the most common causes of spinal cord injury is auto accidents, which cause about 37 percent of spinal cord injuries in the U.S. Falls represent about 21 percent of these injuries throughout the country each year.

What are the consequences of spinal cord injury?

There can be many different consequences of a spinal cord injury which will vary depending on the severity of the trauma. There are two general types of injury to the spinal cord:

  • Complete spinal cord injury. These injuries result in a complete loss of function below the injury site. The victim will be left either with complete paraplegia (paralysis of the lower extremities) or quadriplegia (complete paralysis of all four extremities).
  • Incomplete spinal cord injuries. With an incomplete spinal injury, there is still some feeling and sensation below the point of injury. Mobility is likely to be affected, however.

Once the injured person has healed from the accident, the effects of a spinal cord injury will be ongoing far beyond the physical limitations imposed by the injury. A person who has been paralyzed in an accident will also suffer tremendous psychological distress and emotional pain and suffering from the loss of the way of life they once enjoyed. Facing life in a wheelchair and dealing with a permanent disability can not only cause stress and depression, it can also lead to dangerous conditions like bedsores, which can lead to infection, and blood clots, which can be fatal.

Lasting effects of spinal cord injuries

At the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we know how vital it is for those who have suffered a spinal cord injury to receive long-term treatment for their injury. We fully investigate the accident, find the party who is responsible for your injuries and hold them liable. We help you get the compensation you need for:

  • Current and ongoing medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost income
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Punitive damages (if appropriate)

Working with one for our experienced personal injury attorneys will give you the advantage of having proven representation by your side. We take on the legal battle on your behalf while you concentrate on getting better. We protect your rights and do everything in our power to help you take back control of your life after a devastating spinal cord injury threatens your future.

Experienced spinal cord injury attorneys ready to fight for you

A spinal cord injury can have a lasting impact on the rest of your life. We can answer your questions and address your concerns. Here at the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we help families when they need is the most. To make an appointment with an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer in Nashville, Hendersonville or Knoxville, please call 615-425-2500 or fill out our contact form.