Georgia Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers You Can Count On
For over 35 years, Butler Prather LLP has been helping people get justice and fair compensation after an accident. We represent clients in Georgia and across the nation who have been injured by truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other catastrophic events.
Our firm is nationally recognized for winning lawsuits against powerful interests, including automobile manufacturers, defense contractors, public and private officials responsible for road safety, and the big insurance companies.
We understand the unique challenges faced by victims of spinal cord injuries, and we’ll work hard to get you the maximum recovery. Our Georgia personal injury attorneys will find the best strategy to get you the recovery required to treat your spinal cord injuries and cover other expenses caused by your accident.
Call (706) 322-1990 to learn more today.
Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms
Your spinal cord is a delicate collection of nerves and tissue. A healthy spinal cord is essential for movement and regulating your internal organs.
When your spinal cord is injured, it will dramatically impact your quality of life by creating pain, limiting your mobility, and causing medical complications. This is a life-changing event that does permanent harm.
Stiffness, numbness, and limited range of motion are all signs of a spinal cord injury. If you or someone you know suffers a neck or back injury, call 911 right away. Have the patient remain still and don’t try to move them until help arrives.
The long-term impact of a spinal cord injury can be devastating. People who suffer a serious spinal cord injury will require a lifetime of medical treatment. They will also have to rely upon daily assisted living care.
The full extent of a spinal cord injury is not always apparent right away. It may grow worse over time. Symptoms of a severe spinal cord injury include:
- Reduced mobility
- Stinging sensations
- Muscle spasms
- Difficulty breathing
- Reduced muscle tone
- Loss of bowel and bladder control
- Coughing and lung secretions
- Loss of sexual function
- Impaired circulatory control
- Loss of motor function
- Difficulty walking, standing, or maintaining your balance
What Causes Spinal Cord Injuries?
The spinal cord is a column of nerve tissue that runs down the center of the back. It’s protected by the spinal column, also known as the backbone, which consists of a group of bones called vertebrae.
Spinal cord injuries include damage to any part of the spinal cord that causes permanent changes in strength, mobility, sensations, and body functions below the site of injury.
Spinal cord injuries are classified by the level of impairment. A patient who suffers a complete spinal injury loses all sensory function below the point of the injury. A patient who suffers an incomplete spinal injury retains some level of feeling and function below the point of injury.
Spinal cord injuries are also classified by the part of the body that’s impacted. Paraplegia affects the trunk, both legs, and the pelvic area. Tetraplegia affects the trunk, both arms, both legs, and the pelvic area.
A spinal cord injury is caused by a sudden traumatic blow to the neck or spine or by an object that penetrates the spine. Frequent causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Physical violence
- Falling objects
- Work injuries
- Sports injuries
Diagnosing Neck and Back Injuries
There are several types of neck and back injuries that can cause you pain after an accident. Your doctor will advise you on the best course of treatment.
Spinal cord injuries may involve fractured, dislocated, crushed, or compressed disks and vertebrae. These injuries are often accompanied by swelling, inflammation, and the accumulation of fluids in the spinal column.
Sprains, strains, and tears are types of trauma that occur when muscles or tendons are twisted or stretched beyond their capacity. These injuries may require rest, splints, or surgery for the patient to recover.
Whiplash is a nerve injury that occurs when the head is jolted forward and then backwards. Rear-end collisions are a frequent cause of whiplash, which may result in serious long-term pain and loss of mobility.
A herniated disc results when a bone in the vertebrae ruptures, allowing the soft tissue inside the disk to squeeze out. These injuries can be extremely painful and debilitating.
Your doctor will perform the following types of diagnostic tests to determine the nature and full extent of a neck or back injury:
- A physical exam
- A CT scan
- An MRI scan
How Your Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Can Help
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury due to an automobile collision or some other type of accident, the defendant’s lawyers will do everything they can to avoid responsibility for their actions. They might point their finger at someone else who was involved in the accident, or they may even try to blame you for their client’s behavior.
The experienced litigators at Butler Prather LLP will conduct a thorough investigation to find out who’s responsible for your injuries. We’ll collect the following types of evidence:
- Police reports
- Expert testimony
- Surveillance camera video
- Accident scene photos
- Witness interviews
- Physical and forensic evidence
- Computerized accident scene recreations
Determining Liability for Spinal Cord Injuries
After the team at Butler Prather LLP completes our investigation, we’ll file a lawsuit against the people who caused your injuries. This may include landlords, business owners, manufacturers of defective automobile parts, delivery services, or large trucking companies.
A person who suffers a spinal cord injury will require a lifetime of intensive medical treatment and nursing care. The victim and their family will be facing astronomical expenses.
A personal injury lawsuit for a spinal cord injury seeks the following types of damages:
- Current and future medical care
- Medical devices
- Occupational therapy
- Time missed from work
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- The impact it has on your career
- Reduced enjoyment of life
- Wheelchair ramps and lifts
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
We’ve Collected Billions of Dollars for Our Clients
At Butler Prather LLP, we know how to take on the big special interests and win. Our firm has won nine verdicts that exceed $100 million, and we’ve also won over 60 verdicts and settlements of over $10 million.
We want to hear your story. Call (706) 322-1990 to schedule a FREE consultation today.