Any accident or injury can have a significant impact on a person’s life, but none have more lasting effects than catastrophic injuries. Spinal injuries and nerve damage are classified as catastrophic injuries because they alter a person’s physical capabilities, and can have a lifelong impact on a person’s quality of life. Spinal cord injuries may limit or completely inhibit mobility at and below the point of injury. When a person suffers an injury such as this due to the reckless or negligent action of another party, they should work with attorneys experienced in spinal injuries and nerve damage, such as the San Jose, CA, lawyers at Bowles & Verna, LLP, to ensure they are fairly compensated for damages.
Effects of Spinal Injuries and Nerve Damage
Most people think of the brain as the main computer in charge of running the body, but the brain works closely with the nerves in the spinal cord to deliver signals that allow a person to enjoy a full range of motion. If the spinal cord itself, or the nerves within the spinal column become injured, a person will experience significant symptoms. Depending on the extent of the injuries, these symptoms may affect a person for an extended period of time, or for the rest of their life. Following are some of the potential effects of a spinal injury involving nerve damage:
- Loss of movement and sensation below the injury site (these losses may be partial or complete)
- Pain or an intense burning sensation in the back and/or extremities
- Loss of bowel and bladder functions
- Difficulty breathing and difficulty coughing to clear the lungs of secretions
- Changes or a loss in sexual functions
Most victims of spinal injuries and nerve damage require extensive medical treatment and physical therapy to deal with these symptoms. It is common for a victim of a spinal cord injury and nerve damage to have to completely alter their way of life, which may include changing careers, stopping work altogether, or relying on loved ones or professional caregivers for help completing basic daily functions.
Compensation for Damages
The emotional and physical effects of a spinal cord injury can be devastating, so it is not right that a person should also have to suffer the financial repercussions of a spinal injury and nerve damage. In the event that a spinal cord injury was the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another person, our experienced attorneys can fight to ensure clients receive the financial compensation they are due for losses such as medical expenses, the cost of any rehabilitation or medical equipment, lost wages or the loss of wage-earning potential, and pain and suffering. Although no amount of money can make up for a person’s diminished quality of life, we aim to ease the financial burden of a spinal cord injury so that our clients can focus on recovery and moving forward with their life.
At Bowles & Verna, LLP, our attorneys have over 25 years of experience representing victims of spinal cord injuries. We have successfully collected millions of dollars in compensation for our clients so that they can focus on their physical and emotional health without worrying about the state of their finances. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal injury involving nerve damage and you would like to know how we can help you, contact us at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!