Georgia Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
Spinal cord injuries remain some of the most expensive and difficult catastrophic injuries to treat. Those who suffer spinal cord injuries often face a lifetime of impaired or impossible movement and other functions.
The spinal cord connects the brain to the complex network of nerves that branch out to control all parts of the body. All messages from any part of the body to the brain travel through the spinal cord, and the brain's messages controlling the body pass through the spinal cord as well. Not surprisingly, even a mild injury to the spinal cord can cause serious impairment with movement and feeling. Severe spinal cord injuries may sever the cord completely, causing permanent paralysis.
If you've suffered a spinal cord injury, you have certain legal rights. The experienced Atlanta spinal cord injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. can help. We are committed to holding negligent parties accountable so that you and your loved ones receive justice and can move forward with life. Call us at (404) 995-3955 for a free consultation at no cost to you.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Most spinal cord injuries are classified as one of two types: complete or incomplete. In a complete spinal cord injury, the spinal cord is completely severed, resulting in paralysis below the site of the injury. If a complete spinal cord injury occurs in the cervical or neck region of the spine, paralysis may affect all or most of the body, resulting in paraplegia.
In an incomplete spinal cord injury, the spinal cord is cut or torn, but not severed. Below the site of an incomplete spinal cord injury, the patient may suffer loss of coordination, muscle function, or feeling. Although complete paralysis does not typically result, patients with incomplete spinal cord injuries may experience lifelong impairments.
Extensive Treatment for Recovery
As with most catastrophic injuries, spinal cord injuries need prompt treatment in order to maximize the chances of recovery. An injured person at the scene of an accident should not be moved if a spinal cord injury is suspected. Instead, seek professional medical help immediately.
Emergency treatment of spinal cord injuries typically involves treatment with anti-inflammatory medications designed to reduce swelling in the spine, as well as treatments to help the patient breathe if respiration is impaired. The spinal cord may be examined via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or another method to determine where and how badly the spinal cord is damaged.
Long-term treatment of spinal cord injuries may include surgery, as well as extended periods of rehabilitation or therapies designed to help the patient regain as much independent functioning as possible. Mental or emotional health treatment, such as talk therapy, may also be used for patients who suffer depression, anxiety, or other conditions due to the limitations they face after a spinal cord injury.
Compassionate Representation from Experienced Attorneys
A spinal cord injury can radically change your life or the life of someone you love. Georgia law protects the rights of those who suffer from spinal cord injuries, including the right to seek compensation from any negligent parties. The experienced Atlanta spinal cord injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. can help you understand and protect your legal rights after an injury. Contact us today to learn more.