Spinal Cord Injuries
Seattle Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
Helping Victims of Spinal Cord Injuries in Washington State
Spinal cord injuries are among the most devastating injuries a person can suffer. The spinal cord is the body’s main pathway for transmitting messages between the brain and the rest of the body. When the spinal cord is damaged, the brain can no longer communicate with the body, resulting in paralysis and other severe impairments.
Spinal cord injuries can occur in a variety of accidents, including car crashes, falls, and sports injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.
At Carpenter & Zuckerman, our Seattle spinal cord injury lawyers are dedicated to helping victims of catastrophic injuries recover the full, fair compensation they are owed. We have a proven track record of success in even the most complex cases, and we are prepared to fight for you.
Hear from Someone We've Helped
Our client was hit by a car while crossing the street, causing severe neck and back pain. Carpenter & Zuckerman helped him seek justice and fair compensation.
Our Case Results
We have won millions for victims of spinal cord injuries, including:
- $10.5 million: Car accident resulting in neck and back injuries
- $1.645 million: Slip and fall resulting in severe back injuries
- $1.34 million: Car accident resulting in a spinal cord injury
- $1.23 million: Car crash resulting in a spinal cord injury
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can occur in a variety of accidents, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Property accidents
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents
- And more
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are classified as either complete or incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury is one in which the victim loses all feeling and movement below the site of the injury. An incomplete spinal cord injury is one in which the victim retains some feeling and movement below the site of the injury.
Spinal cord injuries are further classified by the part of the body that is affected. The higher the injury is on the spinal cord, the more severe the effects will be. The spinal cord is divided into four sections:
- Cervical: The cervical section is the uppermost part of the spinal cord, which is located in the neck. Injuries to the cervical section can cause paralysis in the arms, legs, and torso, as well as difficulty breathing and speaking. Injuries to the cervical section can also be fatal.
- Thoracic: The thoracic section is located in the chest. Injuries to the thoracic section can cause paralysis in the legs and torso.
- Lumbar: The lumbar section is located in the lower back. Injuries to the lumbar section can cause paralysis in the legs and difficulty controlling the bladder and bowels.
- Sacral: The sacral section is located in the pelvis. Injuries to the sacral section can cause difficulty controlling the bladder and bowels, as well as sexual dysfunction.
Long-Term Effects of Spinal Trauma
Spinal cord injuries can cause a wide range of long-term effects, depending on the severity and location of the injury.
Some of the most common long-term effects of spinal trauma include:
- Loss of sensation
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
- Sexual dysfunction
- Chronic pain
- Respiratory problems
- Spasticity (muscle stiffness and spasms)
- Pressure sores
- Depression and anxiety
How Much Is My Case Worth?
In many cases, a spinal cord injury claim can be worth millions of dollars. However, the exact value of your case will depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of your injuries, the cost of your medical treatment, the impact of your injuries on your ability to work, and the extent of your pain and suffering.
At Carpenter & Zuckerman, we will carefully review all of your damages and fight for the full, fair compensation you are owed.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
In Washington State, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years from the date of the injury. If you do not file a lawsuit within this time period, you will be barred from recovering compensation for your injuries. However, there are exceptions to this rule, and the deadline for filing a lawsuit can be much shorter in some cases.
How Can a Lawyer Help Me?
Spinal cord injury cases can be extremely complex, and they require a thorough understanding of the law and the legal system.
At Carpenter & Zuckerman, our Seattle spinal cord injury attorneys have the skills, resources, and experience to handle even the most complex cases. We know what it takes to win, and we will work tirelessly to build the strongest possible case on your behalf.
We will handle all aspects of your case, from start to finish, so that you can focus on your recovery. And, we will always be available to answer your questions and address your concerns so that you are never left in the dark.
Call Our Firm for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else’s negligence, contact Carpenter & Zuckerman today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced spinal cord injury lawyers in Seattle. We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so you will not pay any fees unless we win your case.
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