Injuries to the spine are some of the most severe and life-changing types of injuries after an accident. Having the financial resources you need to navigate your physical and emotional healing is crucial, and the spinal cord injury attorneys at D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC are here to help with the legal aspect of your recovery.

Common Spinal Cord Injuries

There are three parts of the spinal cord – cervical, thoracic, and lumbar – and the symptoms and impact associated with spinal cord injuries depend on the part of the spine where the injury occurs.

The cervical spine is located at the top and runs from the base of the skull to the upper back. The thoracic spine is located just below, extending from the upper back to the bottom of the ribs. The lowest part is the lumbar spine, which goes down to the pelvis.

A spinal cord injury can be classified as complete or incomplete. Complete spinal cord injuries are considered more severe than incomplete and occur when the damage completely stops the brain’s ability to send signals to the body below the injury site, which often leads to paralysis.

An incomplete spinal cord injury occurs when compression or other damage limits the brain’s ability to send signals to the body below the injury site. This can sometimes cause loss of motor function and sensory issues, but the severity of the symptoms varies widely from injury to injury. Quick medical attention and appropriate treatment go a long way toward improving the outcome for people with spinal cord injuries, but that is not always the case for every injury or accident scenario.

How Spinal Cord Injuries Impact Accident Victims

Depending on the type and location of the injury, symptoms and associated conditions can include:

  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Disk herniation
  • Nerve compression
  • Broken bones
  • Loss of organ function
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Pressure sores
  • Infections
  • Respiratory issues

People who have experienced spinal cord injuries also often experience psychological damage, including depression.

If your standard of living or quality of life has deteriorated, or if you have pain and other symptoms associated with your spinal cord injury, a legal claim may be an option.

Legal Damages for Spinal Cord Injuries

When someone causes an accident that harms others, they can be held liable for that harm. Connecticut injury and accident cases offer an invaluable legal remedy for injured parties to seek justice and compensation for their spinal cord injuries. You may be able to seek economic and non-economic damages, such as:

  • Existing and future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • In-home care costs
  • Accommodation and adaptive equipment expenses
  • Physical therapy costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Mental anguish
  • Disfigurement

Partners in Your Spinal Cord Injury Case

At D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC, we’ve seen how devastating spinal cord injuries are for our clients. While some injuries heal with time and appropriate medical care, others last a lifetime. We are honored that our clients trust us with the critical task of fighting for them in their accident and injury cases, and we take our role as advocates seriously.

If you’ve endured a devastating spinal cord injury caused by the reckless or negligent behavior of someone else, contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your options.