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Perhaps no injury wreaks more havoc on the human body than an injury to the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries often stem from motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, injuries incurred while playing sports, and workplace accidents. No matter the cause, those afflicted with spinal cord trauma are often left with an array of impairments and disabilities that affect them over the long term. While some spinal cord injuries are treatable or at least manageable, others are not and require lifelong care and a high-level of assistance for the victim. If you have experienced an injury to your spine, our Tacoma spinal cord injury attorney can help you weigh your legal options in the aftermath of your accident to determine your best next steps forward.

Catastrophic Spinal Cord Injuries

The location of the injury on your spine has a great deal to do with how severe the outcome. The same holds true to whether or not there is nerve involvement; if a nerve is damaged or even severed, the severity of the injury is greatly increased. These injuries can easily be permanent, resulting in an array of complications including the way the body functions below the site of injury and even how your body reacts to particular sensations. Some spinal cord injuries cause:

  • Paralysis
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Inability to control bodily functions
  • Limitations to normal mobility
  • Loss of muscle or bladder control

This type of catastrophic injury may impact victims in profound ways. Many spinal cord injuries result in months or even years of physical therapy and rehabilitation, major surgical interventions, and a lifelong dependence on medications to manage pain. There are generally also a number of modifications that need to be made to the victim’s home and vehicle to accommodate their new disabilities. In the most serious cases, the spinal cord injury will result in the victim needing around-the-clock care and assistance.

Damages in spinal cord injury cases can be massive. Upwards of $1 million over the life of the victim is not unheard of. Your claim will need to encompass not just your previous and present care and medical bills, but also the future cost of care for your expected lifetime.

Don’t delay reaching out to our legal team if you have experienced a spinal cord injury. There is a limited amount of time to file your claim after your accident, and if you miss that deadline, you will not be able to collect damages. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington State is two years—so the sooner you speak to a legal professional, the better.

Being injured is difficult enough; having to deal with the legal aspects of your injury add to its burden. Trust your claim to Russell and Hill to take advantage of our decades of experience in helping accident victims get the compensation to which they are entitled. Our knowledgeable and aggressive Tacoma spinal cord injury attorney can review your case to determine the best legal steps for you to take next. Call our office for a free, no-obligation review and consultation now.

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