The spinal cord consists of a bundle of nerves within each spinal column, which sends messages back and forth between the brain and body. When damage occurs to the spinal cord, it often results in partial or complete loss of sensation and motor control, sometimes leaving victims paralyzed from the waist down or in all four limbs. Additionally, since the spinal cord controls specific functions of the body—such as body temperature, breathing, bladder control, and sexual functions—an injury case pose significant health issues.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), approximately 288,000 individuals in the United States are currently living with a spinal cord injury. Every year, tens of thousands of people experience serious spinal cord injury—with 10,000 of these victims becoming permanently paralyzed. This type of catastrophic injury dramatically affects a person’s quality of life, resulting in serious disabilities that require around-the-clock medical care, which can be a financial and physical burden to the victim’s family, as well as significantly costly.
A spinal cord injury is one of the most devastating, life-altering types of injuries that can result from serious accidents such as:
- Car and truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Fall injuries
- Recreational accidents
- Boating accidents
Understanding injuries and the causes of serious accidents, as well as liability, helps our Rhode Island catastrophic injury lawyers prepare compelling cases on behalf of our clients. After a client has suffered a neck or back injury, attorneys at Karns & Kerrison are relentless in pursuit of the compensation the injured person needs and deserves.
As we work to help our Rhode Island clients recover all available compensation, detailed investigations help us determine:
- Evidence of any potential dram shop case in the case of a drunk driving accident. Did a bar or restaurant serve alcohol to an obviously intoxicated driver?
- Evidence such as factors of negligence such as distracted driving that can strengthen claims for compensation.
- All insurance policies that may apply in the case of a truck accident: Insurance held by the dispatch company, the hiring entity, the truck owner, the goods broker and/or the loading dock outfit, for example.
While a spinal cord injury victim can make great progress toward improved functionality through rehabilitative therapy, there is nearly always a lasting loss of quality of life. The location on the spine of the injury will determine in large part how extensive the disabilities are.
Paralysis as a disability can pose great challenges to the injured person as well as his or her family. Specialized durable medical equipment such as a motorized wheelchair and a mechanical lift represent financial and strategic burdens. Costs of medical care, therapy, medical equipment, personal care requirements, and disability accommodations become overwhelming for many families.
Liability for Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuits
If a negligent party caused an accident that resulted in your spinal cord injury, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against them. You must prove the at-fault party had a legal duty of exercise reasonable care, they failed to uphold that duty, and the breach of duty caused your injury and damages.
On the other hand, if your spinal cord injury is caused by a dangerous or defective product, you may file a personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer, designer, or distributor of that product. Rather than proving negligence, you must prove the manufacturer made an unreasonably hazardous product.
Collaboration in Support of Effective Claims & Lawsuits for Injury Victims
At Karns & Kerrison, when our personal injury attorneys represent people with spinal cord injuries, we collaborate thoughtfully and purposefully with experts who can help us build strong cases. Life-care planners and economists help us project future costs to add to the already long list of medical bills and other expenses incurred since the accident. We get to know our clients and their families well as we gather evidence of the losses they have experienced.
Well-armed with documented evidence, we diligently prepare to file persuasive injury claims seeking damages, including compensation for pain and suffering.
Advice & Advocacy for Accident Victims Suffering from Neck Injury & Back Injury
Tell your story to a well-respected spinal cord injury lawyer in Rhode Island. We represent the injured on a contingency fee basis. This means you will owe no attorney fees unless we win compensation for you.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury because of someone else's negligence, we invite you to call our office at (888) 281-3100 to schedule a free consultation.
Car Accident Traumatic Brain InjuryI would definitely recommend Karns & Kerrison to anyone who asked - they come through for you.
- Patricia Feeley
Slipped on Greasy FloorI have no reservations whatsoever in recommending Karns & Kerrison.
- Mike Carey
Rear End CollisionNothing but positive results from consultation, to filing the legal suit, handling of a major operation, to recovery and finalizing a generous settlement.
- Larry Goldfarb
Horrible Car AccidentThey not only got me a fair settlement, they helped to get me well.
Motor Vehicle Accident - Braga BridgeIt was comforting to know I had someone watching out for me.
- Jeanie Small
Pedestrian hit by CarI did not know where to turn when I realized I needed legal help but I am very happy that I found Karns & Kerrison.