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Gainesville Spine Injury Lawyer
Spinal Cord Injury Claims in Alachua County
Spine injuries are incredibly devastating, often resulting in partial or total paralysis. Victims may have difficulties getting around, taking care of themselves, and providing for their families. Unfortunately, these devastating injuries are often entirely preventable.
If you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else’s negligent or wrongful conduct, you do not have to suffer the immense consequences on your own. Under Florida personal injury law, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit against the at-fault person or party and seek fair financial compensation for your economic and non-economic damages.
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we represent clients who have sustained life-altering injuries through no fault of their own. Our Gainesville spine injury lawyers can help you understand your rights and provide the dedicated legal support you need. We are prepared to handle all of the details so that you can simply focus on healing.
Types of Spine Injuries
There are several types of spine injuries, all of which have serious implications and can greatly affect the victim’s ability to return to his or her normal, pre-injury life.
Generally speaking, spinal cord injuries are categorized as complete or incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury is characterized by a total lack of communication between the body below the point of injury and the brain, whereas an incomplete spinal cord injury involves some communication between the body below the point of injury and the brain. This means a person who suffers a complete spinal cord injury will likely experience some degree of paralysis and loss of sensation/function, while someone who experiences an incomplete spinal cord injury may retain some sensation and function below the point of injury.
Some common types of spine injuries include:
- Paraplegia: Paraplegia is paralysis of the lower limbs (legs) and torso
- Quadriplegia/Tetraplegia: Quadriplegia, also known as tetraplegia, involves paralysis of all four limbs and the torso
- Triplegia: Triplegia occurs when a person experiences paralysis of three limbs (two legs and one arm or two arms and one leg)
- Anterior Cord Syndrome: Anterior cord syndrome is an incomplete spinal cord injury resulting in loss of sensation and movement below the injury point (typically affecting 2/3 of the spine)
- Brown-Sequard Syndrome: Brown-Sequard syndrome is a relatively rare traumatic spine injury characterized by loss of sensation (pain and temperature) and other problems
- Central Cord Syndrome: One of the most common incomplete spinal cord injuries, central cord syndrome results in impairment of the hands and arms and, sometimes, the legs
- Herniated Disc: A herniated disc (also known as a “bulging,” “ruptured,” or “slipped” disc) occurs when a spinal disc between the vertebrae is damaged
In most cases, whether a spine injury is complete or incomplete, victims will experience some degree of pain and impairment, as well as potential loss of sensation, motor function, and other symptoms. Treating these types of injuries is incredibly complex—and costly. Victims face years and, sometimes, lifetimes of expensive treatments, physical therapy, and pain management. When they are unable to work, victims face the additional financial burden of missing paychecks and mounting bills.
When someone else was at fault for the incident that caused your spinal cord injury, you have the right to seek fair financial compensation for your damages.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries often result from traumatic accidents and violent incidents.
Some of the leading causes of spine injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sports- and recreation-related accidents
- Violence, including assault and gun violence
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
If you believe your spinal cord injury could have—and should have—been prevented, reach out to the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. to learn how our Gainesville spine injury lawyers can help you file a claim against the liable party. You could be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, future expenses, pain and suffering, disability, inconvenience, and lost quality of life.
Contact the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. Today
Our Gainesville spinal cord injury lawyers understand the hardships you have faced, as well as the many challenges that still lay ahead. With over 100 years of combined experience and a proven track record of success in even the toughest of claims, we are ready to fight for the fair recovery you are owed.
As your neighborhood attorney, we care a great deal about you, as well as our community at large. We are committed to helping you secure compensation for your losses and holding the at-fault party accountable to help ensure similar accidents do not occur again in the future.
When you need an attorney who will fight tooth and nail for you, turn to the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. Call (855) 933-3881 today for a free consultation.