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Jacksonville Spine Injury Lawyer
Spinal Cord Injury Claim in Duval County
Spine injuries are often devastating. Many lead to significant complications and negative long-term effects, including partial or total paralysis. For victims, the pain and suffering—not to mention the financial challenges—that come with a spinal cord injury can feel overwhelming. But the good news is, you do not have to face these difficulties alone.
If you or someone you love suffered a spinal cord injury due to another person or party’s careless, negligent, or wrongful conduct, you could be entitled to financial compensation. At our Jacksonville office, we provide compassionate, client-focused representation for injured victims throughout Duval County. When you need a team that will fight tooth and nail for you, turn to the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A.
Complete vs. Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are categorized into two types: complete and incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury occurs when all nerve communication between the body below the point of injury and the brain is severed. This typically results in complete loss of motor function (paralysis), sensation, and/or bodily functioning below the location of the injury. With an incomplete spinal cord injury, some communication between the nerves below the point of injury and the brain remains. As a result, incomplete spinal cord injury victims tend to retain some degree of motor function, sensation, and feeling below the point of injury, though these may be limited.
Complete spinal cord injuries often result in:
- Paraplegia: Paraplegia involves the paralysis of the lower half of the body, including both legs and the, sometimes, the lower torso/abdomen.
- Tetraplegia: Also referred to as quadriplegia, tetraplegia involves the paralysis of all four limbs (arms and legs) and the torso.
Incomplete spinal cord injuries can result in a variety of symptoms and conditions, including various forms of paralysis affecting specific areas of the body. While incomplete spinal cord injuries are generally far more treatable than complete spinal cord injuries, victims of both types of injury can benefit from treatments aimed at managing and reducing symptoms.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Spine Injuries?
By far, the most common cause of spine injuries in the United States is trauma. Most spinal cord injuries occur due to traumatic accidents and events. Sadly, these incidents are often entirely preventable and only occur due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of others.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common causes of spinal cord injuries in the U.S. are, in order:
- Car, motorcycle, truck, and other motor vehicle accidents
- Falls, including slip and fall accidents
- Violence, including gunshot and knife wounds
- Sports/recreation-related accidents
Additionally, about 25% of all spinal cord injuries involve alcohol as a contributing factor. Common non-traumatic causes of spinal cord injuries include various diseases, inflammation, and cancer.
Recovering Compensation for Your Damages
Whether you suffered a herniated or slipped disc in a car accident or your loved one became paralyzed after a serious fall, you are likely facing a significant number of new and unexpected challenges. The cost of treating a spinal cord injury can easily exceed hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars over the course of the victim’s lifetime, and many victims will be unable to return to work—or obtain any gainful employment to support themselves or their families. Victims often require wheelchairs and in-home caregivers, and many will suffer chronic pain and numerous other complications due to their injuries.
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we are committed to holding negligent parties accountable for the harm and damages they have caused. We believe that you should not have to suffer the physical, financial, and emotional impacts of another person’s reckless or careless behavior on your own, and we are prepared to fight tirelessly for the full, fair compensation you are owed.
Depending on the specifics of your situation, we may be able to help you recover compensation for your:
- Emergency medical attention/hospitalization
- Surgeries and other treatments
- Ongoing and future medical care
- Medical equipment/devices and medications
- In-home caregiver expenses
- Necessary modifications to your home
- Lost income/wages
- Lost or reduced earning ability
- Future lost earnings and benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life
In cases involving egregious negligence or wanton/willful disregard for human life, we may even be able to recover punitive damages. These damages are meant to punish the at-fault party and ensure that similar accidents do not occur again in the future. At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we are committed to keeping our communities safe and, as your neighborhood attorney, will do everything we can to secure the justice you deserve.
Available to Assist You 24/7
If you or someone you love suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident or due to someone else’s negligent or unlawful actions, do not wait to contact our team at the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. In Florida, you typically only have four years from the date of the accident/injury to bring your claim, but several factors could extend or shorten this statute of limitations. In any case, it is always better to act quickly, as evidence can be lost and cases can become more difficult to prove over time.
Our Jacksonville spine injury lawyers are ready to take your call and answer any questions you may have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you reach out to our team, you will always be connected with a real, live person. We provide free initial consultations and contingency fees, meaning you do not owe a dime unless we recover compensation for you.
Reach out to us today at (855) 933-3881 to get started with your free consultation. Hablamos español.