We Understand The Pain Of Spinal Cord Trauma
Florida is a busy state, home to millions of people and a popular tourist destination. You can participate in many exciting activities in Florida, including golfing, boating, swimming, biking and picnics.
The large population and the crowded roads and waterways combined with the high incidence of reckless abandon, however, create a perfect storm for serious injury accidents. Florida’s famous amusement parks and attractions add to the already strained and failing infrastructure. Car, motorcycle and truck accidents, boating accidents and recreational accidents while swimming, diving, playing and horsing around are all too common and can have devastating consequences.
An impact to the spine, whether during a car accident or an ill-conceived dive into a shallow pool, can injure your spinal cord. Hundreds of thousands of Americans currently live with spinal cord injuries, and over 50 percent are nearly or completely quadriplegic when they leave the hospital.
At Gerber Law, we know that accidents do happen. When someone else is at fault and you or a loved one has suffered a life-altering spinal cord injury, founding attorney Maria Gerber and our staff will fight to make sure you receive the compensation you need and deserve.
Maria will make sure you receive the tough legal counsel, quality representation and fair compensation that you deserve. Contact Gerber Law at 866-233-4529 (4LAW) for a free consultation. The sooner you hire competent legal counsel, the faster and easier you can get your life back on track.
Common Causes Of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries cause damage to the spinal nerves, discs and bones. The most common causes of spinal cord trauma include:
- Motor vehicle accidents, such as car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle crashes
- Gunshot wounds
- Industrial accidents
- Slips and falls
- Sports injuries
Spinal cord injuries can occur directly during an accident in a variety of ways:
- Bone fragments or metal fragments from a vehicle accident or gunshot can lacerate the spinal cord.
- Abnormal twisting or compression during an accident can damage the spinal cord.
- Compression from swelling, bleeding or accumulated fluid can damage the spinal cord.
If you already have a weakened spine because of arthritis or osteoporosis, even a minor injury can seriously harm your spinal cord. Complications from spinal cord injuries can cause death, particularly in young children.
Complications From Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury has serious consequences, including:
- Loss of normal bowel and bladder control
- Numbness, weakness and paralysis
- Sensory changes
Over half of all spinal cord trauma victims leave the hospital quadriplegic or nearly quadriplegic, having limited or no use of their arms and legs. Nearly half of all spinal cord trauma victims are paraplegic or nearly paraplegic, with limited or no use of either their arms or their legs.
Many terrible complications accompany spinal cord trauma, both immediately and in the long-term. Some of these complications occur as a direct result of the injury, while others occur because of paralysis, numbness or a bedridden state:
- Blood pressure changes
- Kidney disease
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Male impotence
Sarasota injury attorney Maria Gerber understands the special attention to detail required for handling catastrophic injuries. Contact Gerber Law today for a free consultation if you or a family member has been the victim of a spinal cord injury or if a family member has died because of spinal cord trauma.