Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys

Protecting the Rights of Spinal Cord Injury Victims

Spinal cord injuries are among the most catastrophic traumas a person can endure, as these injuries can irreversibly alter one's way of life. The spinal cord is not just an ordinary cluster of nerves: It is the main conduit of communication between the brain and the rest of the body. A spinal cord injury disrupts this critical pathway, which can often result in partial or complete loss of sensation and motor function below the site of injury. The sudden absence of mobility and sensation often leaves individuals facing daunting physical, emotional, and financial challenges. 

When you suffer a spinal cord injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may have legal options and should not wait to get advice. At Bishop & Hayes, we have made it our mission to fight for injury victims and have recovered millions for clients in Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and Kansas. Now, our seasoned spinal cord injury lawyers are ready to put our experience and resources to work for you. You can expect personalized, results-oriented representation that puts your needs first.

We are here to help when you suffer a spinal cord injury due to negligence. Schedule a free initial consultation today by calling (417) 304-3228 or contacting us online.

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are broadly classified into two types: complete and incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury indicates a total loss of sensory and motor function below the level of injury. Essentially, this means no signals can traverse the damaged area of the spinal cord, leading to a complete loss of function in areas below the injury. On the other hand, an incomplete spinal cord injury means some degree of sensation and movement is preserved. Patients with incomplete injuries retain varying levels of function and have a greater potential for recovery, with rehabilitation services playing a critical role in improving outcomes.

The classification of spinal cord injuries extends to the segmental level as well, identified by the vertebrae associated with the damage. Cervical spinal cord injuries, involving the neck region, often have the most severe consequences, including paralysis of both arms and legs (known as quadriplegia or tetraplegia). Thoracic spinal cord injuries, occurring in the mid-back, can result in paraplegia, which is paralysis affecting the legs and lower body. Injuries to the lumbar or sacral regions of the spinal cord may affect nerve and muscle control to the hips, legs, bowel, and bladder but typically do not affect upper body and arm movement.

In addition to the location and completeness of the injury, the spinal cord can be subjected to various types of trauma. Contusions or bruises on the spinal cord, caused by direct injury, can lead to swelling and temporary or permanent damage. Compression injuries result from pressure on the spinal cord, which might be due to conditions such as a tumor or herniated disc. Other types of damage include lacerations, where the nerve fibers are severed or torn, and central cord syndrome, where the damage is centered primarily in the central cord region, which often affects the arms and hands more severely than the legs.

Consequences of Spinal Cord Injuries

The consequences of severe spinal cord injuries extend far beyond the loss of motor function and sensation. The detrimental impacts are multifaceted, disrupting many autonomic functions that are essential for daily living and overall health and well-being. You deserve compensation for these impacts when your injury was the result of negligence, and our spinal cord injury attorneys can fight to get you justice.

Cardiovascular complications are common, with many individuals experiencing alterations in blood pressure regulation that can lead to conditions such as orthostatic hypotension or more severe autonomic dysreflexia. These cardiovascular issues not only pose immediate health risks but may also exacerbate other complications of a spinal cord injury.

Breathing may also be compromised, especially when high cervical spinal cord injuries occur. Since the muscles responsible for breathing, such as the diaphragm and intercostal muscles, receive signals through the nerves stemming from the upper spinal cord, damage to these areas can impair respiratory control. Consequently, patients may require ventilatory support, and the potential for pulmonary infections like pneumonia increases, adding to the gravity of the patient’s condition and complicating the recovery process.

Beyond these immediate physical complications, severe spinal cord injuries have profound social and psychological ramifications. The sudden reliance on others for personal care and routine tasks can erode an individual's sense of independence, leading to heightened levels of stress, depression, and anxiety. The financial burden stemming from ongoing medical treatments, rehabilitation, and the need for assistive devices can be considerable, straining personal and family resources. Moreover, career disruptions and the potential loss of employment contribute to long-term socioeconomic challenges for the individual and their family.


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Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Many types of accidents that can lead to spinal cord injuries are frequently caused by negligence. You have the right to sue someone whose negligence results in a spinal cord injury, and our team at Bishop & Hayes can help you enforce your rights. 

Our spinal cord injury lawyers are ready to represent you if your case involves a:

  • Boating accident. High-speed collisions with objects or other vessels can exert extreme force on the spine, resulting in fractures, dislocations, or direct trauma to the spinal cord. Unlike automobile crashes which may provide some degree of protection through safety devices such as seat belts and airbags, boating accidents tend to offer less physical security, leaving the body more vulnerable to injury. The unpredictable nature of aquatic environments, combined with the potential for rapid deceleration upon impact, markedly increases the risk of sustaining a severe spinal cord injury that can forever alter an individual's life. Water sports like water skiing or jet skiing also carry inherent risks of spinal injury from falls at high velocity or impact with waves.
  • Car accident. During a crash, the body may be subjected to rapid acceleration and deceleration, violent shaking, or direct impact, all of which can result in varying degrees of harm to the spine. The violent movement can cause vertebrae to fracture, dislocate, or crush the delicate spinal cord tissue nestled within. Frontal and rear-end collisions often lead to hyperflexion or hyperextension of the neck, associated with cervical spine injuries, while rollovers and side-impact crashes can injure any part of the spine. The use of seat belts and airbags can significantly reduce the incidence and severity of spinal cord injuries in car accidents. However, serious injuries can still occur, especially in high-speed collisions or if occupants are not properly restrained.
  • Motorcycle accident. Unlike car passengers, motorcyclists are directly exposed to the forces unleashed during a crash. Even with protective gear such as helmets and body armor, the spinal cord is vulnerable to the traumatic force of an impact. The body may be propelled off the bike and subjected to severe trauma upon landing, or the rider might be caught beneath the motorcycle if it tips over. These high-energy impacts can fracture vertebrae or compress the spinal cord, potentially resulting in devastating injuries that may lead to paralysis or other long-term disabilities.
  • Pedestrian or bicycle accident. Pedestrians and cyclists are vulnerable in an automobile collision because they lack the protective enclosures that vehicles provide. In collisions with vehicles, the human body is exposed to direct impact, often at high speeds, which can cause brutal trauma to the spinal column. For pedestrians, the risk is heightened, as they may be struck from any direction, be catapulted into the air, or crushed, leading to severe spinal cord damage. Cyclists face similar threats, and even with helmets and other protective gear, the spine remains susceptible to serious injury. Falls from a bike can lead to direct blows to the back or neck, and accidents involving entanglement with the bicycle itself can cause twisting injuries that damage the vertebrae and spinal cord.
  • Truck accident. In a truck collision, the sheer weight and momentum of a commercial vehicle can cause catastrophic damage to smaller vehicles, subjecting occupants to extreme forces that can result in severe spinal trauma. Being thrown against the interior of a vehicle or being hit by unsecured cargo – both frequent occurrences in truck accidents – can directly injure the spinal column or cord.

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We Can Help You Recover Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries!

You should not have to worry about how you will pay for ongoing medical treatments or cover lost income when you suffer a spinal cord injury because of negligence. We can help you bring a personal injury claim against the negligent party, but you must take legal action before the time limit that applies to your case expires. Reaching out to our compassionate team as soon as possible can help ensure you do not miss a deadline and lose your right to seek damages.

Our spinal cord injury attorneys will work to secure full compensation for all economic and non-economic damages, including:

  • Medical expenses
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  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium

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