The Kipness Law Firm, P.C


Q: What can cause a spinal cord injury?

A: Spinal cord injuries can be caused from falls, medical malpractice, auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, boat accidents, child abuse, birth injury, truck accident, defective products, construction accidents, work accidents, oilfield accidents, railroad accidents, drunk driving accidents, pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents.

Q: What is the spinal cord?

A: The spinal cord is long tube that is bundled with nerves and cells.  The spinal cord begins at the brain and extends downward to the middle of the back.  Its purpose is to carrier messages between the brain and human body that allow you to feel, move, and touch things.  When injured, the spinal cord may stop the flow of messages between the brain and human body.

Q: What is a spinal cord injury?

A: A spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord from outside trauma (e.g. accidents or malpractice) that leads to neurological problems.  Symptoms can include paralysis, numbness, weakness and inability to control bowel and bladder functions.  Depending on the location of the spinal cord injury, individuals can experience loss of arm, hip and leg function.

Q: How can a spinal cord injury occur?

A: Spinal cord injuries can occur from: accidents or falls, loss of blood supply from inside bleeding, surgical mistakes, untreated infections such as abscesses, vertebrae (bones surrounding the spinal cord) injuries, and compression or herniation of discs.  Injuries to the spinal cord if left untreated and undetected may turn temporary problems into a permanent injury.  

Q: How does one establish a spinal cord injury?

A: Spinal cord injuries are usually established from medical expert testimony from neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, or neurologists.  These experts will need to offer opinions on how the spinal cord injury was sustained and what a spinal cord injury victim experiences in the past and will experience in the future.

Q: What is a herniated disc?

A: A herniated disc occurs when trauma causes injury to a disc, which is a jelly-like disc encased in fibrous materials.  A disc separates the bone vertebrae and acts as a cushion for the movement and bending of the spine.  If the disc is injured or herniated from trauma, a part of the disc comes into contact with spinal cord nerves or nerve roots.  This contact can cause pain.  Radiologists can usually see disc herniations on diagnostic films which are typically classified as: disc bulge, disc protrusion, disc herniation and frank herniation.

Q: What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

A: Symptoms include back pain that may improve but can be followed by periods of numbness, weakness, and pain in the legs and hips.  This pain may move from the back or buttocks, down the leg, past the knee, and into the foot.

Q: If a person dies from a spinal cord injury, can a claim still be pursued?

A: Yes, under a wrongful death statute a claim can be pursued by spouses, children, and parents of the deceased.

Q: What types of compensation can I receive for a spinal cord injury?

A: You can receive compensation for lost  wages, medical bills, future medical care, loss of earning capacity damages, pain, mental anguish, disfigurement, and impairment.

Q: What should I do if have a spinal cord injury from an accident or medical treatment?

A: You should contact a spinal cord injury attorney.

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