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Neck & Spine Injuries

Washington DC Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

Suffering Injuries to Your Head, Neck, Back or Spine?

Injuries to the head, neck, back, and spinal cord can create a lifetime of limitations, disability, and pain. Although injuries can range in severity, victims who experience trauma to these areas of the body routinely suffer physical, emotional, and financial damages that deeply impact their quality of life. In many cases, these catastrophic injuries cause chronic pain and suffering for the victim, as well as long-term limitations and disabilities.

Some examples of head, neck, or spinal cord injuries include:

  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Paralysis, including paraplegia and quadriplegia
  • Herniated, slipped, or ruptured discs
  • Whiplash (muscle strain in the neck)
  • Muscle strains in the back (thoracic or lumbar strain)

In addition to offering our full support as you navigate your road to recovery, our Washington, DC spinal cord injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. will work tirelessly to secure all relevant evidence that clearly and convincingly proves the liability of the party responsible for your accident and injury.

Additionally, we often work with medical experts and use our extensive resources and connections to fully establish the nature and extent of your damages, including all physical and emotional damages and past and future financial losses. Our goal is to not only maximize your compensation, but help you seek justice for your losses.

At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our spinal cord injury lawyers represent accident victims throughout Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Call now to discuss your rights and legal options in a free initial consultation

Common Types & Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

The spinal cord is a part of your central nervous system. It relays all of the messages between your brain and the rest of your body. Although it is housed in the spine, it is not made of bone. Spinal cord injuries are life-altering, often causing permanent damage. Full recovery is rare, and ongoing rehabilitation is often necessary.

There are four primary types of spinal cord injuries:

  • Contusion
  • Compression
  • Lacerations
  • Central cord syndrome

A partial or incomplete spinal cord injury means that some messages are relayed to and from the brain, below the point of injury. With a complete spinal cord injury, no messages pass the point of injury. Accidents are the most common cause, but medical conditions and medical procedures can also cause injury to the spinal cord.

Common causes of spinal cord injuries include:

  • Trauma
  • Infections
  • Herniated disk
  • Tumors
  • Abscesses
  • Blood clots
  • Surgical error
  • Spinal tap

A spinal cord injury is a medical emergency. Immediate stabilization and treatment is necessary to minimize damage and prevent permanent disability or death. These injuries do not show up on X-rays because the spinal cord is a soft tissue, not a bone. A CT scan, MRI, or myelogram would be necessary to detect a spinal cord injury.

Lasting Impact of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can result in severe emotional and social ramifications for victims. Often, these effects are the worst immediately after injury, and can improve over time with the proper care and support.

Spinal cord injuries can cause:

  • Paralysis, including quadriplegia and paraplegia
  • Loss of autonomic functions such as breathing, bowel control, and bladder control
  • Loss of sensation and reflex
  • Hypersensitivity to stimuli
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain or intense stinging sensations
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Weakness and poor coordination

Spinal cord injuries are complicated, long-lasting and life-altering. If you were injured as a result of someone else's negligence, reach out to a spinal cord injury attorney in Washington DC, such as those at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. We know how to deal with insurance companies and medical practitioners.

Call Now to Discuss Your Case in a Free Consultation

If you or a family member has suffered a serious head, neck, back or spinal cord injury in an accident that was not your fault, then you have the legal right to recover your damages. With so many difficulties posed by the personal injury claim process, and at a time when you should be focusing solely on recovery, it is in your best interests to secure the assistance of a lawyer who is committed to advocating on behalf of injured victims.

When you work with Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., we handle everything on your behalf. Contact us to discuss your needs today.