Alabama Compression Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident caused by the negligence of others, a compression injury lawyer at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. has the experience you need. We understand that serious spinal cord injuries can change lives forever. That’s why we’ll put our skills to work on getting you the justice you deserve. Contact us today at 205-933-1500 for a free consultation.
What is a Compression Injury?
Your spinal cord is the nerve center of your body. When there is a problem with your spine, symptoms can range from back pain and limited mobility to paralysis that makes it impossible to move some or all of your body parts. Because the nerves of your spine extend outward throughout your body, damage to the spine or spinal cord can also cause pain throughout other body parts.
There are many different causes of spinal cord damage. One of the most common is spinal cord compression. This condition arises when the amount of space within the spinal canal is reduced. Too much pressure is placed on the spinal cord as a result. The symptoms of spinal cord compression can be devastating. If the spinal cord compression was caused by the negligent or intentional wrongful act of another party, it is important to take legal action to hold the responsible party financially liable for damages.
Causes of Spinal Cord Compression
Because spinal cord compression is a medical problem caused by increased pressure on the spine and/or a decrease in space in the spinal canal, it is important to understand what types of situations can cause this compression. For example:
- The spine may be compressed by surrounding bones
- The spine may be compressed by hematomas (blood clots)
- Tumors caused by cancer or benign tumors can compress the spine
- The spine may be compressed by an abscess or pus
- A ruptured or herniated disc can cause compression of the spine
Accidents that Cause Spinal Cord Compression
Sometimes, these causes of compression arise naturally. But in too many other situations, a specific event or injury will cause the spine to compress. For instance:
- Dislocating, fracturing or breaking the bones in the back can cause compression of the spinal cord. This may happen due to a car accident, a fall, a sports injury or intentional violence.
- A severe injury such as those caused by a car accident or a fall can cause the ligaments and other connective tissue surrounding the spine to compress the spinal cord.
- An injury, such as one from a fall from a ladder or scaffold, can cause a hematoma to develop.
Cervical spondylosis, or degeneration of the disks and the neck vertebrae, is a major cause of spinal compression. While this can occur as a natural result of aging and/or as a result of osteoarthritis, anything that contributes to the disks and vertebrae starting to degenerate, including repetitive stress being placed on the back, can cause or contribute to cervical spondylosis.
When an injury is the cause of the spinal cord compression, the compression and resulting symptoms normally come upon the injured individual suddenly rather than gradually over time.
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Compression
Recognizing the symptoms of spinal cord compression is important. It can help you to obtain the treatment you need, and it can help you to identify the accident or injury that caused the condition. The symptoms can range from mild, affecting only a few nerves in the spine, to serious, impacting the whole spine. Examples of symptoms include:
- Back pain
- Weakness of the muscles, including severe muscle weakness in some cases
- Muscle or body tingling or numbness
- Change in body sensations or a loss of sensation
- Erectile dysfunction
- Pain in the legs and foot
- Increase in sensations associated with having to urinate, or retention of urine
- Loss of control of the bladder and bowels
- Muscle spasms
- Increased sweating
The more severe your symptoms, the more likely it is that the compression is placing significant pressure on the entire spine. That makes it important to get prompt and thorough medical treatment to avoid further damage.
You Deserve Fair Legal Compensation
The person responsible for causing your injury should be held responsible for paying for the costs of all your necessary medical treatment. The responsible party should also be required to pay for the costs of lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other losses.
This responsible party may be the other driver involved in a vehicle accident who was at fault for the accident. It may be someone who didn’t maintain his store or other property correctly and caused you to fall. It could be anyone who was negligent in any way that directly led to the spinal compression.
Our Experienced Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Can Help
At Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. we can help you obtain the money damages necessary to assist you with ongoing medical expenses and loss of income after a spinal cord injury.
Our founding member, Keith T. Belt, Jr., has been selected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the American Trial Lawyers Association and is also an Alabama Super Lawyer. Combined, our lawyers have more than 65 years of trial experience in state and federal courts.
We know how to deal with insurance companies, and we are aggressive in the courtroom. Our record of results includes numerous multimillion-dollar settlements that have allowed Alabama spinal cord injury victims and their families to carry on with their lives. For a free initial consultation, call us today at 205-933-1500 or use our online contact form.