Chicago Slip and Fall Spinal Injury Lawyer
Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries from Slip and Fall Accidents
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSPISC), almost thirty percent of spinal cord injuries are the result of falls. The CDC reports that one out of five falls will result in a serious injury, such as broken bones or head injuries, and that 700,000 people are hospitalized every year after a fall. In some cases, the slip and fall was the result of a failure of another party to exercise reasonable care for the safety of others. These are cases involving wet, slippery, or oily floors, uneven walking surfaces, potholes, items left in walkways, or other problems that should have been resolved for the safety of others. If walking hazards exist, visitors must be warned, for their own safety. A spinal cord injury is one of the most serious types of injury associated with a slip and fall.
Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms
Spinal cord injuries often lead to a range of serious physical problems, from total paralysis to varying degrees of loss of muscle function, sensation or physical control below the injured point in the spine. In many cases, spinal cord injuries affect the victim’s life dramatically, leaving the person living with permanent impairments. Because your spinal cord is essentially a bundle of nerves that controls communications throughout your body, a spinal cord injury due to a slip and fall accident can lead to serious disruptions in your body’s normal functions. For this reason, any spinal cord injury is a critical medical emergency. Damage can begin after the moment of injury. The care of the injured, immediately after the slip and fall accident, can affect the ability to recover.
Slip and Fall Accidents and Spinal Cord Injuries
As the spinal cord is bound within the boney vertebrae of your back, a slip and fall accident that dislocates any of these vertebrae, traumatizing specific areas of the spinal cord, can have a profound impact on motor functions or nerve activity controlled by that section of the spine. If the spinal cord is severed, there will be no ability of the nervous system to send messages to body systems below the point of disconnection. In most cases, spinal cord injury is caused by pieces of vertebrae abrading the spinal tissue and disrupting the spinal cord’s ability to function. It also can cause severe pain when the victim attempts to move. Surgery, braces, assistive devices and mobility aids are often required.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are two classifications of spinal cord injuries: incomplete and complete. An incomplete injury retains some functional ability below the point of injury and a complete injury signifies a complete lack of sensory and motor function below the point of injury.
Any significant spinal cord injury, once survived, can entail many future medical complications involving:
- Loss or partial loss of bladder and bowel functions
- Heart and lung difficulties
- Loss of movement and flexibility
- Sexual functionality
- Chronic pain
- Loss of sensation including touch, taste, heat and cold, hearing and eyesight.
Our Chicago Premises Liability Attorneys Can Help You Seek Justice and Full Compensation
At Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC, our Chicago personal injury lawyers have been working hard to help injured people recover compensation since 1990. We have an excellent reputation for achieving impressive results for our clients, even for cases in which liability is contested, shared or complicated. We can give you a free online case evaluation, and offer legal services in both English and Spanish. Reach us in person at (800)-996-4824.
- Spinal Injuries Possible in a Chicago Slip, Trip, and Fall Accident
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Facts and Figures at a Glance - NSPISC
- Important Facts about Falls in Adults - CDC