Lexington Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
Relentless advocacy when spinal damage causes paralysis or constant pain
Spinal cord injuries are life-changing and can have permanent effects on victims and their families. Many victims of these injuries suffer from chronic pain that can be aggravated by the most routine movements. And in severe cases, a victim is partially or fully paralyzed because of the injury. In most cases, even with surgery, physical therapy, and other types of rehabilitative care, there’s constant physical pain associated with spinal cord injuries. Many Lexington spinal cord injury (SCI) victims need psychological support to cope with their anxiety and depression brought on by the injury and change in lifestyle. Securing financial compensation for their injuries can help Lexington accident victims restore some ability to enjoy their lives.
We understand your trauma. That’s not an idle statement. We work with your neurologists, team of therapists, and other spinal cord injury experts to properly evaluate and assess each case. We also consult with our network of spinal cord injury doctors to receive the most informed medical opinions. At Wilt and Associates, PLLC, you can rest assured that our personal injury lawyers are seasoned trial attorneys ready to fight for you. We thoroughly prepare your claim by investigating how your injury happened, who is responsible, the severity and scope of your SCI, and how it has altered your life. We fight to obtain full compensation for your financial and non-economic losses.
How can we help?
- What is a spinal cord injury?
- What are the symptoms of an SCI?
- How is a spinal cord injury diagnosed?
- What are the treatments for a spinal cord injury?
- What types of Lexington accidents cause spinal cord injuries?
- Who is responsible for my Lexington spinal cord injury?
- What is the value of my spinal cord injury?
- Do you have a spinal cord injury attorney near me?
Per the Colorado Spine Institute, the spinal cord consists of four regions:
- The cervical spinal cord is where the brain connects to the spinal cord and the neck connects to the back.
- The thoracic spinal cord forms the middle of the spinal cord.
- The lumbar spinal cord is the lower part of the spinal cord where the spinal cord begins to bend.
- The sacral spine does not contain the actual spinal cord. The “sacrum fits between the two hip bones connecting the spine to the pelvis.”
Complete spinal cord injuries eliminate the ability of the brain to send signals below the injury site. For example, if your SCI occurs at the lower back, you can have paralysis below the waist while keeping your motor functions in your arms and upper body (paraplegia). A complete injury at the cervical spine level (in the neck area) can result in loss of function in the upper and lower body (tetraplegia/ quadriplegia).
Incomplete spinal cord injuries reduce the ability of the brain to send signals below the injury site. Victims may retain some sensory and motor functions.
Possible symptoms of an SCI include different levels of paralysis, difficulty breathing, bladder and bowel function problems, infections, headaches, bedsores, mood changes, nerve pain, chronic muscle pain, pneumonia, and loss of sexual function or loss of fertility.
Neurologists and other doctors use a variety of tests to diagnose an SCI, as no one test is conclusive. Common diagnostic tests include reviewing all your symptoms, blood tests, physical tests such as asking you to move your limbs, and imaging tests to examine your spinal cord, spinal column, and brain. These can include X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs.
One of the most effective treatments for a spinal cord injury begins with stabilizing the spinal column and getting prompt emergency care. The first few hours after an SCI are critical in preventing further damage. Doctors will help with your breathing, place a collar to keep your neck still, possibly administer blood transfusions, and consider any other procedures necessary to mitigate the harm to your spinal cord.
Common SCI treatments include:
- Care for immediate symptoms, such as the use of a ventilator for breathing and a feeding tube for nutrition
- Palliative care to help with chronic pain and insomnia
- Physical therapy to help re-learn movements
- Occupational therapy to learn to perform daily living tasks
- Psychological counseling for anxiety and stress
Rehabilitative therapy also includes learning to use assistive devices such as wheelchairs to aid with life after an SCI. Spinal cord stimulators are also used and may help progress certain patients. There is also research on other treatments, such as stem cell therapies, which are yet to reach their full potential.
Just about any type of serious accident can cause an SCI, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Other traffic accidents including bus, train, Uber and Lyft, pedestrian, and bicycle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Falling objects
- Medical malpractice
- Diving injuries
- Acts of violence, often due to negligent security
- Defective products
- Recreational accidents
- Construction accidents
At Wilt & Associates, our Lexington spinal cord injury lawyers are seasoned personal injury lawyers. We are skilled at showing how accidents happen and why they were preventable to prove liability.
The defendants in a Lexington spinal cord injury claim vary depending on the type of accident and how the accident happened. Possible defendants include vehicle drivers and owners, property owners, product and vehicle manufacturers, negligent physicians, and other individuals and businesses.
When you’re in agony and just trying to get out of the bed in the morning, it can be hard to imagine the full cost of your injuries. At Wilt & Associates, we focus on every aspect of your injuries that can help with your case and set you up for recovery. Our lawyers work with neurologists and other healthcare providers to fully understand the lifelong medical care that may be needed and all the ways your SCI affects your life.
We demand compensation for all your current and future damages, including:
- ER, hospital, doctor, and rehabilitative care
- Assistive devices and medication
- Loss of income/reduced earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Loss of life’s pleasures
- Property damage
In cases of egregious wrongs, such as when a drunk driver causes your injuries, we also seek punitive damages that can provide additional compensation to our clients. Punitive damages are not applicable in most SCI cases, but the lawyers at Wilt & Associates leave no stone unturned when evaluating your injury claim.
Wilt & Associates meets clients at our Lexington office located at 196 W. Lowry Lane, Suite 1 for in-person meetings and consultations. We understand many spinal cord injury victims have difficulty traveling, which is why we also speak with clients through video conferences or phone calls to make our representation as convenient as possible. We can even make arrangements to see victims at healthcare facilities or other locations when necessary to avoid unneeded stress on our clients. We also have an office in Louisville where clients can meet with us as well.
We handle spinal cord injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay us anything unless there is a settlement or a verdict in your favor. Working with our clients on a contingency fee basis helps them prioritize their own care and personal finances over having to pay out of pocket for their attorney throughout the duration of their case.
Speak with an experienced Lexington catastrophic injury lawyer now
After a catastrophic injury, it’s hard to imagine how you’ll pay your bills and function tomorrow, let alone for the rest of your life. At Wilt & Associates, our personal injury lawyers are respected by former clients, insurance companies, and defense lawyers for our dedication to our clients, the investigations we conduct to show who is responsible, our detailed documentation of all your damages, and our successful record in court. Please call 859-263-8818 or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-fee consultation with our experienced Lexington spinal cord injury attorneys today.