Memphis Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Protect Your Rights
Fighting for justice for those with spinal cord injuries in Memphis, Jackson and throughout the state
A spinal cord injury is one of the most devastating injuries you can survive. You may have been involved in a motorcycle injury, a car or a truck accident, or you may have fallen at a construction site in a workplace injury. Regardless of how you received your injury, damage to the spinal cord will have long-term consequences for your life. You may require ongoing medical care, you may not be able to do the work you once did, and your leisure activities will be affected as well.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center reports that there are about 54 cases of spinal cord injury (SCI) per million in the United States or about 17,000 new SCI cases each year. In 2016, there were approximately 282,000 people in the U.S. who were living with spinal cord injury. About 30% of people with SCI will require re-hospitalization one or more times during any given year following their injury. The life expectancy of a person with SCI remains below the life expectancy of a person without a spinal cord injury.
At the law firm of Baily & Greer, PLLC, we are committed to helping our clients recover the compensation they need if they are going to take on life with a devastating spinal cord injury. We help you file a claim or a lawsuit, and we hold the responsible party accountable for your injuries. You do not pay any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you. We will consult with you for free, review your case, and advise you of the legal options available to you.
What is a spinal cord injury?
The Christopher & Dana Reeves Foundation describes spinal cord injury as damage to the nerves within the bony protection of the spinal canal. The Reeves foundation says that the spinal cord does not have to be severed for a loss of function to occur, and in most spinal cord injuries, the spinal cord is bruised but intact.
The spinal cord works with the brain to coordinate movement and sensation in the body, so when the spinal cord is damaged, it interrupts the spinal cord's ability to communicate with the brain to control autonomic function.
Levels and types of spinal cord injury
According to the Mayo Clinic, the ability to control the limbs after a spinal cord injury depends on both the location of the injury along the spinal cord and the severity of the injury. The lowest, uninjured part of the spinal cord is the neurological level of injury and is referred to by its level of "completeness" which is either complete or incomplete.
With a complete spinal cord injury, all feeling and ability to control movement below the level of injury is lost. With an incomplete spinal cord injury, there will be varying degrees of feeling and movement below the point of injury.
Paralysis from a spinal cord injury may be described as quadriplegia, which affects the arms, legs, hands, feet, trunk, and pelvic organs or paraplegia, which is loss of feeling and motor control of all or part of the trunk, legs, and pelvic organs.
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Care for spinal cord injuries in Tennessee
The following are just a few of the Memphis area hospitals and rehabilitation centers that provide spinal cord injury care:
- Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital
- Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center
- Baptist Rehabilitation—Germantown
- HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Memphis
- Regional One Health Rehabilitation Hospital
- Spire Cane Creek Rehabilitation Hospital
- TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation and Research
Long-term effects of spinal cord injury
The long-term effects of a spinal cord injury will vary depending on how severe the injury and the level of impairment. Some complications might include respiratory problems and inability to control bowel and bladder function. Those with more complete paralysis will need personal care assistance for basic activities of daily living.
Aside from the physical effects of a spinal cord injury which leaves a person unable to walk, unable to move their arms and hands, requires breathing assistance and ongoing medical care, there is the long-term financial impact of SCI. A person who once held a good job and supported a family is now unable to earn and requires daily medical care and will have hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical and living expenses.
How might a Memphis spinal cord injury attorney help you?
After the devastation of a spinal cord injury, when you are trying to figure out what your, “new normal” is going to be, you may want help pursuing compensation for your injuries. You are facing mounting medical bills, you are unable to work, and your life will never be the same. A skilled and compassionate spinal cord injury attorney from the law firm of Bailey & Greer is here to protect your right to compensation when your injury resulted from the negligence of another. We investigate the accident, and we prepare a compelling case whether for settlement or trial. We are your strong advocates who will fight for compensation for your ongoing medical expenses, home care, modifications to your home to accommodate a wheelchair, and any other services to support your recovery.
Accomplished spinal cord injury lawyers serving West Tennessee families
Bailey & Greer, PLLC, has an excellent reputation for taking care of our clients. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury because of the negligence of someone else, please call 901-680-9777 or fill out our contact form now, to schedule a free consultation at our Memphis or Jackson office.