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What are some ways Negligence can Cause a Spinal Cord Injury?

Spinal cord injury, or SCI, is an extremely serious type of injury that has the potential to result in significant long-term medical complications. Even mild cases can result in the loss of motor control or bodily function, while the most serious can result in complete paralysis. While spinal cord injuries can result from many different types of incidents, those caused by negligence may entitle a victim to financial compensation through a Massachusetts personal injury claim. The best way to maximize your chances of recovery is to obtain legal representation from an experienced Framingham personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident.

Spinal cord injuries can be grouped into two basic categories: complete and incomplete. Complete injuries occur when a victim loses all sensation and control below the site of the injury. These injuries are the most severe, and can result in permanent paralysis. In an incomplete SCI, on the other hand, the victim still retains some feeling or mobility below the site of the injury. Incomplete spinal injuries generally have a better prognosis than complete SCI. In order for a victim to recover for their injuries and other losses, he or she may need to establish that the injury was the result of another’s negligence. Some common ways negligence can cause a spinal cord injury include the following:

  • Car accidents
  • Wet floors
  • Certain sports injuries
  • Truck accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Failure to remove snow or ice
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Defective vehicle manufacture or design
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Accidents caused by impaired driving

Of course, there are many other ways that negligence could result in a spinal cord injury. A experienced Framingham attorney will be able to review your case and help you determine whether and against whom you may have a legal claim.

After you are involved in an accident which you suspect may have resulted in an SCI, it is important that you preserve as much evidence regarding the cause of your accident as possible. The particular information to document depends on the circumstances of your accident, but can include things like photographs of the scene of the accident, the weather conditions at the time of the accident, any official reports generated, or contact information from anyone who witnessed the incident.

In addition to collecting information about the incident, anyone who suspects that he or she has sustained an SCI should seek immediate medical attention. Research indicates that early intervention plays a critical role in the final outcome of a spinal cord injury, especially within the first few hours. Prompt medical attention is important from a legal perspective as well, as it can make it substantially easier to show that an injury was caused by a particular accident or event. Finally, be sure to contact a Framingham personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. The sooner you retain representation, the better your chances of recovering for your injuries.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Attorney Daniel Cappetta is committed to helping victims of negligence recover, and works hard to get his clients the best possible outcome after an injury. To schedule a free initial consultation with Mr. Cappetta, call our office today at (508) 969-9505. If you would prefer to reach us by email, please contact us by submitting the contact form available to the right.