Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers with Offices in Valparaiso & Merrillville, Indiana
Have You Suffered A Serious Spine Injury In An Accident? Let Us Be Your Support System
A spinal cord injury can be one of the most devastating types of catastrophic injuries that a person can endure. In the aftermath of your injury, you may be facing mounting medical bills and a lot of uncertainty about your future. The physical, emotional and financial challenges may seem overwhelming.
Sarkisian Law wants you to know that you are not alone in this fight. Our spinal cord attorneys will fiercely advocate on your behalf to win you full compensation for a lifetime of medical care and lost wages.
If you were injured as a result of someone else’s reckless and negligent behavior, we will file a lawsuit to hold the at-fault party accountable and deliver you justice. We can then negotiate directly with the at-fault party’s insurance company on your behalf and pursue a full and fair settlement. If no settlement can be reached, we will be prepared to go to battle for you in court.
Call us today for a Free consultation:
Merrillville: (219) 942-7171
Valparaiso: (219) 477-3998
We want to hear about your situation so we can help.
If we take on your case, it will be on a contingency basis meaning there is no charge to you unless there is a recovery in your case.
We Strive To Win Maximum Compensation For Your Losses
- Ongoing Medical Care
- Mobility Products such as Wheelchairs
- Home Medical Equipment
- Home Health Care Services
- Counseling and Psychiatric Care
- Lost Income
- Home Renovations for Accessibility Purposes
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries result from damage to:
- the vertebrae
- ligaments or disks of the spinal column
- the spinal cord itself
Types of spinal cord injuries may include:
- contusion (bruising of the spinal cord)
- compression (caused by pressure on the spinal cord)
- lacerations (severing or tearing of some nerve fibers, such as damage caused by a gun shot wound
- central cord syndrome (specific damage to the corticospinal tracts of the cervical region of the spinal cord).
Complete vs. Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
The spinal cord is made up of a bundle of nerves that run through the backbone. This network transmits sensation and controls movement throughout the body. If it suffers damage, it can cause loss of mobility and feeling below the injured area.
Spinal cord injuries are classified into two types: incomplete and complete.
Incomplete spinal cord injury:
- the cord has been damaged, but some nerve function remains.
- some type of mobility or sensation will be available below the area of the injury
- may result in partial or full recovery of function
Complete spinal cord injury:
- the cord is either severed or damaged to the point where absolutely no neurological function remains
- no recovery will occur
- lifelong immobility and loss of function below the damaged spinal cord
Severe Spinal Cord Injuries
Paraplegia (Paralysis below the waist)
Paraplegia is an injury to the spinal cord that involves partial or total paralysis of the lower extremities which results in:
- loss of motor skills
- loss of sexual function
- loss of control of one’s bladder and bowels
The upper or lower region of the torso as well as the legs may experience loss of sensation and function.
Areas of the spinal cord affected with paraplegia may include the
- or the sacral regions of the spinal column
Quadriplegia (Paralysis below the shoulders)
Quadriplegia is an injury to the spinal cord that consists of paralysis of the body below the neck, meaning that both arms and legs have partial or total loss of sensation and mobility.
Physical challenges quadriplegics may encounter include:
- difficulty breathing or respiratory problems
- loss of muscle control in the chest and torso
- loss of sexual function, bladder and bowel control
- pressure sores
Dangers of Complications Following the Injury
After the spinal cord has suffered initial trauma in an injury, additional complications may arise such as
- neurogenic shock
- respiratory problems
- pulmonary problems
- inflammation of the spine
Treating Complications with Immediate Medical Attention
It’s imperative that the spine is stabilized after a serious injury and the above symptoms are treated with
- intravenous fluids
- surgery to stabilize the spine or fuse the spine with metal plates or pins
- drugs to reduce swelling
- other intensive care treatment
Once the initial injury heals, functional improvements may continue for at least six months. After that time period, any remaining disability is likely to be permanent.
Long-Term Risk Factors
Paraplegics and quadriplegics have damaged nerves that make it difficult or impossible to feel pressure, heat or cold. This can pose potential harm or injury. The lack of movement and restriction in the legs can put a person at risk for blood clots and loss of muscle tone.
The best way to manage and cope with this disability is to establish a long-term medical team who has your best interests at heart. This may include a physical therapist, occupational therapist, rehab psychologist, dietician, and spinal cord specialist.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
- Auto and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, accounting for more than 35 percent of new spinal cord injuries each year
- Falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs at construction sites
- Slip and falls due to property/premises hazards
- Defectively designed, manufactured and marketed products
- Medical malpractice
What Is My Case Worth?
To have a successful spinal cord injury claim, we need to achieve two things:
- Prove that your spinal cord injury was the direct result of someone else’s negligence
- Demonstrate the full impact of your injury on your everyday life
Factors that will be taken into consideration while valuing your claim will include
- Your actual wage losses and loss of future earning capacity
- Severity and magnitude of your injury
- Pain and suffering; loss of enjoyment of life
- Your “functional capacity” to work and accomplish tasks of everyday living
- Permanent and partial impairment (PPI) rating — measures the degree of your impairment, loss of function of body parts and whether it is total or partial, temporary or permanent.