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back-injuryTrauma to the spinal cord can have serious, long-lasting consequences. The spinal cord is a messenger for the central nervous system, transmitting impulses between the brain and the rest of the body. When something interferes with the spinal cord’s ability to deliver these signals, the result can be debilitating, even life-threatening. Survivors with spinal cord injuries (SCIs) often cannot return to their pre-injury lives.

Did you or a loved one suffer a spinal cord injury because of someone else’s recklessness in North Carolina? You could be entitled to compensation. Let a North Carolina spinal cord injury lawyer at Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A., help you pursue the money you need for medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our staff is fluent in English and Spanish. Call (919) 661-9000 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a free consultation with a spinal cord injury attorney.

Why Do You Need to Hire a Lawyer for a Spinal Cord Injury?

Most spinal cord injuries require intense rehabilitation with no guarantees of a full recovery.  The last thing you need to worry about is a legal case. However, taking legal action promptly is crucial if another party is responsible for your injury. Consider hiring a spinal cord injury lawyer during this uncertain time.

An experienced attorney will:

  • Put their knowledge to work for you – A skilled spinal cord injury attorney knows the complex workings of the North Carolina legal system. A lawyer can apply the state’s negligence laws to your case and push for maximum compensation for you.
  • Connect with top medical experts to strengthen your claim – Spinal cord injuries are often disabling. Testimony from medical specialists can provide the insurance company with a solid understanding of the injury’s impact on your quality of life.
  • Fight for full and fair compensation – The lifetime costs of a spinal cord injury can easily cost millions. A knowledgeable spinal cord injury lawyer can place an appropriate value on your case, accounting for past, current, and future expenses.
  • Represent you in court – If you cannot reach a fair settlement with the insurer, a qualified attorney can prepare your case for trial and present it to a jury or judge.
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Why Should You Work with Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A., After a Spinal Cord Injury?

Since 2001, our law firm has helped North Carolinians recover compensation for spinal cord injuries arising from auto accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian collisions, and other incidents caused by negligence.

Did your injury occur on the job? Two of our attorneys are board-certified workers’ compensation specialists who provide excellent advocacy for injured employees.

Here are additional reasons to hire Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A. for your spinal cord injury claim:

  • We’re affiliated with the North Carolina Chiropractic Association.
  • We have a bilingual attorneys and staff ready to help in English or Spanish.
  • We offer a state-of-the-art case management system that allows us to provide top-notch legal representation to our clients.
  • We provide exceptional client service, personalized support, and free consultations for all injury cases.
  • Most of our attorneys and staff have been with our firm for over a decade, so you’ll get to know us. You won’t talk to a different person each time you call.
  • We accept cases on a contingency fee basis. We only get paid if we’re successful in securing a monetary recovery for you.

Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), an estimated 302,000 Americans currently live with spinal cord injuries (SCIs). The most common causes of spinal cord injuries are:

Other causes include certain diseases, such as cancer, infections, and degenerative conditions that permanently damage the spinal cord.

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Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

The severity of a spinal cord injury depends on the extent of the damage and the location of the injury along the spinal cord.

There are two main categories of SCI: complete and incomplete injuries.

  • Complete – A complete SCI results in a total loss of sensory and motor function below the injury level.
  • Incomplete – Accident victims who suffer incomplete SCIs have some sensation and movement below the location of the injury.

The spinal cord injury levels include:

  • Cervical – The neck and head regions of the spine
  • Thoracic – Upper and middle portions of the back
  • Lumbar – Lower back and the lowest part of the spinal cord
  • Sacral – The bottom of the spine to the tailbone (coccyx)

Each level of the spine sends motor and sensory signals to different areas of the body. When a spinal cord injury occurs, that communication gets interrupted. The loss of function a victim experiences after spinal cord trauma can be temporary or permanent.

The Impact of a Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries can have a range of effects on the body, which commonly include:

  • Paralysis – A spinal cord injury can cause partial or complete paralysis of the limbs, depending on the location of the damage.
  • Loss of sensation – SCIs can also cause loss of sensation, such as the ability to feel hot, cold, or touch, below the level of the injury.
  • Difficulty breathing – Some spinal cord injuries can damage the nerves controlling the respiratory system, impairing the muscles needed for inhaling and exhaling.
  • Muscle spasticity – With this condition, the muscles become stiff and difficult to control.
  • Chronic pain – Nerve damage can lead to neuropathic pain in spinal cord injury victims.
  • Bowel and bladder problems – Spinal cord trauma can damage the nerves that control bowel and bladder function, leading to incontinence or difficulty with bowel movements.
  • Changes in sexual function – SCIs can affect sexual function and sometimes cause infertility.

A spinal cord injury causes more than bodily harm. Emotional trauma from spinal cord injuries can significantly reduce the quality of life for survivors, leading to disabilities that contribute to anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. Those who become permanently impaired may require lifelong medical care, home modifications, and assistance with daily activities.

What Type of Compensation Can I Receive for a Spinal Cord Injury?

Compensation for a spinal cord injury claim can vary depending on several factors, including the severity of the injury and the circumstances that caused it. Potential types of compensation include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future earning potential if you can no longer work
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment or quality of life
  • Loss of consortium
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Call the Experienced North Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers for Help

You have a lot on your plate after a spinal cord injury. But if someone else is responsible for your injury, they should be held accountable for their recklessness. Get a proven personal injury attorney from Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A. on your side.  Call (919) 661-9000 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or contact us online for a free case review with a spinal cord injury lawyer in North Carolina.

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