L.A. Based Spinal Cord Lawyer
The consensus of trained physicians and our Los Angeles spinal cord injury attorneys, is that all injuries to your discs and vertebrae are very serious. A major focus area of our firm, is providing winning representation to victims of events that led to their blown or ruptured discs. Multiple statistical reports demonstrate that auto related collisions 1 are the primary cause of back problems in the united States of America today, 2 as well as in Europe. 3
Another major cause of spinal cord injuries arise from work related incidents, such as falling off a ladder, or high scaffolding on construction sites. Children also suffer head and and back injury when they jump into the wading section of swimming pools, or shallow hot tubs, for example. Most back injuries are glaring, yet others take time to develop into a full blown disease. Our masters of disasters render legal assistance in all cases where the injury was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another, or in cases where a no fault insurance policy covers the unfortunate tragedy.
- Types of Auto Accidents ↩
- Foreman, Stephen M.; Croft, Arthur C. (2002). Whiplash injuries : the cervical acceleration/deceleration syndrom. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams Wilkins. ISBN 0-7817-2681-6. ↩
- Krafft, M; Kullgren A, Lie A, Tingval C (2005-04-01). “Assessment of Whiplash Protection in Rear Impacts” (pdf). Swedish National Road Administration & Folksam. Archived from the original on August 8, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-18. ↩
Suffer a Los Angeles Spine Injury?
If you are injured, and why a spinal cord injury is so important to have diagnosed early on, even if it’s a simple case of whiplash, or a more serious case of Facet Joint Syndrome. Spinal cord injuries (or SCI) lead to some of the worst human tribulations possible. It could just be the case, that your trunk, arms and legs, abdominal, or pelvic area, are paralyzed, all as a result of a fortuitous, and devastating accident.
Many spine injuries permanently hinder a person’s ability to ambulate, hold down a job, maintain a marriage, or partnership, and wreak havoc on a person’s overall emotional stability. In fact, these are afflictions that have been known to lead to suicide. Spinal cord disabilities are distinguishable from the plethora of other impairments. In fact, these are one of the few personal injuries that can lead to financial ruin from the staggering medical care and treatment alone, not to mention the inability to work and pay your other bills. Lifetime care and rehabilitation may be needed for a victim. This is one of the scariest times to not be represented by a proven Los Angeles spinal cord injury attorney who is a pure leader.
So let’s get down to brass tacks. What exactly consists of a spinal cord, and why is it so crucial to keep it healthy? It is defined as:
- Lumbar -
- Thoracic – The thoracic spine is the part of the vertebral column centered in the mid to lower back.
- Cervical – Travels out of the brain stem area, into nerve branches of your limbs and organs. This sends and receives signals to your body. The cervical spine is responsible for carrying the electrical signal that originated in your brain’s powerhouse that keeps you alive and functioning normally. When the nerves are pressed down, such as in a compression, one can become immobilized, and even lose sensation.
Injuries can range from severe to mild. A simple blow is not typically the cause of dislocated discs, or what causes a joint dislocation. But a sharp bump or strike has been known to tear, dislocate or compress the nerves of the spine. When this happens some signals in the nerves may not be able to flow freely.
The material that makes the spinal cord pliable and supple in between the vertebrae, can actually become compressed or degenerate during a jolting, jarring, or violent incident. Herniated disc injuries are also known in the medical community as ruptured disc, bulging discs and disc protrusions. Commonly what transpires in a devastating accident, the g-forces involved cause the discs violently shift out of place, resulting in a condition known as a “slipped” disc, or herniation.
The higher up at the base of the neck the damage is, the worst the symptoms will normally be. The affected are quite often becomes dull. Sometimes this is coupled with paralysis. On the other hand, nerve compression can be very painful, or even cut off pain receptors. Loss of sensory perception, can increase risk of burn and other injuries. Sometimes the only solution is to surgically fuse the bones together (spinal fusion surgery.)
Common trauma heard by injury attorneys and experienced daily by victims, is that of the effects of pressure on the nerves in the spinal column. The most common complaints are of bulging disc injuries are constant back pain, leg pain, and neck and shoulder pain.
Many victims of sudden back trauma, are immediately filled with adrenaline. Adrenaline may cause a feeling of euphoria that covers up serious injuries. This is a natural human response that makes us able to fight, or flee from a dangerous situation. But many confuse this response and assume they aren’t really injured.
But later, after the adrenaline wears off, many auto accident victims, for example, will notice severe pain in their backs, feet, legs, or hands for example. Trying to pretend everything is o.k., will often exacerbate the afflicted area, and make things much worse. This is how insurance companies justify not paying on many valid claims. This is why you need to immediately seek medical attention after a back injury.
Unfortunately, X-rays are really only capable of taking a snapshot photo of the hard tissue, and probably can pick up a cervical lordosis (typical of Whiplash), or a similar modality. An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), or CT scan, however, is designed to pick up and take pictures of the damaged tissue itself. They are administered with the patient in a seated position, which gives a better picture of the compression, or by placing the victim inside a big machine while laying in perfectly still in a head to toe position, or a variation of that.
Importance of Taking an Ambulance to the Hospital
It cannot be overstated just how important it is to take an ambulance to the hospital after an impact, and to stabilize yourself after a serious impact injury, get X-rays, a Cat scan, and/or MRI right away. The weakness and tingling sensations may be more serious than you believe. Back injuries resulting from a slipped disc can be permanent and even fatal.
All it takes is one serious impact collision. Often, a car crash victim assumes he or she won’t need an attorney, will fail to seek treatment and try and deal with the insurance company on their own. This will almost always give the insurance defense attorneys the ability to win the accident claim. Failing to seek treatment immediately, giving recorded statements, etc., will make the accident victim appear to be “faking” it and will be deemed a fraudulent claim. Many personal injury attorneys will refuse to take cases when an accident victim fails to mitigate their damages by seeking prompt treatment.
With multiple client meeting locations located throughout California, such as Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Long Beach, Ehline Law Firm PC has handled thousands of personal injury claims, and recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for California and out of town consumers. Michael P. Ehline, Esq., the firm’s president is a world famous spinal cord attorney. With multiple awards from Super Lawyers, and Legal Torch, has earned a 98% success rating in recovering maximum reasonable compensation for serious back injuries.
Probably the most needed skill set for any spinal cord injury lawyer is court and litigation experience. A trial attorney is only needed if you cannot get a reasonable settlement. If that happens, we have attorneys like Gary Dordick, who can take the properly worked up file into court and make best efforts to hit a home run. The key to success is to “avoid trial at all costs.” Trial is a last resort. It is pointless to fight it out in the courthouse, if you have failed to hire the right experts, and conduct proper discovery out of the gate. Trial experience is definitely in our toolbox, but we would rather let the victim and the jury not be bothered. Michael Ehline tried three cases to the jury as a Certified Law Student, and had vast experience as a law and motion paralegal before even stepping one foot into a law school.
In fact, Ehline studied law under several personal injury lawyers over a 5 year span, while on the California State Bar Law Office Study Program. This means before he was even a lawyer he knew how to compile evidence books, conduct discovery, read, review, and synopsize medical records and reports, as well as using the Physicians Desk Reference on an almost daily basis. Spinal cord injury attorneys must be able to convey mastery of medicine on behalf of their clients. Ehline has a vast and extensive knowledge about the nitty gritty of medicine and law a true champion needs when negotiating a back injury case. Ehline has a vast knowledge base of videos and articles, making him one of the pre eminent spinal cord injury attorneys on Youtube, for example.
People seeking money should be confident in knowing that Ehline Law Firm PC does not get paid a dime unless and until we get you a large verdict or settlement award.
If a consumer suffers a form of paralysis, like paraplegia, or quadriplegia, he or she will require a custom tailored devices like wheel chair lifts, special urinals, a specialized van, or bus, and probably be forced to modify their home to make it ADA compliant. Worse, if the afflicted casualty is a still developing minor, they will eventually outgrow the equipment, and replacements will need to be purchased. This can result in run away expenses and bankrupt many families.
You, as a wounded individual, may not always be required to borne all of these costs if the predicament was not your fault. Experienced legal counsel can help put this burden on the person(s) who created the conditions that led to your tragic happenstance. We fight to ensure that you receive just and fair compensation for all of your injuries.
This includes money for your medical bills, future treatment, rehabilitation, lost wages, reduction of future earning capacity, pain and suffering and possibly even punitive damages.Liability insurance carriers have a vast advertising campaign designed to trick the public jury pool into thinking cars are built stronger and therefore people aren’t really hurt, or they merely suffered a “soft tissue” injury.
Insurance companies hope seriously injured victims won’t get compensation as a result of their brainwashing campaigns on television and the radio. They fail to explain that stronger cars mean the force of the impact is now transferred into the human car occupants, instead of crumpling and lessening the force to the car driver, or passenger.
Ironically, it is the insurance industry who led the fight to make bumpers stiffer and stronger, so they could avoid paying property damage claims for bumpers. But insurance companies persist that almost all motor vehicle accidents are “fraud”, or simply too minor. Insurance companies will accuse the car accident victim of failing to treat, or not treating enough. It is a no win situation. Insurance adjustors talk out of both sides of their mouth.
Truth is, car accidents result in a major percentage of back injury cases in the United States. A serious back injury causes missed work, lost wages, pain and suffering, lost future income, and weight gain due to inactivity. This can lead to obesity and other serious health defects like diabetes and clogged arteries requiring a stent.
A non represented spinal cord injury plaintiff is like little red riding hood to the “wolf” insurance adjustor. You need to retain an excellent spine injury lawyer in Los Angeles, to help you get compensation. Our legal advocates are standing by, waiting for your call.
Whether its a bulging disc or disc burst fracture, contact experienced Los Angeles spinal cord injury lawyers at our attorney hotline at 888-400-9721.