Shareholder Stephen Burg handles spinal cord injury cases at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine. Mr. Burg is a trial attorney whose practice is focused on representing victims of auto crashes, personal injury, trucking accidents, product liability injuries, gas explosions, wrongful death, and harmful drug products. He also has significant experience in handling spinal cord injury cases.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury? (SCI)
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is the result of trauma to any part of the spinal cord. The nerves that are located in the spinal cord within the spinal column transmit signals from the brain to the rest of the body. Any trauma to the spinal cord can temporarily or permanently impair normal functions.
Signs of a Spinal Cord Injury
The aftermath of an accident or crash can be extremely disorienting. Following the incident, it could be quite obvious that you have suffered from an SCI, or the signs that you have experienced trauma to your spinal cord may not be immediately evident. There are symptoms, however, that may suggest that your body has suffered more damage than you think. Immediate symptoms of an SCI after an accident can include:
- Extreme pain in the neck, head, or back.
- Pressure in the neck, head, or back
- Loss of coordination
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities
- Loss of sensation in the extremities
- Loss of balance
- Impaired breathing.
Other signs of a SCI may include:
- Loss of movement
- Loss or altered ability to experience sensation – heat or cold
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Exaggerated reflex activities
- Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity and fertility
- Difficulty breathing, coughing
Obtaining Immediate Care
If you have been injured in an accident or crash, or you have fallen down, or are simply experiencing some of the symptoms associated with a spinal injury, it is imperative that you seek assistance from a medical professional as quickly as possible. You can obtain immediate care from physicians at an urgent care facility or a hospital emergency room. Highly trained specialists can assess your situation immediately and begin treatment before your injuries lead to complications or even greater injury. Advances in medical technology can make detection of SCIs relatively straightforward, especially in cases of trauma. Healthcare providers can use X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs to effectively diagnose an SCI.
Do You Need an Attorney?
If you suffered an injury during an accident caused by someone’s negligence, you could be eligible for compensation. Speaking with a personal injury attorney who has experience with spinal cord injury is worth your consideration. You could be entitled to damages that could include:
- Economic: To compensate you for your financial losses. This can include loss of current and potential income, medical expenses and rehabilitation costs.
- Non-economic: to compensate you for non-financial losses, such as emotional trauma, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium.
- Punitive: These are damages that are awarded as a deterrent to prevent another, similar accident.
There are many factors to be considered when working with those who have suffered a SCI. If you are suffering from a SCI that was the result of the negligence of another party, and you are seeking to secure compensation for your injuries, Stephen Burg handles spinal cord injury cases at Burg Simpson, and he and his team of personal injury lawyers and legal professionals can help.
CONTACT BURG SIMPSON TODAY
If you, or a loved one, has suffered a SCI, please call Burg Simpson to discuss your case. We are here to help you, and there is no charge for an initial consultation. Contact us as soon as possible by filling out our FREE Case Evaluation form, or call us now at 720-792-5595, to find out how we can be of assistance to you.