Often, insurance policy benefits are not enough to cover costs associated with serious spinal injuries, especially if a driver is uninsured or underinsured. If you have sustained a spinal injury in a collision, the Port St. Lucie attorneys at Donaldson & Weston can guide you in the necessary legal action to assist in your recovery.
Port St. Lucie Attorneys Helping Victims of Serious Crashes
Spinal injuries often require lengthy recovery efforts for victims, as well as sometimes adjusting to a new way of life and permanent care. Although the severity of spinal injuries resulting from a car accident may vary, there is always a financial impact for victims. Legal action against the parties responsible for such harm may be necessary to ensure that victims are able to cope in the aftermath of a severe collision. The Port St. Lucie car accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston offer dedicated and compassionate representation for people who have suffered spinal injuries in an automobile accident. We are committed to making sure that our clients’ legal rights are zealously protected throughout the entirety of the legal process. If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal injury caused by a car accident, contact our office to learn more about our services and explore your legal options.
Types of Spinal Injuries Common in Car Accidents
The Mayo Clinic has reported that car accidents are among the leading causes of spinal injuries each year, accounting for over 40 percent of all spinal injuries. Injuries to the spine range in degrees of severity. One of the most common spinal injuries is whiplash, which happens often in rear-end crashes, when a victim’s head is pushed forward and backward rapidly. Whiplash usually presents symptoms within 24 hours, which may include neck pain or stiffness, blurred vision, headaches, or fatigue.
Spondylolisthesis can occur if a vertebra has shifted out of place from a stress fracture, which then presses on a nerve, causing pain and weakness to lower extremities. Some victims experience these symptoms, or they may not be symptomatic at all. Another common spinal injury caused by a car accident is a herniated disc. These injuries may result in leg or arm pain, as well as numbness, tingling, or weakness.
Spinal fractures may also result from a collision. Compression fractures can occur in the lumbar or thoracic spine, affecting a victim’s middle and lower back. These fractures can lead to injuries to the spinal cord, if broken vertebrae move out of place. Fractures result in severe pain that may get worse when moving. A victim with spinal cord damage also can have other symptoms, including numbness, tingling sensations, and weakness. When a complete spinal cord injury occurs, a victim loses all feeling and function below a certain area. Spinal injuries can be very serious, and further movement following an accident can create more damage. It is important to wait for medical attention when you suspect that your spine has been injured in an auto accident.
Responsibility for Spinal Injuries Caused by Negligent Drivers
Many spinal injuries resulting from car accidents are due to one or more negligent acts behind the wheel. Negligence is shown when a driver has breached the duty of care owed to another person. Drivers owe all others on the road, including other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists, a duty to operate their vehicles as a prudent person would under the same or similar circumstances. For this reason, if a driver runs a red light and rear-ends another vehicle, causing an occupant of that car to sustain a spinal injury, that driver may be found negligent. The victim’s attorney also must show that the breach was a proximate cause of a victim’s spinal injury and that they suffered damages as a result. Compensation available for spinal injury victims may include past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and diminished earning capacity.