Spinal cord injuries are often debilitating impairments that affect the nerves and tissues running from the brain to the back and control a number of motor functions. Such injuries can have a life-changing impact by limiting a person’s ability to walk or use their limbs.
At Mansfield Melancon, we help people who have suffered spinal cord and other injuries get the full compensation available under the law. Whether you are injured in a car crash, a slip and fall or other types of accidents, our attorneys know how to build the strongest possible case. We are seasoned personal injury lawyers with a track record of success for the people we represent.
Our firm also understands that every case is different. We take pride in taking the time to understand each client’s unique situation and needs. Our lawyers are readily available and unlike other firms, you will be able to reach your Louisiana accident attorney without having to navigate through personal assistants and paralegals.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal injuries are generally divided into two categories: complete and incomplete.
A complete spinal cord injury means a person has lost all sensation and motor function below the point of the injury. An incomplete injury is one in which the person retains at least some movement in the limbs or sensation in the spine.
The impact of the injury may depend on where it occurs on the spine. The higher up the injury, the more likely it is to be severe. Cervical spinal cord injuries, for example, occur near the head or neck and may cause full paralysis. Sacral spinal cord injuries happen just above the tailbone and come with a number of impairments, but do not typically impact a person’s ability to walk.
Money Damages for Spinal Cord Injuries
Medical advances are increasingly enhancing a doctor’s ability to treat spinal cord injuries. However, a person who suffers such an injury may still be looking at long hospital stays and recovery times that include extensive rehabilitation. Even then, the injury may drastically limit the person’s ability to care for him or herself.
The good news for people injured in an accident in Louisiana is that you have the right to seek compensation from those responsible. That includes money for current and future medical bills and home care needs, as well as compensation for lost wages and reduced earning capacity. Additional money damages are also often available to compensate an injured person for the impact of the injury on the person’s ability to fully participate in and enjoy life activities.
This compensation can never fully undo the accident, but it can significantly ease the financial burden in what is often a trying, stressful and painful time.
Talk to a Louisiana Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has had a spinal injury, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced Louisiana accident attorney. At Mansfield Melancon, we guide clients through the legal process to get them the compensation they deserve.
Our offices are conveniently located in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Call us or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. You can reach us at our New Orleans location at 504-500-1108, our Baton Rouge location at 225-612-0800, or our Lafayette location at 337-409-0003.