Spinal Cord Injuries

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Spinal cord injuries are some of the most horrific and life-changing injuries a person can suffer after an accident. These injuries may cause permanent disabilities and a lifetime of pain and suffering. Every year an estimated 17,700 people in the United States suffer a spinal cord injury. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, 300,000 people are currently living with a spinal cord injury. Sadly, many of these victims are police officers, firefighters and first responders who put their own lives on the line to protect the public. When they suffer an injury, they may be unable to return to work and provide for themselves and their families.

For over 20 years, the injury attorneys at Peacock & Bartlett, a.p.c. have helped injured spinal cord injury survivors all over California seek the compensation they need. Most notably, we help first responders, police officers, firefighters and California public safety officials and their families. Our attorneys can file claims against the negligent parties to ensure that injured public safety officials get the money they need to rebuild their life after suffering a devastating spinal cord injury.

For a free consultation with an Orange County Police Officer & Firefighter Spinal Cord Injury Attorney at Peacock & Bartlett, a.p.c., call (949) 660-7762

Spinal Cord Injuries

A spinal cord injury is any injury that damages the delicate spinal cord located in the spine. The signs and symptoms you may suffer depend largely on the location of the injury, as well as the severity of the injury. Incomplete spinal cord injuries are injuries that result in partial or temporary injury and impairment. Complete spinal cord injuries results in permanent impairment and the complete loss of motor and sensory function below the injury.

In general, spinal cord injury survivors will suffer a variety of symptoms below the injury site, including:

  • Numbness and tingling
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Loss of sensation
  • Loss of movement
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Spasms
  • Nerve pain
  • Difficulty breathing, swallowing and coughing
  • Weakness in extremities or trunk

Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

California public safety officials can suffer from spinal cord injuries in a number of ways. Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include:

  • Falls. Police officers can fall down stairs or off of scaffolding or balconies. Firefighters can fall off of ladders or out of windows. Falls account for 31 percent of all spinal cord injuries.
  • Motor vehicle accidents. First responders, EMTs, police officers and firefighters are just some of the public safety officials that can suffer injury in car crashes, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents. Motor vehicle accidents account for 50 percent of all spinal cord injuries.
  • Violence and assault. California public safety officials can suffer serious and life-threatening spinal cord injuries when they are assaulted or if they are gunshot victims. Assaults and acts of violence cause 13 percent of all spinal cord injuries.

Filing a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit

Filing a lawsuit after a spinal cord injury is never easy. You need an experienced law firm on your side that can investigate your accident and injuries closely in order to establish liability. From the start, the injury lawyers at Peacock & Bartlett, a.p.c. will investigate your accident and work with medical experts to determine the full extent of your injuries.

We know that you may be receiving workers’ compensation during this time. However, we know that this is never enough after a serious spinal cord injury. As such, it is our goal to help you recover the money you deserve. Spinal cord injury victims may be entitled to millions to help pay for medical expenses, long-term care, rehabilitation and lost wages. We won’t rest until you get the compensation you need to face the future.

Did You Suffer a Spinal Cord Injury?

If you suffered a spinal cord injury because of another person’s negligence, we can help. At Peacock & Bartlett, a.p.c., our Orange County spinal cord injury lawyers understand the long-term issues spinal cord injury survivors face. We also know that you need extraordinary compensation to help put your life back together after suffering a spinal cord injury. That is why we work tirelessly for our injured police officers, firefighters, first responders and their families in Sacramento, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County and throughout the state of California.

We offer a free initial consultation and review of your case. We also work on a contingency basis, so you can seek justice no matter what your financial situation may be. Call our law firm at (949) 660-7762 or fill out our confidential contact form.

With offices in Orange County and Sacramento, the personal injury lawyers at Peacock & Bartlett, a.p.c. are proud to serve public safety members and their friends and families across the state of California.