Spinal cord injuries can leave a personal injury victim feeling overwhelmed by the loss of personal independence and the sudden inability to do daily activities so many of us take for granted. Having represented hundreds of serious personal injury victims, Houston personal injury lawyer Kevin Krist understands just how traumatic and life-changing spinal cord injuries can be.
It’s estimated that between 12,000 and 20,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries in the United States each year. Over two-thirds of those injuries are caused by car accidents and falls. An injury victim who suffers a severe spinal cord injury can incur millions of dollars in medical and other costs over the victim’s lifetime, in addition to the emotional trauma of suffering paralysis and other permanent disabilities.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury because of someone else’s fault, Kevin Krist can help. With his 27 years of experience defending the rights of serious personal injury victims and their families, Kevin Krist will advise you about your case and what you can do to protect your family’s financial security.
Texas Spinal Cord Injury Victims Need Seasoned And Proven Representation
The spinal cord rests inside the spinal column, transmitting nerve signals between the brain and the rest of the body. If the spinal column gets hurt – perhaps in a car wreck, a fall, or when someone is struck by a heavy object – the spinal cord is at risk of damage, too.
Spinal cord damage is a serious medical issue. Traumatic injury to the spinal cord can result in permanent paralysis and other neurologic impairments, depending upon which portion of the spinal cord is injured. In essence, spinal cord damage affects all nerves below the site of the damage. That, in turn, determines how much of the victim’s body suffers numbness and paralysis when the nerves can no longer communicate effectively with the brain.
Spinal cord damage is commonly classified as “incomplete” or “complete,” depending upon it severity. Incomplete injuries are those in which the person still has some sensation and muscle control. Complete injuries eliminate all sensation and muscle control from affected parts of the body.
Victims whose arms, hand, trunk, legs, and pelvic organs are affected are said to suffer tetraplegia or quadriplegia.
Paraplegia refers to paralysis affecting all or part of the body’s trunk, legs, and pelvic organs.
In addition to the loss of sensation and muscle control, persons suffering from spinal cord injuries can experience medical complications that include:
- difficulties with bladder and bowel control
- problems with control over blood pressure and other aspects of blood circulation
- problems breathing normally
- loss of muscle tone in the affected parts of the body
- sexual dysfunction
- emotional problems, including depression.
If you’re the victim of a spinal cord injury because of someone else’s negligence, you may have a right to compensation. In particular, you could have a claim for recovery of past and future medical costs, lost wages and diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other damges.
It’s important to consult with a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney – one accustomed to representing catastrophic accident victims in complex cases – to learn about your rights as an accident victim.
Contact Houston Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Kevin Krist Today
Kevin Krist has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for serious personal injury accident victims in Texas. If you think you or a loved one has a spinal cord injury claim, contact Kevin Krist today to talk about your case.
Whether you’re in Houston, Harris County, Pasadena, Katy, Baytown, Sugar Land, Conroe, League City, or elsewhere in southeast Texas, Kevin Krist can schedule a free consultation. Simply call the Law Office of Kevin Krist at 713-284-1660, or use the firm’s online form. Let Kevin Krist explain how he can put his personal, proven experience to work for you and your family.