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Crosley Law: San Antonio and Texas Spinal Injury Attorneys
Successfully handling complex spine injury cases requires extensive medical knowledge, attention to detail, and aggressive legal strategies. At Crosley Law, we’ve successfully handled hundreds of cases involving all types of spinal injuries, from moderate neck and back trauma to paralyzing spinal cord damage.
If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligent actions, call the Crosley Law team right away. We offer free consultations so we can listen to your story and give you honest advice about your case at no financial cost or risk to you. If we’re able to take your case, we also have a no-fee policy, which means we won’t charge you anything unless we get you a settlement or win your case in court.
To schedule your free consultation today, just call 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000 or fill out the contact form on this page.
Keep reading to learn how the team at Crosley Law fights for the victims of spine, neck, and back injuries in San Antonio and throughout Texas.
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Larry’s Story: Crosley Law Helps a Bus Passenger After a Hit-and-Run Crash
A hit-and-run collision left Larry with rib and spine fractures. Thankfully, Crosley Law helped him get the compensation he deserved.
Why Are Spine Injuries So Complex?
If you look at an image of the human spine, you will see that there isn’t much space between the bones, nerves, and soft tissues, which is why the spine is so vulnerable to injury. The forces involved in a car crash can easily cause bones to break, a disc to rupture or herniate, or soft tissues to swell. Because there’s so little room in your spine, any of these injuries can also pinch and damage nearby nerves.
Your spine is made up of 26 bones called vertebrae that support your body and protect your spinal cord. However, that’s just the beginning of your spine’s anatomy. Your spine is also home to other structures that help protect your spine, allow you to move, and transport messages to and from your brain.
- Spinal cord: A long, tube-like structure that helps your brain communicate with other parts of your body. The spinal cord helps control all your conscious and subconscious activities, including your ability to move, feel, breathe, and manage your heart rate. When you suffer a complete tear of your spinal cord, your brain can no longer send messages to other parts of your body, causing paralysis and other life-changing issues.
- Spinal nerves: 31 pairs of nerve bundles branch of your spinal cord and run to other parts of your body. When a back injury damages these nerves, you may feel pain or weakness in other parts of your body.
- Discs: These jelly-filled shock absorbers help your back move smoothly and pain-free. However, when the discs suffer damage, they can press onto your spinal nerves and cord, causing severe pain and other problems.
- Muscles and ligaments: Many soft tissues help strengthen your back and let you move. A back injury can cause severe swelling that leads to pain and limitations.
Doctors also divide your spine into three sections: cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back), and lumbar (low back).
When you suffer an injury to your spine, you may experience:
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Severe headaches
- Pain, weakness, numbness, tingling, or difficulty controlling movement (radiculopathy)
- Difficulties with motor control and coordination
- Urinary and bowel incontinence
What Happens Your Spinal Cord Is Damaged?
Most of us associate spinal cord injuries with paralysis. However, there are two forms of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete. When you suffer a complete spinal cord injury, you’ll lose all motor function below the injury. However, with an incomplete tear, some of your spinal cord remains intact, and you may retain some motor function. About 60% of spinal cord injuries are incomplete.
Doctors break spinal cord injuries down into several categories:
- Tetraplegia or quadriplegia: Your spinal cord damage is located in your neck (or cervical spine). You may be unable to move your arms, trunk, or legs. (Some people with tetraplegia have limited function in the shoulders and arms.)
- Paraplegia or diplegia: Your spinal cord injury is in the thoracic or lumbar spine (your mid or low back). You may lose the use of your legs, and you may also experience incontinence, among other challenges.
- Anterior cord syndrome: A type of incomplete spinal cord injury that impacts the front section of the cord. Many people with anterior cord syndrome eventually regain some movement.
- Central cord syndrome: The center of your spinal cord is damaged, causing lost sensation and other issues.
- Posterior cord syndrome: Your injury is in the back of your spinal cord. You may struggle with coordination. However, many people with posterior cord injuries regain some mobility.
Regardless of the location and severity of your injury, most people with spinal cord damage face a long and difficult road to recovery. You’ll probably require intensive rehabilitation, medical monitoring, and help with even simple, routine tasks.
Mental health is also a significant issue; studies show that people with spinal cord injuries are more likely to experience depression and anxiety.
Why Medical Care Is Essential After a Spinal Injury
Because spinal injuries can have such serious consequences, you should immediately seek medical treatment for trauma to your neck or back. If you experience incontinence or have any difficulty moving a limb after being in an accident, then you may have a serious injury. And if you believe someone’s negligence caused your spine injury, contact Crosley Law for a free, no-risk consultation to learn about your rights and legal options.
The spine’s delicate anatomy also complicates medical treatment for spinal injury victims. If you’ve suffered a spinal injury, it might be hard for doctors to pinpoint the exact cause of your severe back pain: is it the bulging disc, the inflammation, or something else? For this reason, doctors often address spine injuries with an aggressive treatment plan that involves injections, physical therapy, pain management, and surgery.
While you and your doctor may agree that treatment is necessary, an insurance company will see your treatment as a series of unwanted expenses. That’s why you can expect that they’ll fight you during every step of your treatment if you’ve suffered a severe spinal injury.
What Causes Spinal Cord and Back Injuries?
Back and spinal cord injuries can come from many different causes.
- Car accidents: Almost one-third of spinal cord injuries are due to motor vehicle crashes.
- Slip-and-falls: More than 25% of spinal cord injury victims suffered a fall; older people (over the age of 45) are most vulnerable.
- Motorcycle wrecks: Even though there are fewer motorcycles on the road compared to cars and trucks, motorcycle riders suffer almost 7% of all nationwide spinal cord injuries.
- Medical complications: Medical negligence and errors lead to nearly 5% of all spinal cord injuries. Gunshot wounds and other violence: More than 10% of people with spinal cord injuries were victims of gun violence.
- Diving accidents: Nearly 5% of spinal injuries happen while diving.
While some of these percentages have changed over time, car and truck crashes have been the top cause of spinal cord injuries for more than 40 years. These factors also lead to other spine injuries, like herniated discs, which can also cause severe pain and require a lifetime of medical care.
While you might think it would require a high-speed, forceful impact to cause serious damage to a person’s spine, victims often suffer severe spinal injuries in seemingly minor crashes and falls.
The Insurance Company Says I Have a Pre-Existing Back Problem. Now What?
Most adults live with pre-existing, degenerative changes in our backs. As we age, our backs begin to show wear and tear. This is especially true for people who perform heavy physical work or played contact sports.
Insurance companies frequently use these circumstances to deny your claim. However, Texas law doesn’t necessarily support their arguments. You cannot be penalized in a personal injury case just because your spine was more vulnerable to an injury than an average person’s back or spinal cord.
At Crosley Law, we use our extensive legal and medical knowledge to assess your complex spine injury claim. We’ll review your medical records and diagnostic tests to look for evidence that supports your case. We also work with highly skilled medical experts who can help us identify any injuries and explain how the accident caused or worsened them.
Motorcyclist Receives $750K Settlement in Distracted Teen Driver Crash
On his way home from facilitating a PTSD support group, motorcyclist Lee P. was gravely injured by a distracted driver. Stopped at a traffic light on San Antonio Highway 281, Lee was launched from his motorcycle into the side of a nearby vehicle when a teen driver smashed into his bike. His family turned to Crosley Law to handle his complex legal claims.
How Much Is My Spinal Injury Claim Worth?
Your spinal injury claim’s settlement value will depend on many factors, including the severity of your injuries, your need for ongoing medical care, and the at-fault party’s insurance coverage. At Crosley Law, we don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to evaluating back injury claims. Instead, we get to know our clients, investigate their claims, and carefully calculate their damages.
Depending on your situation, you may be able to receive compensation for many of your losses, including:
- Unpaid medical bills
- The cost of future medical treatment, including surgeries, rehabilitation, mental health counseling, and other related care
- Prescription drug costs
- Long-term care payments
- Expenses related to medical equipment (like wheelchairs and walkers) and improvements that make your home and vehicle accessible (like ramps and lifts)
- Lost income and wage-earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Your inability to pursue hobbies and pastimes
- Loss of consortium with your spouse
- Funeral and burial expenses
To learn more about the real settlement value of your spinal cord or back injury claim, contact our personal injury lawyers today. Consultations are always free at Crosley Law.
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Crosley Law: Dedicated to Fighting for Spine and Back Injury Victims
We understand that a spine injury can drastically change your quality of life. Seemingly minor neck or back injuries can lead to serious consequences, especially if the injury refuses to heal and requires expensive injections or multiple surgeries. In fact, spinal injuries often make it impossible for victims to work.
At Crosley Law, our team of spine injury lawyers frequently consult with medical experts, including orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons. We strive to understand medical science as well as or better than anyone in the courtroom because we believe it’s essential to achieving the best results for our clients.
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury because of someone else’s negligent actions, call 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free consultation with an experienced spine injury lawyer today.
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