Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injury is an umbrella term that can apply to a wide variety of injuries that affect the spine and usually damage the nervous system. An injury to the spine is not necessarily an injury to the spinalcord. The attorneys at the PA law firm of Levin & Zeiger LLP understand that persons who have suffered a spinal cord injury will usually experience a loss of mobility, a loss of the ability to feel, or both. Our lawyers know that some spinal cord injuries will result in almost complete recovery, while others will result in complete paralysis. Spinal cord injuries have been classified into five categories by the American Spinal Injury Association:
A: no motor or sensory function is preserved in the sacral segments
B: sensory function, but not motor function, is preserved below the neurological level and includes the sacral segments
C: sensory function and motor function are preserved below the neurological level; more than half of key muscles below the neurological level have a muscle grade of less than 3
D: sensory function and motor function are preserved below the neurological level; at least half of the key muscles below the neurological level have a muscle grade of 3 or more
E: motor and sensory scores are normal
Category A injuries are referred to as “complete” injuries, and are usually permanent in nature. Category B-D injuries are “incomplete” injuries, which may be permanent or temporary. Category E injuries are the least severe, as they do not affect mobility or sensory perception at all. The severity of your injury will determine what kind of medical care you need, and also how much you will be able to recover in your case.
We understand that spinal cord injuries, which may be caused by car and motorcycle accidents, or as the result of a disease or disorder, or from many other causes, dramatically change our clients’ lives. Our lawyers understand the different diagnoses – including myositis, myofascitis, fasciitis, neuropathy, soft tissue injury, spondylosis, arthritis, stenosis, spondylolisthesis , scoliosis, pinched nerve, radiculopathy and parasthesia – of spinal cord injuries.
Spinal cord injuries can change a person’s behavior, and destroy a person’s ability to walk, talk, feel or perform the types of functions we all take for granted. Spinal cord injuries often require long-term care and rehabilitation, and may involve extraordinary medical expenses. At Levin & Zeiger, LLP, we understand the severity of these traumatic spinal cord injuries, and work with our clients, their friends and family, as well as their doctors, psychologists, long-term care planners, and others, to assure that our clients receive not only the finest legal representation, but also the finest support and medical care.
Representing clients with traumatic spinal cord injuries requires a team of aggressive investigators and lawyers all devoting their maximum effort to their clients. At Levin & Zeiger, LLP, our Pennsylvania and New Jersey personal injury attorneys work together with a team of investigators and support staff to investigate every claim so that we may aggressively and zealously represent our clients and obtain the best possible results.
When you need a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or New Jersey personal injury attorney to represent you, a family member or friend who has suffered a spinal cord injury, contact Levin & Zeiger, LLP, who represent every client zealously in order to obtain the best results possible in each case. To arrange a consultation, please give us a call at 215-825-5183 or send us an email via the form above.