Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries and How a Tampa Attorney Can Help Victims


A spinal cord injury is a traumatic injury affecting the spinal cord. The spinal cord is a complex bundle of nerves that runs through the spinal column and connects the brain to the rest of the body. It is responsible for transmitting signals between the brain and the body’s muscles and organs, controlling movement and sensations.

When a spinal cord is damaged, it disrupts communication and leads to a loss of function below the level of the injury. Spinal cord injuries are classified according to the level of the injury and the extent of the damage.

A complete spinal cord injury is when there is no function below the level of the injury, meaning a victim will have no movement or sensation in the affected area. An incomplete spinal cord injury is when there is some degree of function below the level of the injury. However, victims with incomplete spinal cord injuries may still have some level of paralysis.

Complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries can significantly impact a person’s physical, emotional, and financial well-being and require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, and support.

The Most Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Trauma is the leading cause of spinal cord injuries and often occurs from motor vehicle accidents and falls. Motor vehicle accidents can cause blunt force trauma to a spinal cord, while falls can cause fractures or dislocations of the vertebrae, compressing or damaging a spinal cord.

Sports and recreational activities can put people at risk of spinal cord injuries. Common causes are diving into shallow water and tackling in football and other contact sports.

Violence, such as gunshots, stabbings, or blunt force injuries from assaults, can also result in spinal cord injuries.

Other medical conditions that can cause damage to the spinal cord:

● Tumors
● Infections
● Inflammation
● Spinal surgery

How an Attorney Can Help Victims with Spinal Cord Injuries

An attorney can help victims suffering from a spinal cord injury in various ways. If another person’s negligence caused the injury, an attorney can help a victim file a personal injury lawsuit to seek fair compensation for their damages. These damages include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Dealing with insurance companies can become an ordeal, as they may try to lowball settlements or deny claims. An attorney can negotiate with insurance companies on behalf of a client to ensure fair compensation.

Additionally, an attorney can help a client access services and benefits from government or private organizations that provide Social Security Disability or insurance benefits like long-term care or medical expenses. An attorney can also help navigate these benefits’ legal and administrative processes.

Hiring a Tampa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

A victim suffering from a spinal cord injury needs an experienced attorney who understands the complexities of spinal cord injury cases and can present a case effectively.

The experienced legal team of MattLaw® has been assisting spinal cord injury victims for years. Our team will collect evidence from the scene of an accident, speak to witnesses, and obtain footage from government and business surveillance cameras.

MattLaw’s fee is contingent — we only get paid once a recovery is made. We’re available 24/7 at (813) 222-2222. For information about what to do following a crash, visit (www.mattlaw.com).

Matt Powell

About Matt

Matt Powell is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar who represents injured victims and their families. He is an experienced personal injury trial attorney who has been practicing since 1989 in Tampa, Florida. If you have any questions, feel free to call him at 813-222-2222 today.

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