Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys in Bloomington, MN
Skilled Legal Help for the Injured in the Twin Cities & Across the Nation
Spinal cord injuries are commonly devastating due to their profound impact on a person's life. The spinal cord transmits signals from the brain to the rest of the body, enabling movements, sensations, and control of body functions.
When this vital pathway is damaged, the consequences can be catastrophic. Victims often face partial or complete paralysis, which can lead to a significant loss of independence and necessitate lifelong care and medical support. The inability to move or feel can be emotionally distressing, leading to psychological trauma, including depression and anxiety.
Moreover, dealing with the high costs of medical care, rehabilitation services, accessibility modifications, and potential loss of income can place a heavy financial burden on victims and their families. Such injuries can alter the course of a person's life, making each day a struggle and impacting their ability to enjoy life as they once knew it.
JD Haas & Associates, PLLC handles personal injury cases where clients have sustained life-changing injuries or wrongful death. Our legal team feels driven to protect good people who have been through dire circumstances; our concentration on this has resulted in knowledge and skills that can make a difference in the compensation you recover through claims and lawsuits.
Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries involve damage to the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal. They often lead to permanent changes in strength, sensation, and other body functions below the site of injury. Spinal cord injuries can be complete, where all feeling and motor function is lost below the injury, or incomplete, where some motor or sensory function is preserved.
Classifications of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can be classified based on the area of the spine affected:
- Cervical spinal cord injury: Affects the neck region and can lead to quadriplegia/tetraplegia (paralysis of all four limbs).
- Thoracic spinal cord injury: Affects the middle of the spine, often causing paraplegia (paralysis of the legs).
- Lumbar spinal cord injury: Affects the lower back, often resulting in paraplegia.
- Sacral spinal cord injury: Affects the bottom of the spine, potentially causing loss of function in the hips and legs and disruption of bowel and bladder function.
Diagnosis of a spinal cord injury typically begins with a physical exam and medical history. Neurological and imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRI scans are then used to confirm the diagnosis and determine the severity and exact location of the injury.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can occur from a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes, or compresses one or more of the vertebrae.
Common causes include:
Damages Available in Spinal Cord Injury Cases
Victims of spinal cord injuries may be entitled to recover for medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost income, future earning capacity, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress.
In some cases, victims may also seek punitive damages intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter others from similar conduct.
How JD Haas & Associates PLLC Can Help Accident Victims
After a severe negligence-based accident or criminal attack that leaves you with spinal cord injuries, recovery should be your primary focus. That’s why you need a competent lawyer you can trust.
JD Haas & Associates PLLC offers legal assistance that goes above and beyond the typical attorney-client relationship. We’re accountable 24/7 and take on fewer cases to handle the most challenging ones with great detail and care.
Our legal team understands that no amount of money can make up for spinal cord injuries. But justice should be served. These are the types of cases in which our team excels. We represent clients in Minnesota and other U.S. service areas.
Our commitment to understanding the unique challenges our clients face sets us apart.
Our legal team is recognized and respected by peers, judges, and the broader legal community. Fellow lawyers routinely refer their friends and families to our firm.
Work with a law firm that has a proven record of success.
With over four decades of experience, JD Haas & Associates brings a wealth of legal knowledge to every case.
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With licenses extending to over 10 states, JD Haas & Associates is equipped to handle legal matters across a broad geographic scope.