Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries
Seymour, Indiana, Personal Injury Attorney and Wrongful Death Lawyer
Severe Head Injury - Concussions - Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) - Spinal Cord Injuries - Paralysis
At The Pardieck Law Firm of Seymour, Indiana, we are 100% dedicated to helping individuals and families affected by brain and spinal cord injuries to recover fair compensation for the devastating effects of these debilitating injuries.
Our attorneys have committed themselves to helping injured persons and their families for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and more. Our team of Indiana personal injury attorneys will put their knowledge, experience, and expertise to work for you and your family. We will help you prepare for the future and ensure that you have the support to make a difficult challenge a bit easier to handle.
Contact an Indiana brain and spinal cord injury attorney at The Pardieck Law Firm today for a free initial consultation regarding your case.
We work with severe head injuries and spinal cord injuries caused by a wide range of accidents and events, including
From concussions, closed head injuries, and brain stem injuries to lower back injuries, herniated discs, and spinal cord trauma, we work with all types of serious personal injury and wrongful death claims.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Over 10,000 people in the US suffer a spinal cord injury, also called SCI, each year. SCI is defined as any damage to the spinal cord that results in loss of function or mobility. Such injuries can be caused by trauma or disease and can result in temporary or permanent loss of sensation, loss of movement (paralysis), or loss of bowel or bladder control. Auto accidents are the primary cause but violence related accidents have been increasing steadily as a cause of SCI’s. Falls and sports accidents also cause many SCI’s each year.
There are two types of injury, complete and incomplete. A complete injury is one in which the victim has no sensation or voluntary motor movement on either side of the body below the level of the injury. If the victim has some feeling or partial movement, it is called an incomplete injury.
Injuries are usually defined with reference to the area of the spine affected. Nerves in the spine are defined by the area of the vertebrae – an injury to the spine in the neck area will affect the cervical vertebrae – injury to the nerves at the fifth cervical vertebra is called a C-5 injury, for instance. Below the neck are the thoracic vertebrae, so injuries there are defined as T-1, etc. Then there are lumbar and sacral vertebrae.
Generally speaking, neck injuries will lead to paralysis of all limbs (quadriplegia) while thoracic injuries cause paralysis to the lower limbs only (paraplegia). Both areas have variations in the amount of dysfunction, depending on the severity of the injury. An incomplete cervical injury can leave the patient with some hand use, while a complete injury at C-4 can require the patient to be on a ventilator. Thoracic injuries can leave the arms functional but interfere with walking, bowel and bladder control, and sexual function. Other functions that can be affected are blood pressure, body temperature, and pain levels.
A spinal cord injury usually involves swelling of the spinal cord which affects the whole body. When the swelling goes down, the patient may regain function months or years after the injury but it is rare for all functioning to be recovered. Treatment presently consists of stabilizing any broken vertebrae, maintaining the patient, preventing movement to the injured area, and reducing swelling. There is no cure for SCI but stem cell research has shown some signs of being useful in the future.
Brain injuries can often be very difficult to detect and diagnose. In addition, the overall effect of a brain injury often does not become know until some time after the injury has occurred. For this reason, it is especially important that you work with an attorney with experience handling brain injury cases. At The Pardieck Law Firm, our attorneys have worked with numerous brain injury victims and their families and have achieved significant verdicts and settlements in this area.
If you or a family has suffered a serious head injury or spinal cord injury, contact an Indiana personal injury lawyer and wrongful death attorney at The Pardieck Law Firm today for a free initial consultation regarding your case. Even if you are unsure if you have a case, call us—we can help you determine if you might be able to recover for your injuries or those of a loved one. In many cases, there is a limited amount of time during which you can legally pursue a personal injury claim. Act now to prevent losing your right to compensation.
Severe head injuries, brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries can be life-changing events—not only for the people who suffer the injury, but for those who will be responsible for the ongoing care of those individuals. These traumatic events can be caused by anything from an accident to a slip and fall on the sidewalk. More and more these days we are hearing about the dangers of concussions and brain damage caused by participation in sports, not only at the professional level, but what may seem to be a minor bump or fall at school.
The costs of ongoing care, physical therapy, and managing the challenges of everyday life for people with brain or spinal cord injuries can be breathtaking. Receiving the financial compensation to which you and your family may be entitled can be extremely important to you and your family's future.
Kids riding bicycles without a helmet is also a major source of concussions. 2017 marks the 18th consecutive year for Pardieck Law Firm's Bike Helmet Project. WIth the cooperation of the Seymour Police Department, we teach children and their parents about the need for wearing a bike helmet and the seriousness of traumatic brain injury.