Oklahoma City Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the most life-altering types of injuries a person can experience. If you have suffered such an injury in a motor vehicle or workplace accident, your recovery will likely take a long time and your family’s finances may be stressed extra tightly. At the same time, your legal case may be complicated if insurance companies try to dodge responsibility and stretch your case out with delays and denied claims.

Recovery from a spinal cord injury nearly always requires the services of an experienced Oklahoma City personal injury attorney along with help from medical providers and other professionals such as social workers. At Warhawk Legal in Oklahoma City, you can count on us to fight hard to maximize your financial recovery. Our investigation and case preparation will be detailed, and our approach will include determination and zealous representation in negotiations, mediation, or litigation.

Get in touch with the Warhawk Legal team to start the free case review and consultation process. Call us at (405) 397-1717 or book your free, no-obligation case review online today.

Oklahoma City Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers

Why Choose Our Oklahoma City Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers

Oklahoma City metro residents choose Warhawk Legal for a reason. We offer:

  • A Smart and Tough Legal Team: Our lawyers don’t go easy on the negligent individuals who caused you or a loved one’s spinal cord injury. We know all the relevant laws that can impact your case. 
  • Compassionate Individualized Attention: Despite being tough on the defendant, we are always kind and attentive to you and your family. We always listen to your needs, address your concerns, and help you with any advice we may have. 
  • World-class Legal Expertise, Close To Home: Oklahoma is your home and our home, too. We don’t believe where you live should impact the quality of your representation. That’s why we want to offer the deserving residents of our city the best legal representation that can be given to them. 
  • Contingency Fee Guarantee: At Warhawk Legal, a client only pays us if we successfully conclude the case. That payment is then distributed out of the settlement or jury verdict. You won’t have to pay out of pocket when you work with us. 

What Is A Spinal Cord Injury Claim in Oklahoma City?

A spinal cord injury is defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as “damage to the bundle of nerves and nerve fibers that sends and receives signals from the brain.” 

A spinal cord injury claim in Oklahoma City can arise as the result of an individual receiving a spinal cord injury that is caused by a negligent or careless third party.

What Costs Are Associated With Recovering From A Spinal Cord Injury?

While each case is unique, the aftermath of your spinal cord injury might look something like this:

  • Emergency treatment followed by hospitalization, surgery, and rehabilitation
  • Outfitting your life to accommodate paralysis, perhaps with a power wheelchair, a lift for transferring you from your bed to the wheelchair each day, ramps to go in and out of your house, and a wheelchair-ready van
  • Home remodeling or a move to a different home to allow for widened doorways lowered counters, and so on
  • Ongoing therapy, medical care, occupational therapy, and vocational retraining, if applicable

In addition, you may need the services of personal care attendants. To ensure that your injury claim takes all these needs into account, we may work with a life-care planner to sketch out your lifetime practical and financial support as you make your way forward with paraplegia or quadriplegia.

Common Causes Of Spinal Cord Injuries

The spinal cord is a delicate and vital part of human anatomy, serving as the central communication pathway between the brain and the rest of the body. Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries can occur due to a variety of causes, often resulting in devastating and life-altering consequences.

One of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries is trauma, such as from the following incidents or circumstances:

In physical traumas (such as the above), sudden, violent movements can fracture, dislocate, or compress the vertebrae, the bones that make up the spinal column, damaging the spinal cord itself.

Another potential cause of spinal cord injuries is medical malpractice, such as errors during surgery or failure to properly diagnose and treat a spinal condition. Herniated or ruptured disks, for example, can put pressure on the spinal cord and lead to injury if not addressed in a timely and appropriate manner.

Common Spinal Cord Injuries in Oklahoma City

Examples of specific spinal cord injuries include: 

  1. Complete Spinal Cord Injury: This type of injury results in a total loss of motor and sensory function below the level of the injury. It can cause complete paralysis (tetraplegia or paraplegia) depending on the injury’s location.
  2. Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: This type of injury results in partial loss of motor and sensory function below the level of the injury. The degree of function loss varies, and the person may retain some ability to move or feel below the injury site.
  3. Anterior Cord Syndrome: This injury affects the front part of the spinal cord, leading to loss of motor function and pain and temperature sensation below the injury. However, touch and position sense might remain intact.
  4. Central Cord Syndrome: This injury typically affects the center of the spinal cord, causing more significant weakness in the arms than the legs and some loss of sensory function below the injury level.
  5. Spinal Contusions: These are bruises on the spinal cord that can cause swelling, temporary loss of function, and other symptoms depending on the severity and location of the injury.
  6. Herniated Discs: A herniated disc can compress the spinal cord or nerve roots, causing pain, weakness, and numbness along the path of the affected nerve.
  7. Fracture-Dislocation of Vertebrae: This severe injury involves broken and displaced vertebrae, which can damage the spinal cord and lead to paralysis and sensory loss.
  8. Spinal Cord Concussions: Similar to a brain concussion, this injury causes temporary loss of function due to impact but typically resolves over time.

The location of the injury along the spinal cord – whether it is in the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar region – also plays a significant role in the extent and nature of the resulting impairments.

What Compensation Can I Get From A Spinal Cord Injury Claim?

The estimated cost of living with a spinal cord injury can range from $2 to 5 million throughout the victim’s life due to severity. That’s why most Oklahoma City spinal cord injury lawyers will seek maximum compensation in your case. 

When seeking to recover damages from a spinal cord injury case, you could recover the following types of compensation: 

  • Economic Damages: Seek to reimburse the victim for the real-world costs they’ve experienced due to their accident. Examples include hospital bills, assisted living costs, lost wages, and lost future earning potential.
  • Non-Economic Damages: Seek to reimburse the victim for the intangible costs they’ve experienced due to the accident. Examples include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. 
  • Punitive Damages: Seek to punish the third party who caused the accident to deter others from being as reckless or negligent.

In Oklahoma, there is no cap on economic or non-economic damages in spinal cord injury cases. 

Will My Spinal Cord Injury Case Go To Trial?

While a good Oklahoma City lawyer will not be afraid to take your case to trial, whether your case does indeed get a trial largely depends on the specific circumstances of your case. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only 3-4% of all personal injury cases ever make it to trial.

Speak To An Oklahoma City Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Today

If you work with us at Warhawk Legal, we will likely get to know each other very well. We will be in it for the long haul with you, doing all that we can to help you get the compensation you need. We may help you find medical caregivers who will wait to be paid until you recover a settlement or verdict. These and other details are very familiar to us. We are ready to be your go-to source of information and advocacy.

To schedule a free consultation with an Oklahoma City car accident attorney after a car or truck accident resulting in paralysis, call 405-397-1717 or complete an online inquiry form to arrange to meet with one of us. We and our legal staff can also help you in more ways than you can imagine.