Spinal Cord Injuries
Houston Spinal Injury Lawyer
At Mithoff Law, part of the work of a spinal injury lawyer is to provide hope to accident victims and their families. Even with today’s advances in medical technology, a spinal injury is often frightening and life-changing both for the person who receives the injury and for their loved ones. If you or a loved one obtained a spinal injury, a Mithoff Law spinal injury lawyer can work to help identify the cause of your accident and navigate the litigation process.
Help prevent future accidents and get the support you deserve. Call a Mithoff Law spinal injury lawyer in Houston at 713-654-1122 today.
“Mithoff, a Houston personal injury lawyer, is no stranger to winning big payoffs for large groups of people. He negotiated a $2.3 billion settlement with the tobacco industry for Harris and other counties, and he won $80 million for residents of a nursing home who were killed in a 2005 bus explosion while fleeing Hurricane Rita.”
– Houston Chronicle, November 22, 2017
Unfortunately, spinal injuries can occur from a wide variety of common causes, such as vehicle accidents, industrial accidents and explosions, and medical malpractice. The experienced attorneys at Mithoff Law have decades of experience representing clients and families of those who have suffered spinal injuries, including claims such as:
Mithoff Law represented a man who suffered severe spinal injuries and quadriplegia as the result of a defective bicycle component, when he was ejected from the bicycle while riding. The case was settled for a confidential amount.
Mithoff Law successfully resolved for a confidential amount the claims of a patient who suffered spinal cord injuries and paralysis as a result of an outpatient medical procedure. The plaintiffs alleged that, during the procedure, a physician improperly guided a needle that punctured the spinal column, resulting in partial paralysis.
Mithoff Law represented a crane operator who sustained severe spinal injuries when the pedestal crane he was operating in a drydock facility collapsed. Plaintiffs alleged that the pedestal crane had defective bolts affixing it to its platform, and that it had been improperly inspected and/or maintained. The case settled for a confidential amount.
Spinal injuries often involve complex questions regarding future care, and the magnitude of the injuries are often daunting for those living with the consequences. Mithoff Law’s experienced attorneys have developed long-lasting relationships with medical and subject-matter experts across several fields, such as neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedic care, and life care planning, who are invaluable to assessing and evaluating questions of future care or ongoing treatment in a litigation context.
What to do if a spinal injury occurs
When someone is injured in a construction accident, a plant explosion, a car accident or another situation, you should try to remain as calm as possible. If a spinal cord injury is suspected, follow these steps.
- If you are injured, have someone call 911 and describe what has happened. If a loved one is injured, call 911 yourself and do the same.
- If you are conscious and injured, remain completely still. If a loved one is injured, encourage them to keep still. You can help support their head to keep it in place, but do not restrain them. Try your best to avoid any twisting motions.
- If your loved one is unresponsive and not breathing, perform CPR if possible and you are properly trained to do so.
- If you or your loved one has a helmet on, keep the helmet on. Any movement of the head or neck should be avoided.
- Continue to keep still until a paramedic or another trained medical professional takes over.
Our experienced lawyers win catastrophic injury cases
A spinal injury, traumatic brain injury, and amputations are examples of catastrophic accidents our lawyers try to get clients the compensation they deserve. The team at Mithoff Law, along with our network of subject matter experts, has experience helping victims and families affected by accidents involving:
What type of spinal cord injury do I have?
There are multiple types of spinal cord injuries that someone involved in a spinal cord personal injury accident can receive.
- Incomplete spinal cord injuries: These injuries allow the person to retain some function because the spinal cord is only partially severed.
- Complete spinal cord injuries: Complete injuries occur when the spinal cord is fully severed, which eliminates all functions. With treatment and extended physical therapy, it may be possible to regain partial function, but it is not guaranteed.
Incomplete spinal cord injuries account for 60% of spinal injuries, attributable in part to advancements in emergency response and treatment.
Some of the most common types of incomplete or partial spinal cord injuries include:
- Anterior cord syndrome: This syndrome involves an injury to the front of the spinal cord, which controls movement. Those diagnosed may retain some sensation but will struggle with movement.
- Central cord syndrome: This syndrome involves an injury to the center of the spinal cord, which carries signals to and from the brain. Those diagnosed may experience a loss of fine motor skills, paralysis of the arms, and partial impairment in the legs. A thoracic spinal cord injury with a spine fracture can lead to central cord syndrome.
- Brown-Sequard syndrome: This variety of injury is the result of damage to one side of the spinal cord. Those diagnosed may lose movement and sensation in only one side of their body.
Put your case in the hands of a trusted spinal injury lawyer at Mithoff Law
If you or a loved one was involved in an accident involving serious spinal injuries, let our team of experienced spinal injury lawyers protect your best interests and fight to get you exactly what you deserve.
To talk with a spinal injury lawyer in Houston you can depend on, call 713-654-1122.