Spinal Injury Attorneys in Las Vegas, NV
Whether it’s from a car accident or because of someone else’s reckless behavior, a spinal injury can come out of nowhere. The results can be devastating for the victim and their family. Spinal cord injuries, or SCIs, can severely limit the victim’s ability to conduct everyday activities, and they often require costly medical treatment and long-term rehabilitation. Severe cases can cause mobility issues and paralysis (paraplegia), and can prevent the victim from going back to work. If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury in Nevada, you deserve rightful compensation and strong legal support. We are Gazda & Tadayon, the top injury lawyers in Las Vegas, and with over 50 years of combined experience with some of the most challenging spinal injury cases, we know how to get you the maximum compensation possible.
Most personal injury cases are complicated, but spinal cord injuries are a special case. It takes detailed knowledge of the brain, spine, and nerves to build the best case possible. At Gazda & Tadayon, we have helped hundreds of clients with brain and spine injuries, so we know precisely how to navigate even the most tricky cases. We note every detail of your individual case and consult with medical experts, which helps us build a full picture of the injury and maximize your claim.
What is an SCI (Spinal Cord Injury)?
It’s easy to forget how vital the spinal cord is to our everyday activities. It’s just as important as the brain in helping us work, play, and move, and any trauma to the spinal cord can cause severe disability and mobility issues.
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves housed inside the spine, and it transmits information from the brain to the body’s muscles, tendons, and bones. These nerve impulses allow a full range of movement. As important as it is, the spinal cord is fragile and vulnerable to outside forces. When a victim sustains an impact to the back or neck, such as in a traffic accident, accidental fall, or head injury, the bones in the spine can shatter, dislocate, fracture, or become compressed, causing problems with the spinal cord.
Some signs of spinal cord injury include:
- little to no sensation, including the ability to feel touch, heat, and cold
- loss of bodily movement
- loss of coordination
- severe stinging pain
- altered sexual sensation and function
- incontinence, or loss of bladder or bowel control
- coughing or breathing issues
There are two types of SCI based on the loss of sensation and motor control in the body: incomplete injuries, which occur when there is a partial loss of sensation and motor control below the site, and complete injuries, where the victim loses all motor function and sensation below the site of the injury.
The extent of the paralysis, as well as the location, depends on where the injury is sustained on the spine. Typically, victims lose sensation and motor control below the site of the injury. Paraplegia (where the victim loses feeling in the legs and torso) and quadriplegia (where the victim is paralyzed in both the legs and arms) is common in severe cases.
At Gazda & Tadayon, it is important to us to get the full picture of a victim’s spinal injury and secure the best possible treatment and long-term care. This includes determining the type of SCI based on the site of the trauma.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
All four types of SCIs can be debilitating to the victim, but of the four types, cervical spinal cord injuries are regarded as the most critical form. These are caused by injuries to the cervical vertebrae, named C1 to C4, which are located in the neck at the topmost portion of the spine. They are thus responsible for almost all of the body’s nerve impulses, and any trauma to this area can result in complete and permanent paralysis. The patient can have trouble moving the head, and can even have issues breathing properly without assistance.
Thoracic spinal cord injuries are the second most severe. The T1 through to T2 vertebrae extend from the base of the neck down to the abdomen, and are considered the middle of the spine. Trauma to this area typically affects the lower body and legs and can cause sexual dysfunction and loss of bladder control.
In the lower back are the lumbar vertebrae, L1 through L5, which help control the bowel, hips, and legs. Lumbar spinal injuries to the area can cause mobility issues and a loss of control of the lower torso and legs (paraplegia).
Finally, the sacrum involves 5 vertebrae that are fused together, located above the tailbone. Trauma to this area, called sacral spinal cord injuries, typically causes sexual dysfunction, bowel issues, and bladder issues.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Many types of mishaps and accidents can result in spine injuries. Traffic accidents, like motorcycle crashes and car injuries, cause around 40% of SCIs every year. Falls are another leading cause of SCIs, and are more prevalent in the elderly. In some cases, unsafe working conditions and safety concerns in public spaces can cause SCIs due to falls, which can qualify as a premises liability case. Recreation and sports activities that include diving accidents typically account for around 10% of injuries to the spinal cord. Criminal acts and domestic violence can also lead to spinal cord injuries in the victim.
In any case, a spinal cord injury often involves a lengthy stay in a hospital which is then followed by many months or even years of rehabilitation. A survivor of a spinal cord injury might require on-going treatments and aid from different specialists as they try to recover. The costs of hospitalization and rehabilitation of a severe SCI, in addition to lost wages and emotional damages, can go into the millions of dollars over a lifetime.
Fortunately, victims can sue for damages as long as the injury was sustained because of the misconduct or negligence of another person, organization, or company. This even includes cases where the victim may be partially responsible for the incident. As long as the case can prove that the person at-fault was responsible for more than half the incident, they can be held liable for the injury. The percentage of fault is then reflected in the amount of compensation that can be collected.
As a result, there is a wide range of third party entities who can be sued for a spinal cord injury due to negligence. This includes drivers, boat operators, truckers and trucking companies, cab drivers and cab companies, cyclists, repair shops, manufacturers, homeowners, employers, teachers, caregivers, medical professionals and other healthcare providers.
Regardless of the cause of the injury, it’s critical to file a claim if you or a loved one has sustained an SCI. In Nevada, we have a statute of limitations, which means that there is a limited time frame after an accident during which you can pursue legal action. Contact us today for a free spinal injury consultation so we can assess your individual case as soon as possible.
The Best Las Vegas Spine Injury Law Firm
With over 50 years of combined experience, we’ve seen it all at Gazda and Tadayon. Other law firms turn to us for help on their most difficult cases, and if our peers trust us to make the call, you know you have the best possible personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas. Our extensive knowledge of spinal cord injuries, as well as our consultants in the medical field, can help you get the best possible care through maximum compensation.
We leave no stone unturned to help you get back the quality of life and peace of mind you deserve.
Every single detail makes a difference in a spinal injury case. Whether your injury was caused in a traffic accident or by some other negligent party, we conduct our own independent examination of the case. We visit the site, interview witnesses, and find every possible opportunity to improve your claim.
We also understand that your legal fight is just one part of your journey to recovery. At our law firm, our friendly and compassionate staff is there to make the legal process as smooth and comfortable as possible. We also help our clients consult with the right medical experts to help them get the best possible care in the long term. We are driven by people and by results: we’re here to help you win back your peace of mind.
A Proven Record Of Success
The attorneys of Gazda and Tadayon have been recognized by the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for winning millions in compensation for our clients. Our ethical standards have also been highlighted by the law directory Martindale-Hubbard. When you work with Gazda and Tadayon on a personal injury case, you will receive proven representation with full integrity.
To get started, schedule a free consultation for your spinal cord injury claim, or read what our clients have to say on our Gazda and Tadayon reviews page. You can also visit us in person at our welcoming and compassionate law firm, located at 2600 S Rainbow Boulevard, Suite 200.
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Spinal Injury FAQs
The most important step you can take to ensure you receive appropriate compensation for a spine, brain or other serious injury is retaining the right firm to handle your case. No law firm can guarantee a legal outcome, but an experienced, aggressive personal injury firm with a successful track record like Gazda & Tadayon is more likely to provide the results you need.
No two serious injuries are alike, and lawsuits for serious injuries often take time. Settling a severe injury case before the real extent of your injury is known is a mistake that can cost you substantial financial security. Though spinal injury matters are notoriously complicated, our firm meticulously prepares each case for the courtroom.
Anyone whose negligence causes your injury can be held responsible. Motor vehicle accidents account for nearly half of all spinal cord injuries, and if the other driver was negligent, they are legally responsible for compensating you for your injuries. Falling accidents are the second leading cause of spinal cord injuries, and if the fall was causes by a negligent property owner, the property owner is responsible.
Nevada is a comparative damage state, so even if the defendant was partially negligent, you may still have a case. Settlements (or verdicts) in such cases are determined by the percent of fault attributed to the defendant. For example, if you’re found 25% percent at fault and the defendant is found 75% percent at fault and you win your case, your settlement will be approximately 75% percent of what it would have been if you had no fault at all.
If someone else acts wrongfully and harms your spinal cord, you could potentially have a claim for damages against them. The important thing that you must be able to identify is who actually caused your damages. If more than one person or entity did, then you could possibly bring the case against one or all of them for the entire amount of your injuries.