Strong advocates for victims of spinal cord injuries in Maine
The human body has a remarkable ability for self-restoration. Broken bones heal, skin grows back, tissue repairs itself.
But the spinal cord is different. For reasons that have so far eluded doctors and scientists, damage to the spinal cord often doesn’t heal because the nerve cells fail to regenerate. Sadly, many people who have sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI) permanently lose sensation and voluntary movement below the site of the damage.
Whether it happened in a car accident, an act of violence, a workplace fall or by some other means, spinal cord injuries are often caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless action. In those cases, Maine law entitles the injured person and their families to recover financial damages to pay for past and future medical care, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, and for other harm done.
It’s our mission to hold the responsible party accountable and to make sure you receive full compensation for your losses. No other firm in Maine can commit more experience, expertise and resources for your case than Berman & Simmons.
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For the best results, you need the best Maine spinal cord injury lawyers
Berman & Simmons is widely recognized as the best personal injury lawyers in Maine and among the best in the U.S.
We have obtained several of the largest jury verdicts in Maine history, and many of the largest settlements for our clients. Our attorneys are extremely knowledgeable about medical issues and skilled at proving fault, and documenting the extent of your losses.
We regularly work with the top medical experts, accident reconstruction specialists, investigators, and other consultants in Maine and nationwide, to help build and present a winning case.
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Helping in all aspects of your recovery: Financial, physical, and emotional
While we focus on maximizing your financial recovery, we also serve as a partner for your physical and emotional recovery. Our lawyers and staff members take the time to listen to you, understand your concerns, and come up with helpful solutions.
From day one, we will assist you in obtaining any necessary referrals to specialists for medical and mental health care. We can arrange payment or deferral of your debts until your case is resolved. We will also help you navigate the complex maze of medical insurance and disability programs.
You expect and deserve a law firm that puts you in the best position to win; one that will fight harder than any other; one that possesses a stronger track record of successful results, and one that will provide the highest level of client service throughout the process. Our lawyers deliver on those expectations, and we would be honored to put our skills to work for you.
How common are spinal cord injuries, and what are the different types?
An estimated 275,000 Americans are living with a spinal cord injury (SCI), and each year, another 12,500 are injured. The effects depend on the type of injury and the level of the injury. A complete injury means there is no voluntary movement or sensation below the level of the injury. An incomplete injury means that there is some functioning below the primary level of the injury.
Vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, followed by falls, acts of violence, and sports.
These are some common types of spinal cord injuries, as described by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The descriptions are general and outcomes vary for each individual.
Cervical Spinal Cord Injury C1 – C8 – Quadriplegia also known as Tetraplegia. Cervical level injuries cause paralysis or weakness in both arms and legs (quadriplegia). All regions of the body below the level of injury or top of the back may be affected. Sometimes this type of injury is accompanied by respiratory issues, bowel, bladder, and sexual dysfunction, and loss of physical sensation. This area of the spinal cord controls signals to the back of the head, neck and shoulders, arms and hands, and diaphragm. Since the neck region is so flexible it is difficult to stabilize cervical spinal cord injuries. Patients with cervical level injuries may be placed in a brace or stabilizing device.
Thoracic Spinal Cord Injury T1- T12. Thoracic level injuries in the mid-spine area are less common because of the protection given by the rib cage. Thoracic injuries can cause paralysis or weakness of the legs (paraplegia) along with bowel, bladder, and sexual dysfunction, and loss of physical sensation. In most cases, arms and hands are not affected. This area of the spinal cord controls signals to some of the muscles of the back and part of the abdomen. With these types of injuries most patients initially wear a brace on the trunk to provide extra stability.
Lumbar Spinal Cord Injury L1-L5. Lumbar level injuries in the lower spine area result in paralysis or weakness of the legs (paraplegia). Bowel, bladder, and sexual dysfunction can occur, as well as loss of physical sensation. The shoulders, arms, and hand function are usually unaffected. This area of the spinal cord controls signals to the lower parts of the abdomen and the back, the buttocks, some parts of the external genital organs, and parts of the leg. These injuries often require surgery and external stabilization.
Sacral Spinal Cord Injury S1 – S5. Sacral level injuries at the bottom of the spine primarily cause loss of bowel and bladder function, as well as sexual dysfunction. These types of injuries can cause weakness or paralysis of the hips and legs. This area of the spinal cord controls signals to the thighs and lower parts of the legs, the feet, and genital organs.
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