Experienced Sevierville Catastrophic Injury Attorneys Protect
Victims of Spinal Cord Injuries
Helping people in and around Sevierville, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge who suffer injuries to the central nervous system
According to The Johns Hopkins Hospital about 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injury (SCI) occur each year. The most common sites of these are in the cervical (neck) and thoracic (trunk) areas. SCI is a common cause of permanent disability in men, and in young adults.
The Sevier County personal injury lawyers at Delius & McKenzie, PLLC have seen first-hand the effects of spinal cord injuries ranging from pain and limitations in movement, to complete and permanent paralysis of the victim’s body. Our compassionate and dedicated team fights tirelessly on behalf of clients and their families in and around Sevierville, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge for the settlements they need: compensation to cover their extensive, often life-long medical costs; for loss of income; and for living with pain. No case is too complex for our skills or too big for our resources. We put our years of experience to work for you.
What are spinal cord injuries?
The spinal cord is a major component of the central nervous system. It is a soft, rope-like bundle of nerves that extends from the base of the brain through the neck and the spinal column, to the lower back. It is the means by which the brain communicates with the nerves in the body’s internal organs, arms, and legs. The spinal cord is protected by the bones of the spine, called vertebrae. Discs of cartilage lie between adjacent vertebrae to cushion them and allow the spine to bend. A traumatic injury to the spine can result either in a bruise, a partial tear, or a complete tear or transection in the spinal cord. Some kinds of spinal cord injury can be treatable – such as by removal of bone or cartilage pressure. But an injury that severs the spinal cord or its root nerves causes a permanent decrease or absence of movement, sensation, and body organ function below the level of the injury.
There are two types of SCI: complete injury, in which there is no sensation or function below the level of the injury, and incomplete injury, in which there is at least some sensation or function below that level. Both complete and incomplete injuries can occur at any level of the spinal cord.
What causes spinal cord injuries?
The spine is susceptible to injury by twisting, compression, and impact. As a result, any force capable of twisting or bending it beyond its normal limits of movement, or of displacing any of the vertebrae or discs, is also capable of damaging or severing the spinal cord and the nerves extending from it. These kinds of injuries can happen during birth, but typically happen because of:
- Slips and falls
- Automobile accidents
- Criminal acts such as shootings, stabbings, or beatings
- Blunt force trauma resulting from contact sports
- Being hit by falling objects
- Crush-related accidents on a worksite
Your advocates when spinal cord injury is caused by another’s negligence
If you or a loved one has suffered partial or total paralysis from a spinal cord injury let one of the experienced Sevierville personal and catastrophic injury attorneys at Delius & McKenzie, PLLC meet with you and your family to discuss your case. We offer the personal and professional attention you deserve. Contact us as soon as possible so that we can begin helping you protect your rights.