If you drive approximately 60 miles to the east from Los Angeles, you find yourself in Riverside so named for being adjacent to the Santa Ana River. Health data reveals that a few short years ago, 72% of local Riverside deaths led back to chronic diseases including heart and lung diseases as well as cancer. Apart from these existing health concerns, across the city there are also accidents that occur leaving victims suffering from injures, some of those are spinal cord injuries.

Spinal cord injuries can cause catastrophic damage and a future full of medical procedures, doctor visits and ongoing care. Imagine having a chronic disease and a spinal care injury both, the future medical bills could be astronomical. For those who’ve experienced a spinal cord injury in the Riverside area, it may have been caused due to another party’s negligence and in this case you may be liable to seek damages.

Why Hire a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer?

The first step is to speak with a local Riverside personal injury law firm that understands the extent of catastrophic injuries that often result from car accidents, biking mishaps, and on-the-job problems.

Speaking directly with a legal professional can help injury victims determine whether or not they have a personal injury case. If so, working with a Riverside spinal cord injury lawyer can ensure you have support as you navigate the legal process and help to recover the maximum compensation for a spinal cord injury case.

Our skilled team of personal injury attorneys represents spinal cord and spinal back injury victims throughout Riverside, the Los Angeles area, and the State of California. MKP Law Group, LLP’s team strives to make the process as easy and quick as possible for our clients. The experienced team at MKP Law Group, LLP is attentive, dependable, and tenacious so call us today at 310-285-5353 to schedule your 100% free case evaluation.

Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can occur from impacts that seem relatively minor to extremely severe and violent accidents. Often spinal cord injuries are difficult to pinpoint thanks to their delicate nature and may be overlooked if accompanied by a slew of other physical injuries.

Common causes of spinal injuries include:

  • Car Accidents and Motorcycle Accidents
  • Sports & Recreational Injuries
  • Slip & Falls
  • Assault & Battery
  • Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice (Surgical, chiropractic, etc.)

Always see a medical professional as soon as possible following any accident to ensure you have a professional opinion related to your injuries. Not only will this ensure you receive the proper care as soon as possible following your injury, it will help your case and provide evidence should an insurance company or negligent party challenge your claim.

Remember, no matter the cause of a severe spinal cord injury, an experienced Los Angeles spinal injury lawyer is necessary to hold the at-fault party fully responsible. The attorneys at MKP Law Group, LLP have years of experience handling spinal injury claims and know how to get the absolute best spinal cord injury settlement possible.

What You Need to Know about Typical Treatment Teams for Affected Patients

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Spinal injuries often impact many aspects of function for the human body. Receiving treatment for a spinal cord injury is not a one time fix. Working with a team of medical experts may be necessary to provide you with the necessary support from diagnosis to rehabilitation and many times ongoing long-term support and caregiving.

County experts highlight that rehab requires the assistance of specialists from a wide variety of disciplines, including some which are often overlooked:

  • Physical and occupational therapists. Patients typically require assistance with balance, movement, and the use of assistive technology such as wheelchairs. While a physical therapist helps you with these aspects of recovery, an occupational therapist is on hand to relearn tasks or find new ways to perform daily activities. Examples include eating, writing, or getting dressed.
  • Speech therapist. Depending on the extent of the spinal cord injury, you may need the assistance of a speech therapist. These specialists work with patients on strengthening the muscles that make the mouth, throat, and neck work. In severe cases, they may have to help you relearn to swallow.
  • Counselor. The counselor does more than merely focus on the emotional fallout the injury is bringing to your life. These are experts who also help you address brain fog, attention deficit, ad memory problems.

There is no telling how long you will need this assistance. Therefore, a settlement that seems to be generous at the onset may not be enough to see you through the first five years of the injury’s aftermath. If your injury is accompanied by other injuries, like brain injury, you may have an even longer journey to recovery and need more support.

A local personal injury lawyer will easily recognize a settlement that looks good on paper, but will not meet your needs in the long run and can help you with proving the more precise estimated long-term financial burden. From there, they can take their understanding and negotiate a figure that is realistic as it pertains to your unique situation.

Living with Spinal Cord Injuries FAQ

Q: How does a spinal injury affect patients?

A: The spinal cord consists of a variety of nerve fibers that are protected by the spinal canal. When there is an injury to this bony structure, it will also affect the nerves contained therein.

Q: What happens when the nerves making up the spinal cord are damaged?

A: Nerves carry messages from the brain to all areas of the body. An injury to these nerves shuts down this communication. As a general rule, an injury to the middle of the spinal column usually impacts the lower extremities. If the injury is closer to the neck, it will affect everything below the point of impact.

Q: Are all spinal cord injuries the same?

A: No, they are not. While it is typically true that a neck injury can lead to quadriplegia and a back injury to paraplegia, there is plenty of differentiation. For example, the injury to the spinal cord may only be partial, which means that the patient would have partial mobility in the affected areas.

Q: What does the treatment of a spinal cord injury focus on?

A: After you are stabilized and there is no additional swelling to the spinal cord, a team of specialists will test your responses to determine how much movement and other abilities you have lost. From there, the team will put together a treatment plan that addresses the various deficits. The majority of your actual recovery takes place in the first six months after the initial injury.

Contact MKP Law Group, LLP Today for Your Own Experienced Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

For many victims, a spinal cord injury means that their life will never be the same — add to that the inevitable medical expenses associated with managing this injury and the likely loss of income, subsequently the lifelong difficulties compound.

The MKP Law Group, LLP wants to provide suffering spinal cord victims the opportunity to get their lives back on track. Our spinal cord injury attorney team has a proven track record of obtaining results for victims of traumatic spinal cord injuries in cases involving negligence. We know how to aggressively deal with insurance companies in order to obtain optimal settlements. When the at-fault party is not willing to accept responsibility for their negligence, we have a team of experienced trial attorneys who will hold the at-fault party responsible in a court of law.

If you or someone you know is suffering from a spinal cord injury, call our law office today at 310-285-5353 to schedule your free consultation.

Our practice area includes all of Riverside plus Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Bernardino County, and Orange County.

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