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Maryland Law Protects the Rights of Spinal Cord Injury Victims

Posted on: April 2, 2019

Any harm to the body can lead to horrific pain and long-term consequences, but spinal cord injuries can be uniquely terrible. The spine offers extensive function, structure, and movement for different areas of the body, so victims can suffer considerably when an injury affects the spinal cord.

How Spinal Cord Injuries Affect the Body

Generally speaking, the higher on the spine the injury occurs, the more devastating the effects for the human body. However, an injury to the vertebrae does not necessarily affect the spinal cord, as these bones do a good job of protecting the delicate tissues. In addition, you should note that the spinal cord could in some instances suffer trauma without any damage to the vertebrae.

Notwithstanding the above, spinal cord injuries generally fall into two categories:

  • Complete Spinal Cord Injury: When a victim has no sensation, movement, or function below the location of the damage, the injury is considered complete. Paralysis at the upper end of the spine could lead to quadriplegia, since the victim has no control over the four limbs of the body and some bodily functions. Quadriplegia is often the result of a catastrophic spinal cord injury above the thoracic spine. When the trauma is further down from the thoracic region, a complete spinal cord injury may cause paraplegia. Complete injuries can affect any part of the spinal cord, equally on both sides of the body. The most serious injuries we as lawyers encounter, short of death, often involve this type of injury
  • Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: If you have some mobility and function below the area of the injury, you may have suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury. The same is true if you have more mobility, sensation, or control on one side of the body as compared to the other. When the injury results in loss of function for one arm and both legs, the condition is termed triplegia. Additional implications may include:
  • The exact nature of the long-term effects of a spinal cord injury depend on the region affected, the severity of the trauma, and whether the injury was complete or incomplete. Rehabilitation is possible, but full recovery is usually unlikely. Many patients lose a certain amount of independence and are reliant on others for care. Injury victims of this type may be confined to a wheelchair, but in some circumstances, they may not be able to propel it without assistive technology.

Long-Term Complications from Spinal Cord Injuries

  • Reliance on a ventilator for respiratory function;
  • Feeding through assistive devices;
  • Needing help with grooming, dressing, and other hygiene functions;
  • Being unable to transfer from the wheelchair to a car, bed, chair, or other surfaces;
  • An inability to drive, or driving with special adaptations;
  • Lack of control over bowel and bladder functions;
  • Limited sitting balance;
  • Use of crutches, braces, or other assistive devices for walking short distances; and,
  • Many other complications. 
  • Though some conditions are genetic, many spinal cord injuries are the result of preventable accidents or intentional acts. When carelessness or reckless conduct causes such incidents, the situation is termed “negligence” in legal terminology. If you have suffered such an injury, you may have legal recourse if you can prove the following.

Your Rights as a Victim of an Accident

  1. The responsible party had a duty to exercise reasonable care;
  2. That person or entity failed to comply with this duty;
  3. The breach of duty caused the accident in which you suffered spinal cord injuries and caused the resulting harm to you.

Examples of Negligence

There are many ways that negligence can lead to injury-causing accidents, and motor vehicle collisions are perhaps the most common. Drivers may exhibit negligence through speeding, drunk driving, improper lane changes, and other carelessness. One of the most dangerous forms of negligence behind the wheel has increased significantly in recent years — distracted driving. Commonly associated with texting while behind the wheel, distracted driving encompasses many other activities that take the motorist’s attention away from operating the vehicle.

Additionally, there are many other scenarios in which negligence causes spinal cord injuries, such as:

  • Accidents involving pedestrians and bicycle riders;
  • Slip and falls and other incidents that result from dangerous conditions on property;
  • Dog bites and animal attacks;
  • Injuries from dangerous products;
  • Birth injuries; and,
  • Many others. 
  • If you can successfully prove the above elements of a negligence case, you may be able to recover monetary damages for your spinal cord injury, including but not limited to:

Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries

  • Medical costs;
  • Lost wages, if your spinal cord injuries prevent you from working;
  • Pain, suffering, and disfigurement;
  • Losses based upon your relationships with your spouse, children, and other loved ones; and,
  • Future economic losses (diminished earning capacity etc.)
  • Many other types of compensation. 
  • If you or a loved one has been hurt or suffered a serious spinal cord injury due to an accident, please contact the Baltimore or Northern Virginia office of Bob Katz. We can set up a free consultation with a personal injury attorney who can explain your rights and remedies.

Read Some of Our Recent Client Reviews!

Brooke Adams
Brooke Adams
16:05 10 Apr 19
I loved having Attorney BobKatz help me with my recent car accident. Ms. Erica was very helpful as well. Very friendly and personable. I would definitely recommend everyone to choose Attorney BobKatz if they are in need of help!
Theo Ngongang
Theo Ngongang
16:08 04 Apr 19
Attorney Bob Katz and his team provided me with great guidance and assistance throughout the process of working toward a settlement. Very professional team, knowledgeable and patient. Thank you again!
Seo Young Hong
Seo Young Hong
15:54 04 Apr 19
I had positive experience with Attorney Bob Katz office. They were really helpful and really quick in response to all the questions that I have throughout the case. Special thanks to my paralegal, Christina Franetovich and Mrs. Yun, Korean interpreter. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone and especially that needs interpreter.
Felicita Lopez
Felicita Lopez
20:15 15 Mar 19
I have had a very good experience with this attorney. They have been patient with me and have updated me on any news of my case. At first I wasn't sure if I should have chosen them but after a few meetings they have been nothing but nice and understanding. They pushed through and fought to get me through this case without any worries. 10/10 would recommend them to anyone looking for an attorney.
Carla Young
Carla Young
18:09 11 Mar 19
This was my first time ever having to go through a situation like this with a car accident. My main contact was Erica & she was very supportive & informative. She made the whole process seem so effortlessly. They even went to bat with some of my medical providers ro lower my balance with them. I hope I never need an attorney again, but if I do I will surely give them a call.
Atiq Vahora
Atiq Vahora
17:43 04 Mar 19
My family has used this law firm for almost 16 years on our car accident cases. Accidents are stressful experiences, but their law team is very supportive throughout the ordeal. The staff is friendly, professional, and always working to find the best possible outcome for me. As drivers, we just want to get things fixed quickly and move on with our lives. All that is required besides the facts is a little patience. With Bob Katz, I feel assured that someone I can trust has my back.
jungsun Park
jungsun Park
19:00 28 Feb 19
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Amartuvshin Batbaatar
Amartuvshin Batbaatar
02:42 11 Feb 19
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anthony henry
21:01 07 Feb 19
It was a pleasure to work with Christina Franetovich She is awesome! She kept me well informed throughout the whole process. Thanks for all your hard work! I would definitely recommend her for your legal needs
Angel Boyd
Angel Boyd
14:32 28 Jan 19
Christina has been really helpful with settling both of my accident claims even with my nervousness and constant questions lol. But she worked with me and settled it. She is also available for my diminished value claim (which I'm trying not to annoy her with lol). I would recommend this firm and will probably stick with this firm for any accidents in the future. Hoping there aren't anymore tho
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karla rivas
04:37 18 Jan 19
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Fadie Mohammad
Fadie Mohammad
14:54 08 Jan 19
Worked with Sarah Treuhaft (Paralegal) when retained Bob Katz's office. Sarah was absolutely amazing to work with, she was very professional and prompt with everything she did. She would respond to any inquiries I had immediately and never hesitated to hop on the phone to clarify or assist with anything, regardless of how early or late it was. I definitely highly recommend her and this law office.
Kelly Kess Malone
Kelly Kess Malone
15:50 20 Nov 18
Very helpful paralegals and attorney assistants. Also informative on various types of cases. Reasonably priced for the work that they provide.
Brittany Peterson
Brittany Peterson
08:19 17 Nov 18
Had a very awesome experience fast settlements... Communication was a A+ ...Strongly recommend Mr.Katz. !!! Ms. Robin made me felt like family was always there when i needed her and when i had a question.
Yarnell Goodwin
Yarnell Goodwin
23:38 15 Nov 18
Got a little more settlement money than expected. Was provided great service and prompt responses. I greatly appreciate it!
Ashley Poole
Ashley Poole
01:05 08 Nov 18
Attorney Bob Katz and his staff are highly recommend. Customer Service was impeccable. Every phone call and email was responded to in a timely manner. Natalie Ulrich was very professional, helpful and thorough every step of the way, which resulted in a stress free experience. I will recommend this law firm to family and friends!
Tania Jefferson
Tania Jefferson
17:51 06 Nov 18
Customer service was A+. All questions were answered promptly and information was shared appropriately. Concerns were addressed and I was made aware of all updates on my case. I would whole heartedly recommend this firm.
edward Robinson
edward Robinson
03:00 06 Nov 18
I highly recommend Mr. Katz and his staff. They were friendly, compassionate and really showed they had their clients best interest at heart. There was never a time you called them they didn't respond or returned your calls and answer your questions.They took the worry, and stress and turn it into reassurance. They were diligent and just down right professional. My wife and I really thank God for allowing us to cross paths on a professional business experience. Ms. Rebecca Slatery is the most courteous, compassionate soul. We wish you all peace, love and blessings. Thank you for your service.
J JR
J JR
20:11 31 Oct 18
I decided to use this firm again for an accident I was involved in. As always they were professional and caring. Rebecca slattery was the paralegal assigned to my case and she was professional and kept me up to date with everything. I would recommend this firm to friends and family!
Cedric Jones
Cedric Jones
19:04 23 Oct 18
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Nguyen Le
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16:44 23 Oct 18
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Soun Gil
21:35 17 Oct 18
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Yejin Chung
Yejin Chung
15:40 12 Oct 18
I highly recommend. My family’s experience with this office was great. Christina Franetovich was very helpful throughout the whole process, which made this experience less stressful. She responded to my questions immediately and made sure that I understood everything.
Claudette Pope
Claudette Pope
13:18 30 Aug 18
I was referred to Gordon & feindblatt in 2014 when my family was in an accident, Mr. Katz personally consulted with me by phone and he was very polite and professional, Mr. Carpuso, one of the litigation attorneys even came out to our home and went over our case with us, he made sure all of our needs was addressed and before he left our home that day I felt like we were old friends. that case was settled and I was very pleased, I have used this law firm twice since then and the results are always the same, I have nothing but great experiences with Gordon & Feindblatt the staff are courteous and professional and they get the job done but the one in particular that really stood out for me is Rebecca Slattery, she is truly a gem, she is so compassionate, she walked me through the entire process, she even checked up on me from time to time just to see how I was feeling and I really appreciated her kindness. I will use this law firm again and again for any future legal issue that may arise and I would highly recommend Gordon & Fiendblatt to friends, family and co-workers.
UniversalSniping
UniversalSniping
02:32 04 Aug 18
The lawyer who was initially handling my case parted ways with the company and I was assigned a new lawyer. This new lawyer was amazing! Christina Franetovich made me feel secure by double checking all the facts and notes in my case so that I was not worried during this transition. I was on disability from an a different accident while she was finalizing my case, and I had called and hounded her about the time frame of my settlement very frequently to the point that I felt guilty for calling so much. Christina was very sympathetic to my situation and assured me that she would do everything in her power to make sure the situation would be resolved quickly. She actually finalized my case before the time frame she had given me, was always very courteous and knowledgable on the phone, and I feel extremely lucky that she ended up handling my case because the previous lawyer was not as amazing with customer service as Christina. She also has a way of making you feel comfortable and builds incredible rapport quickly. I am going to highly recommend her to my friends and family. Thank you Christina!!!
Richard Hose
Richard Hose
02:26 27 Jun 18
On Feb 23, 2017 I was in a bad accident on the JFX. I had been rear end by another driver. Almost immediately I felt pressured by the other drivers insurance. Everything from wanting a recorded statement; to failing to acknowledge responsibility. No one would answer my questions, nor would anyone take responsibility. I was frustrated and overwhelmed with everyone from the towing company, to the repair shop, to the insurance company nightmare I just entered. I reached out to Attorney Robert Katz and I was assured they were here to help. He provided with some much needed information, and told me not to worry, Sarah his Paralegal would be in touch to help get things moving. Sarah reached out as expected and explained their process and walked me through what my expectations would be. She as well assured me they were here to help me navigate the obstacles. What Sarah really did was so much more than help. She took the stress and burden off my shoulders and assumed ownership for handling everything on my behalf. I knew what to expect, and I received regular updates throughout the entire process. Honestly, I received so much more than I anticipated. Some of the most frustrating items to chase after are medical records and hospital charges. While I was trying to recall events and timelines, she had already obtained my records and information. She made this process so painless. I truly cannot say enough about the exceptional service she provided. Many thanks for all your help. Sincerely, Richard Hose
Andrea Barajas
Andrea Barajas
15:13 16 May 18
My husband and I were in a car accident in August 2017. We contacted Bob Katz team for legal representation in our case. Kristen A. Turner was our paralegal and she was excellent. It took 9 months for us to receive our settlement and Kristen kept us updated throughout this entire process. She was very kind and patient as I happened to have several questions. She always answered my questions promptly and thoroughly. I would highly recommend this firm and Kristen if you are in need of legal assistance.
TheOfficalCeeandDee
TheOfficalCeeandDee
15:24 09 Feb 18
My experience here was great. My lawyer Rebecca was so professional and I love her personality. She handled my case well and kept me updated and made the process easy and always made me feel comfortable to call whenever I needed to know anything.
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