Back and Spine Injury Lawyer
Nearly 350,000 Americans live with spinal cord injuries. Approximately
17,000 new back and spinal cord injuries are diagnosed each and over 80
percent of these serious injuries occur in men under the age of 50. On
average, less than one-third of those with spinal cord injuries can walk
up a flight of stairs even after a year of treatment. More than half are
confined to a wheelchair, according to the
National Spinal Cord Injury Statistics Center.
The most common examples of back and spinal injuries are:
Spinal Cord Injuries
Herniated, Slipped or Ruptured Disc
Vertebrae or Compression Fractures
Nerve Root Compression (Radiculopathy)
The spine is one of the most complex parts of the body. In many ways, the
back is the foundation for the entire human body, and the hub of the central
nervous system. Understanding the medical facts and being able to explain
them to a jury are skills that a trial lawyer develops with time and experience.
Former Elected Spokane County Prosecutor,
James R. Sweetser, and his team at
Sweetser Law Office have handled the most serious spinal cord injury cases, including those
where the victim is left paraplegic or quadriplegic. Making sure the victim
and their family receive the maximum recovery for the accident and injury
is our goal.
Understanding Damage to the Spinal Cord
Damage to the spinal cord often affects the bundle of nerves that runs
through the backbone. Because the nerve network in a human body transmits
sensation and controls movement throughout the body, damage to it can
cause loss of mobility and feeling below the injured area, and can be
Our backbone, the spine, is composed of a column of 33 bones and tissue
that extends from the skull to pelvis. The spinal bones, which are called
vertebrae, protect and enclose the bundle of nerves and tissues known
as the spinal cord. Between each vertebra in the spine is a band of cartilage
that serves as a shock absorber, called intervertebral discs. An injury
to one of the vertebrae, discs or even the spinal cord can be debilitating
and painful, causing loss of work and difficulty performing regular daily
activities, along with diminishing the enjoyment of time spent with family,
friends, doing hobbies and sleeping.
In general, the higher up on the spinal cord where the injury occurs, the
greater the side-effects.
The spine's vertebrae closest to the brain contains our High Cervical
Nerves (C1-C4). The next set of vertebrae in the spine are the Low Cervical
Nerves (C5-C8). The center of a person's spine contains the Thoracic
Vertebrae (T1-T12), which is the area of the spine that controls stability,
allows a person to sit and stand upright, and gives support for all of
the organs in the upper torso. Directly beneath the low cervical nerves
the Lumbar Nerves (L1-L5), which provide the strength and an ability to
lift, bend, twist, and turn. The lowest point of a person's spine
contains the Sacral Nerves (S1-S5).
Any trauma that compresses, pulls, pushes sideways or cuts the spinal cord
can cause spinal cord injury. At the
neck level, spinal cord injury impairs breathing and paralyzes the arms, torso,
and legs (quadriplegia). Lower in the spine, spinal cord injury weakness
and loses movement or feeling in the lower parts of the body and legs
(paraplegia). A severed spinal cord can never be repaired.
The Right Choice is to Hire the Best
Sweetser Law Office offers experienced, compassionate, and committed representation to the
seriously injured. If you or a loved one have suffered a back or spine
injury, do not let the insurance company treat you like a statistic and
try to settle your claim on the cheap. Insurance companies have experienced
professionals whose job is to reduce compensation or, where possible,
deny claims altogether. Representation from an experienced back and spine
law firm such as Sweetser Law Office will level the playing field to ensure
legal rights are protected and that your family’s financial security
is safe as you seek recovery.