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Spinal Cord Injuries from Car Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. An injury to the spinal cord can alter the transmission of information between the brain and the rest of the body and affect a person’s ability to work, travel, and complete everyday tasks. According to the NSCISC, 38% of spinal cord injuries are caused by auto accidents. If you experience any type of spinal cord pain after a car crash, consult an experienced Rhode Island car accident lawyer immediately.  Severe damage to the spinal cord can cause significant, permanent impairment leaving a victim unable to return to work, care for their children, or perform even minor daily tasks like dressing themselves. Even a less serious spinal cord injury can result in damage to ligaments and disks and significantly impair the victim’s quality of life.

The personal injury experts at Tapalian Law understand the emotional and physical impact that a spinal cord injury can have on your life and will take all steps necessary to win you the compensation you deserve. No one should ever have to endure the life-altering trauma of a spinal cord injury, but we can help you receive monetary recompense to alleviate some of the financial burden including medical bills, nursing care, physical therapy costs, and loss of earning capacity. Attorney David Tapalian has helped thousands of victims of car accidents in Rhode Island and Massachusetts receive the compensation they rightfully deserve after being hurt.  David is a trusted Rhode Island car accident attorney and he and his dedicated team of professionals take pride in helping injury victims seek justice.

Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury

Unlike other types of car accident injuries, the symptoms of a spinal cord injury are not always immediately obvious. Some accident victims don’t experience spinal pain until a few days after the collision. Thus, it is important to be aware of symptoms to look out for after an accident. Some common symptoms that may result in spinal cord issues include:

  • intense stinging/numbing sensation
  • weakness or in-coordination
  • muscle spasms
  • difficulty breathing
  • loss of ability to feel cold/hot surfaces
  • altered sensation or nerve damage

If you were involved in a serious car crash, seek medical attention immediately, even if you don’t feel pain right away. It is not uncommon for pain and injuries to manifest after the initial shock of an accident has worn off, sometimes days, even weeks later. After seeking treatment, contact the personal injury professionals at Tapalian Law for a free consultation. David Tapalian is a highly-respected Rhode Island car accident lawyer who will guide you through the next steps to take and can even refer you to trusted local medical professionals or specialists if you don’t know where to go. The sooner that you begin medical treatment, the more solid your injury claim will be, and the sooner you will be on your way to recovery.

Common Car Accidents that Result in Spinal Cord Injuries

Expertly handling injury claims for over 20 years in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, our personal injury law firm has seen a wide variety of injuries. Due to the sudden, hard impact to the body that is common in a car accident, spinal injuries are a frequent, and unfortunate, result of a serious crash. Below are some of the most common types of auto accidents that lead clients to sustain spinal cord injuries:

  • Rear-end collisions: A hard rear-end impact can jerk a driver’s body forward. This violent motion can compress the spine and cause serious damage to your spinal cord.
  • T-bone collisions: A side-hit from another car can cause your body to torque in unnatural positions. This impact can cause serious damage to your spinal cord.
  • Head-On Collisions: When two vehicles strike each other from opposite directions, the collision can be especially disastrous. The head-on impact of a collision can send your car crashing backwards, jerking your body and injuring your spinal cord.

There are a number of factors that can determine the severity of an accident. Even if the damage to a vehicle is minimal, a driver can still sustain severe injuries based on the location of the hit, or their head placement in the car at the time of the collision. Our personal injury professionals can help you navigate these complex situations.

Contact a Rhode Island Car Accident Attorney Today

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury from a car accident, it may feel like every aspect of your life is affected. At Tapalian Law, we know how difficult an accident can be for you and your family and our dedicated team of legal experts at Tapalian Law wants to help. We will meet for a free review of your situation and create a customized plan to strengthen your claim. Our skilled injury team will then guide you through the steps to receive the compensation you deserve. With offices in Providence, Warwick, and Seekonk, MA, we offer a free consultation. If you are unable to travel to us because of your injuries, we will visit you in your home or at the hospital. As with all personal injury claims in Rhode Island, there is a 3-year statute of limitations on filing a car accident claim, and the longer you wait, the harder it will become to receive compensation for your losses. Call the RI car accidents lawyers at Tapalian Law today at 401-552-5000 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

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He took care of everything and kept me updated as well. It was such a smooth process and in the end I won my case. I would highly recommend David Tapalian! Patrice F.
When I contacted David Tapalian, Attorney & Counselor at Law, all my worries were immediately alleviated. He handled my case from beginning to end and kept me updated every step of the way. Susie M.
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