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El cuerpo humano puede sufrir dos clases de lesiones muy graves por accidente capaces de provocar daños permanentes y consecuencias que alteran la vida de la persona: los traumatismos cerebrales y las lesiones de la médula espinal.

Con frecuencia, las dos clases de daños se producen mediante los mismos accidentes graves, ya que la cabeza y el cuello pueden verse comprometidos de manera simultánea.

La National Spinal Cord Injury Association (Asociación Nacional de Lesiones de la Médula Espinal) estima que diariamente se producen 30 lesiones graves de médula espinal en los Estados Unidos, y el 60 % de los heridos son hombres menores de 30 años. Los accidentes automovilísticos son la causa de la mayoría de las lesiones de la médula espinal en nuestro país; los actos de violencia están en segundo lugar.

¿Qué es una lesión de médula espinal?

Las lesiones de médula espinal conllevan un daño grave para el sistema nervioso central, es decir, la médula, los nervios espinales y el cerebro. La médula espinal se compone de un conjunto de nervios que facilitan la comunicación entre el cerebro y el cuerpo. Está rodeada de líquido, protegida por ligamentos, hueso (vértebras) y discos intervertebrales, es decir, amortiguadores que consisten principalmente en cartílago y separan las vértebras.

Este disco tiene un material gelatinoso en su núcleo, llamado núcleo pulposo, que facilita el movimiento. Cuando se produce un movimiento extremo o se ejercen fuerzas excesivas y repentinas sobre la columna vertebral, los anillos exteriores de los discos se pueden romper o “herniarse”, y el núcleo pulposo puede quedar atrapado en la médula espinal o los nervios de la columna, lo que puede causar un dolor insoportable y a veces parálisis.

Cuando la columna vertebral se lesiona de gravedad, la médula espinal y los nervios que controlan el movimiento del cuerpo sufren un daño permanente.

Aparte del dolor extremo, este tipo de lesión puede producir una disminución de la capacidad de comunicación del cerebro, en el mejor de los casos, y una ausencia de comunicación cerebral, en el peor.

Por lo general, las víctimas de lesiones de médula espinal contraen cuadriplejia o paraplejia. Es un acontecimiento trágico y devastador para la víctima y sus seres queridos.

El tratamiento de las lesiones de la columna vertebral es costoso

Debido a la gravedad de las lesiones de la médula espinal, el costo de la atención médica de la víctima es enorme. Las víctimas pueden contraer parálisis, dolor crónico, úlceras de decúbito infectadas y pérdida de control de la vejiga y el intestino y la función sexual. Muchas víctimas de lesiones de la médula espinal necesitan atención continua y total durante el resto de sus vidas.

Al manejar casos de lesiones de médula espinal, los abogados especializados en lesiones de Kenneth J. Allen Law Group comprenden la importancia de transmitir al jurado los enormes gastos médicos a los que se enfrenta la víctima.

Nuestros abogados especializados en daños recurrirán a los servicios de especialistas en rehabilitación y médicos conocidos como fisiatras para evaluar las necesidades futuras mínimas de atención médica del cliente.

Se tienen en cuenta todas las necesidades diarias, como catéteres, dispositivos de movilidad, modificaciones en el hogar y atención médica en el hogar para elaborar un plan de atención de por vida. Luego, se contratan especialistas en economía para determinar los gastos médicos totales esperados de por vida, que en total suelen sumar muchos millones de dólares.

Para las litigios complicados, se necesitan abogados experimentados en lesiones de médula espinal

Por lo general, las demandas se presentan después de los accidentes que provocan una lesión de la médula espinal con el fin de obtener una indemnización adecuada para la atención y el tratamiento de la víctima. Al trabajar con casos de lesión de médula espinal, los abogados especializados de Kenneth J. Allen Law Group comprenden la importancia de hacer ver al jurado la lucha diaria que debe sobrellevar la víctima de la lesión.

Por lo normal, un equipo de filmación filma al cliente para hacer una película documental titulada “Un día en la vida”, que muestra la rutina diaria, como el cambio de catéter o programas de tratamiento del intestino, que solo muy pocas personas, aparte de las víctimas y sus familias, presencian alguna vez.

El uso asiduo de este tipo de pruebas junto con planes integrales de atención médica es lo que coloca a los abogados especializados en lesiones de Kenneth J. Allen Law Group en un grado mucho más elevado de experiencia al manejar casos de traumatismo cerebral y de médula espinal.

Dado que en cada caso es necesario tener conocimientos médicos y jurídicos complejos para defender adecuadamente a estas víctimas y sus familias, existen ciertos abogados litigantes y estudios jurídicos especializados en esta área del derecho, como Kenneth J. Allen Law Group del área del noroeste de Indiana y Chicago.

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There are two very serious injuries to the human body that result from accidents, causing permanent damage and life-altering consequences: traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.

Frequently, both types of damage occur in the same serious accidents, since both the head and neck may be simultaneously involved.

The National Spinal Cord Injury Association estimates that there are 30 new and serious spinal cord injuries occurring every single day in the United States, and 60% of those injured are men under the age of 30. Car accidents are the cause of most spinal cord injuries in our country, with acts of violence a close second.

What is a spinal injury?

A Spinal injury entails severe harm to the central nervous system, i.e., the spinal cord, spinal nerves and brain. The spinal cord is made up of a bundle of nerves which facilitates communication between the brain and the body. The spinal cord itself is surrounded by fluid, protected by ligaments and bone (vertebrae) with an intervertebral disk, a shock absorber made mostly of cartilage, separating each vertebra.

This disk has a gelatinous material at its core, called the nucleus propulsis, which facilitates movement. When the movement is extreme, or untoward forces are exerted on the spine, the outer rings of the disk may rupture or “herniate” and the nucleus propulsis can be squeezed into the spinal cord or spinal nerves, causing excruciating pain and sometimes paralysis.

When there is a severe injury to the spine, permanent damage to the spinal cord and nerves which control body movement results.

Apart from extreme pain, this kind of injury may result in faulty brain communication at best, and an absence of brain communication at worst.

Victims of spinal cord injuries commonly face paraplegia or quadriplegia. It is a tragic and devastating event for both the victim and his loved ones.

Spinal Injuries are Expensive to Treat

Due to the severity of spinal cord injuries, the cost of a victim’s care is enormous. Victims face paralysis; chronic pain; infected bed sores; and loss of bladder or bowel control and sexual function. Many spinal cord injury victims need continuous, around the clock care for the rest of their lives.

When handling spinal cord injury cases, the injury attorneys at Kenneth J. Allen Law Group understand the importance of conveying to the jury the enormous medical expenses facing the victim.

Our injury attorneys will retain rehabilitation specialists and doctors known as physiatrists to assess the minimum future health care needs of the client.

All of the daily needs, such as catheters, mobility devices, home modifications, and home health care are factored into a life care plan. Then economists are hired to determine the total expected lifetime medical costs, which frequently total many millions of dollars.

Complicated Lawsuits Need Experience Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers

Lawsuits are usually filed after accidents resulting in a spinal cord injury in order to obtain adequate compensation for the care and treatment of the spinal injury victim. When handling spinal cord cases, the injury lawyers at Kenneth J. Allen Law Group understand the importance of conveying to the jury the daily struggle the spinal cord injury victim must face.

Typically, a camera crew shadows the client to create a documentary film, called a “Day in the Life” video, which highlights the activities of daily living, like changing catheters or bowel programs, which only a rare few besides victims and their families ever witness.

Routine use of this kind of evidence along with comprehensive life care plans is what sets the injury attorneys at Kenneth J. Allen Law Group at a much higher level of expertise in handling spinal cord and brain injury cases.

Since each case involves the need to have complex medical knowledge as well as detailed legal knowledge to properly advocate for these victims and their families, there are certain trial attorneys and injury law firms dedicated to this focused area of severe injury practice, such as the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland law firm of Kenneth J. Allen Law Group.

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