What Is Spinal Cord Injury?
Any move you make with any part of your body happens because of a signal from your brain, through your spinal cord, to your muscles. Your spine not only supports your skeleton, it also surrounds and protects your spinal cord, which carries the messages that tell you whether something hurts or feels good and that move your arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers, toes and everything else. Injury to your spinal cord interrupts your brain's communication with the rest of your body, and the consequences can be among the most serious of all injuries. An injury that affects your spinal cord is likely to be disabling because cutting off the transmission of neurological signals at any spinal level usually stops voluntary muscular function for all nerves that connect to the spinal cord below that level. Someone with a serious spinal cord injury in the low back may lose all feeling and function in his legs. If the same injury happens to his neck, he may lose all function in his arms and legs.
Covering All The Issues In Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injury can occur anywhere, often on the job. Working with large machinery or high above or under the ground poses dangers that can lead to serious injury. At TCNF, we handle both workers' compensation and "third party" personal injury cases so that, if someone other than your employer is responsible for your injury, we don't refer one of your cases to another law firm, we take care of everything in-house, as we have for over 30 years. We coordinate workers' compensation and other insurance claims and benefits so as to make sure the responsible parties pay your medical bills and lost wages while you are recovering as best you can.
The same is true of social security disability. When you suffer a spinal cord injury, if you will be unable to work for a year or more, you are likely to be entitled to social security disability benefits based on your work earnings. This is true whether or not you were injured on the job. The TCNF social security team can handle all aspects of your social security claim, from initial application to hearing, to federal court appeal, if necessary. The team can calculate and advise you about benefit offsets between social security and other programs, like workers' compensation and private long-term disability insurance. We have handled all of these claims in-house for our spinal cord injury clients since 1992. Identifying, pursuing and coordinating among all of these kinds of potential benefits for our spinal cord injury clients is a special service we provide so that you and your family don't have to deal with insurance and benefit headaches while you are working your way back from a spinal cord injury.
Spinal cord injury is special. It is not just something that's hard to deal with; it demands center stage in your life, and it demands the kind of full-court-press approach we at TCNF have learned over decades of representing spinal cord injury clients. That very much includes our senior personal injury staff, Kristin Kidd and Amanda Ulrich, who have been dealing with spinal cord injury cases with the firm for 23 years (Kristin) and 18 (Amanda), respectively. It's up to you whether you talk to your lawyer or your paralegal, but either you way you have someone who has been there before many times and can offer you not just advice on your case but also understanding based on years of experience with others who have suffered similar life-altering trauma.
If you or a friend or loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, we can help.