Nearly 250,000 people throughout the U.S., including South Carolina, suffer from debilitating spinal cord injuries, according to a University of Alabama study.
These injuries include damaged nerves, slipped discs, and harmed tissue. The effects range from chronic pain to total or partial paralysis. Unfortunately, in all too many cases, these serious spinal cord injuries are the result of the negligence or recklessness of others.
At Joye Law Firm, we know how difficult it can be for spinal cord injury victims and their families to cope with the condition. Work is missed. Bills pile up. Insurance companies call and press for a quick settlement of any claims against the party who caused the injury. We want to help you.
Contact Our Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Today
Our South Carolina personal injury attorneys at Joye Law Firm can help you through the confusion and strain that accompanies spinal cord injury. Respect, compassion, and care are what you can expect from our lawyers and staff.
Since 1968, we have helped injured people like you recover not just the money they are entitled to receive, but we’ve also helped them to improve their lives.
Joye Law Firm has offices in Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Clinton, and Columbia, and our spinal cord injury attorneys are ready to take on your case anywhere in South Carolina.
We represent spine injury victims all over the state, including Florence, Richland County, Orangeburg, Columbia, Horry County (Conway and North Myrtle Beach), North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and Summerville.
The seasoned spinal cord injury lawyers at Joye Law Firm are committed to our clients. With nearly 250 years of combined litigation experience, the South Carolina spinal cord injury attorneys at Joye Law Firm have received an AV rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell legal directory. Several of our lawyers also have been recognized as South Carolina Super Lawyers.
Past results are in no way intended to imply that a similar result can be obtained in other cases.
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Common Issues With Spinal Cord Injuries in South Carolina
With nearly 250 years of combined litigation experience, the spinal cord injury attorneys at Joye Law Firm have handled enough cases to identify some frequent issues.
We also know that each case is unique — including yours. That’s why it’s important to talk to us directly. To help answer some questions you might have, we have compiled information on issues that we often deal with:
What is a spinal cord injury? The spine and brain form the central nervous system. Throughout the spine are nerves that carry impulses between the brain and the rest of the body, which controls functions such as moving, eating, breathing, hearing, and vision. When these nerves are damaged by blunt force, pinching, crushing, or laceration, multiple body functions and senses are hindered.
What are the causes of spine injury? According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), the leading causes of back and spine injury are:
- Accidents (car, truck, motorcycle crashes involving motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians)
- Falls (including those at workplaces such as construction sites)
- Sports/recreation accidents (especially in heavy contact sports such as football and basketball or wrecks on bicycles and ATVs)
- Violence (both physical assaults and weapon-related attacks)
- Other causes (surgical malpractice, for instance, or dangerous and defective machinery and equipment)
What is the impact of spinal cord injury? The most obvious effect of spinal cord damage is the loss of mobility, including paraplegia or quadriplegia. Other impacts can include:
- Loss of bladder control
- Respiratory, digestive, circulatory distress
- Urinary tract infections
What are the costs of a spinal cord injury? Whether mild or severe, medical costs of spinal cord injury can be devastating. The NSCISC estimates that the average initial hospital stay is 15 days, and the average rehabilitation phase lasts for 44 days. A quadriplegic may require up to $1.35 million in lifetime expenses, while a paraplegic could experience up to $428,000 in costs, the NSCISC states. This does not include lost wages, pain and suffering, and the missed work and emotional burdens suffered by family members.
How Can Our Lawyers Help South Carolina Spine Injury Victims?
At Joye Law Firm, our top priority is making sure that our back and spinal cord injury clients get the medical treatment they deserve. We can work with doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies to make sure you or your loved one’s medical care goes uninterrupted.
We can also simultaneously begin developing your case against the party whose negligent or reckless driving, lack of workplace safety, or medical malpractice caused the injury.
We can consult with highly qualified accident and medical experts, compile evidence and work relentlessly to ensure that you and your family are compensated for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other related damages.
An insurance adjuster might approach you in hopes of settling your claim against the at-fault driver, employer, or doctor. Don’t sign any documents without first talking to one of our South Carolina spinal cord injury attorneys. You could sign away your rights to the full compensation you deserve.