Spinal cord injuries can be devastating and, unfortunately, they are not uncommon. The World Health Organization puts the number of these injuries worldwide at anywhere from 250,000 to 500,00 annually. The impact includes catastrophic expenses, from high medical costs to ongoing rehab and therapy, and a potentially shorter lifespan.
Those after-effects ripple through not only the injury victim themselves, but their family and friends. The Baton Rouge spinal cord injury lawyers at Beall & Thies can’t make these problems go away—as much as we’d like to. What we can do is do the diligent legal footwork necessary to make sure the victim and their family get a fair settlement.
Types of Spinal Cord Damage
The medical community classifies spinal cord damage in two broad categories. There are “incomplete” and “complete” spinal cord injuries. Each of these broad categories has three different subsets of injuries within them .
Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries
An incomplete injury means that there are body parts which can still function. Incomplete injuries make up over half of all reported spinal cord damage. They include…
- Anterior Cord Syndrome: This will impact about 2/3 of the spinal cord. There will be paralysis below the point where the damage occurred.
- Central Cord Syndrome: The type of injury that is most common, its consequences include the inability to use the arms and hands. The disability can, in certain cases, be extended to the legs.
- Brown-Sequard Syndrome: This is a rare condition and creates the result of a victim suffering the loss of movement on one side of the body, while simultaneously losing sensation on the other side.
Complete Spinal Cord Injuries
As the name of this injury suggests, complete spinal cord damage means that nothing below the damaged part of the cord can be moved. Complete spinal cord injuries include…
- Tetraplegia: Located on the cervical spine, this is the most severe injury of all, with virtually no limbs able to function voluntarily.
- Paraplegia: This is when the lower half of the body cannot be moved. In addition to immobilizing the legs and feet, paraplegia can also impact the stomach muscles.
- Triplegia: Usually starting as an incomplete injury, triplegia can be the result when complications develop. The injury gets its name because the consequence will be the inability to use three limbs—e.g., not being able to use either leg and one arm.
Beall & Thies will fight for the settlement you need to pay your medical bills and help you rebuild your life after a spinal cord injury. Call today at (225) 577-6223 or contact us online to set up a consultation.
Reliable Help From Lawyers You Can Trust
At Beall & Thies, our Baton Rouge spinal cord attorneys have deep experience helping families in these difficult situations. We take the legal burden off of their shoulders, put it on ours and then leverage our 100-plus years of combined experience to fight for a fair settlement.
A Baton Rouge spinal cord injury lawyer must have the experience necessary to understand the full scope of costs that will be involved in the patient’s recovery. The costs of surgery are likely to be extensive and that’s really just the beginning. Rehab is going to go on for a very long time, quite possibly on a permanent basis. An attorney must be networked with experts in the medical community who can anticipate the length of rehab, what will be involved and how to estimate the financial tally.
Furthermore, patients with spinal cord injuries often go through understandable depression. Their lives have been irreversibly altered. They can no longer do the things they once enjoyed. Ongoing psychotherapy may be needed to help them cope and adjust to a new reality.
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Russell W. Beall
"Russell W. Beall is a founding partner in the Baton Rouge law firm of Beall & Thies LLC. His main emphasis of practice is on Civil Litigation including Torts, Products Liability, and Premises Liability. Russell is a frequent guest speaker at Louisiana State University Law School where he participates in the Appellate Advocacy Program and the Professionalism Orientation. He earned his B.A. degree at Louisiana State University (1998) and his J.D Louisiana State University Law School (2001). Russell is an active member of the Louisiana Association for Justice and is frequently invited to be a guest speaker at continuing legal education seminars."Read Full Bio
William W. Thies
"William W. Thies was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1974 moving with his family to Slidell, Louisiana at seven years of age. Mr. Thies graduated from Slidell High School in 1992. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in history and political science from Louisiana State University in 1996 and his Juris Doctorate from the Southern University Law Center in 2001. He was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association in May 2002. He is a member of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, American Bar Associations, and the Louisiana Association of Justice. He is admitted to practice in all state courts, the United States District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Louisiana, as well as the United States Supreme Court."Read Full Bio
"Jacob H. Thomas is originally from the Piney Hills of North Louisiana, known for producing great litigators such as Huey P. Long as well as several other notable statesmen on the both the federal and state levels.Read Full Bio
Jake is a graduate of Jonesboro-Hodge High School and Northwestern State University where he was a member of the Theta Mu chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the NSU Presidential Leadership Program, and the Inter-Fraternity Council serving as Vice President."
"Aaron Humphreys joined Beall & Thies, LLC as an associate attorney in the fall of 2016. He was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association in May of 2016. Aaron is also a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Justice."Read Full Bio
"George G. Caballero practices general civil law and focuses on plaintiff’s personal injury, wills, and successions. George joined Beall & Thies as of counsel in 2017 after starting Caballero Law Firm in 1993. Mr. Caballero has over thirty years of experience as an attorney and has served clients in various matters ranging from business and tort litigation, business, family law, and successions.Read Full Bio
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