How a Fall Can Lead to Permanent Paralysis
We’ve all taken an occasional fall, and they’re usually no more than small nuisances. Falls, however, can also be extremely dangerous. In fact, the National Floor Safety Institute reports that falls are the second leading cause of spinal cord injuries. A spinal cord injury can change your life in an instant—and can even lead to permanent paralysis. It’s startling to realize that something as simple as a fall can damage your life so tragically.
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, here’s why you need experienced legal counsel.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents in Virginia typically must address three elemental questions:
- Was the hazard that caused you to fall open and obvious? If yes, then:
- Was the property owner unreasonably negligent? If yes, then:
- Were you partially responsible for your accident? If no, then you may have a viable Virginia personal injury claim.
Virginia is one of few states that continues to employ pure contributory negligence laws (rather than comparative negligence laws). In Virginia, if your actions contributed to your accident, you can’t recover compensation for your damages.
If you suffered a spinal cord injury in a Virginia slip and fall accident, you need a skilled personal injury attorney with expertise handling these always-complicated claims, because Virginia personal injury claims are especially difficult to successfully navigate toward the compensation to which you are entitled.
Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury refers to damage anywhere on the spinal cord (or to the nerves at the spinal canal’s end) that often results in permanent impairment to sensation, strength, or other physical functions below the injury site. Furthermore, severe spinal cord injuries can translate into physical, emotional, and financial devastation.
Your Spinal Cord
Together with your brain, your spinal cord constitutes your body’s command center (the central nervous system), which coordinates your body’s ability to move and experience sensations. With a spinal cord injury, your body loses some (or all) of its ability to send messages to and receive messages from your brain. This leads to deficits in your sensory, motor, and autonomic functioning below the injury level, and often equates to some degree of paralysis.
If You Were Paralyzed in a Slip and Fall Accident, Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or someone you care about suffered a spinal cord injury that someone else’s negligence caused, you know exactly how devastating that can be. After seeking immediate medical attention, consult with an experienced Richmond personal injury attorney with expertise in slip and fall accidents. The knowledgeable legal team at Emroch & Kilduff has the experience, dedication, and compassion to help guide your claim toward its most favorable resolution. We’re here to help, so please contact or call us today at (804) 358-1568 for an initial consultation.