We are experienced in representing those with spinal cord injuries as well
as their families. These injuries can arise because of a work injury,
car accident, medical malpractice and other causes. We have represented
those with mild sprain/strain type injuries to the back to the very severe
injuries including paralysis. Call us at 314 542-9999 if we can help you.
In order to successfully recover the full amount of your damages, an injury
victim needs competent representation. At Cantor and Associate we have
the knowledge, experience and financial resources to aggressively pursue
your spinal injury case. We have represented thousands of Plaintiff's
in civil lawsuits and workers' compensation claims as a result of
spinal injuries. This year alone, we have represented clients with significant
injuries to their spine. Unfortunately, I have also represented a child
with spinal injuries including a one year old paralyzed in a car vs. truck
accident. In that case, both parents were in the front seat and killed,
leaving a quadriplegic child to be raised by others. It was an extremely
sad set of facts. The case settled confidentially before trial in the
city of St. Louis.
Any damage to the spinal cord – whether it be a ruptured disc, stenosis,
or "pinched nerve" – will have serious and long term effects.
The spinal cord extends from the base of the brain down the neck and through
the back and carries the neurons, which are basically the "phone
lines" that gives information to the body to function. The medical
term for this is motor neurons. When the spinal cord is injured, these
neurons do not function as well and create significant pain. The spinal
cord is surrounded by bone which is called vertebrae. At Cantor and Associate,
we frequently see fractured vertebrae that cause damage to both the bone
as well as to the spinal cord. As a general rule, the higher the spinal
injury the more dysfunction a person will have because more neurons are
affected. This is why when someone fractures their neck they may be paralyzed
from the neck down as opposed to the mid-back which usually will not affect
the arms, but is the lower body.
The spine is composed of four main components. The cervical spine is the
neck which is C1- C8. Injuries to the cervical spine where the spine is
severed result in quadriplegia. If the injury is above the C-4 level (which
is the cervical fourth disc) it usually results in a ventilator for the
person to breathe. At C-5 the injury severed spinal cord results in some
shoulder and bicep control, but no control at the wrist or hand and C-6
the person will usually have wrist control, but not hand function. As
you can see the injuries progressively become less severe the further
down the spine the injury occurs.
The next level after the cervical spine is the thoracic spine which is
T1- T12. The thoracic nerves generally control the chest muscles and the
abdominal muscles. Next, is a lumbar vertebrae which is L1 - L5. The lumbar
spine controls the leg muscles. Lastly, there is the sacral, the lowest
part of the back and is commonly referred to as the tail bone. The sacral
portion of the spine controls the valve of the bladder and sexual function.
There are generally five levels of the sacral which are S1 - S5. (Although
I recently represented a person who has a sixth level. In that case, the
defense argued that the fall at work did not cause the injury, but it
was a congenital meaning birth defect. I won the case.)
Gary and I have been practicing law now for a very long time. As a result
of limiting our practice to significant injuries we have handled many,
many spine cases. We have recovered literally millions of dollars for
people with spinal injuries and we know the anatomy well. There are a
lot of areas of law out in our society and there are a lot of things to
know, but Cantor and Associate knows how to handle injury cases and we
can win your case. In order to win these cases, you must be educated medically.
We surround ourselves with smart people to assist us in the case and retain
the best experts in the world. We have attended medical seminars and I
even went to one where we performed a surgery on a cadaver. (Think about
that, a medical doctor teaching a lawyer how to do a surgery on a cadaver
so that we would know the medical science better.) We also share an office
with a neurologist, my father, who is available regularly to consult with
us for free on our cases.
If you have a serious spinal injury from a car accident, a work injury,
medical malpractice, or other cause, please call us at (314) 542-9999
and we can help.