Maritime Worker Sues Shipping Company after Sustaining Injuries to His Neck and BackSeptember 28th, 2016
A Louisiana seaman is claiming that the shipping company he works for is liable for his injuries, reports the Louisiana Record. Frank Williams was allegedly in his bunkroom below deck when another vessel struck his ship and threw him off balance.
Williams suffered injuries to his head, neck and back, he says, and has since made claims for compensation for lost wages, physical and mental pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and medical expenses.
Falls are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center – accounting for almost 30 percent of these injuries.
If you, your child or someone you love suffered an injury to the spine, contact a spinal cord injury attorney from the The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm to discuss your legal options. David A. Bowling is an experienced medical malpractice lawyer in New Orleans who will help you decide if you should sue for compensation for medical bills and other damages.
What Are the Different Kinds of Spinal Cord Injuries – and How Do You Know If You Have One?
Spinal cord injuries are defined by their degree of severity, and how serious they are will depend on the area affected. Generally, injuries that are higher up around the neck affect a larger area of the body than damage to lower areas.
The three most common categories of spinal cord injuries are:
Quadriplegia: Characterized bymuscle weakness in the arms and legs;
Paraplegia: Resulting in a loss of sensation from the waist down;
And tetraplegia: Involving inhibited mobility in one arm and both legs.
After any accident, it is crucial that you check for signs of a possible spinal cord injury straight away. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, these are all signs to look out for:
Severe pain or pressure in the head, neck or back;
A tingling sensation in the extremities such as hands, fingers, feet or toes;
Loss of control over any part of the body;
Abnormal urinary or bowel urgency or incontinence;
Serious difficulty with balance, especially while walking;
Unusual pain or pressure in the thorax;
Or any unusual lumps on the head or along the spine.
If you suffered a spinal injury in Louisiana, a New Orleans spinal cord injury attorney from the The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm will help you decide whether to make a claim against the at-fault person or organization. David A. Bowling is a medical malpractice lawyer with more than 30 years of trial experience.
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