Workers Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries
Bourne Law Firm, Cumming GA
Introduction to Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are among the most serious and life-altering injuries a person can suffer. At
Bourne Law Firm, our team is dedicated to representing clients with serious and catastrophic work
injuries, including those who have sustained spinal cord injuries. We understand the challenges
that come with such injuries and the significant impact they can have on your quality of life,
career, and financial stability. Our experienced attorneys are committed to fighting for your
rights and ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve.
Benefits You Are Entitled to Receive After a Spinal Cord Injury at Work
When you sustain a spinal cord injury in the workplace, it is essential to understand the benefits
you are entitled to receive. These benefits can help you cover medical expenses, lost wages, and
more. As part of a workers' compensation claim, you may be eligible for the following benefits:
Our attorneys at Bourne Law Firm will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the full benefits you
deserve and help you navigate the complex workers' compensation process.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are complex and vary greatly in severity, with each case being unique.
Understanding the type of spinal cord injury sustained is crucial in determining the appropriate
course of treatment and assessing the potential for recovery. There are two primary
classifications of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete.
Complete spinal cord injuries involve a total loss of function below the level
of injury. This means that an individual with a complete spinal cord injury will likely
experience paralysis and loss of sensation in the affected areas of the body.
Incomplete spinal cord injuries are characterized by a partial loss of function
below the level of injury. With an incomplete injury, an individual may retain some level of
sensation, movement, or both in the affected areas.
In addition to the extent of damage, spinal cord injuries can also be categorized based on the
level of injury within the spinal column. The spinal column is divided into four primary
regions, each of which can be affected by an injury:
- Cervical: Injuries occurring in the neck and upper back region can result
in quadriplegia, affecting both the upper and lower extremities.
- Thoracic: Injuries in the middle portion of the back can lead to
paraplegia, impacting the lower extremities and potentially causing loss of function in the
trunk of the body.
- Lumbar: Injuries to the lower back area can also result in paraplegia,
affecting the hips and legs.
- Sacral: Injuries in the base of the spine typically impact the hips,
buttocks, and pelvic region, and can cause varying degrees of impairment in the lower
It is important to consult with experienced medical professionals and legal experts to fully
understand the nature of a spinal cord injury and its potential impact on an individual's life.
Our team at Bourne Law Firm is here to provide support and guidance for those dealing with
spinal cord injuries in the workplace.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries in the Workplace
Spinal cord injuries can occur in various ways in the workplace, and their causes can range from
seemingly minor incidents to catastrophic accidents. Understanding the common causes of these
injuries can help workers take preventative measures to minimize the risk of injury and ensure a
safer work environment.
Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries in the workplace include:
Falls from heights or on slippery surfaces: Workers in construction,
warehouse, or other industries that require working at heights are at an increased risk of
suffering spinal cord injuries from falls. Additionally, slippery surfaces caused by spills or
inadequate maintenance can also lead to falls and serious injuries.
Vehicle accidents : Accidents involving forklifts, trucks, and other heavy
machinery can result in spinal cord injuries. These accidents can occur when vehicles collide
or when workers are struck by moving vehicles in the workplace.
Heavy equipment accidents : Workers operating or working near heavy machinery,
such as cranes, loaders, or conveyors, can suffer spinal cord injuries if they are struck by
or caught in the equipment. Proper training and adherence to safety protocols are essential in
preventing these types of accidents.
Work-related violence or assault: Although less common, incidents involving
violence or assault in the workplace can lead to spinal cord injuries. Employers have a
responsibility to maintain a safe work environment and address any potential threats to worker
In the aftermath of a workplace spinal cord injury, it is essential to seek experienced legal
representation to ensure that your rights are protected. The team at Bourne Law Firm focuses on
serious and catastrophic work injuries, providing the expertise and support needed to navigate
the complex workers' compensation process.
Medical Treatment and Rehabilitation
Following a spinal cord injury, appropriate medical treatment and rehabilitation are crucial for
the best possible recovery. Treatment may include:
- Surgery to stabilize the spine or address other related issues
- Physical therapy to improve mobility and strength
- Occupational therapy to help regain independence in daily activities
- Assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, braces, or adaptive equipment
Settlements and Award Calculations
Settlements and award calculations for spinal cord injuries take into account factors such as
the severity of the injury, the injured worker's ability to return to work, and their pre-injury
earnings. The goal is to compensate the injured worker for their medical expenses, lost wages,
and other damages resulting from the injury. Read our guide to workers' comp settlements.
Catastrophic Designations for Spinal Cord Injuries
In most cases, spinal cord injuries automatically qualify as catastrophic injuries due to their
severe and lasting impact on an individual's life. According to the Official Code of Georgia
Annotated (OCGA) § 34-9-200.1(g), certain types of spinal cord injuries (involving severe
paralysis of an arm, a leg, or the trunk) are considered catastrophic, which can result in
additional benefits and support for the injured worker. A catastrophic designation is given to
injuries that prevent an individual from performing any gainful work, entitling them to lifetime
medical benefits and wage replacement benefits.
Our attorneys at Bourne Law Firm have extensive experience handling catastrophic injury cases, and
we understand the importance of securing this designation for those with spinal cord injuries. We
will work diligently to ensure your injury is appropriately categorized and that you receive the
maximum compensation and benefits available to you under the law.
How Our Law Firm Can Help
At Bourne Law Firm, our team focuses on helping individuals with serious and catastrophic work
injuries, including spinal cord injuries. We understand the complexities of workers'
compensation claims and can guide you through the process. Our experienced attorneys will
advocate for your rights, ensuring you receive the benefits you are entitled to. Contact us
today for a free consultation.