For funnyman Darrell Hammond, who famously portrayed Bill Clinton on Saturday Night Live, his recent car crash-induced back injury was no laughing matter. When his car collided with another vehicle, both his back and ribs were injured. Now, Hammond’s lawyers are suing the other driver. They attest that Hammond has been unable to stand for long amounts of time since the accident, has been in significant pain, and has had to cancel many scheduled performances due to his injuries.
Hammond is suing the driver, whose negligence caused his back trauma, for the costs incurred from the accident ― medical expenses, pain suffered, and loss of income. To be successful, Hammond’s legal team will need to prove that the driver’s negligence was the primary factor causing the accident.
The leading causes and types of spinal cord injuries
A spinal cord injury is usually the result of a sudden, traumatic blow. Auto accidents comprise approximately half of spinal cord injury cases, with falls, violent encounters, and sports accidents producing most other instances. The seriousness of spinal cord injuries is generally divided into two categories: “complete” injuries, where most feeling and sensation are lost below the affected area, and “incomplete” injuries, where some feeling and sensation are retained below the point of contact.
You may have a spinal cord injury if you have acute pain in your back and exhibit some of the following symptoms:
- Loss of movement or sensation
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Changes in sexual function
- Muscle spasms or exaggerated reflexes
- Difficulty breathing or persistent coughing
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By J. Michael McGarity | Published September 16, 2013 | Posted in Motor Vehicle Accidents