Based on data compiled by the Mayo Clinic, approximately 11,000 people annually experience a spinal cord injury. Approximately half of these injuries are the result of car accidents. After a spinal cord injury, it is common to find yourself facing complications that impact the quality of your life. As an experienced accident attorney, I can help make things right!
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are often the result of sudden and traumatic blows to a person’s spine that either crush, compress, dislocate, or fracture the vertebrae. Besides motor vehicle accidents, some common causes of spinal cord injuries include construction accidents, disease, slip and falls, sports injuries, and violent encounters.
While spinal cord injuries can occur at work or on the road, they can also occur while a person is at home.
The Nature of Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is the column of nerve tissues which is responsible for delivering messages between your brain and the rest of your body. Spinal cord injuries can either damage or destroy the brain’s ability to communicate with your body. Spinal cord injuries often result in paralysis, which is divided into four categories. The closer a spinal injury is to a person’s head, the more substantial the area that is likely to be impacted.
Complete spinal cord injuries occur when the impacted area loses all ability to control muscles or experience sensations. Some of the other types of spinal cord injuries include:
- Paraparesis, which includes partial paralysis of the lower extremities
- Paraplegia, which involves paralysis of the lower extremities
- Quadriparesis, which involves partial paralysis of all four extremities
- Quadriplegia, which involves complete paralysis of all four extremities
The Impact of Spinal Cord Injuries
The impact of spinal cord injuries can go past physical challenges. Getting used to life with partial or full paralysis is extremely difficult, and victims often experience emotional pain too. These injuries often impact finances and lifestyles as well.
The Basis of Spinal Cord Lawsuits
To make sure that you receive adequate compensation after a spinal cord injury, you must establish several elements. These include, your injury did not exist before the accident and the injury was directly caused by another party’s actions.
Compensation for a spinal cord injury may cover:
- Damage to any property that you may have owed
- Medical expenses required to treat the injury
- Pain and suffering accompanying your injuries
- Rehabilitation costs for the recovery of injuries
- Reducing your earning capacity caused by the accident
- Wages that were lost as a result of injuries from the accident
If You are a Spinal Cord Injury Victim, Call Me Today
If you experienced a spinal cord injury, call me today. While you focus on your recovery, I will help you navigate issues with insurance providers or in a court of law. And remember, I’ll Make Them Pay!®.