According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, there are 12,000 new spinal cord injury cases each year. The majority of these injuries result from vehicular accidents or slips/falls. These types of injuries often result from a forceful blow to the spine, which may break bones around the spinal cord.
The spinal cord houses many of the human body’s essential nerves. The spinal cord is also extremely fragile and can be easily injured. Because many of these injuries are suffered during car accidents or traumatic events they can have a tremendous and overwhelming impact on a person’s life. Spinal cord injuries can lead to paralysis and/or a lifetime filled with pain.
Those who experience spinal cord injuries have a higher risk of premature mortality. According to World Health Organization, people with spinal cord injuries are 2 to 5 times more likely to die prematurely than people without SCI. These risks increase with injury severity as well as timely healthcare.
The spinal cord is about 18 inches long and serves as a messenger between the brain and body. The spinal cord protects nerves and is housed inside the vertebrae. If one’s vertebrae is injured or fractured, this often leads to a spinal cord injury.
Spinal cord injuries may result in paralysis, which can take many different forms. For instance, one can suffer from a number of different forms of paralysis, including:
No matter how a spinal cord injury is caused, the results can be devastating. For instance, spinal cord injuries often result in years of treatment and medical expenses. Medical equipment (specific beds, wheelchairs, shower installations) will also likely be necessary. Moreover, in-home care may also be required. Lastly, an individual suffering a spinal cord injury may have to change jobs or careers, resulting in loss of income.
Spinal cord injuries are expensive and can result in a great deal of money needing to be spent. If a spinal cord injury has been caused by another person’s negligence, you should not have to supplement the growing expenses on your own. You deserve to collect and be compensated for your current and future medical expenses, current and future lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of normal life.
If You Have Suffered a Spinal Cord Injury
If you believe a spinal cord injury has occurred, seek medical treatment immediately. Be sure to get copies of all medical records and bills. Next, gather as much contact information as you can from witnesses to ensure the facts of the accident or event are memorialized.
Our firm’s attorneys are here to help you through this trying time. You or your family member who has suffered a spinal cord injury will not go at this alone. Please do not hesitate to contact our offices today. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. Get the compensation you deserve.