About 12,000- 15,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury every year in the United States, with approximately 10,000 of them suffering death or paralysis from their injuries.
A spinal cord injury that results in full or partial paralysis of the victim can be one of the most traumatic and painful injuries that a person can endure. As a truly catastrophic injury, it is also one of the most difficult types of cases that an attorney can work on, requiring the services of experienced and dedicated lawyers in this highly complex area of personal injury.
Spinal cord injuries from a broken back result from bone fragments pinching your spinal cord. Most spinal injuries are fractures of the spine itself, which affects the gray nerve matter inside the spine. There are actually very few instances of the spinal cord being completely severed. The extent of the injury depends on what part of the spine is affected and how severe the damage to the spinal cord.
Most spinal cord injuries result from auto accidents and are among the most devastating results of car wrecks. These injuries can also arise from gunshot wounds, falls, or sports accidents.
Often, the same situations that inspire spinal cord injuries are caused by another person’s negligence.
If your accident can be attributed to someone else’s carelessness, call us at (888) 711-5947 today.
We handle catastrophic injury claims from the following occurrences:
While the events we’ve discussed above are the most common contributors to spinal cord injuries, your spinal cord is a fragile part of your body and can be damaged during other activities or accidents.
If you’re unsure whether or not you have a case, simply contact our attorneys at The Gilbert Law Group® to find out!
The effects of a severe spinal cord injury are devastating to the victim and the family. Spinal cord injuries resulting from an accident can lead to paralysis, and may also cause a loss of breathing ability.
Other effects of spinal cord injuries may include:
These injuries can also cause a reduced ability to regulate blood pressure and heart rate, osteoporosis, and ongoing pain.
The symptoms of a spinal injury will usually correspond to the area of the spine that is affected, according to the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA), since different parts of the spinal cord affect different areas of the body.
The ASIA classifies a spinal cord injury as “complete” or “incomplete”, although many neurologists say that those classifications are not necessarily fixed. This is not an easy diagnosis, and is a function of the amount of voluntary movement that a patient can exhibit within a particular part of the body. The more movement, the more “incomplete” the injury.
Treating spinal injuries is on the cutting edge of medical research, from research in the immediate treatment of the injury (like with the “freeze treatment” of Buffalo Bills player Kevin Everett), to research into muscle regeneration, new drugs, and other exotic treatments.
So, there is hope for future treatment. On the other hand, if you or a loved one has suffered a spinal injury, your main concern is your survival and your quality of life now. We are a law firm experienced in helping people through these traumatic times.
To secure your immediate future and gain access to experimental treatments and other care, you will need financial resources. Filing a lawsuit over your spinal cord injury can help you receive damages.
Damages refer to the monetary compensation bestowed on the harmed party in a successful personal injury lawsuit. They can be divided into two main types and exist to help you deal with both economic and non-economic losses, including:
Typically, damages are compensatory, which means they are meant to compensate the victim after an accident. In extreme cases, the wrongdoer’s actions are so severe that the plaintiff will be awarded punitive damages. These funds are meant to punish the negligent party and discourage similar behavior in the future.
As seasoned lawyers in handling cases involving spinal cord injuries, we are committed to representing children and families who suffer the effects of these devastating injuries. The Gilbert Law Group® is an effective advocate for you, and can help you secure justice and an appropriate value for the loss of income and quality of life you or a family member may be experiencing from a debilitating spinal cord injury.
Contact us at (888) 711-5947 if you have experienced a traumatic spinal cord injury and are facing life as a quadriplegic or paraplegic, or if you are struggling with extensive recovery challenges from a non-paralyzing spinal cord injury. All initial consultations are free.
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