Legal Help for Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord which results in loss of function, such as mobility or feeling. Spinal cord injuries usually result from direct trauma to the nerves or indirect damage to the bones and soft tissue surrounding the spinal cord. Any damage to the vertebrae, ligaments, or disks of the spinal column or the spinal cord itself may result in a spinal cord injury.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common causes of spinal cord injuries in the United States include the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents.
- Auto and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries and account for over 35% of new spinal cord injuries a year.
- Spinal cord injuries after the age of 65 is often caused by a fall.
- Acts of violence.
- 15% of spinal cord injuries result from violent encounters, often involving gunshots and knife wounds.
- Sports and recreation injuries.
- Recreational sports such as impact sports and water activities account for approximately 9% of spinal cord injuries1.
After a Spinal Cord Injury
Dealing with a spinal cord injury is a difficult and emotional time for the spinal cord injury victim. Spinal cord injuries can result in loss of function and other physical impairments. Victims may deal with paraplegia or quadriplegia and have to adapt to life with a disability, often in a wheelchair.
Aside from paralysis, other symptoms of spinal cord damage may include poor coordination, loss of bowel or bladder control, or numbness in extremities. Moreover, people facing spinal cord injuries deal with tremendous pain, both physical and emotional.
Contact a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
If you are suffering from a spinal cord injury, our attorneys can help. We understand the difficulties and the life altering experiences with which you must deal. If you were injured as a result of someone’s negligence or misconduct, you may be able obtain a monetary settlement or verdict from the liable party. Our attorneys can help you recover for your medical expenses, your lost wages, future treatment, and pain and suffering. Contact our firm for a free case evaluation.
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