Spinal cord damage is arguably the most dreaded of all injuries. One day your life is filled with work, chores, tasks around the home, recreational activities, and perhaps time spent playing with the kids. Suddenly, it’s all a memory, and you are facing life in a wheelchair, dependent on others for assistance with life’s most basic functions.
A spinal cord injury usually results in paralysis. How much of your body is paralyzed will depend on the location of the injury on the spine. Quadriplegia or tetraplegia is paralysis and loss of sensation in all four limbs and is the result of damage to the upper or cervical spine. People with quadriplegia often require a ventilator, because paralysis of the diaphragm makes normal breathing impossible. Paraplegia is the result of an injury to the thoracic or lumbar spine that causes paralysis of the lower body. Both paraplegia and quadriplegia usually cause loss of bowel and bladder control requiring a urinary catheter and possibly colostomy surgery.
Life expectancy is substantially reduced following an SCI, as victims are prone to pneumonia, septicemia, and kidney failure.
Prevalence of Spinal Cord Injuries
In the United States an estimated 12,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries every year. Although the precise number is not known, well over a quarter of a million people live with these debilitating injuries.
How Do Spinal Cord Injuries Occur?
Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of spinal cord injuries, followed by falls, construction accidents, violent acts, and sports mishaps. In a large number of these cases, some other person’s negligent act caused the accident. If your injury was the result of someone else’s wrongdoing, you are entitled to institute a legal action to claim compensation from the person responsible for causing your injury.
Spinal Cord Injury Damages
Damages from spinal cord injuries often run in the millions of dollars in medical treatment alone. These are some of the economic and quality-of-life damages for which you may be able to recover compensation:
- Cost of medical and rehabilitative care, now and in the future
- Cost of mobility devices
- Lost current income and future earning potential
- Cost of outfitting the home and vehicle to accommodate the disability
- Cost of personal care assistance
- Cost of medical devices, including ventilator, catheters, ostomy or incontinence supplies
- Cost of training and taking care of a service animal
- Pain and physical suffering
- Lost mobility
- Emotional suffering
- Depression, anxiety, stress, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Sexual dysfunction
- Loss of ability to participate in favorite activities
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Why You Need the Best Catastrophic Injury Lawyer You Can Find
Spinal cord injury accidents are usually high value and complex. Insurance companies oppose these claims vigorously, because the large amounts of money involved can make a serious dent in corporate profits. Because you need to recover enough money in compensation to provide for your needs for a lifetime, you will need a highly experienced catastrophic injury attorney working with you to investigate and document your case.
If your accident occurred in Virginia, your first choice for top-of-the-line legal representation is the personal injury group of Charlottesville’s MichieHamlett Law Firm. We are a long-established, client-centered law firm, well integrated into the state and local community. We are proud of our sterling reputation and long record of successful recoveries for thousands of clients throughout our years of law practice. In our personal injury section, our attorneys devote themselves exclusively to personal injury and wrongful death cases and have detailed knowledge, understanding, and experience in this practice area.
How to Recover Compensation for an SCI
We’re well aware that no amount of money will adequately compensate you for all that you’ve lost. But we also know that money can help you pick up the pieces of your life and move forward. Call the personal injury lawyers at MichieHamlett today for a free consultation to learn how we can help.
We never charge for expenses or fees unless we win a recovery for you.