The spinal cord is the column of nerve tissue that transmits messages between the brain and the rest of the body. If the tissue is injured, it reduces or destroys the conduit used by the brain to communicate with the body resulting in loss of functionality.
The effects of a spinal cord injury can be devastating and can impact every aspect of the victim’s daily life. When a spinal cord injury occurs as a result of the reckless or negligent actions of another party, the victim is entitled to compensation.
Common Spinal Cord Injury Causes
A spinal cord injury is often caused by a sudden, traumatic blow to the victim’s spine which fractures, dislocates, crushes, or compresses the vertebrae. The most common causes of spinal cord injury are:
- auto accidents(accounting for approximately 50 percent of new injuries)
- falls (24 percent)
- violent encounters (11 percent)
- sports injuries (9 percent)
Statistics taken from the Mayo Clinic.
Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuits
Spinal cord injury victims who have been injured as a result of the reckless or negligent actions of others have the right to file a personal injury claim and recover damages. Because spinal cord injuries are among the most expensive injuries to treat, settlements and jury verdicts in these cases are often sizable.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses – hospital, surgical, and ambulance bills
- Rehabilitation costs – physical therapy and future medical care
- Diminished earning capacity – compensation for future earnings lost due to the injury
- Lost income – payment for wages lost
Contact Our Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe back injury or spinal cord injury, a personal injury lawsuit may be the best means of obtaining the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys have helped many victims obtain compensation for these tragic injuries. Contact us today for your free case evaluation.