Spinal Cord Injury due to trauma is a devastating diagnosis for innocent victims and their families. If you have suffered severe spine trauma resulting from the negligent or intentional acts of another party contact the Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys at the Law Office of Joseph Farzam.
Our esteemed Personal Injury Litigators have handled thousands of personal injury cases and have amassed tens of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
On this page, we hope to shed light on some of the most important factors of Spinal Cord Injury lawsuits ranging from common causes of spine injuries, symptoms and signs of paralysis due to spinal cord trauma, personal injury litigation for spinal cord damage, and the amount of compensation you can receive from Spinal Cord Injury claims.
If you have any questions or would like to speak to our renowned accident injury attorney contact us by phone at (310) 226-6890.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
There are numerous incidents that can lead to injury to the spinal column.
Some of the most common causes are as follows:
- Traffic Accidents;
- Motorcycle Collisions;
- Truck Accidents;
- Violent Crimes including gun shootings;
- Boating Accidents;
- High Impact Sports collisions;
- Slip and Fall Accidents;
- Falling Objects and Debris;
- Construction Site Accidents;
- Workplace Accidents.
Approximately half of all spinal cord injuries are the result of motor vehicle accidents, while one quarter is due to falls and falling objects and nearly 15% by acts of violence.
According to the Center for Disease Control, 20,000 persons per year suffer spinal cord injuries.
The Spinal Column comprises 31 vertebrae including 7 cervical vertebrae of the neck, 12 thoracic vertebrae of the middle and upper back, and 10 vertebrae of the lower back and sacrum.
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injury
Signs and Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injury will vary based on the severity of the injury suffered and the particular vertebrae damaged. Some of the most frequent signs of spinal cord damage are as follows.
Note: if you are experiencing any of these symptoms after a motor vehicle collision seeks medical attention immediately.
Afterward, contact our office for a free review of a possible personal injury claim.
- Difficulty Breathing
- Loss of Motor Functions
- Numbness of the Exterminates
- General Paralysis
- Pain or Weakness
- Loss of Bowel Movement Control
- Alteration of the Senses
- Swelling and Internal Bleeding
A full examination by trained medical professionals is required for a complete diagnosis of your injuries. Such examinations will often require the undergoing of CT-Scans, Lumbosacral Spine X-rays, and MRIs.
Medical and Life Time Costs of Spinal Cord Injuries – Compensation for a Spinal Cord Injury Claim
The cost of spinal cord injuries is dependent on the age of the individual, the severity of the damage, and the general health of the victim at the time of the injury.
Spinal Cord injuries are amongst the most severe type of personal injury.
Such injuries often result in exceedingly high medical and hospitalization costs and a requirement for a lifetime need for prescription medication, rehabilitation, and care.
- Estimated Lifetime Costs of Paraplegia: Paraplegia is the loss of motor functions of the lower extremities including the inability to use legs and feet for walking. According to published studies, an individual suffering from Paraplegia will, on average, amass total medical expenditures of more than $330,000 and a total lifetime cost of over $2.00 million.
- Estimated Lifetime Costs of Quadriplegia: Quadriplegia often referred to as tetraplegia is the loss of motor functions to the lower and upper half of the bodies. Individuals with Quadriplegia are not able to use their arms and legs and often require the assistance of breathing machines to be able to live. The average first-year costs associated with tetraplegia are between $700,000 – and $1.2 Million. Estimate Lifetime costs range between $3.5 Million and $5.0 Million.
Other Types and degrees of Spine Trauma
- Hemiplegia: The complete paralysis of the arms legs, and trunk on one side of the body.
- Spastic Quadriplegia: Spinal cord injury in which, instead of paralysis and numbness, the limbs experience severe spasms and spastic attacks.
- Partial Paralysis: Partial immobility of a limb or digit on the fingers or toes due to spinal cord trauma.
- Central Cord Syndrome: Damage to the central spinal cord vertebrae. Victims may experience partial paralysis, weakness of the limbs and extremities, and loss of sensory perception.
- Spinal Contusions: Bruising of the spinal column often the result of inflammation and bleeding around the spinal column.
Victims of Spinal Cord Injuries should not have to incur the costs of medical expenses. Liable parties and their insurance providers should be held responsible for the injuries they caused. If you or a loved one has been injured in a devastating auto accident, slip and fall, or violent crime contact our offices today. We will fight for your right to compensation and take on all liable parties.
Spinal Cord Injury Claim – Trusted Paralyzed Accident Lawyers Are Here to Help
Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuits can be difficult to litigate requiring expert testimony from trusted medical practitioners, and tedious expert legal representation.
The offices of the Joseph Farzam Law Group have years of experience handling uniquely challenging Personal Injury litigation involving serious injuries including Traumatic Brain Injuries and Spinal Cord Injuries.
We Can Help You get the Compensation You are Owed
Our Serious Injury lawyers have handled and litigated thousands of cases and recovered tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts against all the major insurance carriers. Our dedicated legal team deeply cares for all clients.
Your case is our cause: to see to it that justice is served and full restitution for your injuries recovered.
We have a tremendous passion for the practice of law and will zealously and vigorously litigate your case until justice is served and victory achieved.
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