Eleven thousand spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. every year, and about 200,000 Americans live with spinal cord injuries every day. Read on to learn how these serious injuries happen, their repercussions, and victims’ legal options.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Injuries to the spinal cord can result from many situations. Car accidents are the most common cause, followed by acts of violence like stabbing or shooting, falls, and sports injuries. No matter the cause, there are two types of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete. Complete spinal cord injury results in a complete lack of feeling and motor control below the injury, while incomplete injury may leave some feeling or motor control below the point of injury.
The injury’s effects depend on its location. For example, injuries to the upper spine can result in quadriplegia, while injuries farther down lead to in paraplegia. Each patient will experience different effects from a spinal cord injury, but some of the most common are lack of bladder and bowel control, loss of motor function, and sensory changes. Patients with spinal cord injuries often require special medical equipment or care, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of a lifetime. Spinal cord injury patients may also have trouble returning to work and their normal lives.
If a spinal cord injury was caused by an accident or act of negligence, the patient may be able to receive compensation from the responsible party. Victims of spinal cord injuries should contact an attorney as soon as possible to avoid the statute of limitations running out. A skilled personal injury attorney will be able to advise the client about legal options, like filing a lawsuit to receive compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and income loss. Through these damages, the court will seek to return the plaintiff to his or her previous standard of life.
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury, call Malman Law today to discuss your legal options for compensation for medical bills, income loss, and pain and suffering. To reach our Chicago office, call (312) 983-6193.