Spinal Cord injuries are one of the most difficult injuries for doctors to treat. A spinal cord injury can cause anything from slight numbness and tingling in extremities to loss of bowel/bladder control, severe numbness and poor coordination to full or partial paralysis.
Every year roughly 8,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury of some sort. The four most common causes of spinal cord injuries each year are motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries, and acts of violence including gunshot wounds. Vehicle accidents make up the large majority and are responsible for nearly 43% of all spinal cord injuries.
Aside from these common causes of a spinal cord injury, illness and disease, defective products and negligence are also fairly common causes of these types of injuries.
Whether the injury is considered relatively minor and causes tingling, slight numbness or occasional minor pain or it is considered major and has resulted in full or partial paralysis, care for a spinal cord injury can be a very time consuming, difficult process. Various medical techniques that include stabilizing the spine and using various corticosteroid drugs are typical treatments. For others surgery that involves placing pins in the spin or fusing the spine with metal plates may be the preferred treatment.
The more serious the spinal cord injury the more complex the legal case surrounding it will likely be. Proving liability in the case may be a challenge. Even if liability is easily determined, making certain that the injured party is properly compensated for their injury can present a whole new set of challenges. Many spinal cord injuries will require years and potentially a lifetime of care. Getting your immediate care needs met then making certain that all future care needs are handled is something an expert attorney could help greatly with.
If a person is injured to the point that they will no longer be able to work then future income loss must be factored into the equation. If the victim of a spinal cord injury requires specific equipment or home modifications so they can live a reasonable life that too must be factored in.
May insurance companies may try to argue that the victim is at least partially to blame for their accident. In some cases that may be true. In others it is completely false. If you are not at fault for your injury you deserve to be taken care of and you do not deserve to have insurance companies attempting to low-ball or refuse payments simply to add to their bottom line.
An attorney with knowledge in the field of spinal cord injuries can help make certain that all of your needs are promptly and professionally handled. You have enough challenges as you work to recover from your injuries.
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