A new spinal cord injury occurs nearly 11,000 times per year. There are nearly 250,000 people living with a spinal cord injury already. In addition to spinal cord injuries, herniated or bulging disks and whiplash injuries are included in these statistics.
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is usually caused by some sort of accident. Many spinal cord injuries have devastating, life-long consequences and can even result in paralysis. Many paraplegics and quadriplegics are a result of a personal injury or accident resulting in a spinal cord injury. Due to the damaging effects of these injuries, it is important to have an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer who can advocate for you and help you navigate the litigation process.
What is a spinal cord injury?
Spinal cord injuries are most often caused by car accidents, with slip-and-fall accidents coming in second, and sporting accidents rounding out the top three spots. A spinal cord injury is caused by forced trauma to the very sensitive nerve column in the back. The strength of this force can dislocate the vertebrae of the spine. Apart from being extremely painful, the movement of these vertebrae can crush spinal discs and nerves in the spinal cord. These nerves are responsible for carrying important information from areas of the body to the brain. If these nerves or their pathways to the brain are damaged or destroyed, all communication between these parts of the body and the brain can be disconnected.
Spinal cord injuries are classified into two categories: complete and incomplete. Complete spinal cord injuries are events where all sensory and motor control is lost below the point of injury. In other words, a complete spinal cord injury is the result of paralysis. Incomplete spinal cord injuries are the result of less serious nerve damage where some to most control is preserved.
How a spinal cord injury lawyer can help you
While the victim of a spinal cord injury may never fully recover, personal injury attorneys dealing with spinal cord injuries specialize in seeking financial compensation on behalf of their clients by pursuing legal action against the responsible party and their insurance company. An experienced spinal cord injury lawyer will understand the spine injury litigation process and have your best interests in mind. Despite the severity and long-lasting effects that spinal cord injuries can have, insurance companies are still most interested in paying out the least amount of settlement possible.
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