Frequently Asked Questions: Spinal Cord Injuries

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How prevalent are spinal cord injuries?

There are approximately 10,000 new spinal cord injuries per year in the United States. Over 200,000 persons in the U.S. currently have spinal cord injuries.

What causes spinal cord injuries?

The leading cause of spinal cord injuries is motor vehicle accidents—including tractor-trailer accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and car accidents. Other top causes include falls and violent acts, including gunshots. Recreational sporting accidents including diving accidents, football accidents, skiing accidents, and snowboarding accidents can also cause spinal cord damage.

What are the effects of spinal cord injury?

Complete spinal cord injuries can cause complete or partial paralysis. Injuries at the neck may result in total paralysis or quadriplegia, while injuries to the mid-back may cause paraplegia, which is paralysis of the legs and possibly the trunk. Incomplete spinal cord injuries include spinal contusions, central cord syndrome, and anterior cord syndrome. A host of other symptoms associated with spinal cord injuries may include bedsores, loss of bowel / bladder control, bladder infections, and respiratory difficulties.

Who are the victims of spinal cord injuries?

The majority of victims of spinal cord injuries are males, who account for 80% of the patients. The leading cause of spinal cord injuries is auto accidents. Other top causes include falls and violence. Children are more likely to suffer injuries due to sports, while adults are more likely to suffer work-related injuries.

What are the costs and consequences of spinal cord damage?

Spinal cord injury victims have to relearn many parts of life. Included in these adjustments is the acknowledgement of the probability of a shortened life. Although increases in antibiotic treatment and medical technology have improved this statistic over the years, the life expectancy of a spinal injury victim is well below normal.

Why do I need an attorney with experience in spinal cord injury cases?

You need a lawyer with experience because spinal cord injuries are often expensive, and may involve a lifetime of medical and rehabilitation costs as well as costs of living for an individual who may not be able to hold gainful employment due to the extent of his / her disabilities. The right attorney will demonstrate your needs effectively to ensure that you receive adequate compensation.

It is important to choose a lawyer who can effectively pursue the full recovery you deserve, which means he or she must have experience in spinal cord injury cases.

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