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Important Things to Know About Spinal Cord Injuries

| Jul 10, 2019 | Catastrophic Injuries

Spinal cord injuries have the potential to change a person’s life in the blink of an eye. This is because spinal cord injuries can affect a person’s bodily movements, and a severe depreciation in mobility can quickly affect a person’s quality of life.

According to data collected by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, there are approximately 17,730 new spinal cord injuries report each year. Each year, many people suffer spinal cord injuries as a result of the negligence of someone else. Suffering a spinal cord injury can result in paraplegia, immobility in the lower extremities, or quadriplegia, the partial or total loss of use of all limbs. Whether an injury is catastrophic or not, spinal cord injuries have the potential to affect a person’s entire life and the life of those immediately surround the injured victim. Those who have suffered because of the negligence of another have the right to seek monetary compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent wrongdoer.

Spinal Cord Injuries Caused By Traumatic Accidents

A person’s spinal cord is an extremely fragile part of the human body. While the spinal cord can handle the stress of the average person’s everyday life, it is not designed to withstand extreme impacts caused by traumatic accidents. Pedestrian accidents, automobile collisions, slip and falls, along with other traumatic accidents all routinely cause catastrophic spinal cord injuries.

A spinal cord injury can be categorized by being complete or incomplete. Complete spinal cord injuries are the complete and total loss of mobility and sensation below the level of injury within the spine. Usually, both sides of the body will be equally affected. When it comes to an incomplete spinal cord injury, the injury can be less serious but there is still a lessened degree of functionality below the injury. Every spinal cord injury has the potential to leave many people struggling to deal with the grievances for a lifetime.

The following is a limited list of traumatic accidents that could lead to a spinal cord injury:

  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Sport injuries
  • Vehicle collisions
  • Slip and falls
  • Train accidents
  • Trampoline accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Bus accidents
  • Dog attacks
  • Violent attacks

Consult With a Qualified Attorney After a Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries do not only affect a person’s way of living, they also tend to result in high medical costs and other medical expenses. If you or someone you know suffered a spinal cord injury because of another’s negligence, it is important to seek the legal support of a qualified personal injury attorney. With the support of an attorney, there could be the opportunity of successfully obtaining the financial restitution you deserve.

The attorneys at Martinez & Schill, LLP are highly skilled in the field of personal injury cases involving catastrophic spinal cord injuries. They are dedicated to upholding the rights of victims who have been severely injured as a result of negligence. Personal injury claims in California are strictly time sensitive; seek legal support as soon as possible.