Generally caused by a traumatic blow to the spinal cord, back and spinal cord injuries can result from car accidents, defective products, slip and falls, sporting accidents, work-related accidents, violence and more. Injuries can require numerous surgeries and rehabilitation, and can be financially devastating. If you have sustained a spinal cord injury caused by another party’s negligence, Avrek Law Firm’s experienced auto accident attorneys can help you receive appropriate compensation for your damages.
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Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries
Back and spinal cord injuries can take a financial and emotional toll on injured victims and their families. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center’s (NSCISC) 2020 data report, approximately 294,000 people are living with some form of spinal cord injury in the United States, which equates to nearly 18,000 new cases each year.
The term “spinal cord injury” describes many types of injuries, including paraplegia and quadriplegia. These types of injuries generally fall into two categories:
- Complete Spinal Cord Injuries
Complete spinal cord injuries indicate a loss of function below the point of injury. Complete paraplegia is defined as a permanent loss of nerve and motor function below level T1, which results in loss of movement and sensation in bowel, bladder, sexual region and legs. Hands and arms function normally. Complete quadriplegia/tetraplegia refers to the loss of arm and hand movement in addition to loss of nerve and motor function below C1 level, sometimes requiring use of a ventilator to breathe.
- Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries
Incomplete spinal cord injuries refer to injuries in which there is some movement and/or sensation still present below the injury point. The degree of function and use following an incomplete spinal cord injury is typically unknown for several weeks after the injury occurred. It may leave the patient with some feeling and no movement, or in some movement but little feeling, but it varies by location and the severity of the injury.
If a back or spinal cord injury occurred as the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation in the form of:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium or enjoyment of life
- Modifications to your living environment
- Purchasing equipment to live with your injury
Regardless of whether a back or spinal cord injury is complete or incomplete, the initial costs of medical treatment, rehabilitation and ongoing care can be overwhelming. An experienced back and spinal cord injury attorney can analyze your situation and determine all the types of compensation for which you may be entitled – hiring the right lawyer for a car accident or other accident is fundamental to your case’s outcome.
Call an Experienced Auto Accident Lawyer
Finding and hiring the right car accident lawyer after a traumatic injury can help your case and get you fair compensation for your injuries. Avrek Law Firm knows how these cases work, how insurance companies operate, and how to successfully advocate for your best interests and highest compensation.
With more than 50 years of combined experience and hundreds of millions of dollars recovered for injured clients, Avrek Law Firm knows what it takes to achieve top results. Call us or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation today!