Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Car accidents are frequent and numerous in the state of California. As reported by the California Highway Patrol, there were 162,454 fatal and injury accidents statewide in 2012. Motor vehicle accidents cause many types of injuries, ranging from minor to catastrophic. Some of the most devastating are spinal cord injuries.
Acute spinal cord injuries can be complete (no sensation or mobility below the level of the injury) or incomplete (some feeling and ability to control motion below the level of the injury). Severe spinal cord injuries can leave the victim paralyzed and suffering permanent impairments with paraplegia or quadriplegia, depending on the location of the injury on the spinal cord.
If you have suffered spinal cord injury in an auto accident caused by someone else’s negligence, it is critical that you immediately consult with a knowledgeable car accident attorney. At Avrek Law Firm, we handle claims and pursue the maximum in compensation in these cases.
Our personal attorneys have more than 30 years of combined experience and have been awarded membership in the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®. We have recovered tens of millions in settlements and verdicts for our injured clients.
How Does Spinal Cord Injury Occur in Motor Vehicle Accidents?
A spinal cord injury can result from a sudden traumatic blow to the spine when the impact dislocates, fractures, compresses, or crushes one or more of the vertebrae. For days or weeks after the injury, additional damage can occur because of swelling, bleeding, inflammation, and accumulation of fluid in and around the spinal cord.
Damage from traumatic spinal cord injury affects the nerves that run through the injured area and can impair all of the corresponding muscles and nerves below the level of the injury. Thoracic (upper back) or lumbar (lower back) spinal cord injury can affect the torso, legs, bladder and bowel control, and sexual function. Cervical (neck) spinal cord injury can also result in paralysis of the arms and hands and affect the ability to breathe without assistance.
Recovering Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries
The leading cause of spinal cord injury for people 65 or younger is automobile and motorcycle accidents, as reported by the Mayo Clinic. These accidents account for more than 35% of all new spinal cord injuries each year.
If you have suffered spinal cord injury in a motor vehicle accident caused by the negligent actions of another driver, you may be entitled to a high level of compensation for your losses. Our experienced personal injury lawyers are dedicated to helping injured people to seek the compensation they need and deserve by holding responsible parties accountable for their negligence. Call today for assistance.
- California Highway Patrol: 2013 California Quick Collision Facts
- Mayo Clinic: Spinal Cord Injury