Approximately 250,000 Americans are living with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI).
Spinal Cord Injuries can be some of the most devastating and difficult to cope with for both the victim and those around them. Although there have been some major breakthroughs in medical research, the effects of a spinal cord injury are essentially irreversible. However, if the nerve damage is not so severe, some people have been able to restore basic motor functions and even walk with assistance. Unfortunately, the majority of spinal cord injuries cause permanent disability or total immobility and loss of sensation below the injury to the vertebrae, otherwise known as paralysis. Paralysis that affects the arms and legs is referred to as quadriplegia or tetraplegia. Loss of movement in the lower extremities is called paraplegia. An estimated 11,000 new Spinal Cord Injuries take place annually, and 82 percent of those victims are male.
Over half of these injuries happen between the ages of 16 and 30. The most common causes of Spinal Cord Injury include:
- Just 52 percent of Spinal Cord Injury victims are subscribers to private health insurance at the time of the accident.
- Emergency medical support is crucial to keeping the long-term effects of neck trauma at a minimum. As a result, a Spinal Cord Injury is usually treated immediately at the scene of the tragedy.
Some blatant symptoms that an accident victim may be suffering from Spinal Cord Injury at the scene of the mishap include:
- Strangely positioned torso or neck
- Ruthless back pain or pressure buildup in back, head, or neck
- Severe weakness, clumsiness, or loss of movement in any body part
- Inability to establish equilibrium
- No feeling or tingling sensation in hands, fingers, feet, or toes
- Loss of bladder and/or bowel control
- Difficulty breathing
- Sudden loss of consciousness
Our spinal cord injury lawyers litigate numerous lawsuits to trial involving Spinal Cord Injury and other personal injury cases. We are extremely proud of the results that our associates have obtained and look forward to sharing them with you.