Back injuries are usually caused by a traumatic blow to the spinal cord. They are the result of automobile accidents, defective products, slip and falls, sports accidents, accidents at work, violence and much more. Injuries may require several surgeries, rehabilitation and a lifetime of expensive care.
Back and spinal cord injuries not only have an economic impact on injured victims, and their families, but can also have a big emotional cost. Most injuries to the back and spinal cord severely limit victims from living a life they once fully enjoyed.
Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), it is estimated that approximately 273,000 people are living with some type of spinal cord injury in the United States and that 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur each year.
While the term “spinal cord injury” can be used to describe many types of injuries, such as paraplegia (paralysis of the lower half of the body that includes both legs) and quadriplegia (also referred to as tetraplegia that affects all members), these types of injuries generally fall into two categories: complete and incomplete.
Complete Spinal Cord Injury. “Complete medullary lesions” mean a complete loss of mobility from the point of injury downwards. Complete paraplegia is defined as a permanent loss of nerve and motor function below the T1 level, resulting in loss of mobility and sensitivity of the intestine, bladder, genitals, and legs. Hands and arms work normally. Complete tetraplegia refers to the loss of movement of the arm and hand, in addition to the loss of nerve and motor function below the C1 level, and people affected sometimes requires the use of a ventilator in order to breathe.
Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries. “Incomplete spinal cord lesions” refer to injuries where there is some movement and/or sensation still present below the point of injury. The degree of functioning and mobility is usually unknown for several weeks after the injury occurred. The patient may be left with little sensitivity in the area and some degree of movement, but this varies depending on the location and severity of the injury. Regardless of whether a back or spinal cord injury is complete or incomplete, the initial costs of medical treatment, rehabilitation, and future medical care can be overwhelming.
Spinal Cord Injury Damage
If , among other things, a back or spinal cord injury victim provides substantial evidence that he/she was the primary earner of household income, and as a result of the accident can no longer work, that person is entitled to compensation provided that it is found that such injury occurred as result of the negligence of others.
The following points will be taken into account when analyzing your claim for compensation:
- Medical bills
- Loss of income
- Physical pain and emotional suffering.
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Modifications of living environment (ramps, door extensions, etc.)
- The purchase of equipment (motorized wheelchairs, special vans, chairlifts, etc.)
Call a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
If you, a family member, or friend is a victim of a back or spinal cord injury, it is likely that an entire family will be affected for the next few years – and in some cases for a lifetime.
Make sure you get all the compensation you deserve. Start by calling an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer in Houston, TX. Make sure it is someone who is experienced in these types of cases and who knows how insurance companies operate, but most importantly, an attorney who will fight for your interests.
Thanks to decades of combined experience and multi-millions of dollars made in compensation lawsuits for injured clients, attorneys at P&M Law have extensive experience in leading clients through a successful claim process and getting compensation.
Contact us online or by calling us at 832-844-6428.