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If you have suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident, chances are that you have lost function in one or more limbs or across larger portions of your body. If your injury is less serious, you may still have chronic pain. Many spinal cord injury patients lose the ability to walk, work for a living, perform certain manual tasks or care for themselves.
If your spinal cord injury (SCI) occurred in an accident that was someone else’s fault, the Mobile spinal cord injury lawyers of Belt & Bruner, P.C., can help you seek compensation for your medical expenses, including any specialized care you may need, and for your other losses.
Call us today or use our online contact form, and we can provide a free review of your case.
Spinal Cord Injury Causes
The spinal cord is crucial to our physical health because it connects the brain to the nerves in the rest of the body. The vertebrae of the spinal column protect it.
If the vertebrae, ligaments or disks in the spinal column, or the spinal cord itself are damaged, this can permanently affect a person’s strength, sensation and other body functions below the point of injury. This may include loss of function or paralysis in one or more limbs (paraplegia) or across larger portions of the body (quadriplegia or tetraplegia) or chronic pain.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) at the University of Alabama at Mobile says there are approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injury cases each year.
According to the NSCISC, the leading causes of SCI since 2010 have been:
- Motor vehicle accidents – 35 percent
- Falls – 28.5 percent
- Violent assault (primarily gunshot wounds) – 14.3 percent
- Sports injuries – 9.2 percent.
Patients with spinal cord injuries spend an average of 11 days hospitalized in acute care medical / surgical units if they enter a “model system” immediately after they are injured, the NSCISC says. This is followed by a median of 36 days in rehabilitation.
Upon release from the medical system, 87.1 percent of SCI patients go to a private home, but 6.5 percent enter nursing homes and some experience elderly abuse in nursing homes. The remaining 6.3 percent are discharged to hospitals, group living situations or other destinations.
Though the health care and living expenses required by care for an SCI patient vary greatly according to the severity of the injury, they range from tens of thousands a year for the lowest level of motor function loss to hundreds of thousands for the most disabled tetraplegia patient, the NSCISC says. Over the lifetime of a patient with severe spinal cord injury and paralysis, medical costs can and often do run into millions of dollars.
Our Mobile Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Can Help You
If you or a loved one of yours has suffered a spinal cord injury, you may be facing a lifetime of extremely expensive medical treatment and personal assistance. If an accident that was someone else’s fault caused a spinal cord injury, the injured party has a right to compensation to assist him or her with the costs of recovery and care.
At Belt & Bruner, P.C., we can help you obtain the money you will need for medical expenses, rehabilitation, in-home care and other losses. Call us today or take a moment to complete our contact form to receive a free initial consultation about your case.