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A spinal cord injury is typically a lifelong wound. Any damage to the spinal cord, the vertebrae, disks or ligaments in the spinal column can cause some loss of function – if not paralysis. Even the least severe spinal cord injury (SCI) can cause chronic pain.
The Mayo Clinic says car and motorcycle accidents cause more than 40 percent of new SCIs every year. This makes them the leading causes of SCI.
Slip-and-fall accidents, workplace accidents, sports injuries, assault and other accidents also cause many back and spinal cord injuries.
At the Belt & Bruner, P.C., our personal injury lawyers investigate accidents of all kinds and help those in Montgomery and across Alabama who have been injured to seek the compensation they are due.
If you or a loved one is dealing with a spinal cord injury, contact us for assistance with the road ahead. Our consultations are always free. Simply call or complete our online contact form to schedule your meeting today.
What is Spinal Cord Injury?
The Mayo Clinic explains that a spinal cord injury may result from a sudden, traumatic blow to your spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes or compresses one or more vertebrae or the spinal cord itself.
Paralysis is the most debilitating consequence of an SCI. Paralysis typically occurs below the location of the SCI.
For instance, a wound very high in the spinal column can cause paralysis from the neck down, including the shoulders and arms and legs. This is called tetraplegia or quadriplegia. It can lead to loss of function in the organs, particularly the bowels, bladder and sexual organs. It may also damage the respiratory and circulatory systems.
A lower spinal cord injury may cause paralysis in one or more limbs, or the lower half of the body. This is known as “paraplegia.”
A patient with severe SCI cannot work and may need ongoing medication, physical therapy, personal assistive devices and/or in-home care. Coping with the pain and life changes brought on by a spinal cord injury may also cause depression in some people, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NCSCISC) in Birmingham, Alabama, says a 50-year-old patient who has suffered any level of motor function loss can face lifetime medical costs that top $1 million. A high-injury tetraplegia patient injured at age 25 could face more than $4.6 million in medical expenses over his or her lifetime, the NCSCISC reports.
Contact a Montgomery Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
A significant spinal cord injury can place a terrible burden on the victim and the victim’s family. If the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may be eligible for compensation that can help to make your life more bearable.
The spinal cord injury attorneys of the Belt & Bruner, P.C., can investigate your accident and protect your rights. We can seek funds to cover your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and other losses. We have obtained many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for catastrophic injury victims throughout Montgomery and Alabama.
Contact us today by phone or through our contact form as soon as possible to arrange a free consultation about your case.