When someone suffers a spinal cord injury, that person is forced into an incredibly uncertain situation. He or she may be able to walk again at some point or not. He or she may be able to continue with his or her career or not. He or she may eventually be able to enjoy life again to the same extent as prior to the injury or not. What is certain is that a person forced into this situation will face substantial financial losses. These losses need to be pursued and ultimately recaptured if a person suffers a spinal cord injury because of the negligent, reckless or intentional actions of someone else. If this includes you or someone you love, contact the spinal cord injury lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys as soon as possible.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, or the NSCISC, the following statistics relate to spinal cord injuries in the United States:
These are significant statistics, and despite much in the way of medical advancement many spinal cord injuries are permanent.
There are several different types of spinal cord injuries that occur, and they are broken down into two categories: incomplete and complete spinal cord injuries. Incomplete spinal cord injuries involve those injuries where the spinal cord is partially severed. Complete spinal cord injuries are those where the spinal cord is completely severed. Complete spinal cord injuries result in a loss of movement and sensation below the site of the injury.
There are different categories of incomplete spinal cord injuries. These include:
According to the Mayo Clinic, the following are the leading causes of spinal cord injuries in the United States:
Many of these situations also involve faulty actions by people that lead to spinal cord injuries in others. As stated above, these injuries also lead to a tremendous amount of loss in the financial and other senses.
When someone suffers a spinal cord injury, he or she will face several forms of loss, including:
In terms of real costs, estimates indicate that if a person suffers a spinal cord injury and is a paraplegic as a result, he or she will face lifetime costs of nearly $600,000 not including losses for pain and suffering and loss of companionship. A person who becomes a quadriplegic as a result of a spinal cord injury faces lifetime costs of nearly $1,500,000. Both of these estimates assume that a person is injured at the age of 25 and otherwise healthy at the time.
If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury because of the actions of someone else, you need to make sure that you protect and enforce your legal rights. If you choose to work with the spinal cord injury lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys, you will be represented by a law firm that has earned hundreds of millions of dollars in judgments and settlements on behalf of clients over the past decade. You will also be represented by a law firm whose reputation precedes it, and this can be invaluable when facing such a difficult situation. If you need this type of help, contact the firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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