Spinal cord injuries can be costly
Spinal cord injuries have more than a foreboding sound to them. They are painful and may result in permanent loss of function or sensation. Someone who sustains this type of personal injury in any type of accident needs immediate medical attention. The Mayo Clinic defines a spinal cord injury as “damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal”. In addition to the obvious physical pain, this condition can also cause extreme emotional and psychiatric issues.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center maintains a database tracking new occurrences of spinal cord injuries. It estimates approximately 12,000 new cases each year. Almost 90 percent of people with this type of injury are males. This may be because men are more likely to engage in risky behavior. Many spinal cord injuries occur because of motor vehicle or slip and fall accidents. These may include work-related accidents. Some are also the result of sporting events or acts of violence.
Treatment for spinal cord injuries is long term and expensive. In addition to six-figure medical bills, victims can also expect costs for rehabilitation and even long-term care. Individuals with these injuries often experience either paraplegia or quadriplegia. Paraplegia involves loss of sensation to the lower limbs. Quadriplegia is total paralysis. Both require the necessity for different types of accommodations. This could include the need for wheelchairs, special transportation vehicles, and even home remodels.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury due to an accident, it is important to secure legal representation. This condition is considered catastrophic and obviously needs immediate attention. While you are attempting to recover from the condition, you need someone to advocate on your behalf. The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone has extensive experience in these types of cases. It is not necessary for you to come into the office to receive a complimentary consultation. We can make arrangements to meet with you in the location of your choice. Contact us today for a free consultation.