According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, over 17,000 people sustain a spinal cord injury each year in the United States. The most common causes of spinal cord injuries include motor vehicle accidents, falls, acts of violence, sports, diving into shallow water, and medical procedures.
After a spinal cord injury, damage to the spinal cord blocks sensory messages, reflex messages, and motor messages between the brain and the rest of the body. This can result in:
- Loss of sensation
- Loss of movement
- Exaggerated reflex actions
- Intense stinging sensations
Timely Treatment Is Important
People who suspect they may have sustained a spinal cord injury should seek immediate treatment. Unlike many types of personal injury cases, timely medical treatment in spinal cord injury cases is vital since injuries progress quickly and may become permanent. Consequently, healthcare professionals must quickly and effectively administer medical treatment as close to the time of injury as possible. With prompt proper treatment, some spinal cord damage can be reduced or even alleviated. Every situation is different, however, and must be independently evaluated by qualified medical professionals.
Recovery and Rehabilitation
A majority of recovery occurs during the first six months after a spinal cord injury. Loss of function that persists after 12 months is more likely to be permanent. Rehabilitation includes working with specialists to learn new ways of approaching life’s tasks.
Costs of Spinal Cord Injuries
Some variables that impact the costs associated with living with spinal cord injury include the age at which the injury occurs, as well as the severity of the injury. First year costs of care can range from around $350,000 to over 1 million dollars. Ongoing care in subsequent years can range from $42,000 to $184,800.
If You Have Sustained a Spinal Cord Injury
If you have sustained a spinal cord injury, you need a dedicated team of attorneys advocating on your behalf. Your financial settlement must cover:
- The cost of your lost income and earnings, both in the past and in the future
- Retraining for a different career, if applicable
- The costs of rehabilitation and care for the rest of your life
Recovering from a spinal cord injury takes a vast amount of energy and focus, and you shouldn’t have to worry about the status of your lawsuit during this process. Let the experienced spinal cord injury attorneys at Miller Kory Rowe handle your case so you can focus on your healing and recovery. Our attorneys recognize you may not be able to travel to our offices and are happy to come to you to discuss your case at a time that is convenient for you and your family. Contact us at (602) 737-0342 to schedule your free consultation.