Obtaining Compensation for Spinal Cord Injury Victims
The spinal cord is a long bundle of nerves in the human body that runs
from your brain down a portion of your spine. According to the U.S. National
Library of Medicine (NLM), most spinal cord injuries are caused by fractured
or dislocated vertebrae - the individual bones that make up your spine.
The spinal cord may become injured when a piece of bone fragment bruises
or tears the spinal cord tissue.
The spinal cord carries signals that dictate the body's ability to move
and feel. When these signals are interrupted, the body may lose its motor
ability and sensory abilities. Spinal cord injuries may result in complete
or incomplete paralysis. Immediate spinal cord injury treatment can reduce
serious, long-term effects. Thus, it is imperative that spinal cord injuries
receive immediate emergency medical care.
Our spinal cord injury lawyers in San Jose are standing by to represent
you and fight for the compensation you deserve! Call today to get started.
How Do Spinal Cord Injuries Happen?
Most spinal cord injuries are the result a sudden, traumatic injury. They
are immediate and usually involve displaced pieces of bone. The vast majority
of spinal cord injuries do not completely severe the nerves. However,
even a bruised nerve could result in serious, long term side effects.
According to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation:
- 24% of spinal cord injuries are caused by automobile accidents
- 28% of spinal cord injuries are suffered at work
Physically demanding jobs, such as construction work, place employees at
a high risk of suffering a spinal cord injury. At work, construction employees
are required to operate heavy equipment and climb tall scaffolding. Workers
can easily suffer a serious fall injury or be crushed by a heavy object
and injure their spine.
How Much Is a Spinal Cord Injury Worth?
The medical expenses associated with serious spinal cord injuries can be
overwhelming. Depending on the severity of the injury, serious spinal
cord injuries can cost anywhere between $321,720 and $985,774 in the year
immediately following the accident. Subsequent years can cost between
$39,077 and $171,183. Spinal cord injury victims usually spend an average
of 12 days in the hospital following their accident and more than a month
in a rehabilitation. Most individuals are able to return home. Approximately
6.2% of individuals suffering form a spinal cord injury are released from
rehabilitation into nursing home centers.
A spinal cord injury settlement should help to cover the following expenses:
- Pain and suffering
- Missed work, including permanent inability to return to work
- Medical expenses
- Adaptive equipment if your injuries result in permanent disability
- Ongoing caregiving
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Our spinal cord injury attorneys in San Jose will do everything in our
power to obtain fair compensation for your injuries.
In the United States, recent studies have shown that one in 50 individuals
live with some form of paralysis. Simply put, paralysis involves lost
muscle function. 23% of paralyzed individuals lost movement ability after
suffering a spinal cord injury. Paralysis can be devastating. After a
serious injury, paralyzed individuals may suffer from enduring physical,
emotional and psychological scars. Adjusting to life after a serious spinal
cord injury can be difficult - not only for the injured person but his/her
family and loved ones, too. According to the Christopher & Dana Reeve
Foundation, it is important for individuals who have suffered a paralysis
injury to find a community of people with similar experiences.
Can You Fully Recover from a Spinal Cord Injury?
While spinal injuries usually have a long recovery period, not all injuries
are permanent. For example, if you have suffered an incomplete spinal
cord injury (one in which you have still maintained some function or feeling
below your injury), you may regain some mobility after several months,
but usually not after more than a year and a half. Unfortunately, victims
suffering from a complete spinal cord injury (an injury that leaves you
with no mobility and no sensation), do not often recover mobility again.
How Do You Know If Your Spinal Cord Is Damaged?
Not all spinal injuries lead to instant paralysis. There are
various other symptoms that may become apparent following your accident that you should be on
the lookout for:
- Numbness or tingling in your extremities
- Loss of consciousness
- Difficult walking or inability to move arms or legs
- Loss of control over bladder or bowel functions
- Pain, pressure or stiffness in the back or neck
- Unnatural positioning of the head
If you start to experience any of the above symptoms, you should obtain
medical attention immediately.
Seeking Financial Compensation for a Spinal Cord Injury
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious spinal cord injury, you probably
have a lot of questions. Medical bill, medical expenses, missed wages
and other financial obligations may seem overwhelming and intimidating.
Habbas & Associates, we understand. Was your accident the result of someone else's careless
or negligent actions? You may be entitled to financial compensation. Money
recovered in a spinal cord injury case can be used to pay for your medical
bills and other expenses.
Not sure if you want to file a claim or lawsuit?
Contact us anyway! Our San Jose spinal cord injury lawyers are ready to give you
a free case consultation so you can make an educated decision about your