Spinal injuries are often life-altering. Damage to the spinal cord can result in loss of function and sensation below the level of the injury. If you have suffered a spinal injury through someone else’s negligence, contact The Janda Law Firm to speak with our Las Vegas spinal cord injury lawyer today. We have the knowledge, skills, and resources to pursue the maximum compensation available under the law.
In cases of spinal cord injury, the lowest normal part of the spinal cord is called the neurological level of the injury. Severity of the injury is called “completeness” and may be classified in one of the two following categories:
Depending on what part of the spinal cord was injured, paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury falls into one of two different categories:
Spinal cord injuries can result from damage to the spinal cord itself, or to vertebrae, discs, or ligaments of the spinal column. As stated by the Mayo Clinic, the most common causes of spinal cord injury in the U.S. are:
There are two stages of treatment associated with spinal cord injuries. During the first stage, doctors will focus on stabilizing the victim and providing immediate care for the trauma that he or she suffered.
If you sustain a spinal cord injury, you may require emergency surgery to address this trauma and other complications, such as broken bones and damaged tissue. You may also be required to wear a neck brace to prevent further spinal cord damage.
The second stage focuses on long-term treatment and rehabilitation. As your condition stabilizes, your doctor will help treat and prevent secondary complications like blood clots, bowel and bladder problems, and pressure ulcers. Your doctor will also determine the extent of your injury and work to identify any impairments.
Then, you may begin rehabilitation to help you learn new skills and regain some degree of movement and function. Your rehabilitation treatment will be ongoing as you learn new skills, adapt to new equipment and technologies, and continue with your life.
Your rehabilitation team may include:
Spinal cord injuries occur more frequently than we may believe. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), approximately 294,000 people live with spinal cord injuries in the United States.
In 2020, an estimated 17,810 new cases occur every year. Approximately 78% of people who develop a new spinal cord injury are male, and the average age at injury was 43 years in 2015.
Since 2015, most spinal cord injuries were caused by the following events:
A spinal cord injury can have a major impact on your life. Approximately 18% of people with spinal cord injuries are employed within one year after their injuries. The employment rate increases to 32% at 40 years after the injury.
At the same time, treatment for spinal cord injuries can be very expensive. The NSCISC estimates that lifetime costs can range from $1.2 million to $5.1 million, depending on injury severity and age at the time of injury.
A spinal cord injury can be very expensive and lead to financial hardship, physical disability, and emotional distress. If you suffered a spinal cord injury because of the actions of another person, you have the right to pursue a lawsuit against the at-fault party.
By filing a claim for a catastrophic injury like spinal cord damage, you could recover financial compensation for the losses that you endured as a result of your accident. Below are a few examples of damages that you could recover in a spinal cord injury claim:
Spinal cord injuries often lead to life-altering consequences. To cover your past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning potential, pain and suffering, and other damages, you will need to pursue the maximum recovery possible. Contact The Janda Law Firm as soon as possible to speak with our spinal cord injury lawyer who understands the complex medical and legal issues associated with spinal injury claims.