THE SPINAL CORD IS THE MAIN PATHWAY FOR INFORMATION CONNECTION THE BRAIN AND PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEM AND CONTROLLING MANY OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE BODY. AS A RESULT, DAMAGE TO THE SPINAL CORD CAN CAUSE LOSS OF SOME OF ALL ABILITY TO CONTROL MOVEMENT AND FEELING BELOW THE INJURY SITE.
The consequences are likely to be severe and may result in permanent disability or loss of movement (paralysis). People who suffer from spinal cord injury often need long-term medical care and rehabilitation, and they face costly medical bills, lost income, a reduced quality of life, and severe depression.
Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries are not that uncommon. According to 2013 statistics from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, there are about 273,000 Americans living with a spinal cord injury, and injuries often keep patients in hospitals for over 110 days for critical care followed by rehabilitation. About 65% of spinal cord injuries occur in a vehicle or slip-and-fall accident.
If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation that may include medical/hospital and rehabilitative costs, lost wages/lost wage horizons, compensation for loss of life’s pleasures, pain and suffering, disfigurement, infliction of emotional distress. However, your case must be handled properly, or you may never receive the settlement you deserve.
Clifford A. Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann knows the courts and the system and what needs to be done do to win a good settlement. Our skilled and experienced Pennsylvania spinal cord accident attorneys have represented individuals who have sustained spinal cord injuries of all types. Every case is unique, so we offer a free consultation to discuss the facts of your individual situation. Contact us at our office or online today to set up your free consultation.
The spinal cord runs from the skull down to the tailbone and has three general areas:
There are 31 bones in the spine, called vertebrae, which provide a channel and protection for the spinal cord. Between the vertebrae are discs that act as shock absorbers to allow the spine to flex without damage to the bones. Nerves pass through the channel between the bones, and muscles and ligaments support the whole spinal assembly.
The spine is complex, and an accident, blow or twist to the back which damages any part of it can cause pain, disability, paralysis or death.
Motor vehicle accidents, falls, violent attacks, birth injuries, and athletic or recreational injuries contribute to spinal cord injuries each year in the U.S., about 12,000 new cases annually.
Spinal cord injuries may be complete or incomplete:
Symptoms of SCIs vary, depending on the severity and location of the spinal cord injury and whether pressure is put on the nerves. Generally, disability is worst when injury occurs to the upper area of the spine and may be fatal because of inability to breathe.
The type and severity of the SCI determine the degree of impairment and potential for rehabilitation. The nerves of the spinal cord usually do not fuse back together and damage cannot be reversed, so spinal cord accidents often result in permanent disability or loss of movement that requires long-term medical care and rehabilitation.
Rehabilitative costs can be astronomical. In addition to doctor and hospital charges, a person who has suffered a spine injury is likely to require one or more of the following:
Patients may require an acute, subacute or long-term rehabilitation program in a nursing home, an assisted living facility. Patients’ families will suffer from the present and future loss of income, and may require household assistance and counseling in order to bear the burden of care.
If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury caused by someone else’s negligence, such as a careless driver, a faulty product, or a negligent manufacturer, physician, property owner or employer, you should seek legal assistance to obtain compensation for these injuries.
The skilled and experienced Pennsylvania spinal cord accident attorney Clifford Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann understands the enormous financial and emotional ramifications of a spinal cord injury and can help victims and their families receive compensation. Our attorneys have spent decades successfully representing Pennsylvania families who have suffered an injury or loss and offer personal attention and loyalty to every client, aggressively fighting for their right to compensation. Whether in settlement negotiations or pursuing a favorable trial verdict, we are thoroughly prepared and committed to achieving a just outcome. With our competent staff, we offer strength in numbers while providing top-notch personal service.