Spinal Cord Injuries
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, it is estimated that 12,000 people in the United States suffer an injury to the spine every year, and over 200,000 people are living with some sort of permanent spinal cord injury. A spinal cord injury is very serious and can have devastating effects on the injured person and their family. A spinal cord injury can cause a person to become partially or totally paralyzed and can cause serious medical complications that can last a lifetime. If you have a spinal cord injury that is the result of someone’s negligence or intentional act, you may be owed financial compensation to help make you whole again after a devastating injury. At the Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner law firm, we have years of experience helping people get the justice they deserve. If you need representation because you have been injured, call us at 304-431-4050 or contact us online and we will fight to get you the maximum compensation.
Spinal Cord Injuries and Causes
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs from your brain down the middle of your back. This nerve bundle carries signals from your brain to the rest of your body. It is the main line of communication between your brain and your body; it is how your brain tells your body what to do. When there is damage to this vital communication system, the body doesn’t function the way it would if that system had not been damaged. These types of injuries are usually caused by some kind of physical trauma like a blow to the back or neck. The damage can be complete or incomplete. A complete injury means that your brain cannot send any signals to your body, and incomplete means that some information gets through but not all of it.
A spinal cord injury can cause a person to become paralyzed, or it can affect how the body functions. Spinal cord injuries often cause permanent disability. People who have suffered a spinal cord injury will likely have medical issues that can last their whole lives. These complications include bladder and bowel dysfunction, constant pain, and higher risk for heart and lung problems. Spinal cord injuries can be so serious that they result in death. Because of the severity of the disability caused by a spinal cord injury, the life-long medical costs associated with a spinal cord injury can be very high.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center found that 42.1% of spinal cord injuries are caused by vehicle related accidents, 26.7% are caused by falls, 15.1% are caused by acts of violence, and 7.6% are caused by recreational activities, including sports.
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A legal case is a time sensitive matter, if you wait too long it may be too late to get the compensation you deserve. Don’t delay in contacting a legal professional. If you are in the Southern West Virginia area and have a spinal cord injury that is the result of someone’s negligence or intentional act, contact us today. A spinal cord injury is devastating, and it can affect every area of your life and be a huge financial burden. We can help you get the compensation you need to reduce that burden. We have two offices in Princeton and Bluefield, West Virginia, and if you are not able to come to us, we will come to you throughout Kanawha County and counties south of Princeton, including Mercer, McDowell, Wyoming, Summers, and Raleigh.