Spinal Cord Injuries
Ensuring that Victims of Spinal Cord Injuries Get the Help They Need
Compassionate representation for paralysis victims in Kentucky
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates that there are approximately 12,500 new cases of spinal cord injuries each year in the United States. This figure does not take into account those who die of their injuries at the scene of an accident. As of the year 2014 there are about 276,000 people living in the U.S. who are living with spinal cord injuries. The majority of spinal cord injured people are males and the average age at injury has risen from 29 in the 1970s to age 42 now.
At Crandall & Pera Law, we are sensitive to the struggles that those with spinal cord injury face. Once you choose us, we get to work investigating the accident and making sure that the negligent parties are brought to justice. We work relentlessly on your behalf to obtain the compensation you will require to meet your ongoing medical needs.
Spinal cord injury
The spinal cord is that tight bundle of nerves that is twisted up in the center of the backbone. These nerves carry messages between the body and the brain. Your nerves coordinate with the brain to allow you to feel sensation, move and interact with the world around you. When your spinal cord is injured or severed those messages stop and you have partial or complete paralysis.
- Paralysis in the lower half of the body is called paraplegia.
- Paralysis in all four limbs is called quadriplegia.
The spinal cord is in charge of the body’s autonomic functions such as breathing, regulating temperature, controlling the bladder and sexual function. When the spinal cord is injured it can cause a host of significant health challenges in the body.
Motor vehicle accidents are still the leading cause of spinal cord injury, with falls from height coming in second, followed by acts of violence (gunfire) and sporting activities. Transforaminal epidural injections, which are administered to the spine for the management of pain, are rapidly becoming another common cause of spinal cord injuries. This is a very precise procedure and if the person administering the needle makes a slight error the patient can suffer a spinal cord stroke, paralysis or death. Medical negligence, such as surgical errors, is another leading cause of spinal cord injuries. Most spinal cord injury patients (about 60%) end up with partial paralysis, but the just under half of all victims end up with total paralysis. Less than one percent of those who receive a spinal cord injury make a complete neurologic recovery by the time they are discharged from the hospital, according to the NSCISC.
Lawsuits for spinal cord injury
If your personal injury attorney can prove that your spinal cord injury was the result of the reckless or negligent conduct of another person, you may be able to win compensation in a settlement or after a jury verdict for the following:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Costs of rehabilitation
- Current and future lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
If you or a loved one is suffering from severe spinal cord injury that has resulted in partial or complete paralysis, the legal team at Crandall & Pera Law will represent your interests. We serve clients in Kentucky and we fight hard to help you obtain a favorable recovery on your claim. We take injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so we do not get paid until we recover compensation for you.
Dependable counsel for those suffering from spinal cord injuries
When you have a spinal cord injury as the result of an accident caused by negligence you may have lots of questions. We at Crandall & Pera Law are here to listen to you and offer our sound, legal advice to help you make important decisions about your future. You can meet with one of our attorneys in any of our multiple locations in Kentucky that is most convenient to you. Please fill out our contact form or give us a call at 877.686.8879 to schedule a free consultation today.