A spinal cord injury (SCI) can dramatically change the victim’s life, as well as the lives of their loved ones. According to data from the Paralyzed Veteran of America, about 12,000 people sustain spinal cord injuries every year in the U.S. In addition to the pain and suffering endured, spinal cord victims face emotional and mental pain, not to mention a lifetime of extreme financial hardships and reduced employment. Whether it’s you or someone you love, having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side will ensure that your rights are protected.
The spinal cord, backbone, or vertebrae extends from the base of your skull to your lower back. The spine has a variety of nerves that are responsible for body movements and sensations. Most spinal cord injuries normally begin with trauma, which dislocates or fractures the vertebrae. Common causes of SCI include:
A spinal cord injury could result in damage to one or multiple parts of the vertebral column. The type of spinal cord injury depends on the impact it has on the victim’s motor function and loss of sensation. As such, spinal cord injuries are classified into complete and incomplete injuries.
In a complete SCI, the victim loses sensation and the ability to move below the injury site.
Complete SCI can be further classified into:
We provide spinal cord injury victims with dedicated and tenacious legal representation, ensuring that you get fair value for your claim. Our Dallas accident injury lawyers will build a strong case with supporting evidence so that you recover the money that you deserve.
Most SCI victims lose the ability to lead a normal life after the accident. This is extremely distressing, especially for a person who is no longer able to work and take care of themselves. Spinal cord injuries may result in such medical conditions as:
Medical care is expensive. When you are involved in a sudden accident and suffer a spinal cord injury, the cost of treatment is a major concern. Fortunately, if the accident was caused by a negligent driver, you can hold them liable. Some of the treatment costs for spinal cord injuries include:
Whether an SCI result in temporary or permanent paralysis, medical costs can cost millions of dollars. In a study on the cost of living with SCI, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation estimates that the average cost of treatment during the first–year amounts to $1 million. This includes the initial hospital costs, home modification costs, cost of rehabilitation, and the acquisition of medical equipment such as a wheelchair. Victims are forced to incur more than $200,000 in bills in subsequent years.
Often, SCI victims are forced to take loans, take second mortgages, and max out their credit cards as their insurance policies cannot fully cover the cost of SCI treatment. If the injury was due to another person’s negligence, you can file a lawsuit against them. Negligent actions in car or truck accidents include drunk driving, speeding, distracted driving or texting while driving, failure to obey traffic lights, and driving a vehicle with mechanical damages.
A personal injury attorney will help you get compensation for:
At Thompson Law, we understand the difficulties that all SCI victims and their families go through. Our experienced team of attorneys is dedicated to helping you get the justice you deserve. We perform free case evaluations and explain your legal options. We do not charge any upfront fees; you’ll only pay after we’ve won your case.
Thompson Law offers free case reviews to every potential client so we can help you determine the best legal approach to pursue. We receive no attorney fees and you pay no legal expenses unless you get compensated for your accident.
Thompson Law’s personal injury lawyers and their legal teams treat every client with respect, empathy, and compassion. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach, as every case is unique and different. Our firm won 10 of the top 50 settlements in Texas in 2020, including the 2nd and 3rd largest personal injury settlements in the State. We can help you, too.
State law limits the time to file a claim following a personal injury accident. If you have been injured, call now for the help you need.