According to the United Spinal Association, someone suffers a spinal cord injury approximately every 41 minutes in the United States. There are 11,000 new cases of spinal injuries reported each year nationally and at any given time over 200,000 Americans are dealing with the pain, physical and emotional issues caused by spinal injuries.
If someone caused an accident in which you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury in Palmerton, Bethleham, or Stroudsburg, the lawyers at our firm will review your options for recovering compensation. We offer a free and confidential consultation and work on a contingency fee basis.
What are the effects of spinal injuries?
When a traumatic force severely injures the spinal cord, the brain is no longer able to communicate with parts of the body below the injury. This results in varying degrees of paralysis and possible loss of function of the bladder, bowels and sex organs. In severe cases, the patient may have breathing trouble as well.
Some might consider herniated discs and vertebra fractures as spinal injuries as well. These may not cause the same degree of disability as a spinal cord injury, but if a herniated disc or other structure presses on the spinal cord, it can cause troublesome effects nonetheless.
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Make Sure Your Claim Accounts for Long-Term Damage
If you or a loved one sustained a spine injury, you know the immediate medical and physical costs of the injury, but have you given thought to what the long-term costs may be?
Depending on the severity of the injury, you could be looking at weeks, months or even years of expenses that are a direct cause of the accident. It is important to be able to tally these future expenses as well as your immediate costs so you understand the true financial weight of the injury. It is ideal to have a lawyer help you with this, as there may be costs that may have never occurred to you. Some of the long-term expenses you may face include:
- At home medical costs – These are things such as caregivers, visiting nurses, as well as hospital beds, medical supplies, wheelchairs and installation of hardware in the bath and stairs for balance support.
- Costs of long-term therapy – When a person sustains a spinal cord injury, they may require a long-term physical therapy plan.
- Loss of wages – If the injured person was the major wage earner in the household, the loss of income can be devastating for the family. Even if the person who was injured can return to work, he may not have the same income potential as before the accident.
- Loss of wages for family caregiver – A family member may need to quit his or her job or reduce working hours in order to care for the injured person.
This list is by no means exhaustive. People who have sustained spine injuries have an incredible amount of secondary expenses. They also may experience pain and suffering and a reduction of their enjoyment of life. Although it is difficult to put a monetary price on these issues, they still need to be taken into account when looking at long-term costs in a personal injury claim.
Get Help from an Injury Attorney
A spine or spinal cord injury can be devastating not only for the injured person but for the entire family. It can leave them worried, depressed and financially hurting. If you have a spine-related injury you suffered in an accident someone else caused, speak with an attorney.