BACK & SPINAL CORD INJURY
COMMON CAUSES OF BACK AND SPINAL CORD INJURIES
Back and spinal cord injury law can be complex because there are many different causes of these types of injuries. However, certain activities and risks are commonly associated with back and spinal cord injuries. These are some of the most common causes of back and spinal cord injuries:
- Car and motorcycle accidents
- Sports or other physical activities
- Electrical accidents
- Severe twisting of the back or abdomen
- Violent attacks
SYMPTOMS OF BACK AND SPINAL CORD INJURIES
Depending on the severity of your back and spinal cord injury, you may experience various symptoms. No one symptom is a guarantee of your injuries, which is why it’s important to seek out a medical professional following any injury. However, these are some of the most common symptoms experienced by victims following a back or spinal cord injury:
- Loss of movement
- Altered sensations (ability to feel cold, heat, or touch)
- Muscle spasms
- Tingling in the hands or feet
- Intense pain
- Difficulty breathing and coughing
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Difficulty with balance or walking
TYPES OF BACK INJURIES
Your back is a complex system of bones, muscles, tendons, and other tissue, and it is susceptible to moderate or severe injuries. Many people have experienced mild back injuries, such as a strain or sprain. Some back injuries are more severe and can cause long-term, irreparable damage. Examples of critical back injuries include herniated disks and fractured vertebrae.
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TYPES OF SPINAL CORD INJURIES
Spinal cord injuries are divided into two groups: complete and incomplete. An incomplete spinal cord injury means the victim can still move some or all body parts below the injury. Complete spinal cord injuries, on the other hand, are more severe and describe injuries where a victim loses movement below the injury, such as paralysis.
Over 60 percent of spinal cord injuries are incomplete and retain some movement for the victim. Common incomplete spinal cord injuries include Anterior Cord Syndrome, Central Cord Syndrome, and Brown-Sequard Syndrome. Complete spinal cord injuries are much more severe. Common complete spinal cord injuries include Tetraplegia, Paraplegia, and Triplegia.
BACK & SPINAL CORD INJURY STATISTICS
- Researchers have estimated that, as of 2019, 17,730 new SCI cases occur each year, and between 249,000 and 363,000 people are currently living with SCI in the United States.
- The average age at injury has moved from 29 years in the 1970s to 43 years in 2018.
- The length of hospital stays is declining, with the average stay in hospital acute care at 11 days – down from 24 in the 1970s – and rehabilitation stays at 31 days – down from 98 days in the 1970s.
- Approximately 291,000 Americans are spinal cord injured.
- 39.5% of spinal cord injured individuals are considered paraplegic, and 59.9% quadriplegic.
- Nearly half (47.6%) of all injuries occur between the ages of 16 and 30.
- The average age of a spinal cord injured person is 43.
- 87.4% of all SCI individuals are discharged from hospitals to a private home, and 6.7% are discharged to nursing homes.
Stats from: Spinal Cord Injury Information Pages
What is the Average Settlement for Car Accident Back and Neck Injury Cases?
Every case has a unique combination of medical expenses, damages, lost wages, and insurance coverage that alter the value of a settlement. However, back and spinal cord injuries are among the highest-value accident injury settlements due to the severity and potentially life-altering nature of the injury. We’ve helped our clients win settlements for motor vehicle accident cases worth up to 3.2 million.
Low-impact car accident back injury cases can still result in substantial settlements that help you manage the bills after an accident. To find out how much your case is worth, schedule a free consultation with our experienced team of back, neck, and spinal cord injury lawyers.
TYPES OF BACK AND SPINAL CORD INJURY CASES
Generally, the two types of cases brought against back and spinal cord injuries are personal injury and worker’s compensation claims. These types of injuries are also commonly caused by negligence (a car hits you while riding your bicycle) or a defective product (a defective seat belt breaking in the event of a crash).
WHAT DAMAGES ARE YOU ENTITLED TO FROM BACK AND SPINAL CORD INJURIES?
In the event of a back or spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to various forms of legal compensation.
1. Medical Bills
Since back and spinal cord injuries tend to be severe, there are usually considerable medical bills. A back and spinal cord injury attorney can help you receive payment covering any medical bills and expenses, including hospital visits, prescription costs, rehabilitation, and any additional medical expenses following the accident.
2. Physical Pain And Suffering
In addition to medical costs, many plaintiffs seek compensation for physical pain and suffering following a back or spinal cord injury. Certain types of pain and suffering extend long after the accident and recovery period and victims should be entitled to compensation for the time suffered.
3. Lost Wages
Following a back or spinal cord injury, it’s most likely you won’t be able to immediately return to your normal life, including your job. In many cases, you can seek compensation for lost wages or loss of employment following this type of injury.
4. Wrongful Death
In the worst possible cases, families of someone who has lost their life to a back or spinal cord injury can receive compensation from a wrongful death suit if another party can be held responsible for the accident.
PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF BACK AND SPINAL CORD INJURY VICTIMS
Before you talk to anyone from the insurance company, seek the advice of a qualified personal injury lawyer who knows the law and has the ability to protect your interests. At the Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC, I handle Colorado and Denver back and spinal cord injury cases big and small. I don’t do anything else. Reach out to our office today to speak with an experienced back and spinal cord injury attorney and learn about your right to car accident injury compensation.
WHAT TO DO IF I SUFFER A BACK OR SPINAL CORD INJURY
If you experience a back or spinal cord injury, seek medical attention immediately. Your health and safety should always be the most important priorities. Once you feel safe and secure, however, you should reach out to an experienced spinal back and spinal cord injury attorney.
Regardless of fault, these professionals can help you understand your rights, find the appropriate medical care, and determine whether or not you may be entitled to some form of compensation. One call to one of our experienced attorneys could make all the difference in the case of a back or spinal cord injury.
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I am attorney Paul Wilkinson and I offer my clients nearly 20 years of experience resolving bicycle accident claims. I understand the types of injuries that can occur in these accidents and I work tirelessly to see that you receive sufficient compensation to facilitate your complete recovery.
Where some law firms might seek to settle your case on the first offer from the insurance company, I am steadfast in my commitment to ensure that all of your current and future needs are accommodated. I take the time to gain a complete understanding of your injuries, determine how they will impact your life, and seek maximum compensation for your losses.
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