Being in an accident is traumatic, however, those who have survived a spinal cord injury will often report that the sensation of not being able to feel or sense your legs or other parts of your own body is its own form of trauma. Spinal cord injuries are a major medical emergency and one that those who have been injured may never recover from.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury because of another’s negligence or recklessness, then you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Types of Spinal Cord Accidents
Spinal cord injuries are as varied as the people who sustain them. While it is impossible to predict all of the events and causes that may cause a spinal cord injury, we can look at statistics and determine which activities and which events have a higher degree of spinal cord injuries as opposed to others.
- Vehicular and car accidents – Vehicular and car accidents accounted for approximately 39 percent of all spinal cord injuries. Being in an accident involving any motor vehicle represents the number one cause of spinal cord injuries. One of the most dangerous vehicles in terms of the amount of documented spinal cord injuries is a motorcycle.
- Falls – Falls are a frequent cause of spinal cord injuries. Falls from roofs, ladders, and elevated structures represent the most obvious dangers, however, a fall from any height can cause a spinal cord injury. While automobiles represent the number one cause of spinal cord injuries, falls make up the second largest category of accidents that lead to spinal cord injuries accounting for approximately 29 percent of all spinal cord injuries documented in the United States.
- Violence – Violence and acts of violence have lead to a surprising amount of spinal cord injuries. Out of all the acts of violence, gunshot wounds make up the largest category of violence based spinal cord injuries. Out of all the documented spinal cord injuries, violent acts lead to 14 percent of the total injuries.
- Sports – Modern sports have undergone a massive transformation in the past few decades, athletes have become faster, stronger, and bigger. With the increases in performance and popularity, so have the dangers of accident and injury. Sports are also a major contributing factor to spinal cord injuries across the country.
Any injury to the bones and nerves that run along the spine can lead to permanent and lifelong challenges and injuries.
If you have been the victim of a spinal cord injury you may be wondering how you are going to cope with your drastically different life. How will you be able to pay your medical bills? How will you be able to pay for the care and continuing medical treatment? Still, others worry about how they will continue to live without being able to work to the degree they did before their accident. These are all common questions and concerns. If you have been injured because of another’s neglect or carelessness and have sustained an incomplete or even a complete spinal cord injury, then you may be able to file either a personal injury care, or in the event that a loved one has passed away as a result of their accident and injuries, then you may be able to file a wrongful death action on their behalf. Turning to the courts can provide you or your family with the following types of monetary relief:
- Hospitalization expenses – Anytime you have to go to the hospital you face the reality that even a simple test will cost thousands of dollars. In addition, the amount of time that a person will be required to stay under the watchful eye of medical professionals can lead to tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.
- Continuing Medical Care – Those who have sustained a spinal cord injury of any severity will likely require ongoing medical care and treatment. However, many who have sustained an injury to this severity cannot afford to pay for their medical care, as part of a personal injury case, a party may be entitled to compensation for continued medical care.
- Lost wages – it is a sad reality that those who are injured in a spinal cord accident are often unable to return to work. When you take into account that the average age of a spinal cord injury happens when a person is close to 40 years old, and the average age of retirement in the United States hovers around 65, then a person needs to be able to provide for themselves and their family for those years that they are no longer able to work.
- Rehabilitation – Spinal cord injuries often require years of rehabilitation and therapy. This does not just include physical therapy to keep the muscles strong and to teach those who have been injured how to walk again. Spinal cord patients often require extensive mental rehabilitation as well.
- Funeral expenses – Spinal cord injuries are often fatal. In these cases, a family member or another who is close to the family may file a wrongful death case. Part of the recovery in a wrongful death case can be for funeral expenses, which can run upwards of ten thousand dollars.
When you or a family member have been injured because of someone else’s neglect or carelessness, then you are entitled to these forms of compensation as a way for the court to make you whole again. Working with an experienced personal injury attorney can provide you with peace of mind to know that your interests are being cared for.
Put Washington County Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Ken Kieklak to Work for You
For nearly 20 years, Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law has provided respected and trusted legal advice to people throughout the state of Arkansas. Whether you are seeking Social Security representation, a personal injury litigator, or help with a wrongful death claim, Ken is eager to get to know you and understand your situation. For your free and confidential legal consultation call us at (479) 316-0438 or contact us online.