500 Million Recovered for Florida Injury Victims
Learning you have suffered a spinal cord injury is a terrifying experience. What does this mean for your future? Will you ever regain function? Will you be confined to a wheelchair? These are all questions that go through your head when your spinal column has been injured in an accident. What makes spinal cord injuries so frustrating is that doctors can’t always tell you what to expect, as spinal cord injuries vary widely from person to person and recovery times can span years – even decades.
At The Law Offices of Paul K. Schrier, PLLC, our lawyers help people who have suffered spinal cord injuries in car accidents, work-related accidents, slips and falls, and other types of personal injury cases. An injury this big can make you feel like you’re all alone. Rest assured, you are not.
Personal injury is all we do, and we have dedicated our lives to making sure our clients get not only the compensation they deserve, but also the help and support they desperately need.
The Lasting Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), there are 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injury in the United States every single year. Worldwide, as many as 500,000 people experience a spinal cord injury annually. Car accidents account for 42 percent of all spinal cord injury cases. Other causes of spinal cord injury include falls, violent assaults, and sports-related accidents.
When most people think of a spinal cord injury, they immediately think of paraplegia or quadriplegia. Although paralysis is certainly a possibility with any type of spinal cord injury, these injuries can affect a patient in many different ways. Common conditions associated with spinal cord injury include:
- Respiratory problems
- Sexual dysfunction
- Bladder and bowel incontinence
- Nerve damage
- Muscle atrophy
- Persistent vegetative state
- Tingling in the extremities
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Vision problems
Damage to the spine can affect the entire body, as well as the mind. The spinal cord is an intricate highway of nerves that carry signals back and forth from the brain to the rest of the body. When the spinal cord is injured, these signals are abruptly cut off. With therapy, some patients are able to slowly regain lost function. For others, however, no amount of therapy will improve their condition.
The Financial Impact of Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries can result in a lifetime of chronic pain and an ongoing need for prescription medication, therapy, and medical treatment. A study released by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation estimates the average cost of care for a spinal cord injury ranges between $334,000 and $1 million for the first year of care. The cost of care for subsequent years varies between $40,500 and $171,000.
Depending on the severity of the injury, a spinal cord injury victim may require a home health aide, home modifications, and costly medical equipment. It is very important to work with an experienced personal injury trial lawyer in Miami, FL to ensure you get the full amount of compensation available in your case.
Call Our Statewide Spinal Cord Injury Practice about Your Case
Florida Spinal Cord Injuries Attorney at Florida Accident Law Help, serve clients throughout Florida. Our attorneys have 50 years of combined experience helping injury victims and their families get phenomenal results in spinal cord injury cases. We offer free case evaluations, and a lawyer is available to assist you 24/7. Call 800-700-7285 or contact us via online contact form.