Georgia Spinal Injuries Lawyer
A spinal cord injury can be devastating. In a split second, a victim’s life is forever changed. These injuries can cause permanent disability and life long paralysis. When these injuries are a result of another party’s negligence it is important to speak with legal counsel promptly to ensure that your rights are protected. Damages from these injuries can be extensive.
In our experience, the most common causes of these injuries are:
- Vehicle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Sports and recreation injuries
By far, the most common cause of spinal injuries is vehicle accidents, which account for 39.2% of all spinal injuries. The second most common is injuries from slip and falls, which accounts for 28% of injuries. The third most common cause is sports accidents.
The damages sustained in these cases is usually particularly significant. Not only will current medical costs be extremely high, the victim may require lifelong care, including therapy and special equipment. The chances are high that the victim will be unable to work in the future and faces a very challenging future.
Severity of Injury
Injuries to the spinal cord are serious because the spine is essential to many bodily functions. An injury to the spine will cause an interruption in the information transmitted from the brain to muscles and nerves, causing paralysis. The exact location of the injury on the spinal cord will affect which body parts are involved.
It is important to note that not every victim will experience complete paralysis. There are two types of paralysis, incomplete and complete. Some victims may experience incomplete paralysis and will retain some feeling and movement in their extremities.
Generally, the closer the injury is to the head, the more serious the injury will be. For instance a serious injury to the neck can cause paralysis of the arms, torso and legs. If the injury is farther down the back, the victim may experience paralysis in their legs only.
It is estimated that there are approximately 270,000 people in the U.S. who currently live with spinal cord injuries. Sadly, approximately 12,000 people will suffer a spinal injury. Only 1% of these people will recover.
The damages for these injuries are very significant. This is because most victims will be permanently disabled and unable to work. They will also have very high medical expenses, which could be ongoing for the rest of their lives.
These injuries are heartbreaking. If you or a loved one has experienced a spinal injury, call an experienced Georgia spinal injury lawyer from our office. We understand that your life may be in turmoil, and you are dealing with healing from your injuries and getting your life back on track. All the while, the medical bills are piling up. Come speak to us for guidance. We can help sort out the facts of your case, and create an action plan moving forward to help you and your family get the compensation you deserve.