Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are one of the most serious types of injuries because they almost always raise the possibility of lifelong limitations. However, those that affect the spinal cord are especially serious. Spinal cord injuries can occur as the result of any type of accident, including motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, workplace accidents, construction accidents and more. At the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC, our Charlotte personal injury attorneys have decades of experience helping accident victims obtain the compensation they need to make them whole after suffering debilitating injuries.What Are Spinal Cord Injuries?
The spinal cord is an extended channel of nerves covered by bone. Nerve impulses are transmitted through the spinal cord to and from the brain. An injury to this area can affect many different parts of the body. Damage to the spinal cord typically reduces function and sensation in areas such as the:
- Bladder, and
- Sex organs.
Spinal injuries can result in the loss of movement in the extremities and make it difficult or impossible for a person to sit, stand or walk.
The medical treatment for a damaged spinal cord can include medication, physical therapy and surgery. Many times, a person with a spinal cord injury must remain motionless for an extended period of time. Recovery often involves physical therapy and can take many months. Even then, severe injuries can result in permanent disabilities, including paralysis.What is the Average Cost of a Spinal Cord Injury?
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, a spinal cord injury, on average, results in a hospital stay of approximately 11 days. After discharge, accident victims face an average of another 31 days in a rehabilitation facility. Sadly, a significant number of accident victims face a lifetime of medical treatment and physical limitations after a spinal cord injury.
On average, the initial year of treatment and expenses for those suffering from paraplegia costs approximately $567,000. Following the first year, the annual cost of treatment is about $75,000 for each subsequent year. For example, if you were to become paralyzed at 25, this would result in a lifetime cost of over $2.5 million.What Are the Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries?
An accident causing a spinal cord injury can occur while you are carrying out your everyday activities. For example, you might receive this type of injury if you are involved in a car accident or a crash while driving a car or riding a motorcycle or a bus. It could even occur from a simple slip and fall. If the injury wasn't your fault, a member of our legal team can review the incident to determine if you qualify for compensation.How Can the Olsinski Law Firm Help Spinal Cord Injury Victims?
At the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC, we know that a catastrophic injury like spinal cord damage can create physical hardships for the rest of your life. Our personal injury firm will fully document your claim with extensive medical documentation and testimony that show the extent of your injuries. We will seek the maximum compensation you deserve for both short and long-term care. Our skilled attorneys will also handle all negotiations with the insurance company and advise you on how best to proceed with your case to maximize your recovery.Have You Suffered Spinal Cord Injuries Following a Preventable Accident?
If you or a loved one was recently in an accident and diagnosed with paraplegia, quadriplegia, or any other serious spinal cord injury, reach out to the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC, for immediate assistance. We will connect you with a senior lawyer who can answer your questions, explain your rights, and discuss how we can help. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with a Charlotte personal injury lawyer, give us a call at 704-405-2580. You can also reach one of our Concord bike accident lawyers at 704-918-4747. We take all personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning we will not bill you for our services unless we can connect you with compensation for what you’ve been through.