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Information Regarding Spinal Cord Injuries

Your spinal cord is one of the most important parts of your body, as its bundles of nerves facilitate communications between the brain and the rest of your body. Because of its primary role in physical functioning, injuries to the spinal cord can have dire consequences. The communications from the brain are often interrupted, resulting in loss of sensation or movement abilities in the areas of the body below the point of the injury. Because of the often grave effects of spinal cord injuries, this is considered to be a “catastrophic” injury. Often, victims of spinal cord injuries are left with permanent and severe disabilities and the need for long-lasting medical treatment and care.

Statistics published[1] by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that 12,000 to 20,000 individuals sustain serious spinal cord injuries on an annual basis. Furthermore, the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center reported that as estimated 237,000 individuals[2] in the U.S. are living with spinal cord injuries and the resulting effects. Many of these spinal cord injuries occur in accidents that are caused by the negligence of another person or party. In these cases, an experienced Clearwater attorney can help you recover for all of your losses related to your spinal cord injury.

Causes of spinal cord injuries in the U.S.

An individual can sustain a spinal cord injury in a number of ways, many of which occur because another person or party acted in a negligent manner. Some examples of accidents that can result in this type of catastrophic injury include the following:

·       Auto accidents
·       Falls from heights
·       Falls down stairs
·       Slips or trips
·       Bicycle accidents
·       Boating accidents
·       Truck accidents
·       Motorcycle accidents
·       Pedestrian accidents
·       Construction site accidents
·       Sports injuries
·       Assaults

No matter what type of accident has occurred, it is vital for victims to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Spinal cord injuries often require immediate stabilization to reduce the risk of further complications and improve the prognosis.

Financial recovery for a spinal cord injury

Even if you seek emergency medical attention, spinal cord injuries can leave you facing years of medical treatments, including surgery and rehabilitative therapy. If your spinal cord injury cannot be corrected, you may have a permanent disability that can keep you from working or even from conducting everyday activities. In cases of complete spinal cord injuries, victims may be left permanently paralyzed below the point of the injury. This can not only result in severe limitations but can likely require long-lasting medical treatment and home health care. This can require extensive medical equipment to simply live in your own home and, in many cases, individuals with complete spinal cord injuries must live in long-term care facilities. Not only is this a significant effect on your life but also on the lives of your family members and other supporters.

Spinal cord injuries can often leave victims with medical complications that will last the rest of their lives. In many instances, SCI victims are unable to provide for themselves and their families, so it is extremely important for people who have sustained an SCI to obtain the largest settlement or award available under the law. The compensation that people receive in SCI cases can often ensure their financial stability and their access to medical care and treatment indefinitely. Recovery is often available for medical bills, lost wages and benefits, loss of enjoyment of life, permanent disability, physical pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and more. The recovery available depends on the severity of your injury and the effects you experienced.

Please call an experienced Clearwater spinal injury attorney as soon as possible

Since 2009, the skilled Clearwater personal injury lawyers of the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA have been zealously advocating for the rights of their clients. Our firm has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of injured victims and is committed to obtaining the full and fair value of every claim that we handle. To discuss your case with one of our attorneys, call our office today at 727-451-6900.

Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756



[1] https://wwwn.cdc.gov/nndss/conditions/spinal-cord-injury/
[2] https://www.nscisc.uab.edu/PublicDocuments/fact_figures_docs/Facts%202013.pdf