Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury is one of the most catastrophic and life-altering of all injuries, and can cause extensive loss of physical function and, in many cases, loss of independence.
Damage to the spinal cord can cause tetraplegia (also known as quadriplegia) when the injury is to the cervical spine, or paraplegia when the thoracic, lumbar, or sacral spine is damaged. Tetraplegia is paralysis in all four limbs and often requires the use of a respirator to assist with breathing. Paraplegia is paralysis of the lower body. A spinal cord injury sufferer is nearly always confined to a wheelchair and generally requires assistance with personal care and the tasks of daily living.
Every year in the United States, approximately 12,000 people suffer paralyzing spinal cord injuries. Many of these injuries should not have happened. The most frequent cause is motor vehicle accidents, which are responsible for 36.5% of all spinal cord injuries, followed by falls (28.5%), violence (14.3%), sports (9.2%) and various other causes (11.4%). Many of these injuries are caused by another person’s negligent, reckless, or deliberately wrongful act.
If you have a spinal cord injury caused by another person, whether deliberately or accidentally, you may be able to recover money as compensation for your damages. For the best results, you should only pursue a recovery with the help of a personal injury attorney who regularly handles catastrophic injury cases. These are complex, high value cases, and insurance companies usually employ every means possible to avoid paying fair compensation.
In San Diego and southern California, the Singleton Law Firm is your best resource for information on your legal options following a spinal cord injury. Our lawyers know that your losses total much more than the cost of your medical bills and lost earnings, and we will fight for an amount that reflects every one of your losses. These are some of the most common damages for which you may be entitled to compensation:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and therapy costs (physical, occupational, and psychological)
- Lost earnings and earning potential over a lifetime
- Cost of medical equipment, supplies, and mobility devices, which often include wheelchair, ventilator, braces, ostomy supplies, catheters, etc.
- Cost of refitting your home and vehicle to accommodate your wheelchair and other disability needs
- Cost of transportation
- Cost of in-home care
- Cost of training and maintaining a service animal
Damages to your quality of life that are difficult to assign a dollar value may vary, but often include these:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of mobility
- Relationship problems
- Loss of independence
- Loss of sexual function
- Loss of ability to participate in hobbies, travel, and recreational activities
The High Cost of Spinal Cord Injuries
The cost of medical treatment for a spinal cord injury is staggering. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, costs for a high cervical spine injury averages $1,044,197.00 the first year and $181,328.00 every year thereafter. These figures do not take into consideration lost earnings and earning potential.
Personal Injury Lawyers Committed to Your Recovery
Insurance companies will go to great lengths and employ sophisticated legal teams to avoid having to pay these high dollar claims. The lawyers at the Singleton Law Firm have the experience, legal knowledge, and passionate commitment to justice that enables them to combat insurance company tactics and obtain the settlement or verdict that you need and deserve. We have a documentable record of bringing in impressive monetary recoveries for our clients. Every case is different, and we cannot guarantee a particular amount in your case; however, we can guarantee that you will have the full force of our legal expertise behind you as we fight aggressively and tirelessly for you.
Call Singleton Law Firm today for a consultation, without cost or obligation, to learn how we can help you.