Spinal Cord Injuries
Houston Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
Spinal injuries can devastate your ability to complete even the simplest tasks. The spine contains vital nerves that many of us take for granted until they start to impair our ability to walk, brush our teeth, or even sit for long periods of time.
Many spinal cord injuries are the result of an accident. These accidents can either occur in a vehicle collision, workplace injury or slip and fall on a wet floor. Often the result is an injured individual who is paralyzed for life.
Treatment for these injuries and the resulting care for paralyzed individuals can be brutally expensive. In one year alone, many families accumulate $300,000, $500,000, even $800,000 or more in treatment costs. Surgeries on the spinal cord are extremely expensive as well, and the aftercare for a spinal cord surgery and resulting years of therapy can leave a family financially devastated.
It is critical to consult with an experienced spinal cord injury attorney as soon as possible if a serious accident has left you or a family member injured with spinal cord injury. Our spinal cord injury attorneys can help determine if the injury resulted from someone’s negligence.
Often individuals with spinal cord injuries are afflicted through no fault of their own. Our attorneys can help you make that determination for free by reviewing the incidents that led to your particular injury. Our attorneys can also help walk you through the steps you need to take to secure your future medical bills and after-care are provided for.
Spinal Cord Injury Case Results
41.3% of Spinal Cord Injury Cases are the Result of Automobile Accidents
Your car, much like your spine is an extremely complicated and vulnerable system. High speed malfunctions of your vehicle often lead to the most devastating of spinal cord injuries. In fact, the majority of spinal cord injuries our attorneys see come as a result of a part of a malfunctioning piece of equipment in a car moving at a very high rate of speed.
Vehicle Accident Causes
A vehicle collision is often just the first step of an injury that results in damage to the spinal cord. Vehicle malfunctions that comonly lead to a spinal injury include:
- Brake Failure
- Crushed Roof
- Tire Defect
- Motorcycle Collision
- Seat Belt Failure
- Seat Back Failure
- Vehicle Ejection
- SUV Rollover
Cars and trucks are designed with an eye for safety. Car companies must meet the minimum safety standards put forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the International UN Economic Commission for Europe. Some car manufaturers strive to exceed safety standards to receive free promotionthrough J.D. Power and Associates star safety ratings and other automobile certifications.
These safety standards help to prevent a number of accidents that lead to SCI but many still occur. Crash tests performed on cars, trucks, and motorcycles help to ensure the best possible outcome in the event of a car accident. But any shortcut, whether its for financial or safety time-saving can lead to painful consequences.
Our spinal injury attorneys are astute at identifying common and uncommon spinal injuries and can usually reasonably predict the economic outcome for the patient. This is critical because without the financial resources to recover from the injury, many spinal cord injury victims will be wiped out by medical bills the first year alone. Believe it or not, depending on the injury, the average person can pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses in the first year.
Approximately 40 million people in the United States experience types of spinal cord injuries each year. 40 million may seem a large number but only a small fraction of these people require hospitalization- the majority of SCI cases involve whiplash and injuries that cause temporary loss of function.
There are many different types of severe Spinal Cord Injury, each with its own set of distinct characteristics. There is a chance to gain more mobility during the course of treatment and rehabilitation. Doctors usually determine the type of injury through a combination of X-rays, CT Scans, MRI, and Myelography (x-ray after injection dye is used).
For patients who have suffered spinal cord injuries, the appropriate reaction to medical malpractice can vary. Spinal cord injuries are already traumatic, without the addition of unfortunate medical accidents. The best way to protect you and your loved ones from receiving substandard care is by being a proactive, educated consumer who is willing to exercise their rights as a patient.
Click here to learn more about federal, state and common law statutues that define your rights as a medical patient. Typically most patient rights laws provide protection in a variety of areas even though there are specific provisions for each state.
If you or a loved one has been suffered with a spinal cord injury as a result of the negligence of others, call or click here to contact the spinal cord injury attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm today for a free consultation.
Complete Spinal Cord Injury
This type of spinal cord injury is absolute damage to the spinal system. This opften means partial if not complete paralysis. Even when causes vary, most SCI involves loss of sensation and function below the injury site. Most complete spinal cord injuries result in situations of paraplegia or quadriplegia/tetraplegia. With time, some SCI victims previously determined as “complete” may recover some motor functions.
Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
Incomplete SCI means injury victims typically retain varying levels of movement and function below the injury site. There are many different varaiations. Here are some of them:
- Anterior Cord Syndrome: Damage is towards the front of the spinal cord, which is commonly associated with loss of temperature and pain sensation below the level of injury.
- Brown-Sequard Syndrome: Damage is limited to one side of the spine, which causes loss of function below the injury site as well as weakness and loss of function on the opposite side.
- Central Cord Syndrome: Damage is located in the center of the spine, often resulting in loss of function in the upper body, and weakness in the lower regions.
- Posterior Cord Syndrome: This rare type of SCI is characterized by difficulty in movement coordination, but general function is retained.