Every day in the U.S., approximately 49 new spinal cord injuries are diagnosed, totaling 17,900 new diagnoses last year alone. A spinal cord injury can have devasting results, causing permanent disability or even death. Depending on the severity of the injury, the lifetime cost of caring for someone with a spinal cord injury can be more than $5 million. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a spinal cord injury, you may be able to collect compensation for your injuries.

What Spinal Cord Injuries Are

Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that travels the length of your spine. It allows your brain to communicate with the rest of your body. You rely on your spinal cord to be able to move your limbs, feel sensations in your body, and control many of your body functions, such as urination and bowel movements. According to the Mayo Clinic, “a traumatic spinal cord injury may stem from a sudden, traumatic blow to your spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes or compresses one or more of your vertebrae. It may also result from a gunshot or knife wound that penetrates and cuts your spinal cord.” The most common causes of spinal cord injuries are, in descending order: vehicle accidents, falls, gunshot wounds, and sports injuries.

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

There are two determinants of how severe a spinal cord injury is:

  1. Location on the spine
    Generally, the higher up on the spinal cord the injury, the greater the potential severity.
  2. Level of completeness of the injury
    An “incomplete” spinal cord injury causes partial damage to the spinal cord. People who have an incomplete injury can have some feeling or movement beneath the level of the injury. A “complete” spinal cord injury means a person has no feeling or movement beneath the level of the injury. This is the more severe type of injury and can result in paraplegia or tetraplegia.

Factors Impacting the Value of a Spinal Cord Injury Settlement

There are several factors that are weighed when determining the value of a settlement in a spinal cord injury case. These include:

  • Lost income
  • Cost of medical bills
  • Severity of injury
  • Daily activities that were affected by the injury, such as ability to work and care for oneself
  • How much pain and suffering the patient experienced
  • Permanence of the injury

A spinal cord injury can impact the quality of your life as well as have a significant financial impact on the rest of your life. Cutler Rader has won millions of dollars in settlements for victims of spinal cord injuries. Contact us for a free consultation on your spinal injury case. We will fight aggressively for you to receive the justice that you deserve.

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References Used:
National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. Facts and Figures – 2021.pdf (uab.edu). Accessed July 10, 2021.
National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center . Facts and Figures – 2021.pdf (uab.edu). Accessed July 10, 2021.
Mayo Clinic. Spinal cord injury – Symptoms and causes – Mayo Clinic. Accessed July 10, 2021.
National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. Facts and Figures – 2021.pdf (uab.edu). Accessed July 10, 2021.