The spinal cord is comprised of a bundle of nerves running down the center of your back. It is responsible for carrying signals from your body to your brain and vice versa. A spinal cord injury (SCI) disrupts this relay of signals. Typically, SCI starts with a blow that fractures or dislocates the bone disks in your spine, called the vertebrae. Usually, these injuries do not sever your spinal cord but, rather cause damage when pieces of vertebrae lacerate your spinal cord or put pressure on the parts of the nerves that transmit signals. If you have been injured, receive a free case review from our law firm’s Longmont spine injury attorneys today.
Spinal cord injuries fall into one of two main categories- complete or incomplete. With complete injuries, the cord is unable to transmit signals below the point of the injury, resulting in paralysis of the body from that point down. With incomplete injuries, some function and movement is possible below the point of injury.
The primary causes of SCI differ by age of the victim. Car accidents are the leading cause for patients under 65 years of age. Falls are the most prevalent cause among older patients. The leading causes of spinal cord injuries include:
The University of Alabama National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center and the CDC report the costs of living with SCI can be substantial, and vary widely depending on the severity of the injury. Patients suffering from any level of incomplete motor function can expect to pay an average of $334,170 during the first year of their injury and approximately $40,589 per year for each subsequent year of their lives. Patients with greater degrees of disability can expect to pay exponentially more.
In a spinal cord injury lawsuit, your lawyer may be able to recover damages for the following:
Additionally, your family may be able to recover wrongful death damages if your injury results in death.
The Longmont spine injury attorneys of Fuicelli & Lee have extensive experience with all types of spinal cord injury cases. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury as the result of an accident or medical malpractice in the Longmont area or anywhere in Colorado, contact us today. We will evaluate your situation and discuss the options available to you.
For a free initial consultation with Fuicelli & Lee, PC, send us an e-mail or call (720) 494-0444. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award.
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