Riverside Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Severe accidents have the potential to lead to very serious injuries, including injuries to the spinal cord. The spinal cord is a very pivotal part of the nervous system and even small injuries can lead to total paralysis. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves extending from the brain and is responsible for transmitting signals from the brain to the rest of the body. Yet, even though it is incased in the spinal column (by the individual vertebrae), the spinal cord is very susceptible to injury.
A spinal cord injury, no matter how small or large, should always receive medical treatment as soon as possible after the accident. If you have been injured in a traumatic accident leading to a spinal injury, contact our Riverside spinal cord injury lawyers, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
With miles and miles of highways, heavy traffic, and a large population, Riverside sees a large number of spinal cord injuries every year.
Spinal Cord Injury Statistics
Spinal cord injuries are much more common than the average person assumes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are currently over 200,000 people in the United States living with a spinal cord injury. Additionally, each year up to 20,000 new people receive spinal cord injuries. The estimated lifetime cost of a spinal cord injury can run up to $3 million, depending on the severity of the injury – a staggering figure.
Many of these injuries are the result of car accidents, since even the smallest injury to the spine can have a long lasting, devastating impact to the entirety of the spinal cord. Aside from paralysis, spinal cord injuries can also lead to further neurological difficulty, including psychological effects such as depression and anxiety. Victims of spinal cord injuries may never walk again or may have ongoing respiratory and nervous system issues. The majority of accidents which lead to a spinal cord injury are car accidents, many of which are caused by alcohol-related crashes, although other spinal cord injuries may result from workplace injuries.
What Can You Recover With a Spinal Cord Injury Claim?
The victims of accidents lead to spinal cord injuries are often able to receive compensation for their injuries in the following forms:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitative care
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
Spinal cord injuries are often not injuries a victim can easily walk away from and often require life-long care, in the form of either rehabilitation or home care nurses. Many victims of spinal cord injuries are unable to work, or must relearn their ability to walk and perform the most basic tasks to just get along in life. The victim of an accident should not be forced to cover these types of expenses in addition to healing from the mental trauma that a spinal injury can cause. A Riverside personal injury attorney will be able to best advise you on the potential recovery options.
Schedule a Consultation With a Riverside Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
If you are the victim of an accident leading to a spinal cord injury, do not hesitate to contact the Riverside spinal cord injury attorneys of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP as soon as possible after the injury. Our attorneys have years of experience in handling severe accident cases and understand how devastating a spinal injury can be on the victim and their family. We will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact our Riverside office today for your initial free consultation.