Spinal Cord Trauma and Injury ~ Dan Robin, Jr.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center in Birmingham, Alabama February 2011 report, it is estimated that the annual incidence of spinal cord injury (SCI) in the United States is approximately 12,000 new cases each year.
Spinal cord injuries usually begin with a blow that fractures or dislocates your vertebrae and most injuries don't sever your spinal cord. Instead, they cause damage when pieces of vertebrae tear into cord tissue or press down on the nerve parts that carry signals.
If a complete spinal cord injury is sustained, the cord can't relay messages below the injury and as a result there is paralysis. In an incomplete injury, you may have some movement and sensation below the injury.
Spinal cord trauma is damage to the spinal cord and can be caused by any number of injuries to the spine. Injuries can result from motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries (particularly diving into shallow water), industrial accidents, gunshot wounds, assault, and other causes.
The greatest numbers of spinal cord injuries occur in auto accidents, which account for roughly 47 percent of all SCI. Falls account for roughly 23 percent, violence 14 percent (often from gunshot wounds) and sports at a lower 9 percent), according to the NSCISC study.
A spinal cord injury is a medical emergency and immediate treatment can help reduce long-term effects. Later treatment usually includes medicine and rehabilitation therapy. Less than 1% of persons experienced complete neurologic recovery by hospital discharge, which results in long term care and stressful costs to victims and families.
In many cases, the injury is the fault or negligence of another - perhaps the driver of vehicle, an unsafe jobsite, a defective product or hazardous property. If you experience spinal cord trauma, you may have a legal claim.
If one of these serious accidents has left you or your family with mounting medical bills and an uncertain financial future, you need a spinal cord injury lawyer to seek the compensation you deserve.
Please contact the law office of Dan Robin, Jr. for a FREE consultation today.