Walker Texas Lawyer Represents Victims of Spinal Cord Injuries
Auto accidents are the leading cause of approximately 17,000 spinal cord injuries annually. About 282,000 people live with a spinal injury and face substantial challenges in mobility, health, employment, and activities of daily life. The effects of a spinal injury depend on the vertebra that was damaged. Any level of spinal injury may result in the following:
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle spasms
- Breathing difficulties
- Tingling in limbs
- Intense pain
- Bowel and bladder incontinence
- Loss of sensation
- Infertility and sexual dysfunction
Costs of a Spinal Injury
On average, a person who suffers complete damage to a high cervical vertebra nearly $1.1 million in the first year and roughly $185,000 yearly after that. Damage to a lower cervical vertebra costs $770,00 in the first year and $113,500 each subsequent year.
Costs associated with complete damage to the thoracic or lumbar region that results in paraplegia averages $518,904 in the first year and $68,739 in each subsequent year. Incomplete damage to the spinal cord that impairs motor function to any degree may cost about $347,484 in year one and $42,206 each year after. This means that a 25-year-old whose cervical spinal cord is completely damaged faces lifetime costs of $4,724,181. Damage in the lower regions of the spine can reach a total of $2,310,104. Incomplete motor function at any level costs a 25-year-old about $1,578,274 over a lifetime. (Source)
As costs to live escalate, your lifetime earning capacity is substantially diminished. Walker Texas Lawyers’ goal is to fight aggressively to recover the damages needed to help you achieve the care you deserve. ¬†If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury in Houston, you need a catastrophic injury lawyer specializing in spinal injury law.
Contact an Experienced Spinal Injury Lawyer
Contact an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer in Houston, Texas. Contact Walker Texas Lawyer today at 713-552-1117 or fill out our case evaluation request now.
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What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
Spinal cord injury or trauma occurs when there is direct or indirect damage to the spinal cord or surrounding connective tissue, bones, and blood vessels.
Symptoms can include:
- Breathing problems from paralysis of the muscles needed to breathe
- Numbness and sensory changes (the ability to feel hot and cold, for example)
- Muscle weakness
If you’re suffering from these symptoms, it might be time to consult a spinal cord injury lawyer.
Complications from spinal cord injury can include:
- Plegias (inability to use the limbs like paraplegia and quadriplegia)
- Paralysis (partial and complete)
- Spasms (muscular, bladder, bowel)
- Some common causes of Spinal cord injury include:
- Workplace Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Defective Products
- Tire Defects
- Seatback Failure
- Seat belt Malfunction
- Car Accidents
- SUV Rollovers
- Roof crush accidents
- Recreational Accidents
- Traumatic Falls
How is Spinal Cord Injury Diagnosed?
A doctor can perform tests like an MRI, X-ray, or CT scan to determine the location and the nature of the damage to the spine. These tests are essential to know if you have a legitimate claim, as a spinal cord injury attorney will use them to prove to the court that you have suffered damages. Save all medical documents because they may prove crucial to your case.
Consult an Experienced Spinal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered damages due to negligence on another’s part, you have certain rights and interests you need to protect. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your spinal cord injury, you may be able to recover the cost of your medical expenses, rehabilitation, and the lost income after your accident. You may also be able to recover damages for future lost income.
You should consult a spinal cord injury lawyer if you believe you have suffered a wrongful injury. They will help you identify the liabilities in your case and help you get the answers you deserve. Walker Texas Lawyer is standing by to take your case. Call Walker Texas Lawyer at 713-552-1117 for a free no-obligation consultation on your case.
You can learn more from our most frequently asked questions about personal injury law. And if you have been the victim of an auto accident in Texas, contact Walker Texas Lawyer today at 713-552-1117. Don’t wait; call now.