Spinal cord damage is one of the most devastating types of injuries because the condition is usually both severe and permanent. A complete spinal cord injury can limit your ability to walk or perform other activities of daily life forever. An incomplete spinal cord injury, meaning you are not fully paralyzed, limits your mobility and productivity and interferes with your earning capabilities and quality of life.
Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law P.L.L.C. helps you recover the maximum possible damages for your injuries. Our law firm concentrates solely on personal injury recovery so that we can provide you with the very best representation possible. Our Kingman accident attorneys emphasize thorough, early investigation to prove liability and damages. We have access to renowned experts in spinal cord injuries who help us prove your claim and damages. We have extensive experience negotiating settlements and in trying cases and take the action in your best interests.
Our goals are twofold. First, we make sure medical care is available to you to minimize your permanent damages and to support your effective rehabilitation efforts. Second, we estimate compensation for your long-term medical expense and economic losses.
Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury
The consequences of a spinal cord injury depend on which vertebra is damaged and how badly. The body parts affected correspond to the nerve signals of that area of the spinal cord. Complete damage to vertebrae in the lower region of the back may result in paraplegia, whereas complete damage to cervical vertebrae may result in tetraplegia or quadriplegia.
Partial damage may cause such symptoms as incomplete paralysis, pain, numbness, tingling, loss of sensation and weakness in the affected limbs. In addition, the interrupted nerve signals can seriously jeopardize organ health in the affected region.
Spinal cord damage also increases risk of infections and other complications associated with immobility and loss of functionality. Therefore, spinal cord injury reduces life expectancy.
Cost of Living with Paralysis
The cost of living with paralysis depends on your age and the extent of your injury. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation estimates that the lifetime direct costs of a 25-year-old person who suffers a spinal cord injury is:
- $4,724,181 for high tetraplegia, associated with damage to the C1 to C4 vertebrae
- $3,451,781 for low tetraplegia, associated with damage to the C5 to C8 vertebrae
- $2,310,104 for paraplegia
- $1,578,274 for incomplete motor function at any level of the spine
These figures do not include indirect costs such as lost earning capacity, productivity and enjoyment of life.
We consult with experts to accurately calculate your lifetime damages. Vocational experts evaluate your ability to earn a living at the level you did prior to the accident. Economists then evaluate your diminished earning capacity for the balance of your work expectancy. This report lays the groundwork for winning you the damages you deserve.
Receive Qualified Representation for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery
Recover the compensation you are entitled to for your spinal cord injury. Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law offers you a free case evaluation in which our attorneys discuss your rights and options for recovery after an auto accident. Call our law firm at 928-716-1331 today.