Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries fall in the category of the most serious, long term and most difficult to treat. As such, these types of injuries are categorized as catastrophic. Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries are also very common and may occur even if the spinal cord is not directly impacted. These injures can occur from work related hazards or from recreational activities.
Accidents involving motor vehicles are most likely to involve a spinal cord injury. The sudden impact may cause your body to be propelled and/or suddenly snapped back cause the contortion of the spinal cord. However, spinal cord injuries may also occur in a slip and falls accidents. On the job injuries can also lead to spinal cord injuries as a result of falls on construction sites and gun shot wounds in law enforcement officers. These types of damages are also more likely to occur in relatively young and healthy adults.
Aside from motor vehicle accidents or on the job injuries, spinal cord damage can result from recreation activities such as sports. Athletic activities involving sudden motion and impact or any sport that can result in a collision, whether with another athlete or an object can lead to very serious and long term spinal cord injuries.
Spinal cord injuries can result in serious pain and discomfort resulting in loss of enjoyment of life or lead to limitations to ability to work. These types of injuries can also result in paralysis, as the brain is no longer able to stimulate motion in the lower extremities from the break in the spinal cord. Victims of spinal cord injuries can experience life long difficulties that may require constant treatment and physical therapy.
Treatment to a spinal cord injury may involve intense physical therapy to stimulate healing of the spinal cord through exercise. Many of the most common treatment also involve prescription medicine to deal with pain and discomfort. The more serious types of spinal cord injuries may involve surgical intervention which adds to risk of infection and other complications involving additional physical therapy and lengthy hospital stays followed by out patient treatment lasting months and, possibly, years.
Due to the severity of spinal cord injuries, recovery can exceed compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering. Damages for these catastrophic injuries may also include compensation for long term rehabilitation, cost of assisting devices such as wheelchairs, in home ramps, stair lifts, transportation to and from treatment facilities, etc. Additionally, spouses of victims of spinal cord injuries may also be entitled to compensation for household services, loss of consortium and loss of comfort.
For years, the lawyers of the Perazzo Law Firm have worked represented victims of spinal cord injuries seeking compensation for the damage caused by the negligence of others.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury because of any type of accident contact us online or by phone at (786)529-7411 for a FREE CONSULTATION.