Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries happen infrequently – there are fewer than 200,000 cases reported in the United States each year – but when they do occur, they are devastating. The spinal cord is not one single cord, but actually a bundle of nerves that is contained within the bones of your spine. It runs from the base of your skull all the way down to your tailbone, and it is the messenger that carries information from your body to your brain. Your spinal cord tells you about the things that you feel and controls your movements, and when the cord is injured it means that you can no longer receive those signals effectively. If you or someone you love has been impacted by a spinal cord injury, the professionals at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help to protect your rights.
Traumatic spinal cord injuries can be fractures, crush injuries, or dislocation of the vertebrae in your spine. According to the Mayo Clinic, the leading causes of traumatic spinal cord injury in the United States is being involved in a motor vehicle or motorcycle accident. More than one-third of spinal cord injuries involve these types of accidents. Falls account for more than 25% of spinal cord injuries, and acts of violence are third. Sporting and recreational injuries are also common causes of spinal cord trauma.
A spinal cord injury can be minor and temporary, simply impacting sensation or mobility for a short period of time. Unfortunately, they are often major and can cause complete paralysis or even death. Looking at all of the many different causes of spinal cord injuries, it is easy to see that some are purely accidental, but many are caused by other people being careless or negligent. All spinal cord injuries require medical intervention that can be expensive, and when the cause of spinal cord injury is carelessness, the person or entity that is responsible can be held liable for the costs of treatment, as well as other damages. The attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers help many spinal cord injury victims to recover the money that they spend on medical treatment and rehabilitation medication, and other damages. Some of the expenses that are incurred by victims of spinal cord injury include:
- Caregivers at home
- Counseling and psychiatric care
- Funeral expenses
- Lost wages
- Medical care
- Out-of-pocket expenses not covered by health insurance
- Support services for the injured person’s family
- Travel expense for medical care
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers are knowledgeable and experienced attorneys who specialize in assisting those who have suffered spinal cord injuries to recover the expenses that they have incurred as a result of other people’s negligence. If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident resulting in a spinal cord injury, call us today to set up an appointment for a free consultation.