A spinal cord injury, whether it is the result of an auto accident, work injury or medical mistake do not only affect the individual who sustained it, but the entire family. In many cases, after a spinal accident, the spouse, children and other family members serve as caregivers. Additionally, the person with the spinal injury is likely unable to work and maintain an income while incurring significant medical bills for ongoing care and rehabilitation. The financial and emotional pressures of dealing with this type of sever injury can be extremely trying on the individual with the spinal injury and their family members. At Hardball Law, Towson, Maryland spinal cord injury lawyer Susan R. Green will review the incident and offer the legal options the person may have. While no lawsuit can undo the accident or injury, money from a verdict or settlement can greatly assist the individual and his or her family and relieve some of the burdens on them. When a spinal cord injury arises from a car or truck wreck, surgical error or work accident, families must explore all legal options to ensure the best quality of life possible for their loved one.
Types Of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are 2 different types of spinal cord injuries that can result in paralysis. Both are defined below. In addition to those there are different segments of the spinal cord that can be injured in a car accident, motorcycle crash, trucking accident or workers’ comp accident.
- A complete spinal cord injury results in permanent damage to the area of the spinal cord that is affected. Paraplegia or tetraplegia are results of complete spinal cord injuries.
- An incomplete spinal cord injury results in only partial damage to the spinal cord. The ability to move and the amount of feeling depends on the area of the spine injured and the severity of the injury. The prognosis, or predicted medical outcome, is largely based on a patient’s health and medical history.
Areas of the spinal column, which is part of the Central Nervous System along with the brain, that can be injured are the Cervical spine, Thoracic Spine, Lumbar Spine and Sacral Spine. Injuries to these areas do not necessarily result in paralysis and injury examples can be whiplash, neck or back strains as well as bulging, herniated or slipped discs.
Cervical Spine, aka C-Spine, injuries are common in rear end collisions. Lumbar spine, aka L-Spine, are lower back injuries and are the most common reasons for missed time at work in the state of Maryland. No matter what type of back injury or spinal cord injury you suffered, or how severe it is, Annapolis spinal cord injury attorney Susan R. Green can help you get the benefits, medical care, chiropractic care, physical therapy and financial compensation you need.
What Are The Costs Of A Spinal Cord Injury?
According to the Reeve Foundation, the costs of a High Tetraplegia (C1-C4) ASIS ABC would be $1.64 million in the first year, and $184,891 each subsequent year. For Low Tetraplegia (C5-C8), the number is $769,351 for the first year and $113,432 for subsequent years. The estimated life costs of a person with High Tetraplegia who is 25 years old is $4.7 million.
Obviously, the costs of living with spinal cord injury are extremely high, much greater than the vast majority of families in the United States could ever afford. Additionally, these costs do not even include the fact that the injured person can usually no longer bring in an income anywhere near the level they would have without the accident. Further, it does not include the sacrifices, both emotional and financial, that other family members make to assist the person with the spinal injury.
What Can A Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit Do for Individuals & Families?
A personal injury lawsuit will never truly make a person or family whole again after a catastrophic accident such as a spinal cord injury. However, having money to pay for medical treatments and to make up for lost wages and more can go far in assisting the entire family as they adapt to this new way of living.
Money from a spinal cord lawsuit can pay for:
- Past, present and future medical bills
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Assistance and therapy for depression and emotional injuries
- Full-time care, if necessary
- Lost wages and benefits
- Medical equipment
- Home renovations (wheelchair ramps, lowered countertops, bathroom revamps)
- Wheelchair-adaptable van or automobile upgrades
- Other additional necessary costs and expenses
- Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of consortium
Learn More About Your Legal Options in a Free, No Obligation Consultation
When a person suffers a serious, life-changing injury such as paraplegia or quadriplegia, he or she will face multiple burdens over and beyond the physical implications. This includes the emotional costs of spinal injury, financial burdens and the strain on family members whose lives are also affected.
Susan R. Green offers compassionate guidance to people involved in accidents who suffered serious injury as a result. She is also a powerful advocate for persons harmed from a car or work accident or medical malpractice, who are then further mistreated by insurance companies and corporations trying to fight a valid legal claim for damages. Susan does not back down in the face of adversity, no matter how big or seemingly powerful an opponent. Contact Hardball Law in Baltimore, Maryland to schedule a free initial consultation today.
Baltimore County Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Susan R. Green handles catastrophic injury claims throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. including the Annapolis, Baltimore, Bel Air, Bethesda, Bowie, Catonsville, College Park, Columbia, Dundalk, Ellicott City, Essex, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Glen Burnie, Hagerstown, Joppa, Laurel, Olney, Salisbury, Silver Spring, Randallstown, Reistertown, Timonium, Towson, Upper Marlboro & Wheaton areas.