Spinal cord injuries are often the result of certain personal injury accidents. They are considered serious injuries, as they usually impair an individual’s ability to work and lead a fulfilling, enjoyable life. In addition, they leave victims with hefty medical bills that they may not be able to afford out-of-pocket.
If you’ve sustained a spinal cord injury after an accident that was caused by another party’s negligence, it is in your best interest to consult an experienced Chicago spinal cord lawyer at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. as soon as possible. We may be able to help you secure the compensation you need to undergo the appropriate treatment and improve your quality of life.
Most Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are a number of reasons spinal cord injuries may occur, including:
- Motor vehicle accidents – Motor vehicle accidents are a common cause of spinal cord harm. These include car crashes, truck collisions, and motorcycle wrecks. By collecting police reports, photos, witness testimony, and other evidence, we can determine who is responsible for the crash and your injuries.
- Falls – Falls can arise on private or public property and lead to spinal cord injuries. Premises liability laws state that property owners are liable if their property featured a hazard that caused the fall and any resulting injuries.
- Violence – Acts of violence are devastating for victims, as they can result in spinal cord harm and other serious injuries. Stabbings, assaults, and gunshots may all damage your spine.
- Medical malpractice – When a patient undergoes surgery or another procedure that involves their spine, they may incur injuries if the doctor makes an error and something goes wrong.
- Workplace accidents – Spinal cord injuries are particularly common in workplaces where workers are repeatedly pushing, pulling, and lifting. These include construction sites and factories.
Expenses Associated with Spinal Cord Injuries
The costs that come with spinal cord injuries are high. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, hospital stays for spinal cord injuries include an average of 11 days in an acute care unit, and at least a month of inpatient rehabilitation.
Unfortunately, less than 1% of spinal cord injury victims are completely recovered before they leave the hospital. This means that 99% of spinal cord injury victims are left with the high expense and commitment of ongoing care and therapy.
Additionally, many spinal cord injury victims face a disability, which makes it impossible for them to work and support themselves and their families. They may require lifelong medical care and/or months or years of extensive rehabilitation. Even minor spinal cord injuries can cause severe damage to the nerves and lead to long-term chronic pain.
While the cost of an injury to your spinal cord depends on the severity of them and where they have occurred on the spine, almost all spinal cord injuries result in high medical bills, time away from work, and pain and suffering.
Contact a Chicago Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer to Learn More About Your Options
If you’re coping with a spinal cord injury that was caused by another party’s negligence, reach out to Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. right away. We can calculate your damages, file a claim against the negligent party, and fight for you to obtain the compensation you may be entitled to. By collecting compensation, you can ease the financial burden you’ve been left with, and focus on moving forward with your life. Contact us today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free case consultation.