Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury damages nerve roots along the spinal cord. These nerve roots, or myelinated fiber tracts, are responsible for shuttling messages to and from the brain. Spinal cord injuries often result in the loss of basic functions, like movement and feeling. It’s estimated that up to 15,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year in the United States. 10,000 of those become permanently paralyzed. The rest of those injured often pass away due to the severity of the spinal cord damage. Sadly, many of these accidents happen to healthy young men, between the ages of 15 and 35.
A spinal cord injury may be the result of:
- Automobile accidents, like SUV roll-overs
- Construction accidents
- Slip and falls
- Diving/Swimming pool accidents
- Sports accidents, like Bicycle Accidents
There are two types of spinal cord injuries, “complete” and “incomplete”. A complete injury means the injured person loses all ability to feel and voluntarily move below the level of the injury. In an incomplete injury, there is some functioning below the level of the injury. Those with incomplete spinal cord injuries can regain some functions between a week and 6 months after injury, but the likelihood of spontaneous recovery diminishes after 6 months. Rehabilitation can minimize long-term disability, but it can be a financial burden to a family.
Spinal cord injuries are devastating for the victim and his or her loved ones. If you or a loved one has experienced a spinal cord injury, it’s important to know you are not alone. The attorneys at The Persons Firm understand the trauma and anxiety you may be feeling, and we are here to help. A spinal cord injury is both emotionally and financially draining. A family will likely have to confront the following:
- Hospital bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Home health care
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income
That’s why it’s important that you consult with a spinal cord injury attorney. Our experienced and diligent personal injury lawyers will use all of our resources to investigate the facts surrounding your injury, and advise you on the best possible course of action.
Often, insurance carriers won’t willingly compensate you for your pain, or will try to minimize the severity of your injuries. We will fight them for full compensation. The Persons Firm founding partner, Benjamin S. Persons, IV, is a former insurance defense lawyer. He knows how the insurance companies operate, and uses that unique perspective to maximize settlements and verdicts for our clients.
At The Persons Firm, we know how catastrophic a spinal cord injury is, and our attorneys will fight for fair compensation for you. We handle each case on a contingency basis, meaning we charge no attorney's fees until a settlement or verdict is obtained.