Recovering from Permanent Injuries
The Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems (SCIMS) estimates that approximately 12,500 people suffer a spinal cord injury (SCI) every year, not including those who die at the scene of the accident. Approximately 276,000 people currently live with SCI. Sadly, spinal cord damage is often caused by the negligence of another person or a corporation. Auto wrecks and other traumatic accidents are common causes of spinal damage.
A spinal cord injury can drastically affect your everyday mobility and comfort. Medical care for your spinal cord injury can also become increasingly more expensive over time..
Jason L. Gunter, P.A. is a Southwest Florida-based law firm that concentrates its services on personal injury recovery. Our firm handles complex injury claims involving catastrophic injuries. If you have sustained vertebral damage, Fort Myers spinal cord injury attorney Jason Gunter can pursue the compensation you are entitled to.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries occur when a force inflicts a blow to the body or a sharp object penetrates the spinal cord. The vertebrae that ordinarily protect the spinal nerves are damaged, as are the nerves that transmit signals between the brain and the body.
Common causes of spinal injury include:
- Automobile accidents — 38 percent of all SCI cases
- Falls, including falls in the workplace — 30 percent
- Violence, such as gunshot or knife wounds — 14 percent
- Sports and recreational-related accidents — 9 percent
- Other types of accidents — 9 percent
Physical Disabilities Caused by Spinal Nerve Damage
The nature and severity of disabilities caused by spinal cord injury depend on which vertebra was damaged and to what extent. Severity is often described as the level of completeness. A complete injury results in almost total loss of feeling and function, whereas an incomplete injury causes degrees of sensory and functional loss. Symptoms appear in the areas of the body below the location of the damaged vertebra.
Because the nerve is responsible for transmitting signals, you may experience a variety of short-term symptoms and permanent disabilities after a spinal cord injury, including:
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle spasms
- Loss of sensation
- Numbness or tingling
- Extreme pain
- Organ dysfunction
Calculating Spinal Cord Damages
The costs of living with a spinal cord injury depend on the severity and location of the injured vertebra. Over your lifetime, you are likely to incur millions of dollars in costs to treat for high tetraplegia, low tetraplegia, paraplegia and partial loss of motor function at any level.You cannot put a price on the diminished quality of life caused by a spinal cord injury. However, compensation can give you the financial recourse necessary to improve your life and to obtain the treatments and care you need. Our Fort Myers spinal cord injury attorney consults with medical and financial experts to accurately calculate your damages.
Learn More from a Knowledgeable Fort Myers Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
You have the right to damages if another person or a company caused your spinal cord injury. Discuss your case with personal injury lawyer Jason Gunter at a free consultation.
Call Jason Gunter at 239.334.7017 or contact the firm online to schedule your appointment. We handle your claim on contingency, meaning we do not charge you attorneys’ fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
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