Spinal cord injuries are often permanent, meaning that victims will suffer from a lifetime of complications and symptoms as a result. Most victims will need damages to recover from the cost of the accident they suffered, cover the medical bills they have accumulated, and allow for the cost-of-living expenses they may have while out of work.
When the lawyers of Wagner Reese take on a personal injury case involving spinal cord injuries and paralysis, we fight for the victims to receive the compensation they deserve to have the care they require, looking far into the future and planning for that care through the remainder of their life. Our job, as personal injury lawyers, is to think about the short-term and the long-term needs of our clients. We work hard for our clients to develop a Life Care Plan to assess the future costs of their livelihood, ensuring they and their families will be well cared for, in spite of the injury.
Spinal Cord Injury & Paralysis Statistics
Current estimates say there are approximately 250,000-400,000 people living with spinal cord injuries or paralysis of some kind in the United States, with most spinal cord injuries happening to men (82%). The average age of a person at the time of an injury is 33.4, although the most frequent age at which these injuries occur is 19. The leading contributors to these types of injuries are motor vehicle accidents (44%), violence (24%), falls (22%), and sports (8%).
What to Do If You or Someone You Know has a Suspected Spinal Cord Injury
If you are involved in an accident that leaves either you or another person with a suspected spinal cord injury, the first thing you should do is seek emergency medical attention. If another person is injured, do not attempt to move him/her, as this can result in more damage to the spinal cord and/or nerves.
In addition to seeking immediate treatment, there are a few things you should do if you or a loved one suffers a spinal cord injury:
- Never sign or agree to anything without the assistance of a lawyer; this includes refraining from speaking with any adjusters from the liable party’s insurance company
- Gather any relevant information you can that may assist in claiming your compensation (this may include taking notes about the accident, taking pictures of the scene, gathering statements from witnesses—all these things can be done with the assistance of a personal injury lawyer)
- Contact an experienced catastrophic injury attorney as soon as possible for assistance in preparing and trying your case
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, give the lawyers at Wagner Reese a call today and find out more about how we can help.
Reliable Representation for Victims of Paralysis
Paralysis is one of the most devastating injuries that can happen to a person. Often, these injuries leave victims incapacitated and requiring assistance for the rest of their lives. Paralysis is a type of spinal cord injury that is defined as the loss of muscle use in an individual’s body. It occurs when the brain is no longer able to communicate with the muscles.
Paralysis injuries include:
- Drop foot
- Cauda equina syndrome
Our firm has handled numerous complex cases involving spinal cord injuries and paralysis. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, including a $3.7 million settlement for a man who was paralyzed from the waist down after a bucket full of parts was dropped onto his head at a job site.
Contact our Indianapolis spinal cord injury attorneys online or by phone at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation today.