Spinal cord injuries can have devastating and long-lasting or even permanent consequences for victims. Depending on the extent of nerve damage, a victim may have to live the remainder of their life as a paraplegic or quadriplegic. If one is paralyzed, he or she will require constant assistance tending to their daily needs. They may also face a range of additional medical complications.
If you or someone close to you has suffered a serious spinal cord injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, or if you have sustained such an injury due to a workplace accident, it is important to protect your rights and your ability to collect the compensation you need and deserve to heal in the best possible way.
We at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., are prepared to bring the approach that has obtained millions of dollars for clients in more than a quarter-century to work on cases involving:
- Broken, fractured or crushed vertebrae
- Pinched or ruptured disks
- Backbone injuries
- Nerve tissue damage
- Nicks, bruises or compression of the spinal cord
What Are the Most Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries?
According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents: Nearly half of all spinal cord injuries every year are the result of motor vehicle accidents.
- Falls: Falling accidents are the primary cause of spinal cord injuries among people aged 65 and older.
- Violence: Gunshot wounds, knife wounds, and similar violence-related injuries account for approximately 12% of all spinal cord injuries.
- Sports injuries: About 10% of spinal cord injuries can be attributed to sports and recreation injuries.
- Illness: Certain illnesses, such as cancer, arthritis, and others can increase one’s risk of sustaining or developing a spinal cord injury.
What Are the Risk Factors for Spinal Cord Injuries?
Various factors may render someone more likely than others to sustain a spinal cord injury. Risk factors for spinal cord injuries include:
- Gender: Males are most likely to sustain spinal cord injuries. In the United States, females account for a mere 20% of injuries involving damage to the spinal cord. This may be due to the fact that males are statistically more likely to be employed in occupations that put them at risk of being involved in accidents that can cause spinal cord injuries.
- Age: People between the ages of 16 and 30 account for more than 50% of all spinal cord injuries in the country. However, spinal cord injuries are also relatively common among those over the age of 65. Again, older individuals tend to sustain spinal cord injuries as a result of falling accidents.
- Alcohol use: Alcohol is a factor contributing to a quarter of all accidents resulting in spinal cord injuries.
- Risk-taking: Individuals who engage in risky behaviors, such as driving recklessly or playing impact sports without proper safety gear, are more likely to sustain spinal cord injuries than individuals who exercise caution regularly.
What Are the Signs of a Spinal Cord Injury?
You should always seek medical attention if you’ve been involved in an accident of any kind. This is true even if you do not feel you have sustained an injury. You may have sustained an injury without knowing it. It’s critical that you allow a physician to examine you and determine whether any treatment is necessary.
Signs you may have injured your spinal cord include:
- Pain: Pain or pressure in the neck, head, or back can be a sign of a spinal cord injury.
- Coordination issues: If you are struggling to maintain your balance or feel generally uncoordinated in your movements, see a doctor right away.
- Weakness or numbness: Feelings of weakness or numbness, particularly in your extremities, may indicate you’ve injured your spinal cord.
- Breathing problems: Seek emergency medical attention if you experience breathing difficulties after an accident.
How a Philadelphia Spinal Cord Injury Law Firm Helps
The insurance company of the negligent party who caused your injury is not likely to offer fair compensation right away. You need representation from experts who can negotiate for a proper settlement on your behalf.
We are prepared to reach out to our network of experts to build the strongest case for court. In our discovery and investigation, we can reach out to life care planners to properly build the case to maximize your compensation. Our Philadelphia spinal cord injury attorneys are committed to your success and encourage you to reach out and schedule a free initial consultation as soon as possible.