Spinal cord injuries are alarmingly common, and can result in permanent disability to the victim even after the injuries have healed. A slip and fall or an auto accident could cause injuries that are debilitating and that alter the victim’s life forever afterward. Spinal cord injury treatment—as well as adapting to life after suffering such an injury—can be expensive, leaving the victim and their family members suffering financial strain on top of the pain caused by the injury itself. If you or a loved one experienced a spinal cord injury and want to discuss your legal rights, contact the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. for a free case assessment.
Spinal cord injury facts and figures
According to data provided by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, it is estimated that more than 280,000 people in the United States are living with spinal cord injuries today. The average age of a spinal cord injury victim is 42, with approximately 80 percent of victims being males. Road crashes are the leading cause of these injuries, with the second-leading cause being falls.
Spinal cord injuries can cause permanent disability
Information made available by the Mayo Clinic states that spinal cord injuries can result in permanent paralysis, even after treatment. Paraplegia (loss of control of part or all of the torso, pelvis, legs and/or feet) is common, and quadriplegia (loss of control of the torso and lower limbs as well as the upper limbs) can also occur with spinal cord injury, resulting in a lifelong disability that drastically changes the lives of both the victim and the victim’s family.
Signs of spinal cord injury
If you witness someone becoming injured, it can be difficult to know the extent and severity of the injuries if you do not know what to look for. Here are the signs of spinal cord injury to watch for:
- Neck twisted or sitting at an odd angle
- Back appearing broken or spinal cord jutting at an unnatural angle
- Injured party unable to move limbs
- Lack of ability to control bodily functions
- Injured party reporting numbness or tingling in extremities
If you suspect someone has sustained a spinal cord injury, do not attempt to move the injury victim. Call for paramedics and, if necessary, stabilize the head and neck with rolled cloth (such as towels or t-shirts) and perform CPR if qualified to do so. Consider taking photos of injuries after the injury victim is medically stabilized in order to document the injuries for the purposes of filing a lawsuit.
Drexel Hill spinal cord injury attorneys
The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. specializes in spinal cord injury litigation. If you or a loved one experienced one of these injuries and need to consult with a spinal cord injury lawyer, we are available to assist you and your family. Our attorneys are passionate about helping victims pursue justice after injury, and we will work hard to ensure that you and your family get the financial compensation you are legally entitled to. We can negotiate a cash settlement or take your case to trial—whatever it takes to get you the cash award you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.