Spinal cord injury can change everything in the blink of an eye. These injuries are serious and in most cases lead to permanent disability via paralysis. Spinal cord injuries are those injuries to the back or neck, and depending on the location and extent of the injury, it is not uncommon for victims to lose control of their limbs or control over various bodily functions due to paralysis from the site of the injury and below. Victims and families who wish to speak with a spinal cord injury lawyer are urged to contact the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. to discuss taking legal action after suffering such an injury.
Data on spinal cord injury
According to data made available by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, an estimated 17,000 victims suffer non-fatal spinal cord injuries in the United States each year, and more than 200,000 people are estimated to be living with spinal cord injury in the U.S. today. An estimated 45 percent of these injuries result in partial quadriplegia (loss of control of upper and lower limbs) for the victims.
What to do in the event of witnessing or experiencing an injury
Signs of spinal cord injury include the back or neck of the victim being twisted at an odd angle, the victim being is unable to move, and the victim reporting numbness or a tingling sensation (rather than pain) in the parts of the body at the site of injury and below it. If you believed you have witnessed a spinal cord injury, here is what to do:
- Do NOT move the victim, except to stabilize the head with rolled towels or shirts or to provide CPR (if qualified to do so) until first responders arrive on scene. Get immediate medical attention for the victim.
- Document the injuries by taking photos and keeping copies of medical bills related to injury treatment, as well as rehab therapy bills. Get witness contact information if applicable.
- Contact an attorney to discuss taking legal action if another party’s negligence caused the injury.
The devastating effects of spinal cord injury
Families whose breadwinner experiences a spinal cord injury can be left in financial ruins after the expenses of treating the injury begin to add up, and the wages once brought home by the injury victim are lost. However, victims and families can seek the recovery of cash compensation through the civil court system.
King of Prussia spinal cord injury attorneys
If you or a loved one were injured and wish to consult with a spinal cord injury lawyer in King of Prussia, the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help you file a court claim in pursuit of damages. Damages are given a monetary value by the courts during legal proceedings, and the amount is affected by a variety of factors related to your case (extent of injury, pain and suffering, costs of medical treatment and rehabilitative treatment, and lost wages due to disability). This amount may then be paid out to you by the liable party or parties as financial compensation. Call us today for a cost-free case assessment.