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Spinal Cord Injuries

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Few injuries can be as life-changing and as devastating as an injury to the spinal cord. In an instant, a person can be subjected to incredible pain and suffering, followed by being left incapacitated and facing a future of possible physical impairment. This catastrophic injury can have a tremendous negative impact on the life of the accident victim and his or her family, but it is not among the most common types of injuries throughout the country.

Between 15 and 40 out of every million people in the United States suffer this type of injury every year, according to statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This figure translates to between 12,000 and 20,000 spinal cord injury victims on a yearly basis.

Costs of a Spinal Cord Injury

The costs of such an injury can be staggering. For medical expenses alone, not including the value of lost income, the CDC estimates that a spinal cord injury victim can expect to pay between $15,000 and $30,000 per year, and between $500,000 and $3 million over the course of a lifetime. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you need to find a way to offset the costs of the injury and to make it as easy as possible for you to move forward in life. Make it your next action to consult with a Pleasanton personal injury attorney who can evaluate the situation and determine whether you have grounds to sue for monetary damages.

Causes of Spinal Cord Injury

The CDC reports that the most common cause of spinal cord injury is motor vehicle accidents. Car crashes, motorcycle accidents, truck collisions, pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents together account for 46 percent of all new spinal cord injuries every year. The second leading cause is falls, which account for 22 percent of spinal injuries. Spinal cord injuries range in scope and severity, and depending on the location of the injury and the extent of damage, the victim may suffer partial or total paralysis and loss of organ function.

Consequences of a Spinal Cord Injury

The most dramatic examples of spinal cord injuries include paraplegia and quadriplegia, conditions that may leave the accident victim confined to a wheelchair or bed and which can potentially be fatal. Even a relatively minor injury such as whiplash, however, can cause chronic pain, numbness and restriction in range of motion. Whatever the cause and extent of your injury, contact me now at Duncan Law Firm for a free case evaluation so that I can review your situation and help you determine how much your claim for compensation is worth. I fight for the rights of accident victims, and I am ready to take immediate action on your case.

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