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Spinal cord injuries can lead to serious side effects that disrupt an individual’s ability to function, possibly for the rest of his or her life. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, there are approximately 17,000 new spinal cord injury cases in the United States each year. In 2016, there were approximately 282,000 people living in the United States with a debilitating spinal cord condition.
If you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury and think someone else may be responsible, the Hartford spinal cord injury lawyers at Goff Law Group can help you seek justice. We can strategically review your legal options and implement an effective method to fight for the compensation you deserve.
What Is a Spinal Cord Injury?
The spinal cord is a delicate bundle of nerves that is protected by the sturdy bones of your spinal column. It is responsible for a number of important functions in the body; namely, it transmits messages and controls both motor movements and sensation. A person sustains a spinal cord injury when this central nervous system pathway is damaged.
Spinal cord injuries lead to a wide variety of symptoms. A victim may suffer from paralysis, loss of sensory function, and many other debilitating conditions. Since the spinal cord is responsible for so many core functions, a victim may lose the ability to regulate body temperature, breathe on his or her own, control muscle movements, or feel. The effects of a spinal cord injury are often permanent and present an undue hardship to both the victim and his or her family.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
The majority of spinal cord injuries arise from traumatic causes. Victims may suffer injuries to the spinal cord in any number of ways.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates that the most common are:
- Motor vehicle accidents (MVA): Car crashes can result in trauma to the back, especially at high speeds. Head-on crashes present a particular risk of serious injury. Motor vehicle accidents account for nearly half of all spinal cord injuries.
- Falls: This type of incident represents a quarter of all spinal cord injuries and is the most common cause of injuries in people over 65.
- Gunshot wounds: Surprisingly, this violent crime is the third leading cause of all spinal cord injuries, at 10%.
- Complications of surgery and medical care: These may arise from a known complication of a dangerous surgery or medical malpractice.
The Elements of a Spinal Cord Injury Claim
A victim of a spinal cord injury may collect compensation under several legal theories. Most personal injury cases, including spinal cord injuries, involve the concept of negligence. When a person commits negligence, he or she acts in a way (or fails to act in a way) that another, reasonable person would not. Another term for negligence is violating a duty of care.
Strict liability is another way in which victims can collect compensation. In some cases, a victim of a spinal cord injury need not show a party was negligent in order to collect damages. Instead, he or she must only show that a party was somehow responsible for the injury. This applies to spinal cord injuries caused by defective products, such as a malfunctioning seatbelt or airbag.
Types of Damages
Victims of spinal cord injuries often accrue significant medical costs and require various accommodations over the course of a lifetime. A personal injury claim can help with these expenses and others.
A typical spinal cord injury settlement or court judgment provides compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Emotional distress
- Loss in earning capacity resulting from the injury
- The cost of future care
- Loss in income
- Loss in quality of life
- The expenses associated with accommodations within the home
If you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury, count on the Hartford spinal cord injury attorneys at Goff Law Group to represent you in your case. We can hold the responsible parties accountable for the damages you incurred.