What is the Function of the Spinal Cord?
The spinal cord is surprisingly thin (about the size of a quarter in diameter
at its widest) and it runs along the spine for about twelve to eighteen
inches in length at the most. This very vital cable-like cord is extremely
important to the overall function of the body. It carries all of the vital
nerves. These same nerves are responsible for transmitting signals and
direction to the organs, muscles, and extremities including the hands
and feet. In short, the spinal cord is tasked with the job of carrying
information from the brain to the body. Our experienced spinal cord injury
lawyers in Philadelphia handle spinal cord injuries at a low 29% contingency fee.
Understanding a Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are almost always caused by a trauma with automobile
accidents being the most common type. These injuries can range in severity
from temporary bruising and compression to more serious injuries that
result in life-long disability and suffering.
Some of the other common traumatic causes of injury to the spinal cord include:
- Lateral bending
- Axial Loading
- Work-related accidents
- Sports injuries
- Stabbing wound
- Gunshot wound
Other less frequent causes for spinal cord injuries include those resulting
from the effects of a serious illness. These may include:
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Vertebral injury
- Spinal Cord Vascular Disease
What is the Prognosis for Someone with a Spinal Cord Injury?
The bad news is that far too often spinal cord injuries turn out to be
at least partially incurable. Patients with injuries classified as incomplete
do tend to have better chances of recovery, however, those with complete
injuries very seldom recover much function at all. The first six months
after the trauma are critical to the patient's recovery. Very few patients
experience any degree of substantial recovery beyond the nine month mark.
Spinal Cord Injuries can cause life altering physical problems such as
paralysis, quadriplegia, paraplegia, anterior cord syndrome and fractures.
The financial strain can be overwhelming and devastating to the family
of one living with a spinal cord injury. According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention the average yearly cost of care for the
one who has been disabled due to an SCI can range anywhere from $230,000
to $780,000 in the first year alone. The estimated costs over a lifetime
is a staggering $700,000 to over $4 million. Most (90%) of these patients
are cared for at home by their loved ones or a hired healthcare worker
after their hospital release.
Spinal Cord Injuries are devastating both to the person affected and their
family. Dependent upon the severity of their injury, this individual may
or may not be able to work and engage in gainful and meaningful employment
often times through no fault of their own.
If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury, you need an experienced
Philadelphia spinal cord injury lawyer. Our spinal cord injury attorneys
will get you the maximum possible compensation available under PA law.
The Cost of Spinal Cord Injuries
Injuries to the spinal cord can cause weakness or complete loss of muscle
function and loss of sensation in the body below the level of injury,
loss of control of the bowels and bladder, and loss of normal sexual function.
Spinal cord injuries to the upper neck can cause difficulty breathing
and may require the use of a breathing machine, or ventilator. Because
of the severity of most of spinal cord injuries and devastating physical
consequences associated with them, the cost of spinal injury can be very high.
Often, an injured person requires hospitalization in acute care units,
which, on average, lasts 15 days and costs approximately $140,000. The
average stay in a rehabilitation unit is 44 days. During the first year
following a spinal cord injury, an injured person accrues on average $198,000
in medical bills. Paraplegics spend approximately $152,000 on medical
care in the first year following injury, and $428,000 during their lifetime.
Quadriplegics spend twice as much on medical care - approximately $417,000
in the first year following the injury and almost $1.35 million during
lifetime. The majority of people who sustain spinal cord injuries are
not able to gain meaningful employment during their lifetime. The cost
of foregone opportunities and loss of future employability is also factored
into the calculation of the total cost of spinal cord injuries.
Why You Need A Lawyer
Because of the high cost of medical and rehabilitative treatment associated
with SCI, the most pressing concern for injured patients and their families
is the ability to pay for long-lasting medical treatment and rehabilitative
care. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, your recovery process
may be compounded by the financial struggle with insurance companies.
This is where an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer comes in.
Whether you sustained your SCI as a result of a motor vehicle accident,
fall, violent attack or sports, the Lassen Law Firm can help you get compensation.
If the negligent or reckless conduct of another caused or contributed
to the accident, the injured party may claim money damages for his/her
injuries. Without an experienced spinal injury attorney on your side,
the opponent party may force you to admit that your own negligence caused
At the Lassen Law Firm, our attorneys are legal experts in cases of spinal
cord injuries, including paraplegia and quadriplegia. We have helped hundreds
of injured clients get back on their feet by recovering high out-of-court
settlements and jury awards. At the Lassen Law Firm, Philadelphia spinal
cord injury lawyers, our goal is to serve your legal needs. We will fight
for your just compensation and will leave no stone unturned until we get
you the money damages to which you are entitled under the law.