Delray Beach Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
According to data compiled by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), there are currently around 282,000 people living with spinal cord injuries in the US. That number increases every year, as approximately 17,000 new victims are hurt by various types of traumatic events. Though it is estimated that around half of the new injuries are due to car accidents, other causes of spinal cord injury include failed surgeries, slip and fall incidents, workplace accidents, and others. Victims endure excruciating pain and suffering, and may experience varying levels of paralysis.
The team of Delray Beach spinal cord injury lawyers at Leifer & Ramirez has assisted many victims get their lives back after someone else’s negligence causes such severe bodily harm. Our attorneys have extensive experience and knowledge in spinal cord injury cases, and we are persistent in pursuing the responsible party to get the compensation you deserve.
Overview of Spinal Cord Injuries
Your spinal cord is made up of a column of nerve tissues, which transmit messages between the brain and the rest of the body. When these nerves are damaged due to a traumatic event, the brain’s ability to send these messages is interrupted. Spinal cord injuries affect movement and function, though the exact implications depend on where the damage occurs. Injuries closer to the brain may result in general paralysis, where others may only impact a certain area of the body.
Complications of Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury is almost always severely debilitating. Most victims must adapt to their new reality, in many cases through use of a wheelchair. The majority of spinal cord injuries lead to either temporary or permanent disability, including:
- Partial paralysis in the legs, feet, and lower extremities;
- Partial paralysis of arms and legs;
- Complete paralysis of the lower body; or,
- Complete paralysis of all four extremities, a medical condition termed quadriplegia.
However, even victims who heal to some degree will still not experience full recovery. Despite the fact that they do not suffer from some form of paralysis or permanent disability, they still endure pain and suffering. Plus, the NSCISC statistics reveal that 30 percent of victims will be re-hospitalized in the year after the traumatic event that caused their spinal cord injuries. Diminished quality of life, decreased independence, and the inability to engage in enjoyable activities are just a few of the implications of a spinal cord injury. Plus, many victims are never able to work again.
Recovering Compensation for Your Losses
If someone is responsible for your spinal cord injury, either through negligence or intentional conduct, you may have a claim for compensation. It may be possible to recover such losses as:
- Medical costs, including expenses related to long-term and rehabilitative care;
- Your lost wages, if you are unable to work;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress; and,
- Other losses, depending upon your circumstances.
Schedule an Appointment with a Delray Beach Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one suffered spinal cord injuries, please contact the attorneys at Leifer & Ramirez right away to set up a free consultation. You can reach our office by calling 561-660-9421 or visiting our website. We can review your circumstances and tell you more about your legal remedies.