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Questions about Spinal Cord Injuries

What is a spinal cord injury?

A spinal cord injury is damage to the nerves in the spinal column. The majority of spinal cord injuries are caused by trauma to the region, impacting the spinal cord’s ability to send messages to and from the brain. As a result, the sensory, motor, and autonomic functions below the area of the injury are impaired.

How common are spinal cord injuries?
 

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, an average of 11,000 people in the U.S. sustain a traumatic spinal cord injury each year, and an estimated 253,000 Americans are currently living with a spinal cord disability. Every day that a person struggles with a spinal cord disability is a day that might be made easier with adequate treatment and rehabilitation funds.

How costly is spinal cord injury care and rehabilitation?

Spinal cord injury care involves a complex treatment plan that can utilize many different medical specialists. Victims may need surgery, ongoing home care, rehabilitation, and costly equipment for life-changing conditions such as paralysis. It is not uncommon for medical fees to exceed a quarter of a million dollars per year. While no amount of money can compensate your family for the trauma you’ve endured, financial compensation can make life easier and help provide high quality care.

Why do so many spinal cord injury victims need ongoing care?

The job of the spinal cord is to send and receive messages from the brain. When the nerves of the spinal cord suffer damage, this all-important communication vehicle becomes dysfunctional, halting messages and preventing movement and function.

It is very common to lose function in the areas of the body below the injury site. While spinal cord injury research is progressing, the ability to restore this nerve communication is still highly limited. In severe scenarios, victims who lose essential body functions may need daily home care indefinitely.

What can Jacoby & Meyers do to help spinal cord injury victims?

The Jacoby & Meyers legal team can fight to get your family essential funds to pay for treatment and cover ongoing bills. If your loved one's injury was caused by an accident that happened due to another's negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Let us help your loved one get the best medical care available.

Please contact our spinal cord injury lawyers today to schedule your free initial consultation. Jacoby & Meyers has offices nationwide, including Southern California, New York, Alabama, Florida, and Arizona.