New Jersey Spinal Injury Lawyers
According to the Mayo Clinic, approximately 11,000 Americans suffer spinal cord injuries every year. Nearly 80 percent of spinal cord injury victims are men, with an average age of around 37. However, recent studies show that more women are experiencing spinal injuries, and the average age is increasing as more and more older people are injured in falls.
Spinal cord injuries can result in partial or total disability, which can be either temporary or permanent. Treating a spinal cord injury can cost millions of dollars over the course of a patient’s lifetime. However, with the right treatment, victims are able to manage symptoms and go on to lead fulfilling lives.
Zealous Advocates for Victims of Spinal Cord Injuries
Although we cannot restore all that you have lost, we can help you get compensation for medical bills, lost wages, home improvements to accommodate your injury, and more. At Shebell & Shebell, we have been representing injured clients since 1927. We treat all of our clients as individuals, and firmly believe that we can make a difference in your quality of life.
Facts About Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is a column of nerve tissue protected by the spine. It relays messages between the brain and the rest of the body. When a traumatic injury bruises the spinal cord or severs the nerve tracts that relay messages, the affected area may become numb or lose its ability to function. This inhibits the ability of the brain to communicate with the body. As a result, patients often suffer paralysis.
Paralysis as a result of spinal cord injury can involve all four limbs (called quadriplegia) or just the lower half of the body (called paraplegia). Spinal cord injuries can be complete, which means that a victim loses all sensory and motor function below the point of injury, or incomplete, which means that a victim retains some feeling in the affected area and partial movement. The closer a spinal cord injury occurs to the head, the more likely it is that a larger area of the body will be affected.
In addition to quadriplegia and paraplegia, other common types of spinal cord injuries include:
- Anterior cord syndrome: loss of motor function and sensation when the pathways regulated by the anterior areas of the spinal cord are damaged.
- Central cord syndrome: when a victim suffers trauma to the center of the cervical spinal cord, this can disrupt the signals sent by the brain to the body, affecting movement.
- Spinal contusions: inflammation and bleeding that occurs when the spinal cord is bruised, but remains intact.
Victims of spinal cord injuries tend to have shorter lifespans than the average person. Other health problems that can result include bladder and bowel complications, inability to regulate blood pressure and body temperature, chronic pain, and increased vulnerability to respiratory problems.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Pursuing a personal injury claim can make adjusting to your spinal cord injury much more bearable. In many cases, spinal cord injury is caused by the negligence of another person, such as a truck driver, the manufacturer of a defective product, or a property owner that has neglected the premises resulting in hazardous conditions. If someone is responsible for your spinal cord injury, you may have a legal claim.
Some common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Motor vehicle collisions: the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, approximately 50 percent of all new spinal cord injuries are caused by auto accidents.
- Falls: falls on slippery or poorly maintained surfaces, and falls from great heights are the second most common cause of spinal cord injuries. 23 percent of all spinal cord injuries result form falls.
- Violent assaults: 14 percent of spinal cord injuries are caused by physical violence.
- Sports injuries: 9 percent of spinal cord injuries occur as a result of rough contact during recreational activities.
- Public transportation accidents: including trains, light rails, planes and buses.
- Workplace and construction site injuries
- Medical errors by negligent healthcare providers
We Can Help Ease Your Burden By Securing Compensation
If you or someone you love is the victim of a spinal cord injury, the experienced New Jersey spinal cord injury lawyers at Shebell & Shebell can help. Spinal cord injuries require the highest quality medical care. You should not have to deal with claim delays or denials. We can also help secure compensation for lost wages. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, after a spinal cord injury, only 12 percent of workers will remain employed. The personal injury lawyers at Shebell & Shebell will fight for full compensation of your lost wages, both past and future. We pride ourselves on our responsiveness to our clients. For a free consultation, call us at 866-957-5237 or contact us online.