Spinal cord injuries not only are tragic, they can also be life-threatening. Approximately 250,000 people in the United States currently suffer from spinal cord injuries and there are nearly 11,000 new cases each year.
At The Rosenblum Law Firm we are here to protect your rights and ensure that you are adequately compensated for any spinal cord injuries that you suffered at the hands of someone else’s negligence.
What is the Spinal Cord?
The spinal cord is made up of a bundle of nerves that run from the base of the brain down the middle of your back. It ends just above your waist.
The nerves in the spinal cord relay information from the body directly to your brain. The spinal cord is protected by 33 vertebrae, which are ring-shaped bones.
Injuries to your spinal cord can result in paralysis or loss of mobility.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are two types of spinal cord injuries: 1) complete and 2) partial.
- Complete: A complete spinal cord injury involves a loss of function below the point of injury and both sides of the body are usually affected. This sometimes results in paralysis of all four limbs (quadriplegia) or paralysis of the lower half of the body (paraplegia).
- Partial: A partial spinal cord injury involves a loss of function that is not as devastating. Those who suffer from a partial spinal cord injury may be able to move one limb more than another or may have more feeling on one side of their body than the other.
Are Men or Women More Susceptible?
Interestingly, studies show that men suffer from 80% of all spinal cord injuries. However, as of late, women have begun to suffer from a great number of spinal cord injuries as well.
How Does a Spinal Cord Injury Affect My Life?
Spinal cord injuries affect your life in many ways. A spinal cord injury can result in a very long hospital stay and extremely expensive medical costs.
Even after being released from the hospital, medical expenses during the first year after being the victim of a spinal cord injury can often exceed $100,000. This does not include lost wages or the intangible cost of emotional trauma.
Whether another driver on the road causes a car accident that leads to your spinal cord injury or a doctor negligently operates and commits malpractice, negligence is usually one of the main reasons a person suffers from a spinal cord injury.
Common Accidents That Cause Spinal Cord Injuries
The following is a non-exhaustive list of accidents that can cause spinal cord injuries:
- Car Accidents (Due to the Negligence of Another Driver)
- Car Rollovers and Roof Crushes (Due to a Defective Part)
- Defectively Manufactured or Designed Products
- Falling From Ladders
- Other Construction Site Injuries
- Improper Medical Treatment
- Seatback Failures
- Sports-Related Accidents
Who Should You Contact?
If you or a loved one suffer from spinal cord injuries that were caused by the negligence of another person, contact Adam H. Rosenblum of The Rosenblum Law Firm. His team of experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys will defend your legal rights and help you get the money you deserve. Contact him today via e-mail or at 973-594-6552.