Every year in the United States, roughly 17,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury – which translates into 46 injuries every day. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, reach out to someone experienced with Wyoming injury law.
The most common causes of these tragic injuries, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, include:
- Motor vehicle accidents: Crashes cause 38 percent of spinal cord injuries.
- Falls: More than 30 percent of spinal cord injuries occur as a result of a fall.
- Violence: Incidents of violence cause more than 13 percent of SCIs.
- Sports: Accidents that occur during sports activities lead to 9 percent of SCIs.
Although rare – making up roughly 5 percent – medical or surgical mistakes can cause serious spinal cord injuries. Each year, numerous individuals suffer lifelong and painful spinal cord injuries as a result of negligent care.
A spinal cord injury is classified as any damage to the spinal cord that leads to a loss of function. Contrary to popular belief, the spinal cord does not have to be severed. Spinal cord injuries usually cause severe swelling of the spinal cord from the location of the injury downward. As such, patients with spinal cord injuries to the upper part of the spinal column suffer from a greater loss of function and mobility, as more of their bodies are affected.
Spinal cord injuries fall into two main categories:
- Complete spinal cord injuries – no functioning below the level of injury.
- Incomplete spinal cord injuries – some feeling and/or movement below the injury.
If an accident caused by someone else’s negligence has injured your spine, contact a personal accident lawyer as soon as possible by calling our Wyoming office at 307-527-7891 or fill out our Free Case Evaluation form.
DISABILITIES ASSOCIATED WITH SPINAL CORD INJURY
Victims of SCIs can experience a wide range of health issues beyond a loss of mobility including:
- Loss of muscle control
- Loss of bladder/bowel control
- Muscle spasms
- Sexual dysfunction
According to medical experts, “Other effects of spinal cord injury may include low blood pressure, inability to regulate blood pressure effectively, reduced control of body temperature, inability to sweat below the level of injury and chronic pain.”
Finally, while treatment has improved over the years, victims of spinal cord injuries tend to suffer a lower mortality rate, with the survival rate after 25 years hovering around 60 percent. More often than not, respiratory infections plague SCI victims, with pneumonia being the leading cause of death of SCI patients in the first 15 years after the injury.
If you have been seriously injured and left with an SCI after an accident, contact a Wyoming personal injury lawyer by calling Burg Simpson at 307-527-7891.
BURG SIMPSON ATTORNEYS ARE INJURY LAW EXPERTS
We have handled thousands of high-profile medical malpractice claims over the last 40 years, including recovery of substantial damages for individuals seriously injured as a result of a surgical spinal cord injury. Our team of medically-qualified trial lawyers and nurse consultants are able to quickly and effectively evaluate your claim. Fill out our Free Case Evaluation Form today or call our Wyoming office at 307-527-7891.