Alexandria Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
Fighting for Spine Injury Survivors’ Lifelong Compensation & Care
Serious accidents like falls or truck collisions can cause injuries that forever change a person’s life. Spinal cord injuries are one of the worst types of trauma. Depending on the extent of damage, a person may lose all sensation and function in the body below the site of the spine injury. There is no reliable treatment for spinal cord damage and most of these injuries are permanent.
Construction site accidents, traffic collisions, industrial accidents, on-the-job injuries, offshore accidents, and a host of other incidents can cause spinal cord injuries that leave survivors and their families facing uncertain futures. Too often, the parties responsible for helping these survivors—employers, insurance companies, and corporations—do everything in their power to avoid liability. They delay payment, deny that spinal cord injuries are work-related, and offer settlements that won’t even cover all of a claimant’s medical bills.
Arnold & Itkin, we hold at-fault parties accountable. We fight for spinal injury survivors
and their right to the support and care they need—for the rest of
Call (888) 493-1629 to learn how we can help you.
The Consequences of a Spinal Cord Injury
When people experience spinal cord injuries, their lives are completely upended. They and their loved ones are left facing tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills and ongoing care, with no guarantee that they’ll be able to earn a living like they used to. Then there’s the emotional trauma of the accident and the acceptance that they’ll be limited in certain areas and abilities.
The economic impact of a spinal cord injury is astounding. Not including lost earnings, a person living with a spinal cord injury may face the following in healthcare costs and living expenses:
- For quadriplegia (paralysis from the neck down), the cost is over $1 million for the first year and over $184,000 for each subsequent year. The lifetime cost for a 25-year-old quadriplegic is more than $4.7 million. The lifetime cost for a 50-year-old quadriplegic is nearly $2.6 million.
- For paraplegia (paralysis of the lower body), the cost is over $500,000 for the first year and about $70,000 for each subsequent year. The lifetime cost for a 25-year-old paraplegic is about $2.3 million. The lifetime cost for a 50-year-old paraplegic is more than $.1.5 million.
- Incomplete motor function at any level may cost about $350,000 for the first year and over $40,000 for each subsequent year. The lifetime cost may range from $1.1 million to $1.5 million depending on the patient’s age.
In representing clients in these cases, our Alexandria spinal cord injury lawyers realize that we’re fighting for quality of life. We tackle each case with passion and determination because we know that the outcome will pave the way for a better future for a spine injury survivor and their family. That’s why we never settle, no matter what.
Spine Injury Lawsuits: Identifying Cause & Proving Fault
After experiencing spinal cord injuries, people are left with questions. They wonder why it happened and who is responsible. As spine injury attorneys, we get the answers our clients need by meticulously investigating the accident.
To investigate spinal cord injury cases, we work with:
- Accident reconstruction specialists
- Medical professionals
These experts help us identify cause. From there, we work to prove fault (legal accountability). This opens the door to a financial recovery that creates a more comfortable future and improved quality of life for a spinal cord injury survivor and their loved ones.
Spinal Cord Injury FAQ
What is the most common spinal cord injury?
According to the Columbia University Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, the most common spinal cord injuries occur in the cervical and thoracic areas. The cervical area of your spine is located immediately below the skull and ends at the base of the neck. The thoracic spine starts at the base of the neck and extends to the back of the ribcage. A cervical injury may cause paralysis of the entire body (quadriplegia), and depending on the location of a thoracic injury, it may cause paralysis of the legs and lower trunk (paraplegia) or both the arms and legs. The higher up on the spine the injury is, the more of the body it may affect.
How do you know that your spinal cord is damaged?
The immediate signs of a spinal cord injury are:
- Extreme pain or pressure in the neck, head, or back
- Weakness, lack of coordination, or paralysis affecting any part of the body
- A numb or tingling sensation in the hands, fingers, toes, and/or feet
If you suspect that someone has sustained a spinal cord injury, do not attempt to move them. Call 911 and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. They can properly immobilize the head, neck, and spine before transporting the person to the hospital. The only exception may be if the person’s life is in peril if they remain where they are (submerged in water, near a fire or explosion, or similar scenario).
Who can be held accountable for my spinal cord injury?
Spinal cord injuries may be caused by drunk drivers, manufacturers of defective products, careless construction site supervisors, or companies that ignore safety regulations. Because every case is different, it will be important for your Alexandria spinal cord injury attorney to investigate your accident and determine what caused it and who should be held responsible. This will be a crucial part of deciding how to get the medical care and financial support you need.
Do I need to hire a lawyer if I experienced a spine injury?
A spine injury is a catastrophic injury that will likely require extensive medical treatment, ongoing therapy, and possibly the need for lifetime care. In a perfect world, the insurance company would pay every cost and anticipate what expenses you will face. The person or corporation who caused you harm would own up to their mistakes.
This is not a perfect world, and it takes a firm with the drive and resources to take on any opponent in the fight for justice on your behalf. That’s Arnold & Itkin.
Our Alexandria Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys Have the Answers You Need
Do not wait to talk to an attorney at Arnold & Itkin about your case. We will take the time to listen, understand what happened, and offer our insight regarding your questions and concerns. If you have a workers’ compensation or Jones Act case for a work-related accident or maritime injury, we have the expertise to handle these complex claims. If you have a personal injury lawsuit or need to file a product liability action against a manufacturer, we can help. Our range of experience is vast, and our commitment to results is unparalleled.
Contact our Alexandria spinal cord injury law firm today. Your consultation is free and completely confidential.