Spinal Cord Injuries
Motor vehicular accident is the leading cause of the approximately 17,000 spinal injuries that occur every year. About 282,000 people currently live with spinal injury and face substantial challenges in mobility, health, employment and activities of daily life.
Berenson Injury Law has helped accident victims recover damages for spinal injuries for close to 40 years. Attorney Berenson is Board Certified as a personal injury lawyer and has won numerous accolades, including a Top 10 Attorney in Texas by The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys and a Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers. He has also earned a lifetime membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for his success in recovering substantial judgments for his clients.Results of Spinal Cord Damage
The effects of a spinal cord injury depend upon the vertebra that was damaged and whether the damage was complete or incomplete. Any level of spinal damage may result in:
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle spasms
- Loss of sensation
- Tingling in toes, fingers and limbs
- Intense pain
- Bowel and bladder incontinence
- Infertility and sexual dysfunction
- Breathing difficulties
Organ dysfunction and failure These physical impairments may lead to additional health problems arising out of impeded blood flow, nerve impulses and oxygen. More frequent and severe infections may occur due to the lack of mobility and sensation. Although life expectancy has improved with better care options, complications associated with spinal injury can significantly increase mortality rates.
Mr. Berenson consults with doctors and experts who explain the full impact of your injury on your current and future health. We also work with a team of financial and economic specialists to calculate your rightful damages.Costs of a Spinal Cord Injury
On average, a patient who sustains complete damage to a high cervical vertebra, which results in tetraplegia, spends $1,064,716 in the first year and $184,891 every year thereafter. Damage to a lower cervical vertebra costs $769,351 in the first year and $113,423 in each subsequent year. Cost associated with complete damage to the thoracic or lumbar region that results in paraplegia averages $518,904 in the first year and $68,739 in each subsequent year. Incomplete damage to the spinal cord that impairs motor function to any degree may cost about $347,484 in year one and $42,206 each year after.
This means that a 25 year-old whose cervical spinal cord is completely damaged faces lifetime costs of $4,724,181. Damage in the lower regions of the spine can reach a total of $2,310,104. Incomplete motor function at any level costs a 25 year-old about $1,578,274 over a lifetime.
As the costs escalate, your lifetime earning capacity is substantially diminished. Our goal is to recover damages that help you get the care you need and improve your life as much as possible after a catastrophic accident.Damages for Spinal Cord Injury
Urgent care for spinal cord damage is exceptionally expensive, but crucial to improving the chances of recovering functionality, feeling and mobility. However, early emergency treatments and intensive rehabilitation is only one aspect of the damages equation. Less than one percent of patients with spinal cord damage fully recovered their neurological function by the time they leave the hospital and generally require continued physical rehabilitation, treatment, and assistance.
You will need costly future medical care and possibly assistance with activities of daily life. You may need to hire a home care aid or a family member may need to take leave from work, further compromising the financial security of your family. You may also need mobility aids and renovations to your home, your automobile, your computer and your workstation to accommodate your disability. We calculate your lost income since your accident and throughout your working life. We also pursue damages for your pain, suffering and diminished quality of life.Recover for Spinal Damage Resulting from a Motor Vehicle Accident
Berenson Injury Law handles complicated, high-stakes cases involving spinal cord injuries. To recover the damages you are entitled to, schedule a free consultation at 817-885-8000 or schedule your appointment online. We represent you on a contingency basis, where you do not have to pay any attorney’s fees or expenses if you do not win your case, to limit the financial risk to you.