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Spinal cord injury may occur as a result of trauma, in the case of a car crash or assault, or it may be the result of a disease or degeneration. However, in the case of a disease or degeneration, there is likely no at-fault party unless medical malpractice plays a part. A recent estimate showed that the annual number of spinal cord injuries (SCI) comes to about 17,810 new cases each year.
While these injuries can occur during common activities, such as playing sports or car accidents, you can also injure your spinal cord during falls or as a result of person-to-person violence. Birth Injuries can be a cause of this injury in infants. Workplace injury and other personal injury issues can also cause spinal cord issues.
The litigation process for spinal cord injury can be intense and complex. Depending on the circumstances, there may be several parties involved in your particular case. These may include:
In addition to the pain, suffering, and frustration of a spinal cord injury, the financial strain can be suffocating—both for the victim and the victim’s family. Depending on the nature of you or your family member’s spinal cord injury, your personal injury lawyer may identify possible claims for medical expenses, lost wages, lifecare expenses, vocational rehabilitation, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, wrongful death and funeral expenses.
A spinal cord injury case will be handled by a personal injury attorney. Choose an attorney experienced in handling cases like yours, as a spinal cord injury will have many challenges and requirements for which you’ll need an experienced leader with the resources to handle your case. Typically your attorney will not require payment, as they are paid through a percentage of the amount you are awarded if successful.
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