One common injury that occurs in serious accidents such as vehicle crashes and slip and falls is injury to the spinal cord. Spinal cord injury, or SCI, is very serious because the spine contains nerves that carry messages between the body and the brain. Any damage to the spine can result in injuries that affect the entire body. A spinal injury can lead to a lifetime of health issues and steep medical bills. Anyone who is hurt an accident caused by another party's negligence may be entitled to compensation if they suffered a serious injury such as spinal cord damage. If you have experienced a SCI in New Hampshire after an accident, call Russman Law to find out if you are eligible to seek compensation.
Spinal Cord Injury Statistics
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSPISC) estimates that every year there are approximately 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries in the United States. They also estimate that about 36.5% of reported SCI cases results from motor vehicle crashes an another 28.5% result from falls. SCIs can result in a variety of symptoms, some requiring a lifetime of care. According to The National Institutes of Health (NIH), common symptoms of a spinal cord injury include:
- Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
- Difficulty walking
- Paralysis of the of the arms or legs
- Bladder or bowel control issues
- Stiff neck
- Neck pain
The NSPISC discusses in their 2013 report the difficulties of overcoming a spinal cord injury. They state that since 2010, the average number of days of hospitalization a SCI patient requires is 11. Also, most patients required an average of 36 days of rehab. In addition to the cost of this, health care and living expenses will be greater for a person who has suffered spinal cord damage. The group estimates that, after initial treatment, the yearly cost of living with a spinal cord injury can range from $181,000 to $41,000 yearly, depending on the severity of the victim's injuries. Those living with SCIs also have a lower life expectancy than the average person their age.
Call a NH Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
Because of the high cost of living with a spinal cord injury, it is important for anyone who suffers a SCI to speak with an attorney about getting compensation. After a car accident, the insurance company cannot always be relied on to make a fair offer. In cases involving injuries that may lead to a lifetime of side effects, victims should make sure that they have the financial resources to care for themselves and their families for the rest of their lives.
Attorneys Ryan Russman and Amy Connelly are dedicated to getting their client the results that they need. Together, they have a combined total of over 2 decades of litigation experience which they will use to get you the results you need. Call Russman Law now to get started on your spinal cord injury case.