If You have Sustained a Serious Injury due to the Negligence of Another Individual, then it may be Possible for You to Receive Financial Compensation

Apr 23

In 2005, new cases of spinal cord injuries (SCI) in the U.S. were 11,000. In 2014, new cases increased to 12,500 and every year, henceforth, around this same number of new cases has continued to be added to the 276,000 children and adults believed to already be spinal cord injured. Male SCI patients make 82% of the total count: 56% of those injured are aged between 16 and 30.

The spinal cord is a bundle of nerve tissues and support cells; it forms the central nervous system with the brain and is one of the human body’s most delicate and sensitive parts. While the brain acts as the body’s command center, the spinal cord serves as the pathway for all messages from the brain to the different parts of the body and vice versa.

Injuries to the spinal cord damage the ligaments or spinal column disks, the vertebrae, or the spinal cord itself. A spinal cord injury may be traumatic or non-traumatic. A traumatic spinal cord injury is characterized by a fractured, crushed, dislocated, or compressed area of the vertebrae. This may result from a sudden, forceful blow to the spine, a knife wound or a gunshot wound that pierces and cuts the spinal cord. Non-traumatic spinal cord injury, other hand, is usually due to disk degeneration of the spine, infections, inflammation, cancer or arthritis.

Any form of injury, especially severe injury, to the spinal cord can be devastating as this can result to paralysis, either partial or total, depending on how severe the damage is and the specific area affected by the injury. Partial paralysis, also called Paraplegia, is loss of function and control on one side of the body. There are certain cases, however, wherein a person suffering from paraplegia remains to have sensation on the paralyzed part of his/her body. Partial paralysis is almost half of all the cases of spinal injuries; it is a sad reality that this type of paralysis is often a result of medical malpractice or a mistake committed by a professional healthcare provider.

In Quadriplegia, on the other hand, parts of the body that are paralyzed, or where function and control are totally lost, depends on the part of the spinal cord that has been injured. This means that the higher the area of the injury, the greater the extent of paralysis

The identified major causes of spinal cord injuries are vehicular accidents, knife or gunshot wounds (usually due to violence) and, based on a study by the Center for Surgical Trials and Outcomes Research of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, falls. Falls can happen anywhere. Often, though, the existence of hazards that increase risks of accidental falls is simply due to someone else’s act of negligence, like failure to wipe and clean slippery surfaces, replace or fix torn carpet, put up signs that warn of uneven flooring and failure to tidy up exposed electrical wires.

As explained by the law firm Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., “The effects that a serious injury can have on the lives of both victims and their loved ones can be considerable. For many, the physical and emotional challenges that these types of injuries can pose are often extraordinarily difficult to overcome. What’s more, injury victims are rarely in a position to be able to comfortably afford the costs of medical treatment and lost income that may result from the harm they have suffered.

The consequences these challenges can have are often substantial. Fortunately, it is often possible for people in these situations to receive financial compensation when another person or party is responsible for causing their injuries or illness. Because of this, many victims are able to not only get the financial support they need to better deal with the aftermath, but are also able to get much-needed closure and justice.”