A spinal cord injury is one of the most devastating types of injuries an individual may endure. Though many individuals are able to recover from their spinal cord injuries, others are not so lucky. These individuals may suffer permanent disability or may even die as a result of a spinal cord injury.
Spinal Cord Injuries: Statistics and Figures
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, there are nearly 18,000 new spinal cord injuries in the United States every single year. This figure does not include deaths that occur at the time of the spinal cord injury.
It is estimated that, currently, there are around 288,000 Americans presently living with a spinal cord injury. The average age at the time of injury is 43, and the vast majority—at nearly 80 percent—of new spinal cord injury cases are males.
The Financial Impacts of Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury may result in financial devastation for a family. Those with tetraplegia or paraplegia may face a substantial amount in additional expenses in the first year after the injury. These expenses include both living expenses and healthcare expenses.
Even those who do not receive a diagnosis of quadriplegia or tetraplegia—but suffer some form of limited mobility—may face tens of thousands of dollars in additional expenses each year.
How Does a Rhode Island Injury Attorney Help with a Spinal Cord Injury Claim?
Rhode Island personal injury claims may become quite complex when they involve devastating injuries, such as those involving the spinal cord. Personal injury claims are appropriate when the negligence of someone else has resulted in your injury.
Motor vehicle accidents and slips and falls have been cited as two of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries. An experienced Rhode Island personal injury attorney is able to help pursue damages for both types of cases, which fall under the umbrella of negligence claims.
In either type of case, the injured victim must show:
- The at-fault party owed the victim a duty;
- The duty was breached due to the at-fault party’s negligence; and
- Due to this negligence, the victim suffered damages.
In a motor vehicle accident case, the duty generally refers to the one that all drivers have—to operate their vehicles in a manner that is safe and reasonable under the circumstances. Texting while driving, for example, would not be safe and reasonable.
In a slip and fall case, the duty is usually the one that property owners have to keep premises safe and free from hazards, or warning about hazards that cannot be remedied immediately. An example of negligence would be failing to warn about a loose step or a hole in the floor.
Damages refer to medical expenses, lost wages, and the other types of financial losses that occur after suffering a spinal cord injury. As noted above, those with spinal cord injuries may face hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses at minimum throughout their lifetime. With the assistance of an experienced Rhode Island personal injury attorney, spinal cord injury victims will be able to rest assured that their expenses will be accounted for in their cases.
Contact Our Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Today to Discuss Your Spinal Cord Injury
At Mandell, Boisclair and Mandell, Ltd., our personal injury attorneys are experienced in a range of spinal cord injury claims. Whether your spinal cord injury is likely to cause a few months of limited mobility or permanent disability, we can help. To schedule a free consultation with our experienced team, contact us today.