Motor Vehicle Accidents and Spinal Cord Injuries: A Personal Injury Claim

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Motor vehicle accidents can cause all kinds of injuries but perhaps, the most debilitating among them is a spinal cord injury. A spinal cord injury occurs when a sudden and traumatic blow to a person’s spine fractures, crushes, or dislocates a part of his vertebrae.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as much as 46 percent of all spinal cord injury cases were caused by motor vehicle accidents. Fall accidents accounted for 22 percent, violence were estimated at 16 percent, and sports took in 12 percent of the rest of the spinal cord injury cases.

Injuries to the spinal cord can result to temporary or permanent neurologic impairments – if the injury is complete, the victim shall lose all sensory and motor function below the neurological level. If the injury is incomplete, most victims will retain some motor or sensory function below the affected area.

There are many health complications that can arise from spinal cord injuries aside from paralysis and some of these include:

  • Pain
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control
  • Loss of skin sensations (in whole or in part)
  • Increased risk of orthostatic hypotension, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolus, and autonomic hyperreflexia
  • Impaired respiratory system
  • Spastic or flaccid muscles
  • Weight loss and muscle atrophy

Many people who live with SCI also suffer from psychological effects such as depression and anxiety. Given the many health complications of this injury as well as the length of its effect, suffering from a spinal cord injury is very expensive. It is estimated by the CDC that its annual average medical cost is from $15,000–$30,000 but in the event that the spinal cord injury is permanent, lifetime costs are estimated from $500,000 to more than $3 million.

While some spinal cord injury cases could have been prevented or reduced if the victim had only used a seatbelt or taken proper precautions, there are also instances when the motor vehicle accident is caused by the negligence of another person.

According to the CDC, alcohol use is a factor in 1 out of 4 spinal cord injuries so in the event that the motor vehicle accident was caused by a drunk driver or a negligent motorist, victims may file a case against these liable parties.

In California, spinal cord injury attorneys may file a personal injury lawsuit in behalf of motor vehicle accident victims in order to help them recover monetary compensation for the injuries they suffered.

If you have a spinal cord injury case or were involved in a motor vehicle accident, the Mesriani Law Group offers a free case evaluation. You may call us at our hotline number: 1-866-325-4529 or visit us at 12400 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 810 Los Angeles California, 90025.