When someone suffers a spinal cord injury in Atlanta – whether due to an auto accident, bicycle accident, pedestrian accident, slip and fall accident, or other reason – their lives change upon the moment of impact. Damage to the vertebrae, ligaments, discs or even the nerves around the spine can cause great pain, immobility and require extended medical care that can become costly and time-consuming.
Our Atlanta spine injury lawyers at Marks Law Group, LLC, have successfully represented a range of spinal cord injury cases, allowing our clients to recover financially, physically and emotionally. You can get the legal help you need today, too. We offer free consultations, and if you cannot come to us, our attorney will come to you.
Although most people think of paralysis when they think about spinal cord injuries, the truth is that even a less severe injury to the spine or surrounding major nerves can significantly affect your health and ability to function. Any damage to the spinal cord or to the nerves at the end of the spinal canal (the cauda equina) can cause permanent changes to the strength, physical sensation or other bodily function below the area of injury.
According to data collected by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the average annual costs (medical + living expenses) for a spinal cord injury in just the first year alone ranges from a low of $347,000 for someone with any impairment in motor function at all to over $1 million for someone with permanent high tetraplegia. These estimates do not include lost wages, fringe benefits or productivity.
The average lifetime costs for a spinal cord injury range from $1.5 million to $4.7 million for a person who receives a spinal cord injury as a young adult. The costs would be even higher for a minor child.
If your spinal cord injury was caused by the negligence or actions of others, our attorneys will work to make sure that those responsible bear the cost. You are already living with the consequences, and we know you need to be able to recover without worrying about how to pay your medical bills.
We will also make sure you are compensated for lost wages and future earnings, your pain and suffering, and obtain necessary funding for specialized medical equipment and accommodations to your home, as well as any ongoing support you will need day to day.
The spinal cord is a set of nerves protected by the spinal vertebrae. These nerves are critical in facilitating communication between the brain and body, facilitating movement and sensation in the trunk and limbs. Damage to the spinal cord can result in partial loss of movement or sensation, or in full quadriplegia, which is a loss of sensation from the neck down. Spinal cord injuries can result in permanent consequences for victims and are some of the costliest injuries to treat. Learn more about the most common causes of spinal cord injuries below, and contact the seasoned Atlanta spinal cord injury lawyers at the Marks Law Group, LLC for more information.
Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
While the most catastrophic injuries to the spine or spinal nerves may be obvious, not all victims of spinal cord injuries are immediately aware of their injury. If you believe that you or a loved one may have suffered spinal cord damage in an accident, it’s important to seek medical care as soon as possible to provide the best chances for a good outcome. Possible signs of a spinal cord injury include:
Injuries to the spinal cord can leave victims with devastating physical consequences, as well as astronomical and lifelong costs of care and rehabilitation. If the spinal cord injury was caused by another person’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to compensation for these injuries through a personal injury lawsuit. A skilled Georgia spinal cord injury attorney can provide an evaluation of your potential legal claims and help you file a claim for damages before time runs out. Contact the offices of the Atlanta personal injury lawyers at the Marks Law Group today for a no-cost evaluation of your claims.
For an evaluation of your case after you or a loved one suffers a spinal cord injury in Georgia, contact the seasoned and trial-ready Atlanta spine injury attorneys at the Marks Law Group at 404-793-0998.