A spinal cord injury can happen in a split-second, a tiny period of time which could turn your entire life upside down permanently. Thanks to the negligence of another person or entity, you can no longer do the job you have worked so hard to master, generate the income you and your family have come to rely on, play with your children, live independently… the list goes on. As your life also goes on – albeit somewhat differently to how you imagined it – you should take the time you need to recover from your injuries as much as possible. By hiring an El Centro spinal cord work injury attorney to provide expert legal representation, you can be confident that your case is in the very best hands.
Our lawyers cannot undo your injuries, nor the consequences you will be living with, but the compensation we could recover on your behalf could ensure that financial hardship is not one of the struggles you and your loved ones will face.
How Many People are Affected by Spinal Cord Work Injuries?
Although you are unlikely to think about it much until you suffer an injury, the spinal cord is required for most movements you make. The spinal cord provides the means for your brain to communicate with the rest of your body, so when it is damaged, the part of the body controlled by the affected area may lose its ability to function, resulting in permanent disability or paralysis. This can leave the lower extremities non-functioning (quadriplegia) or impact all four limbs (paraplegia).
Thousands of people in the United States are affected by spinal cord injuries each year, a fact which our El Centro spinal cord work injury attorneys can attest to. According to official statistics:
- Around 17,700 spinal cord injuries are sustained each year
- Approximately 288,000 Americans are currently living with a spinal cord injury
- The average yearly cost of treatment for those with paraplegia is $537,271 in the first year, and $71,172 every year thereafter, a cost which surely illustrates the importance of hiring an outstanding attorney
- Not only can a spina cord injury affect your ability to function, it is also likely to significant reduce your life expectancy
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Automobile accidents are by far the single largest cause of spinal cord injuries, followed by slips and falls, acts of violence, and sports and recreational injuries. While some of these will, of course, be genuine accidents where nobody is to blame, there are numerous cases where these life-changing and life-limiting injuries result from the negligence or deliberate wrongdoing of another person or party.
Some of the ways in which this can happen include:
- Reckless driving
- Manufacturing defective products or components
- Failure to maintain safe premises
- Driving while intoxicated
- Committing a violent act
Each of these causes can affect those doing their job, although they may not immediately appear to be relevant to work-related accidents.
If you have been affected by a spinal cord work injury, you deserve the best possible legal representation. To schedule your free initial consultation with an excellent attorney, call us today on 619-630-0205.