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Types of spinal cord injuries vary depending on the location of the damage to the spinal cord. They range from weakness or paralysis of the lower limbs to weakness or paralysis of the body from the neck down. Bowl, bladder and sexual functions are often impaired. When the damage could have been avoided or reduced with the correct medical intervention, or if the injury occurred during a surgery, it is important that you engage our services to obtain and preserve the evidence supporting your case as early as possible after the injury.
Quick Facts About Spinal Cord Injuries
Injuries targeting the spinal cord are some of the most severe form of injuries that can be sustained by a patient. With over 40 cases per million in the population, the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) estimates that there are over 12,000 new cases each and every year. Other quick facts reported by the NSCISC include the following:
- There are over 200,000 people alive with a spinal injury.
- Most injuries are sustained at an average age of is 40.7
- Out of every 10 victims, 8 are male.
- Over 70% of victims are Caucasian and 14% are African American.
- Cost of living for paraplegia victim (25-years-old) is over $2 million.
- For someone suffering high tetraplegia (C1-C4) it is over $4 million
Did malpractice cause you spinal damage?
There are two main types of spinal damage: complete and incomplete. Complete spinal cord damage means that the victim does not have any movement or sensation in the affected area. Incomplete spinal cord damage means that there is some movement and sensation, but it is less than normal. Most spinal injury victims also suffer from depression as a result of their lost mobility and independence. Their families also suffer from financial strains as well as physical and mental exhaustion from caretaking. All the damages in the case must be sought in a comprehensive claim against the negligent doctor, other medical staff or facility.
For more information regarding spinal cord injuries and medical malpractice, please contact a medical malpractice lawyer from our team today!