Spinal Cord Injuries
As many as 12,000 people a year suffer a spinal cord injury in the United States – these devastating, life-changing injuries require superior medical treatment, life-long care, and aggressive and experienced legal representation by a Los Angeles spinal cord injury lawyer.
Thanks to improvement in emergency and long-term care, about 300,000 people are living with a spinal cord injury in the United States, according to the Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention. And most patients recover to live at home – only about 6 percent are discharged to nursing home or group living care.
A Southern California spinal cord injury lawyer can work with you and your family to ensure you are getting the care you need and the compensation you deserve. A Los Angeles injury attorney experienced in handling spinal cord cases can help recover expenses for long-term care, lost wages, and loss of quality of life.
Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries can be so overwhelming that families fail to take the steps necessary to protect their future and their financial well-being. At Howard Law, we will build your case by working with your medical team and other leading professionals in the care and treatment of spinal cord injuries.
The initial medical costs for a 15 day hospital stay are estimated at $140,000 and the average patient goes on to spend 44 days in a rehabilitation unit according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center . The average first-year medical costs for a paraplegic or quadriplegic injury are between $152,000 and $417,000 and lifetime costs are estimated at more than $1 million.
Medical complications of spinal cord injuries can include impaired bowel and bladder control, reduced skin sensation, circulatory and reparatory complications, wasting muscle tone or control, and sexual dysfunction.
If you need to speak to a Southern California spinal cord injury attorney in the Los Angeles area, contact HOWARD LAW today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your legal rights. Call (800) 872-5925 for a free consultation
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
- Complete: All sensory and motor function is lost below the level of injury.
- Partial: Some motor and sensory function is retained below the level of injury.
Paralysis as a result of a Spinal Cord Injury
- Quadriplegia: Spinal cord injury affects arms, legs, trunk and pelvic organs.
- Paraplegia: Legs, trunk and pelvic organs are affected.
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injury
- Loss of ability to move
- Loss of sensation, including ability to feel touch and temperatures
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Exaggerated spasms or reflex activity
- Changes in sexual function
- Intense stinging or pain caused by damaged nerves in the spinal cord
- Difficulty breathing, swallowing or clearing throat
- Extreme pain in head, neck or back
- Numbness in extremities
- Paralysis or weakness in extremities
- Balance or problems with walking