Atlanta Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Skilled Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers In Atlanta, Georgia
There is no known cure for spinal cord injuries and victims of negligence who sustain these types of injuries will likely suffer lifelong ramifications. Limited mobility, chronic pain, and loss of function in body parts are only a few of the possible symptoms in addition to financial stress. When another party is believed to be the cause of your trauma, you may have the right to collect compensation. Have your case evaluated for free by our skilled Atlanta spinal cord injury lawyer at The Law Firm of Christopher Simon. Reach out to us online in our contact form or by calling (404) 259-7635.
Reasons to Hire Our Firm
- Ensuring successful resolutions for our clients is of the utmost importance to our firm.
- We have been fighting and winning cases for over 30 years.
- We will never charge you a fee unless we win your case.
- We believe that providing exceptional care and customer service for clients is essential for helping spinal cord injury victims seek the recovery that they need.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are two types of spinal cord injuries (SCIs), complete or incomplete, and both can vary in severity based on the location of the injury, as detailed below:
The spinal cord is completely compressed or severed, resulting in a total loss of function below the point of injury.
- Paraplegia: Thoracic or lumbar vertebrae affected.
A loss of function below the waist, whereas movement is preserved in the upper body. Braces or a walker may enable a victim to walk short distances.
- High Tetraplegia: C1-C4 vertebrae affected.
Total body paralysis starting from the neck down. Assistance may be needed for breathing, incontinence, as well as other basic life needs.
- Low Tetraplegia: C5-C8 vertebrae affected.
Mobility may be limited in the shoulders, elbows, and hands. Although breathing typically remains unaffected, walking may not be possible and assistance with self-care will likely be required.
The spinal cord is compressed or injured, but the victim retains some movement and functions below the point of injury.
The effects of partial damage to the spinal cord widely vary. Symptoms may include inflammation, swelling, bleeding, and fluid accumulation at the location of the injury. Damage can increase in severity in the days or weeks following the incident. The ability of movement can vary and if there is a loss, it may be possible to regain some functioning.
Spinal Cord Injury Statistics
There are currently an estimated 288,000 people living in the U.S. with an SCI, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center which also reports these statistics:
- The first year with high tetraplegia can average over $1 million in expenses and close to $200,000 each year after.
- There are 17,730 new SCI cases each year in the U.S.
- Car accidents are the leading cause of SCIs, responsible for more than 39% of cases, closely followed by falls (31.8%), then acts of violence (13.5%), sports/recreation activities (8%), medical/surgical (4.3%), and lastly, the rest fall under “other” (3.1%).
- The use of alcohol is a factor in about 25% of occurrences of SCI.
- Hospital stays for SCIs average 11 days.
- The average length of stay in a rehabilitation center following an SCI is approximately 31 days.
Why Hire An Atlanta Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
A knowledgeable Atlanta spinal cord injury lawyer has the ability to alleviate you from the burden of worrying about a legal claim as well as how you will be able to afford medical care. An SCI can force major adjustments upon your life, including financial constraints, and your ability to work, and possibly care for yourself, the last thing you should be worrying about are legal matters. An attorney can handle the entire process of filing your claim in addition to negotiating a fair and full settlement on your behalf. They will fight to recover the following damages for you:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium and companionship (if applicable)
Contact The Simon Law Firm for Help
We understand how devastating an SCI can be to you and your family. We will exhaust every option in pursuing the compensation that you are owed. Contact our Atlanta spinal cord injury lawyer today by filling out our online contact form or by calling (404) 259-7635 to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.