Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury can change your life in an instant. Such an injury usually occurs because of a sudden and traumatic blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae, resulting in displaced bone fragments, disc material or ligaments that bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else’s negligence, The Mason Law Firm can help you recover the damages you deserve.
Living With A Spinal Cord Injury
Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries can cause full or partial loss of motor control and sensation, leaving the victim paralyzed in the lower extremities (paraplegic) or in all four limbs (quadriplegic). Because the spinal cord is responsible for many of the victim’s bodily functions, such as breathing, bladder control, body temperature and sexual functioning, spinal cord injury victims often suffer a broad range of health problems.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), an estimated 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries (SCI) are reported each year. This does not include cases where the victim passed away at the scene of an accident. The number of people currently living in the U.S. with spine cord injuries is estimated to be about 270,000 people.
About 40% of reported spine cord injuries result from car accidents and about 28% result from falls. The rest are caused by violence, sports-related injuries and other causes. Most cases involving spinal cord injuries fall under the “torts” category of laws, and most theories revolve around the “negligence” of the party responsible for the accident, slip and fall, etc. Others may fall under “defective products” theory such as a faulty seat belt or air bag.
What Is The Impact?
Regardless of the cause, a spinal cord injury’s impact on the lives of the victim and his/her family can be devastating. Aside from the emotional aspect of the injury, there may be a need for lifetime medical expenses and an assistive caregiver.
Any compensation would be to reimburse the victim for incurred medical expenses, future medical care, rehabilitation, assistive devices (such as motorized wheelchairs) and modification to the victim’s home (such as access ramps and stair lifts). Additionally, there would be compensation for “pain and suffering” which can be extreme because a spinal cord injury victim may suffer from permanent and life-altering injuries.
If you or a loved one suffers from a spinal injury and wish to get an honest assessment of your options, please feel free to contact our office for a free consultation. The Mason Law Firm is managed by spinal cord injury attorney Mason Rashtian. Mr. Rashtian is *AV Preeminent peer review-rated with Martindale Hubbell, which means that he has received the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.
Before opening his own office, Mr. Rashtian worked as an insurance defense attorney. In that capacity, he was routinely hired to defend personal injury lawsuits. He now uses his vast knowledge as an experienced personal injury and accident attorney, and his training as a former insurance defense attorney, to serve the interests of our clients. Mason brings a unique perspective in car accident cases because he knows how defense attorneys and insurance companies think and knows how they work.
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