It's hard to overstate the importance of your neck and spine for the overall wellbeing of your body. The spinal cord transmits signals from your brain to the rest of your body, which makes it a vital, irreplaceable conduit.
Sadly, the neck and spine are quite vulnerable to trauma, and they are often injured in auto accidents. Our attorneys have seen the devastating nature of spinal cord injuries and know how they affect your life.
We have decades of experience handling spinal cord injury cases. We're equipped to help you pursue justice and compensation if you suffered such an injury as a result of an accident caused by another person's negligence.
If you live in or around the Atlanta, Georgia area and you're looking for an attorney with experience in spinal cord injuries, please call Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC today at 404-760-7400 for a free consultation.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Our lawyers are equipped to handle your spinal cord injury case for two reasons. First, we have the specialized experience required for cases involving neck and spine injuries.
Second, we have a tremendous breadth of personal injury experience. We've handled a wide range of accident types, which means we understand the complexities and particularities of the type of accident that injured you.
We have aided clients who suffered spinal cord injuries in:
- Auto accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Medical malpractice cases
- Product liability cases
We will be happy to discuss your case and listen to your story at a free consultation. You shouldn't hesitate to contact us, even if your specific case type isn't listed above.
The cost for caring for individuals with a neck or Spine Injury
The average yearly cost of healthcare for victims of spinal cord injury can vary greatly. Costs are entirely dependent on the type and extent of injury the victim has sustained. Lifetime costs are dependent on the age of the victim at the time of injury. According to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, first-year costs can range from approximately $347,000 to $1,065,000. Each subsequent year, depending on severity, can range from approximately $42,000 to $185,000, with lifetime associated costs nearing or exceeding $5 million in some cases.
How is a Spinal Injury diagnosed?
Spinal cord injury requires a medical diagnosis. This can often be accomplished through x-ray, MRI, or CT scan. These types of diagnostic tools enable your doctor to determine exactly where the spine has been injured and the extent of the injury, both of which will be necessary for an accurate prognosis and treatment plan.
Can Whiplash cause spinal Injuries?
Whiplash can result in injury to the spine. Depending on its severity, whiplash may injure bones, discs, ligaments, muscles, and nerves, resulting in serious and often long-term consequences.
Do Spine Injuries often result in Paralysis?
An injury on the lower part of the spinal cord may result in paralysis of the legs and lower body (paraplegia). Injuries sustained higher on the spinal cord may cause paralysis throughout the body (tetraplegia). The location, type, and extent of a spinal cord injury will play a direct role in whether or not the injury results in temporary or permanent paralysis. The most common spinal cord injuries will result in temporary paralysis with recovery dependent upon various factors.
walking again after Spinal Injuries
There are two types of spinal cord injury: complete and incomplete. When a spinal cord injury is incomplete, recovery is possible. This may take months or even years of rehabilitation and, while there is no guarantee of full recovery, the outlook is positive in many cases.
When a spinal cord injury is complete, it is unlikely that the victim will be able to regain lost abilities. Incomplete tetraplegia and incomplete paraplegia are the two most common types of paralysis following spinal cord injury. A majority of people who experience these types of injuries will be able to regain lost abilities over time.
How We Can Help
If you've suffered a spinal cord injury, you don't need to be told how significant these injuries are. You've already experienced the life-altering effects of this trauma. And you understand the major medical bills you're facing.
When you choose Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC, you will receive the individualized help and attention you deserve. We assist you by:
- Evaluating your claim at a free initial consultation
- Investigating the accident that hurt you
- Connecting you with skilled, experienced medical professionals who will provide you with the care you need
- Pursuing compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, diminished earning capacity and other issues
We take spinal cord injuries seriously because we understand you deserve nothing less than our full attention.
Schedule A Client Consultation
If you're an Atlanta, Georgia resident and you want to speak to our personal injury lawyers about your accident and resulting spinal cord injury, please call 404-879-5171 to contact Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC today for a free consultation.