Find Hope Again After A Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury is one of the most serious injuries a person can experience. Called a “catastrophic injury,” a spinal cord injury can cause paralysis that can permanently affect a person’s independence, quality of life, mobility, and ability to work. If you have been injured in an auto accident, construction accident, assault, slip/trip-and-fall accident or another type of preventable accident caused by another person’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact the Holladay Law Firm, PLLC, as soon as possible to learn about your legal rights in Texas and how to maximize your financial recovery.
Types Of Spinal Cord Injuries
Your spinal cord injury may fall into one of the following categories:
- In an incomplete injury, the spinal cord is only partially severed. If you have an incomplete injury, you may still retain some degree of function depending on the extent and location of the injury.
- In a complete injury, the spinal cord is fully severed. If you suffered a complete spinal cord injury, you will likely suffer a complete loss of function below the location of the injury.
More specifically, your spinal cord injury may be of one of the following types:
- Tetraplegia, resulting in damage to the cervical spinal cord, a loss of function below the level of the injury, and difficulties with bladder and bowel control, respiration and other functions.
- Paraplegia, in which function is lost in the lower half of the body. As with tetraplegia, the higher up on the spinal cord the injury takes place, the more severe the injury will be.
- Triplegia, which may mean a loss of movement and sensation in one arm and both legs.
Injuries sustained below the lumbar spinal cord typically do not result in paralysis, but they can result in reduced function in some areas of the body and produce nerve pain. If you suffered this type of spinal cord injury, you may require surgery as well as physical therapy, but you may be able to walk after a time of recovery.
The High Costs Of Living With A Spinal Cord Injury
The financial burdens of a spinal cord injury depend on the location and severity of the injury as well as the age at which the injury occurs. The cost of living with one of these devastating injuries can be substantial. Long-term medical care, medications, home care, home environment adaptation and other expenses can initially be very expensive and continue to cost for the rest of your life. Limited by an inability to earn income or perform the same household duties that you could when you were healthy, you may experience serious financial strain, affecting others in your household, too.
According to data published by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, a person diagnosed with paraplegia may incur nearly $519,000 in medical bills during their first year and $70,000 each subsequent year. Expenses for high tetraplegia (also called quadriplegia) can reach well over $1 million during the first year and nearly $182,000 for each year thereafter. With inflation, these dollar amounts are likely higher now than when this information was published.
As an innocent survivor of a serious accident, you should not be responsible for paying these costs when someone else was negligent. If your injury was caused by the careless or intentional actions of another person, they can and should be held liable for your injuries. As an experienced and skilled trial lawyer, I can help you hold the appropriate party or parties responsible for their misconduct.
Contact Me To Get Started On Your Financial Recovery
At Holladay Law Firm, PLLC, I am committed to pursuing maximum results for seriously injured clients. With 18 years of legal experience and U.S. Navy service in my background, I have a long history assisting people in a time of need. Because my firm has a contingency fee arrangement, my clients don’t have to worry about paying anything to get their cases started. I will only be paid if I win your case.