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Frequently Asked Questions About Spinal Cord Injuries
Q: What is a spinal cord injury?
A: A spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs when there is traumatic injury to the spinal cord resulting in a loss of function, such as mobility and sensation, below the level of injury. The part of the spine that is injured and the severity of the injury will dictate how much function is lost. Most spinal cord injuries do not result in a severance of the spinal cord, but in a fracture of the vertebrae that compresses the cord, causing injury.
Q: What are the most common causes of spinal cord injuries?
A: The most common cause of a spinal cord injury is a motor vehicle accident. Other common causes of spinal cord injuries include deliberate acts of violence (such as a stabbing or shooting), falls, sports-related injuries and diseases (cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis and inflammation of the spinal cord).
Approximately two million people worldwide, nearly 200,000 of whom live in the United States, live with spinal cord injuries (SCI). Approximately 11,000 Americans sustain a spinal cord injury each year, costing the nation more than an estimated $9.7 billion. More than 80% of these victims are men between 16 and 30 years of age.
Houston Trial Lawyer Representing Survivors of Spinal Cord Injuries
The law firm of Hartley Hampton, P.C., provides experienced representation for people who have suffered life-changing spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia, or other complications. Spinal injuries can be caused by caused by improperly performed medical procedures, falls in construction accidents, or many other causes. When they are the result of negligence, misconduct, or violence, you may have a claim for compensation.
Spinal Cord Injuries - An Overview
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is an injury to the spinal cord resulting in varying degrees of loss of function and paralysis, depending on which part of the spine was injured and the severity of the injury. The injury can occur from a traumatic event, such as a motor vehicle accident, or from illness or disease. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), more than 270,000 people in the United States currently live with a spinal cord injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, there are legal options available to you. A personal injury attorney can speak with you about your rights and options for pursuing a case against those responsible for your spinal cord injury. Call today to schedule a consultation.
Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury (SCI) due to another person's negligent acts, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. The amount of compensation will depend on the individual circumstances of your case and your state's laws.
Treatment Options for Spinal Cord Injuries
For the hundreds of thousands of Americans living with spinal cord injuries, current treatment options focus on helping them learn to live with their disabilities and become as independent as their injuries allow.
The Anatomy of a Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are serious, and it may not be obvious that someone has a spinal cord injury. The treatment given to a person immediately after he of she has suffered an injury to the spinal cord is critical to limiting the amounting of harm done and preventing secondary injuries from occurring.
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