It can happen suddenly; just as sudden as a motorcycle accident, vehicle accident, vehicle rollover, a fall or any accident. The victim is injured. The injuries may be spinal cord related and/or lead to paralysis.
In Spinal Cord Injury Facts and Figures at a Glance - February 2012 (the latest edition available) researchers at the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) state there are approximately 12,000 new cases each year in the U.S. Since 2005 motor vehicle crashes have accounted for 39.2% of reported spinal cord injury (SCI) cases. The next most common cause is falls, followed by acts of violence (primarily gunshot wounds). More than half of those persons with SCI reported being employed at the time of injury; however, one year after injury only 11.7% of those were employed.
WebMD reports, "The spinal cord is a major bundle of nerves carrying impulses to and from the brain to the rest of the body. Vertebrae, rings of bone, surround the spinal cord. These bones constitute the spinal column or back bones. Direct trauma to the nerves or indirect damage to the bones and soft tissues and vessels surrounding the nerves, can result in SCI. These injuries cause a loss of function, mobility or feeling."
Paralysis and spinal cord injuries which interrupt the impulses from the brain are life-altering events requiring extensive medical attention including rehabilitative care, possible on-going personal care and can lead to loss of employment and enjoyment of life.
Florida Paralysis Attorney, Randall Spivey, Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. says, "In addition to the dramatic life changes and trauma caused by SCI and paralysis, the costs may also be staggering. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center reports that the lifetime costs range from $1.2 million for a 50 year old to $4.5 million for a 25 year old. It is vital to have access to sufficient resources. Our Paralysis Injury Attorney Team is experienced in handling cases with spinal cord and paralysis injuries caused as the result of the negligence of others."
Florida Paralysis Attorney Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by less than 2 percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 1,500 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239. 337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.