Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injury (SCI) often occurs when a traumatic event results in damage to cells within the spinal cord. Spinal cord injury also occurs when nerve tracts are severed that relay signals up and down the spinal cord. Common types of spinal cord injuries include compression (which is caused by pressure on the spinal cord) and contusions (which are bruising of the spinal cord).
Quadriplegia (also known as Tetraplegia) generally describes the condition of a person with a spinal cord injury that is at a level from C1 to T1. This type of injury often results in a loss of feeling and/or movement in the head, shoulder, neck, arm and/or upper chest. Spinal cord injury that results in quadriplegia has a 30 percent average return rate to work.
Paraplegia is the general term describing the condition of a person who has lost feeling and/or is not able to move the lower parts of his/her body. The body parts that may be affected are the chest, hips, stomach, legs and feet. A victim of paraplegia has a level of injury from T2 to S5. Both forms of spinal cord injury are sometimes caused by a direct result of personal injury. Spinal cord injury that results in paraplegia has a 40 percent average return rate to work.
Spinal cord injury affects predominantly young adults with 55 percent of spinal cord injury sufferers being between the age of 16-30 years of age. Approximately 80 percent of spinal cord injury victims are male and the average age of a spinal cord injury is 32.1.
Spinal cord injury is most often caused by car accidents, violence, falls and sports related accidents. In each of these instances, you may be entitled to compensation for the spinal cord injury. We encourage you to consult with an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer to discuss your legal rights.
California Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer/Attorney
In one recent example, for instance, a 20 year old college student that was rendered a quadriplegic due to an automobile accident. For six years, it was believed that the college student was the driver of the vehicle which caused the car accident. This was alleged both by the insurance carrier and the Defendant, who was also in the vehicle. Through skillful investigation, expert testimony, and the use of demonstrative evidence, Aitken * Aitken * Cohn was able to prove that the Defendant was actually the driver. After three weeks of trial, the jury awarded Plaintiff $6,868,494 in damages. Click here for this trial verdict report.
Aitken * Aitken * Cohn has successfully represented numerous victims of spinal cord injuries. The law firm has the compassion, resources and experience to consult the unfortunate victims of spinal cord injury. For a free consultation from a nationally recognized spinal cord injury lawyer, please contact 1-866-434-1424 or fill out the contact form and a specialist will be in touch shortly.
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