Spinal Cord Injuries
Personal Injury Attorneys with Over 100 Years Combined Experience Representing Those Who Have Suffered Spinal Cord Injuries As a Result of Negligence
A spinal cord injury can seriously affect one's quality of life. Damage to the nerves found in the spinal column can cause pain or numbness in certain parts of the body and even paralysis. If the injury is severe, it can lead to temporary or permanent loss of work, and in extreme cases the inability to care for oneself independently. Generally, a spinal cord injury is caused by a severe trauma—such as a motor vehicle collision or a fall—or from medical malpractice.
The spinal cord injury attorneys at Breakstone, White & Gluck, P.C. of Boston have handled many cases in the state of Massachusetts, including spinal injuries resulting from medical malpractice and motor vehicle accidents.
Some common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Severe Trauma
- Motor Vehicle Collisions
- Incorrect Positioning during an Operation
- Herniated Discs
- Surgery Complications
- Failed Spine Fusion Surgery
Compensation in a Spinal Cord Injury
The party found liable may be responsible for compensating the following: lost wages—past and future, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and medical expenses. If paralysis plays a role in the injury, long-term life care plans must be made and budgeted. Calculating these medical and life care expenses requires the expertise of health care experts, the attorney, and the family. The costs can vary greatly, depending on a person's age, their medical needs and other factors.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, there are about 17,500 new cases of spinal cord injuries each year in the United States. There are currently about 285,000 individuals living with spinal cord injuries. About 80 percent of these are men.
Only about 13 percent of people who suffer spinal cord injuries are employed a year after the injury. This number increases over time. Twenty years after an injury, about one third are working again, though often at a reduced capacity.
In a spinal cord injury case, there are a variety of possible liable parties, which vary significantly depending on events surrounding the injury. This list can include drivers in collision accidents, medical professionals in medical malpractice cases, property owners, employers or equipment manufacturers.
Choosing a Massachusetts Spinal Injury Attorney
Spinal cord injury cases are complex and difficult, and often take a long time to resolve due to the intricacy of the litigation involved. It is important to choose a spinal injury lawyer carefully to get the best results on your case. Our Choosing an Attorney page answers many other questions you may have about choosing an experienced Massachusetts spinal cord injury attorney.
If you feel you have a spinal cord injury case, it is vital that you act immediately to protect your rights. Please call us at 617-723-7676, or toll free at 1-800-379-1244. We look forward to helping you.