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Spinal cord injuries can be profoundly devastating. Physically, psychologically, and financially, spinal cord injuries often come with crippling impacts. While that can alter nearly every aspect of life, these injuries can also shorten lives, multiplying the risk of premature death by 2 to 5 times (source: WHO).
Far too often, these spinal cord injuries are caused by preventable negligence. Whenever that happens, victims and families may have various options for justice.
At Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers, our 5-star Ruston spinal cord injury lawyers are dedicated to helping people just like you recover from injuries caused by negligence. For more than 20 years, we have been advocating tirelessly for justice and compensation when it matters most.
Skilled at winning the toughest spinal cord injury cases, we have what it takes to provide strong, persuasive representation while setting these claims up for the maximum available recoveries. Whether you need more answers or you are ready to file a case, we are here for you 24/7, ready to help.
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SCI describes damage to the spinal cord caused by degeneration, illness, or trauma. This damage can be “incomplete,” meaning the spinal cord is compressed or torn but still intact, or “complete,” in which case the spinal cord would be totally severed.
Most spinal cord injuries, more than 90%, result from trauma (source:WHO). The most serious involve complete SCIs that cause permanent paralysis. The table below outlines the different types of spinal cord injuries, based on the nature and impacts of the damage.
|Type of Spinal Cord Injury
|Affected Areas of the Body
|Legs & lower body
|Lowe body & one arm
|Tetraplegia or Quadriplegia
|Lower & upper body (arms & legs) + possibly the neck, shoulder & head
Looking at the financial impacts of SCIs, the following table highlights the average costs of medical bills and living expenses for spinal cord injury patients. Please note that these figures do not include costs associated with lost earnings (source: NSCSC).
|SCI Type & Severity
|Estimated SCI Cost: 1st Year After Injury
|Estimated Lifetime Cost: SCI at 25*
|Estimated Lifetime Cost: SCI at 250*
|High Tetraplegia (C1 to C4)
|Low Tetraplegia (C5 to C8)
SCI claims are like other catastrophic injury claims in that the event that caused the injury can dictate how a subsequent claim proceeds. For instance, claims involving on-the-job SCIs can involve a completely different process than claims involving crash-related spinal cord injuries.
No matter what type of negligence caused an SCI, however, spinal cord injuries tend to have these elements in common:
Every spinal cord injury is different, and each SCI claim is unique. Consequently, compensation for these injury claims hinges on details specific to a given accident, victim, and case.
Still, even though amounts and damages can vary, successful SCI cases tend to include compensation for (but not limited to):
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a spinal cord injury after some type of accident, don’t hesitate to contact a Ruston spinal cord injury lawyer at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers. We are here to explain your rights and legal options, and we can get started helping you today.
Backed by decades of experience, our Ruston attorneys have a reputation for success and a record of winning in the most challenging cases. Discover the difference our team can make in your spinal cord injury case by contacting us today.