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According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), more than a quarter million Americans suffer from the after-effects of a spinal cord injury. Approximately 12,000 people, or 30 people per day, sustain spinal cord injuries.
The majority of injuries are caused by traffic accidents, falls, violence, serious workplace injuries or sports-related accidents.
Spinal cord injuries can affect a few areas of the spine. Cervical injuries occur near the neck, and can affect both the arms and the legs.
Thoracic injuries occur at chest-level, with symptoms usually affecting the legs. Injuries to the cervical or high-thoracic spinal cord may also result in blood pressure difficulties, abnormal sweating, and trouble maintaining normal body temperature.
Lumbar sacral injuries occur at the lower-back level, which usually cause the legs to be affected.
Spinal cord injuries deprive people of their ability to continue living a comfortable life, and can leave a person without the freedom to walk around or get out of the bed again. If your spinal cord injury was the result of negligence, our attorneys can help.
Spinal cord injuries can leave you with major impairments, including a lack of movement, lack of sensation, a range of breathing difficulties, difficulty controlling bladder and bowel functions, and problems regulating body temperature and blood pressure.
Weitz & Luxenberg defends clients who have a range of spinal injuries:
With the soaring cost of surgery, care and therapy, it’s understandable to be concerned. Spinal cord injuries require many meetings with doctors, extensive physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other rehabilitation interventions even after an acute injury has healed.
Spinal cord injuries can compromise your ability to live comfortably and independently, by making it hard to sit comfortably, or engage in certain physical activities from playing with the children to carrying groceries from the car to the house.
Modifications of your living environment are usually required in the event of a spinal injury. Most people with these injuries are wheelchair- or bed-bound, or have impaired mobility requiring a variety of assistive devices.
As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to helping clients win cases. For more than 25 years, we have dedicated ourselves to holding irresponsible practitioners accountable, and we have won $17 billion for our clients.
We would feel privileged to assist you. For a free consultation and more information about your legal options, please call us at 800-476-6070. If you prefer, you can complete our form, and our client relations representative will contact you shortly.
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