Spinal Cord Injury Statistics
Spinal cord injuries dramatically impact the lives of victims and their families. In many cases, these injuries leave victims permanently disabled or in need of months, years, and in some instances, a lifetime of rehabilitation, therapy, and care. These injuries can be devastating, causing physical and emotional distress, as well as loss of wages. Contact an experienced Brooklyn spinal cord injury lawyer for a free legal consultation if you or a family member have suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of the negligence of someone else.
There are approximately 259,000 people in the U.S. living with a spinal cord injury. The average age at the time of injury of the victim is 40 and this average age has increased steadily since the 1970s, in part because the median age in the U.S. has risen over this period. Most spinal cord injuries occur in males; experts believe this is partially due to males being more likely to engage in risk taking behavior. Only 51 percent of injured individuals are covered by private health insurance.
Spinal Cord Injury Causes
There are many causes for spinal cord injury. If you or a loved has been injured with a spinal cord injury because of someone else’s negligence the Brooklyn injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC are here to help. We have years of experience handling spinal cord injuries which result from all types of trauma. We handle spinal cord injury cases that include:
- Car accidents or other personal vehicle accidents
- Semi truck collisions
- Motorcycle accidents
- Diving injuries
- Football or other sports injuries
- Construction site accidents
- Public transit accidents
- Playground accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Skiing accidents
- Medical malpractice involving surgical errors, birth injury, or delayed diagnosis of spinal disease or spinal tumors
- Unsafe nursing home or hospital conditions that result in trauma
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are two types of spinal cord injuries:
Complete spinal cord injuries – refer to the types of injuries that result in complete loss of function below the level of the injury. Complete spinal cord injuries result in complete paraplegia or incomplete tetraplegia.
Incomplete spinal cord injuries – are those that result in some sensation and feeling below the point of injury. The level and degree of function in incomplete injuries is highly individual, and is dependent upon the way in which the spinal cord has been damaged. The extent of an incomplete injury is generally determined after spinal shock has subsided, approximately six or eight weeks post injury.
Doctors and specialists use the level of injury to most accurately predict which parts of the body are most likely to be affected by loss of movement and sensation. Levels of injury are classified as:
- C-1 to C-4
- C-7 and T-1
- T-1 to T-8
- T-9 to T-12
The prognosis of a particular spinal cord injury varies depending upon where along the spinal column the spinal cord has been injured, the severity of the injury, and which nerve fibers are damaged. Usually, some recovery can be expected within the first six months following injury. After six months, additional recovery becomes even harder and that is why it is important to begin a rehabilitation program as soon as possible after an injury.
Free Legal Consultation with Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in Brooklyn
If you or a loved has suffered a spinal cord injury due to an accident or instance of medical malpractice, contact an experienced Brooklyn spinal cord injury attorney at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC at 212-564-2800. The damage caused by spinal injury is pervasive, affecting physical and emotional health, earning potential, quality of life, and the quality of life of loved ones. Our spine injury attorneys in Brooklyn are highly skilled in back injury cases and will fight for you to receive fair compensation for your injuries. We will thoroughly prepare each case, review accident and medical records, speak to witnesses and health care providers, access liability and consider all possible legal and medical issues. Call today for an initial consultation. There is no charge to review your case and determine how we can help you. With offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn, we serve clients in the New York City area, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk.