Spinal cord injuries and paralysis are two of the most serious injuries that a person can sustain in a motor vehicle accident. According to recent statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 46% of all spinal cord injuries suffered each year in the United States are the result of motor vehicle accidents.
When a nerve in the spinal cord is severely damaged in a car or truck accident, the accident victim may end up completely or partially paralyzed. Serious spinal cord injuries can lead to paralysis, and when that happens, the accident victim may be totally unable to care for himself or herself. In those circumstances, the accident victim may require 24/7 care at a nursing home or assisted living facility.
If you or someone you love has sustained a spinal cord injury or become paralyzed in one or more body parts as a result of a motor vehicle driver’s negligence, you may be eligible to recover monetary compensation for all of your injuries, pain, suffering, and inconvenience. Baltimore, Maryland spinal cord injury lawyer Randolph Rice has been representing victims of catastrophic injuries for many years and can help you recover the monetary compensation you need and deserve.
How Spinal Cord Injuries Happen
Spinal cord injuries are common following serious car, truck, bicycle, motorcycle, boating, or slip-and-fall accidents. When an accident victim’s back strikes the ground hard in one of these accidents, the spine can flex beyond its normal range of motion. This abnormal movement can result in serious damage to the accident victim’s nerves and/or to the spinal cord. The spinal column controls the muscles in a person’s body, and when damage is caused to the spinal cord in an accident, the injured accident victim may experience paralysis in certain areas of the body, along with other serious medical problems. Paralysis precludes an accident victim from moving the affected body part and from feeling anything in that body part.
Depending on the seriousness of the accident, accident victims may suffer upper or lower body paralysis as a result of a spinal cord injury. When an accident victim experiences paralysis due to a spinal cord injury, the paralysis can take any one of the following forms:
- Monoplegia – where one limb is paralyzed
- Hemiplegia – where both the arm and the leg on one side of the accident victim’s body are paralyzed
- Paraplegia – where both legs are paralyzed
- Tetraplegia – where both the arms and the legs of the accident victim’s body are paralyzed
Treating Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis
Treatment of spinal cord injuries and paralysis can be both extensive and expensive, and many spinal cord injuries are medically irreparable. Medical treatment for victims of paralysis usually consists of helping the patient to live independently and improve his or her quality of life to the greatest extent possible. The costs of treating someone with a spinal cord injury or paralysis injury depends largely upon the severity and location of the injury, the geographic location where the medical treatment took place, as well as the patient’s overall health. Total costs for providing medical care and treatment to a spinal cord injury or paralysis victim can range anywhere from $300,000 to one million dollars during the first year of treatment, and over $3 million during the course of a person’s lifetime.
Proving Injuries and Damages in Baltimore Spinal Cord Injury Cases
In order to recover monetary compensation in a spinal cord injury case, the injured accident victim must be able to show that the accident was a direct cause of the injuries and damages sustained. This typically requires that a medical expert be brought on board. A medical expert, such as a doctor or other experienced healthcare provider, is necessary to causally connect the spinal cord or paralysis injury to the accident. A medical expert may also be able to estimate the need for – and potential cost of – future medical care, treatment, and procedures, such as follow-up surgeries. Finally, a medical expert will be able to highlight all of the limitations that the accident victim may experience for the rest of his or her life.
In many cases, insurance companies try and undervalue catastrophic injury cases, hoping to pay out as little money as possible in satisfaction of the claim. Baltimore attorney Randolph Rice understands the tricks and tactics that insurance adjusters routinely use to try and undervalue these claims and avoid paying out money. Attorney Randolph Rice will work hard to retain the best medical experts possible and gather all of the necessary medical evidence in order to successfully prove your case and maximize its value.
Available Damages in Baltimore Spinal Cord and Paralysis Injury Cases
Victims of spinal cord and paralysis injuries may be eligible to recover some or all of the following types of damages in their case:
- Payment of all related medical and physical therapy bills
- Compensation for lost wages and missed time from work
- Compensation for lost earning capacity
- Compensation for past, present, and future pain and suffering
- Payment for future medical procedures
- Compensation for emotional distress and mental anguish
- Compensation for loss of spousal support and companionship
- Costs of long-term or lifetime care at a nursing home or assisted living facility
Baltimore spinal cord injury lawyer Randolph Rice can help you obtain all of the damages to which you may be entitled under the law.
Baltimore Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Today for a Free Case Evaluation
No one asks to be injured in an accident. The burden of proving spinal cord and paralysis injury cases is high, and you want a lawyer on your side who will aggressively advocate for your right to recover monetary compensation for the injuries and damages you sustained. Baltimore attorney Randolph Rice is a skilled negotiator and litigator who will aggressively represent your interests and advocate for you throughout your case, from beginning to end. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Baltimore, Maryland spinal cord injury lawyer, please call us or contact us online.