One of the most debilitating injuries car accident victims can suffer is a spinal cord injury. The spinal cord serves as the message center, delivering messages from the brain to other parts of the body. If there is an injury, those messages cannot get delivered and the victim often loses the use of limbs and other physical limitations.
These injuries are also one of the most expensive injuries – often requiring extensive medical treatments, long hospital stays, surgeries, and rehabilitation. Depending on the severity of the injury, a victim often requires modifications done to their home in order to accommodate wheelchair use.
How Do Spinal Cord Injuries Occur?
When a person is an accident – whether a vehicle accident, fall, or other type of incident that causes blunt trauma to the spinal cord or damage to any of the vertebrae, the victim often suffers the loss of mobility. According to national statistics, vehicle accidents are the number one cause of spinal cord injuries in this country, responsible for approximately 35 percent of these types of injuries each year. Spinal cord injuries from car accidents also tend to be more severe the injuries sustained in other types of incidents.
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the most common type of spinal cord injury victims suffer from in car accidents result in the complete loss of both their arms and legs. Approximately half of all car accident-related spinal cord injury victims suffer this type of loss. The second most common is where the victim loses complete use of either both their arms or both their legs.
Contact a Virginia Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you have or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident caused by another driver, contact a skilled Virginia auto accident attorney to discuss what type of legal recourse you may have against the at-fault driver. Our legal team has successfully represented many spinal cord accident victims and have been able to obtain the best financial outcome for the circumstances in their case.
We understand how catastrophic these types of injuries can have on victims and their families, not only physically but also financially. Our attorneys are experienced at calculating and negotiating damages for injuries that involve long-term or permanent disabilities and will work diligently to get you the financial compensation you deserve.