Spinal injuries can have life-altering consequences for victims. Damage to the spinal cord can result in paralysis – loss of sensation and function below the injury. If you or your loved one has suffered spinal injury and paralysis caused by someone else’s negligence, contact Bross, McAllister & Williams, LLC in Atlanta or Suwanee today. Our Gwinnett County spinal injuries and paralysis attorneys can provide sound legal guidance and dedicated representation in a claim for compensation.
Why Choose Bross, McAllister & Williams, LLC?
- Our legal team has comprehensive experience in a wide range of personal injury matters, including spinal injuries and paralysis. In addition to our experienced lawyers, we have staff certified in medical coding, billing, counseling, and assistance.
- Our attorneys have been recognized by their peers with the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 award.
- We have a history of proven results, successfully securing millions in settlements and verdicts for our clients.
Spinal Injury Statistics
As stated by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC):
- Approximately 17,700 new spinal cord injury cases occur in the U.S. every year.
- The incidence of spinal cord injury in the U.S. is approximately 54 cases per one million people.
- An estimated 288,000 people are currently living with spinal cord injury in the U.S.
- The average age at which spinal cord injury occurs has increased to 43 from 29 during the 1970s.
- Approximately 78% of new spinal cord injury cases are male.
- Indirect costs associated with spinal cord injury (such as lost wages fringe benefits, and productivity) average $74,509 per year.
- Direct costs (healthcare and living expenses) range from $359,783 to $1,102,403 in the first year after the injury and from $43,700 to $192,436 each subsequent year.
Types of Spinal Injury and Paralysis
The lowest normal part of the spinal cord is known as the neurological level of the injury. If some motor function or sensory perception remains below that level, spinal cord injury is called incomplete. If all feeling and ability to control movement are lost below the level of the injury, it is called complete. Depending on where the level of the injury is located, paralysis resulting from spinal injury may be referred to as:
- Paraplegia: Paralysis affects all or part of the trunk, the pelvic organs, and the legs.
- Tetraplegia (also known as quadriplegia): The arms, hands, trunk, pelvic organs, and legs are affected with paralysis.
Leading Causes of Spinal Injury and Paralysis
- The leading cause of spinal cord injuries is motor vehicle accidents. Automobile and motorcycle wrecks account for nearly half of all new spinal cord injuries every year.
- Falls are a close second to traffic crashes, accounting for more than 15% of spinal cord injuries. Most spinal cord injuries among people age 65 and older are caused by falls.
- Acts of violence: Violent acts that often involve knife and gunshot wounds account for 12% of spinal cord injuries.
- Sports and recreation: Impact sports, diving in shallow water, and other athletic activities are a common cause of spinal injury.
If your injuries were caused by a negligent party, contact a Gwinnett County spinal injuries and paralysis lawyer with BMW Law Group who can represent you and fight for compensation.
Get In Touch with Our Firm
If you or your loved one has suffered spinal injury and paralysis because of an accident that was someone else’s fault, it is important to pursue the maximum compensation available under the law to cover your medical bills and other losses associated with your injuries. Contact the experts at Bross, McAllister & Williams, LLC as soon as possible to get our team of tough legal advocates on your side. Serving Peachtree Corners, Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Snellville and all of Gwinnett County.