More than 11,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year in the United States, with many experiencing severe chronic pain, paralysis and death.
The cause is generally trauma, a sudden blow or impact to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae. The largest number of spinal cord injuries occur in auto accidents, which account for roughly 47 percent of all spinal cord injuries. Falls (23 percent), violence (14 percent) and sports (9 percent) also account for a large number of spinal cord injuries, according to one study.
In many cases, the injury is the fault of another, whether the driver of a car or truck, a defective product or a neglected or hazardous property. When such a problem exists, the victim of a spinal cord injury may have a legal claim.
Kline & Specter, with more than 35 attorneys (five of whom are also highly regarded doctors), has broad expertise and experience in pursuing such claims. Our law firm, based in Philadelphia and serving the Pennsylvania - New Jersey - Delaware region, has produced incredible results in a large number of personal injury cases. (See our Major Victories.)
If you or someone you know has suffered a spinal cord injury, you may want to contact a spinal cord lawyer for a free evaluation of your case.
The law firm has had success with several spinal cord injury cases, including winning a $30 million settlement in a case in which a girl sustained severe and permanent injuries from a rear seat lap belt in a motor vehicle accident. Another case resulted in a substantial confidential settlement for a young man who was left confined to a wheelchair in another lap belt injury suffered in an auto accident.
Injury to the spinal cord, which consists of a bundle of nerves that runs from the base of the brain and down the back, can result in loss of sensation and movement, including paralysis of all four limbs, or quadriplegia, and paralysis of the lower half of the body, paraplegia. Victims tend to have shorter lifespans.
Other health problems include bladder and bowel complications, inability to regulate blood pressure, reduced control of body temperature, chronic pain and increased susceptibility to respiratory disease.
Most spinal cord injury victims are men, nearly 80 percent, and generally are younger, with an average age of about 37. However, studies show that more women have experienced spine injuries in recent years and victims have included more older people injured in falls.