What Kinds of Accidents Can Cause Spinal Trauma?

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Your spinal cord is a powerful bundle of nerves that runs up and down your back, carrying signals from your brain to your body and back again. Spinal trauma interrupts those signals that tell your body what to do and how to move, and that inform your brain about everything the body encounters through the five senses. Spinal trauma can occur as a result of injuries to the spine that may include motor vehicle accidents, violent assaults, falls, and construction accidents and sports injuries.

The legal team at the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm is here to help victims of spinal trauma get the care and compensation they need in order to recover and regain control of their lives. We take an aggressive approach to fighting on behalf of our clients who have suffered injuries due to another person’s negligence. Our personal injury attorneys in Nashville, Gallatin and Knoxville will fight for your family and your future.

Spinal trauma and injury in the U.S.

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), there are approximately 12,500 new cases of spinal cord injury each year in the United States. There are approximately 276,000 people living with spinal cord injuries in this country. The average age of a person with SCI is 42 and 80 percent of spina cord injury victims are male.

Complete or incomplete spinal cord injury

In a complete spinal injury, there is an absence of sensory and motor functions in the lowest sacral segments of the spine. In an incomplete spinal injury there is some preservation of sensory motor function below the level of the injury including the lowest sacral segments, according to the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) Impairment Scale. Complete tetraplegia (quadriplegia) means that the person with this injury will have no motor function of their arms or legs. People who have paraplegia have sensation and function in all of their upper extremities.

The NCISC reports that incomplete tetraplegia is currently the most frequent neurological category of spinal trauma, accounting for 40 percent or all injuries. The next most frequent category of spinal injury is incomplete paraplegia at 21 percent, complete paraplegia at 20 percent and complete tetraplegia at 14 percent.

Consequences of spinal trauma

People who have suffered spinal cord injuries are often re-hospitalized at least one or more times a year following their injury with an average stay of 22 days. They are more prone to skin diseases, respiratory, digestive circulatory and musculoskeletal diseases after having suffered spinal trauma.

The average yearly health expenses and living expenses directly attributable to SCI vary according to the individual’s level of neurological impairment and their level of education and pre-injury employment history. Without factoring other circumstances such as wage losses, lost productivity and diminished earning capacity, the average annual indirect cost for a person living with spinal cord injury was $71,961 per year in 2014 dollars. (See NSCISC research for more information.)

In addition to how a spinal cord injury will impact a person’s health and finances, it takes a terrible toll on their life and relationships. Individuals with spinal cord injuries suffer emotional trauma and depression. Taking all of these factors into consideration is how the experienced legal team at the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm helps clients to obtain the maximum compensation possible for their injuries. We hold those who are responsible accountable for our clients’ injuries, and we fight aggressively to protect our clients’ rights.

Let us fight for your rights today

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, look to the Nashville personal injury law team at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm. We are here to help. You may call us at, 888-619-4765 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay any attorney fees until we win a settlement for you. We have offices in Nashville, Gallatin and Knoxville to better serve you.