As life progresses, occasional back pain is something that most adults accept as a discomforting part of their reality. However, a spinal cord injury that leads to chronic back pain can be debilitating and force people to pay costly medical bills and lose income opportunities. More severe spinal cord injuries can even lead to paralysis or death. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCSC), there are over 17,000 new spinal cord injuries every year in America. In total, the NSCSC estimates that nearly 300,000 Americans are currently dealing with spinal cord injuries. The prevalence of spinal cord injuries makes them a serious problem facing Pennsylvanians and Americans nationwide.
If you or a loved one recently experienced a spinal cord injury, you may be able to obtain compensation to assist in the medical bills, pain, and loss of ability to earn income associated with spinal cord injuries. You should contact an experienced Erie spinal cord injury attorney. Attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman have over 170 years of combined legal experience to draw from. Combined with their 99.7 success rate, Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman attorneys have the confidence and experience necessary to approach any case with a winning approach.
Spinal cord injuries are a prevalent and serious injury that occurs in Pennsylvania and nationwide. According to the NSCSC, less than one percent of spinal cord injury victims make a full recovery. Nearly half of all spinal cord injury victims since 2015 have experienced some degree of paraplegia. Among those suffering from spinal cord injuries, nearly 30 percent experience rehospitalization. Additionally, victims of spinal cord injuries have a significantly lower life expectancy than those without injuries. Spinal cord injuries are incredibly costly: nearly $75,000 annually.
Employment also suffers greatly from spinal cord injuries. At the time of injury, the NSCS found that around 60 percent of spinal cord injury victims were employed; that number decreases to around just 12 percent during the first year dealing with a spinal cord injury. Over a forty-year period, it was found that employment percentage never recovers above 35 percent.
There are many causes of spinal cord injuries. The five most frequent causes are vehicle accidents, falls, violence, sports, and medical accidents/medical malpractice. Vehicle accidents and falls, both commonly caused by negligence, make up the overwhelming majority of spinal cord injuries: nearly 70 percent. Less than 4 percent of spinal cord injuries are caused by something other than the five listed causes.
If you or a loved one recently experienced a spinal cord injury, you have a lot at stake. With the high annual costs and low employment rates of spinal cord injuries, the security of your financial future is in jeopardy. You should contact an Erie spinal cord injury attorney. With the representation of an experienced attorney, you may receive compensation for your spinal cord injuries that can help prevent long going finical struggles. For a free consultation with a Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman attorney, contact us today.