According to statistics from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
(AANS), about 11,000 people are hospitalized for spinal cord injuries
(SCI) each year in the U.S. Usually, an SCI is caused by external trauma
to the spine that damages the vertebrae, which, in turn, causes damage
to the spinal cord tissue. As a consequence, the spinal cord cannot relay
messages from the brain to the body’s systems below the level of
injury. Subsequently, a person’s motor and sensory functions are
affected, either temporarily, or, permanently, depending on the injury’s
severity. Though some SCI victims make an almost complete recovery, many
are left with permanent disability or even die.
The leading causes of spinal cord injuries are motor-vehicle accidents,
falls, sports, recreational activities, and assault. A spinal cord injury
caused by any of the aforementioned events may be considered incomplete
or complete. An incomplete SCI still allows for some function below the
level of injury. On the other hand, a complete spinal cord injury results
in loss of all functions below the level of injury. In either case, an
SCI victim could require years of medical treatment and rehabilitative services.
Suffering a spinal cord injury, even if it is less severe, can incur extensive
medical costs, as well as create undue emotional and psychological hardships for the
victim and their family. Even with adequate insurance coverage, a victim
may find themselves without the money they need to recover.
At Shook & Stone, our experienced Las Vegas
spinal cord injury lawyers have successfully recovered compensation on behalf of SCI victims,
whose injuries were caused by the negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing
of others. If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury in
Nevada, our attorneys can help you hold at-fault parties accountable for
the losses and damages they’ve caused. To find out more about your
legal rights and options, call us today for a free consultation at (888) 662-2013.