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.