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Nobody can really understand the extent to which a spinal cord injury can change lives, not just for the person who is suffering from one, but for their entire families. Do you know where to turn if you or a loved one have sustained a spinal cord injury that was caused by another person?

At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our qualified legal team will work with you to secure the compensation you need in the aftermath of an incident like this. We know your needs extend beyond medical expenses, so let us help when you need a Bellevue spinal cord injury attorney.

How Spinal Cord Injuries Happen

We are going to bring you some staggering statistics from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. First, we need to look at the main causes of spinal cord injuries:

  • Vehicle Accidents – 38%
  • Falls – 30.5%
  • Violence – 13.5%
  • Sport and Recreation Accidents – 9%
  • Medical or Surgical Mistakes – 5%

When you look at that list, you can see just how many different ways people can sustain these injuries. Everyone is vulnerable. In fact, more people than you think are hurt each year. There are approximately 17,000 new spinal cord injuries a year. In this country, there are around 282,000 people living with spinal cord injuries. Many of them happened due to the negligence of an individual, agency, or company.

Many Levels Of Injuries

Here is a basic overview of the levels of spinal cord injuries:

  • 45% partial quadriplegia (partial paralysis of all limbs)
  • 21.3% partial paraplegia (partial paralysis of lower limbs)
  • 20% complete paraplegia (complete loss of function for lower limbs)
  • 13.3% complete quadriplegia (complete loss of function for all limbs)

The costs for treating these injuries depends on the level but is always expensive. For the first year of medical care alone, a person is looking at a range of $346,896 to over $1 million dollars. Each year after the first is still expensive, ranging from $42,256 to $185,111.

What most people do not talk about, and what insurance companies tend to ignore, are the hidden costs of spinal cord injuries. We are talking about:

  • Lost income and benefits of the person injured
  • Lost income and benefits of a family member if they become a caregiver
  • Home and vehicle accommodations (wheelchair ramps, accessible vehicles, doorway widening)
  • Travel expenses to hospitals and rehabilitation centers

Over the course of a spinal cord injury victim’s lifetime, they are likely to be hospitalized with other illnesses and have a lower lifespan than those without a similar injury.

After Something Like This

In the aftermath of a spinal cord injury, your focus needs to be on healing and being with family. The process of rebuilding your life around a new normal is hard, so you need to find someone to help. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our qualified and experienced team will step in and work to secure the following:

  • Coverage of medical expenses
  • Lost wages and benefits
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Punitive damages

We know that the full costs of these injuries rarely get covered. When you need a Bellevue spinal cord injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 800-529-0842.

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