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According to the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Washington State, there are approximately 17,000 new spinal cord injury cases per year. Spinal cord injuries may result in a number of symptoms including the inability to walk or move limbs, loss of feeling, pain, muscle spasms, incontinence, infertility, and respiratory problems. Our Kent spinal cord injury attorneys understand the disruption, devastation, and financial distress that a spinal cord injury can bring to a family because we have represented many spinal cord injury victims and their families throughout our years of practice.

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else’s fault, you and your family deserve to be compensated for your resulting injuries and damages. Our attorneys are experienced, compassionate, and aggressive, which is why we have been successful in securing financial recoveries for our clients who have suffered spinal cord injuries.

Causes of spinal cord injuries

The vast majority of spinal cord injuries are caused by trauma related to one of the following types of accidents:

  • Motor vehicle accidents – Approximately 38% of spinal cord injuries are sustained by pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and motor vehicle occupants involved in motor vehicle accidents.
  • Falls – Falls, especially falls from several stories high, cause approximately 31% of spinal cord injuries.
  • Violence –Violence, especially gunshot wounds and assaults, is the third most common cause of spinal cord injuries.
  • Sports – Football and other contact sports are known to cause spinal cord injuries.
  • Medical – Spinal cord injuries can result from back surgeries and other medical procedures.

Costs associated with spinal cord injuries

Most spinal cord injuries are irreversible and will require lifelong assistance and treatment. Because of this, spinal cord injuries are very expensive. The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation provides that the lifetime costs associated with spinal cord injuries will fall somewhere between $1.1M and $4.7M.These costs may include:

  • Long-term medical treatment, rehabilitation, and therapy.
  • Mobility aids such as wheelchairs and other equipment.
  • A new vehicle with adaptive equipment.
  • Home modifications to accommodate your needs such as wheelchair accessible bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Sometimes home modifications are not feasible and a new home is required.
  • Fertility treatments
  • In-home care

Financial recovery

Often spinal cord injury victims are not able to work or their earning capacity is significantly reduced due to their disability and this only adds to the financial stress related to the long-term costs of their injuries. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be entitled to compensation that includes pain and suffering, medical bills, future medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, loss of consortium, disability, and mental anguish.

Our Kent spinal cord injury attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC know you are suffering and we want to help you secure the financial recovery that you and your family need and deserve. We will help you value your claim, negotiate with insurance companies, and take your case to trial when it is necessary to see that you are fully and fairly compensated for your injuries and damages.

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