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Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) can be devastating, often resulting from personal injury accidents like falls or vehicle collisions. These injuries lead to severe physical and emotional distress and are accompanied by substantial financial costs.

A 2022 review highlighted these expenses, revealing that the cost of care in the first year after an SCI can range between $32,240 and $1,156,400, with inpatient rehabilitation costs alone ranging from $19,360 to $443,040. The ongoing yearly care costs range from $4,490 to $251,450.

If you’ve sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI) due to someone else’s negligence, a Cleveland personal injury attorney from Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy can assist you in securing compensation for medical expenses and supporting your recovery. We strive to provide the financial relief you need and hold the responsible party accountable.

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Why Choose Our Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers?

When dealing with the aftermath of an SCI, you need an experienced legal team that can provide qualified support and representation. At Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, our firm has been helping injury victims since 1928, establishing a legacy of compassion, excellence, and legal skill.

Our committed team has successfully obtained more than $1 billion in settlements for our clients and will work diligently to secure the recovery award you deserve. Examples of our SCI verdicts include:

  • $3 million for a woman who suffered from medical negligence and missed diagnosis in Ohio, resulting in a severe SCI and paralysis.
  • $1.7 million for a family who lost their father due to SCI complications from a car accident.
  • $4.1 million for an injured construction worker who was paralyzed from the chest down after falling 25 feet due to unsafe working conditions.

Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries

SCIs range in severity, with various long-term effects, rehabilitation needs, and impacts on daily life. There are nearly 12,500 new SCIs each year in the U.S., with many SCIs requiring at least 11 days in acute care. The table below explains SCI categories, along with accompanying medical needs and complications:

SCI CategoryDescriptionMedical NeedsEffects On Quality of Life
Incomplete Tetraplegia45% of cases. Incomplete paralysis affecting all four limbs to varying degrees.Physical, occupational, and possibly speech therapyRegular consultations with neurologists and spinal injury specialistsManagement of respiratory function if affectedRetains some motor and sensory functions, offering hope for recovery but often leading to emotional challenges and a need for psychological support.
Incomplete Paraplegia21% of SCI cases, partial paralysis affecting the lower parts of the body.Continuous physical therapy focusing on strengthening and mobilityManagement of secondary conditions like bladder and bowel dysfunctionRoutine monitoring for skin integrityAllows for self-care and some mobility; adaptation involves emotional adjustments and potential social isolation.
Complete Paraplegia20% of SCIs complete paralysis of the lower half of the body.Intensive upper body strength and function trainingMonitoring for pressure sores and circulatory issuesRehabilitation to enhance independence using a wheelchairPermanent wheelchair use necessitates major life adaptations, with ongoing physical discomfort and emotional effects.
Complete Tetraplegia14% of SCI cases complete paralysis of all four limbs.Use of adaptive technologies for mobility and communicationAggressive management of respiratory care and prevention of infectionsComprehensive support for daily life adjustmentsTotal dependence on caregivers, altering lifestyle and personal relationships, with significant psychological support needed.

Seeking Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries

If another party is responsible for your injuries, our attorneys can help you pursue fair compensation. We begin by thoroughly investigating the accident to determine liability by analyzing any evidence of negligence, such as lack of proper safety equipment at a construction site or reckless driving at a red light, to identify responsibility.

We use evidence like witness statements, surveillance footage, and police reports to build a strong case for you. Then, we negotiate with insurers to secure a fair settlement. We review your medical records and obtain expert assessments of your SCI to ensure your compensation covers all current and future costs, including:

  • Medical expenses covering hospital stays, surgeries, medications, and ongoing medical treatments.
  • Costs for physical and occupational therapy and other forms of rehabilitation.
  • Lost wages and loss of earning capacity to compensate for current and future income lost due to the injury.
  • Monetary relief for physical pain and discomfort resulting from the injury.
  • Compensation for psychological impacts such as anxiety, depression, and trauma.
  • Funds compensating you for the inability to engage in leisure activities and a reduced quality of life.

We ensure timely filing within Ohio’s personal injury statute of limitations, submitting your case within two years of the accident. If your SCI results from medical malpractice, we file within the one-year deadline.

How Our Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys Can Help You

Our spinal cord injury attorneys are committed to offering compassionate support and professional legal guidance. We provide the following services to ensure your needs are fully met:

  • Free Consultation: Start your journey with a free case evaluation to explore your legal options and potential strategies moving forward.
  • Thorough Investigation: Our team gathers and examines evidence to strengthen your claim, ensuring every detail is accounted for.
  • Expert Collaboration: We collaborate with medical specialists and expert witnesses to thoroughly detail the effects and expenses associated with your SCI.
  • Aggressive Representation: We advocate aggressively to protect your interests when negotiating settlements or representing you in court.
  • Continuous Guidance and Support: We provide unwavering support and guidance from your initial consultation to resolving your case.

Contact a Cleveland Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation

If you’re dealing with a spinal cord injury resulting from a car accident, workplace injury, or another type of personal injury, get the compassionate and experienced legal representation you deserve.

Our team at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy has the experience and proven track record to advocate powerfully on your behalf and obtain the financial assistance necessary for adapting to your new circumstances. Reach out to us today for a complimentary case review.