Every year in the United States alone, more than 17,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center1. This means that up to 350,000 people are currently living in the country with some sort of spinal cord injury that affects the way they live.
These numbers only show a broad view of the hundreds of thousands of people with an injury to the spine. To each and every one of those individuals, the injuries can be devastating.
Injuries to the spinal cord are often untreatable. Victims are left with permanent, lifelong disabilities that can affect every aspect of their life, from walking and talking to controlling their bladder and maintaining blood pressure.
Because the injuries are irreparable, the financial burden on victims and their families can be catastrophic. But, if the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior, a victim may be able to file a lawsuit to hold the individual or organization accountable and receive compensation.
Find out more about spinal cord injuries and how a lawyer can help.