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It's well known that spinal cord injuries can heavily impact victims and their loved ones with life-altering challenges. No one should have to endure chronic pain and the added financial stress that comes with it. Whether caused by playing sports, a car accident, or a work injury, it's essential to acknowledge the advantages a spinal cord injury claim can provide in improving your quality of life.

As experienced Phoenix spinal cord injury lawyers, we will tirelessly investigate the cause of your injury and hold those responsible accountable. At Viper Law Group, we work with a network of experts to assess your current and future needs, including medical care, therapy, and financial resources. We are dedicated to helping you navigate the complex legal landscape and get your life back on an upbeat track. Be sure to call us today for a free consultation to discuss your options and start the journey toward recovery.

Prevalent Causes of Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) can result from traumatic incidents like car crashes or health conditions like cancer or spinal disc degeneration. A significant majority of SCI cases, up to 90%, are due to traumatic causes. However, the number of non-traumatic spinal cord injuries is increasing. The impact of SCIs varies and can range from partial to complete loss of the use of limbs, torso, and other vital functions such as breathing, heart rate, and bladder control. The severity of the injury determines the extent of the impact.

Here are the most common causes of spinal cord injuries:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents: Back and vehicular accidents, such as car crashes and motorcycle accidents, often cause spinal cord injuries. These types of incidents account for a significant portion, nearly half, of all spinal injuries annually. The intense forces involved in a car accident can result in a spinal fracture or even sever the spine. Additionally, improper use or malfunction of seat belts can contribute to spinal cord injuries. The use and proper functioning of seat belts are crucial in preventing spinal cord injuries.

  • Bad Falls: A fall can result in a spinal cord fracture, leading to paralysis. Falls are a leading cause of back and spinal cord injuries, accounting for over 15% of such injuries. Dangerous falls from high places, such as scaffolds, ladders, roofs, escalators, or stairs, can cause permanent spinal damage. Older adults, those over 65 years of age, are particularly at risk of suffering a spinal cord injury from a slip and fall. Other common falls resulting from spinal injuries occur at construction sites, workplaces, and in hazardous accidents. Property owners have a responsibility to prevent fall accidents.

  • Sports and Recreational Activities: Violent collisions in contact sports, like football, can lead to fractures in the neck or back. Sports that involve impacts, like football or hockey, contribute to approximately 10% of back and spinal injuries. Even diving accidents can result in severe spinal cord injuries if not executed in deep enough water.

  • Medical malpractice: During a surgical procedure, a negligent surgeon could sever a nerve or cause internal harm that results in a spinal cord injury. The hospital may also be at fault for improper hygiene, leading to dangerous infections. Medical malpractice can exacerbate spinal cord damage caused by accidents, including surgical mistakes, paramedic or EMT negligence, faulty epidurals, misdiagnosis, and inadequate or delayed treatment.

  • Violent actions: Spinal cord damage caused by intentional violence, such as gunshot or knife wounds, can have devastating and permanent consequences. Such violence accounts for roughly 12% of all back and spinal injuries. In these cases, the responsible party could be held civilly liable, whether the attacker or a property owner failed to provide proper security.

  • Spinal cord diseases: Spinal cord injuries can be caused by various diseases, including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Degenerative Disc Disease, tumors, infections, meningitis, autoimmune diseases, and inflammatory conditions.

What Factors Affect an SCI Claim?

The value of a spinal cord injury (SCI) claim can vary significantly based on various factors. The extent of the damage plays a key role in determining the case's value, with those experiencing permanent paralysis generally eligible for higher compensation compared to those who will make a full recovery. 

Other factors, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and the victim's age, health, life expectancy, and prior income, also contribute to the overall value of the claim. Additionally, the defendant's actions or misconduct, the strength of evidence against them, and the proficiency of the plaintiff's legal representation can also impact the final value of the case.

Contact a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney in Phoenix

At Viper Law Group, we empathize with the devastating impact that spinal cord injuries can have on individuals and their families. Our experienced Phoenix attorneys are dedicated to fighting for your rights and securing the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation with a knowledgeable spinal cord injury lawyer.

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