Gillette Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
Did a Violent Crash or Fall Damage Your Spine?
There’s no such thing as a minor spine injury. A functioning spinal cord is essential to a healthy, active lifestyle, and what you think is a temporary injury could be a sign that something serious is wrong with you, or leave you susceptible to a repeat injury in the future.
At Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., we know that a spinal cord injury (SCI) can happen at any time: in an automobile accident, at the workplace, or due to a fall. Your spinal column can be damaged whenever you suffer a severe impact to your body, but the symptoms may not be obvious right away, so you should get medical help as soon as possible.
Because of the price tag that comes with treating an SCI, insurance companies will do whatever they can to avoid paying for the accident. That’s why you need to consult an experienced Gillette personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Call our Gillette office today at (307) 257-7800 to schedule a free consultation.
How Common Are Spinal Injuries?
Every year, Wyoming residents suffer severe, life-altering impairments to their spine. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, there are approximately 40 new SCIs per one million people every year. This translates to more than 12,000 cases annually in the United States.
Right now, there are as many as 337,000 people living with a spinal cord injury in America, and only about a third of those people are able to return to work afterward.
What Causes Most Spinal Cord Injuries?
You are most likely to suffer an SCI in a car crash. They account for 38% of all spinal cord injuries in the U.S. This should come as no surprise, since the violent impact in a crash can do a lot of damage, from giving you whiplash to breaking your bones. Drivers who don’t wear a seat belt are at increased risk, but sometimes, defective seatbelts and airbags are the cause of the spinal injury.
The second most common cause of SCIs is falling from a height, and it’s more likely to happen to laborers, contractors, and other employees in dangerous industries. Acts of violence and sport injuries round out the list, except in Wyoming.
We’re known as the Cowboy State, after all, and horses are a huge part of our culture. Unfortunately, riding horses can be a dangerous pastime, especially for newbies or people who have to ride on a daily basis, like wranglers or rodeo performers. It’s what happened to Christopher Reeve, and it’s a much bigger risk for Wyomingites compared to people in other states.
What Happens If You Suffer a Spinal Cord Injury?
Any hit or blow to your spinal cord can be disabling, leaving you partially or completely paralyzed for the rest of your life. For a person to live with a spinal cord injury, and possibly even continue working, he or she might require full or part-time nursing care, and special equipment like wheelchairs, elevators, vans, and ramps. You’ll also need to see medical specialists, and will likely require all kinds of medication.
As you can see, treating a spinal care injury is expensive. That’s why, if another person caused your accident, you need an experienced Gillette personal injury attorney. At Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., we’ll work with you to make sure you are covered for your future medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. We’ll make sure you have the money you need, and that the person or company that caused your accident is held accountable. Call us at (307) 257-7800 to schedule a free evaluation.
- Spine Injuries and Disorders | MedlinePlus
- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases - NIH
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