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Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit

Every year in the U.S., close to 18,000 people sustain a spinal cord injury (SCI) – one of the most serious types of catastrophic injury. This figure breaks down to 48 spinal cord injuries every day.  

Trauma to the cervical spinal cord vertebra is associated with loss of function in the arms and legs, a condition known as quadriplegia. Injury to the thoracic vertebra can result in paraplegia, paralysis of the lower extremities that may include the abdomen, legs, feet, and toes. The most debilitating spinal cord injury affects systems that regulate breathing, blood pressure, heart rate, and bladder/bowel control. 

Costs of spinal cord injuries 

About one-third of spinal cord injury victims are re-hospitalized at least once a year after their accident, with hospital stays averaging 20 days. Needless to say, the cost of medical care and long-term rehabilitation is astronomical. By recent estimates, the lifetime costs for a 25-year-old living with a spinal cord injury runs between $1,500,000 and $4,600,000.  

California law allows catastrophic injury victims to recover monetary damages when evidence shows their harm was caused by the negligent actions of another. Successful litigation can help ease the hardships of hospital bills, surgery fees, physical therapists, and other costs that can undermine one’s financial security.  

Ellis Law’s team of accident lawyers leverages 25 years of experience successfully litigating catastrophic injury claims involving spinal cord injury, paralysis, and long-term disability. Our seasoned trial attorneys know how to maximize the value of your spinal cord injury lawsuit, and take pride in offering clients compassionate, attentive service through each phase of the litigation process.  

Prevalent causes of spinal injuries 

The following are the primary causes of traumatic spinal cord injury – injuries that do not stem from disease, age, or infection. 

  • Motor vehicle accidents – severe trauma to the spinal cord is common in rollover accidents, which mostly affect the cervical vertebra 
  • Falls – Slips, trips and falls account for 31 percent of all spinal cord injuries. These often take place on public property, at work sites, amusement parks, and swimming pools. People aged 65 and older are most susceptible  
  • Recreational sporting accidents – In terms of sporting accidents, football has the highest rate of cervical spine injuries. Rugby, surfing and horseback riding are also linked to a greater risk of SCI.  
  • Acts of violence – gunshot wounds or blunt force trauma  
  • Medical mistakes – errors during surgical procedures that compromise or injure the spinal cord 
  • Faulty products – For example, a defective airbag that failed to inflate during a car accident 

Taking legal action after an SCI 

The consequences of an SCI depend on the location and severity of the spinal cord injury. In addition to varying degrees of paralysis, victims may suffer from genitourinary system diseases, as well as digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and musculoskeletal issues. 

Spinal injury lawsuits entail complex medical and legal issues, underscoring the need to choose your legal counsel carefully. Andrew Ellis is a highly respected catastrophic injury lawyer who has recovered more than a quarter-billion dollars on behalf of clients during his career. 

In addition to providing staunch advocacy and compassionate support to spinal cord injury victims, Ellis Law collaborates with top-tier industry experts, to ensure past, current and future losses are properly assessed and compensated.  

How much is a spinal cord injury case worth? 

In light of the life-long disabilities caused by severe spinal injuries, the potential for a large settlement or verdict is high. Of course, each case is unique and compensation is awarded based on the following factors: 

  • The age of the plaintiff at the time of injury 
  • Past, current and anticipated medical care expenses 
  • Rehabilitation costs 
  • Medical equipment or devices 
  • Loss of wages and future earnings 
  • Pain and emotional suffering 
  • Loss of enjoyment of life 

Experienced legal advocacy from Ellis Law 

The knowledge and expertise of your attorney can make a major difference in the outcome of your spinal cord injury claim. Whether hurt on the job, in an auto accident, or in some other capacity, you can reach out to a Los Angeles accident lawyer at Ellis Law to help you get the compensation you deserve. 

Call today to schedule a free, no-obligation catastrophic injury lawsuit review. Our firm operates on a no-win, no-fee basis, so there are no upfront costs!