Canadian and American researchers have concluded that decompression surgery to help those that have suffered a traumatic upper spinal cord injury should be performed as soon as possible after the accident. In fact, the study found that those who had surgery within 24 hours of the injury had twice the chance to improve their neurological recovery than those who were operated on later, according to cbcca.com.
Typical Spinal Cord Injury in Car Accidents
The spinal cord is encased within thirty three vertebrae that go from the base of the skull to the tailbone. However, this study concentrated on the seven vertebrae that normally conform the cervical spine. Traumas to the cervical spine (neck area) account for approximately 30% of the spinal cord injuries suffered by quadriplegic patients.
Although these high level spine injuries commonly occur in sports injury patients, they are also typical of falls and motor vehicle accidents. Almost 20 percent of the patients who underwent surgery within 24 hours of their injury showed marked improvement versus 9 percent of those for whom surgery was delayed. The goal of surgery in these cases is to reduce pressure on the spinal cord, something that the latest surgical techniques and advances in anesthesia have made surgeons more amenable to do these days.
Victims Also Need A Lawyer Immediately After A Spinal Cord Injury
Why, you may ask yourself, would victims of spinal cord injuries need an attorney as soon as possible after the accident? The answer is simple: to recover the funds to pay for medical expenses, including the immediate surgery suggested above, as well as monies to pay for the extensive rehabilitation and aftercare required, the lost wages, the home modifications, etc. Even if a victim has health insurance, many of the treatments and care are either not covered or have limited coverage.
The insurance companies of those responsible for the injury usually will not voluntarily disburse the funds necessary for the victim’s recovery and daily support. The victims will need a law firm experienced in the handling of these matters to bring suit on their behalf and force those insurance carriers to pay. Please note that rehabilitation and daily support means that victims may be entitled to money for their past and future medical bills, as well as for their pain, suffering, mental anguish and lost wages. Similarly, spinal cord injuries may require a lifetime of future medical care that will likely cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, including physical therapy, pain medications, hospital care and sometimes, modifications to the home.
Our Firm Can Help
With more than 60 years of combined experience, the lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano are ready to help victims that have suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident, a motorcycle accident, a tractor-trailer accident, an accident at an amusement park or any other kind of accident caused by someone else’s negligence recover the compensation they may be entitled to for their rehabilitation therapy and daily expenses. Please visit the Notable Cases section of our website to familiarize yourself with the cases we handle.
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If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident, a motorcycle accident, a tractor-trailer accident, an accident at an amusement park or any other kind of accident, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. The Miami Dade County Spinal Cord Injuries Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have throughout the years represented many clients involved in serious motor vehicle accidents that have caused spinal cord injuries. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.