A spinal cord injury is a devastating event. It changes the victim’s life in ways only those unlucky enough to have suffered one know. Things that we are able to do as a matter of course in our daily lives turn into almost insurmountable tasks: from moving around the house, to reaching for an object placed in a cabinet above our head, or simply using the bathroom for our most basic necessities. And then there’s the cost of surgery, rehabilitation therapy and making our house user friendly for someone with such disabilities…
Common Athletic Injury, Very Common Car Accident Injury
According to nwi.com, about eight percent of the 11,000 spinal cord injuries that occur in the United States every year are related to sports. Of course, some sports are more dangerous than others. Among the most dangerous sports for these kinds of injuries are football, gymnastics and horse back riding. We all remember the case of actor Christopher Reeves, who was paralyzed for the rest of his life after falling from a horse and became one of the most recognized figures promoting research to find a cure.
Other less famous (and more recent) cases include Tulane’s safety Devon Walker, who injured his cervical spine ten days ago when he collided with a fellow teammate while trying to tackle a Tulsa receiver. He underwent surgery to stabilize his spine a day after the injury, but has not showed any signs of recovery yet.
Some victims of sports related injuries to the spinal cord are more fortunate: such is the case of Luther College defensive back Chris Norton who suffered an injury similar to that of Walker two years ago and also underwent stabilization surgery the day after his accident. Immediately after his surgery and while he was still under the effects of anesthesia, Norton’s family was told that he had less than 3 percent chance of ever regaining any movement in any of his limbs. However, he was able to move both arms as soon as he woke up from the anesthesia and his toes within two months of surgery. He recently started walking by himself with the help of a walker.
Very Expensive Proposition
The average first year cost for treating a spinal cord injury is $200,000.00. As stated before, spinal cord injuries are common among some athletes (gymnasts, jockeys and especially football players among others), but far more common among accident victims, especially motor vehicle accident victims. Statistics show that 40 percent of all the spinal cord injuries that occur each year in this country are related to motor vehicle accidents, far more than those related to sports.
Regardless of the cause of the injury, all these victims have common tribulations and trials they must go through in order to bring what little degree of normalcy their specific injury allows to their lives. However, while victims injured playing organized sports typically have some kind of insurance that their athletic programs provide for participants, accident victims largely depend on the insurance policies of those whose negligent actions caused their injuries. Needless to say that funds from the wrongdoers’ insurance policies will not be very forthcoming unless their insurance companies are forced to pay by a lawyer that knows how to handle these cases from inception.
And here is where we come in. The lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have the experience necessary to help accident victims recover the funds they need for the rehabilitation therapy, for their pain and suffering and even for their lost wages.
The Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help
The lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have more than 75 years of combined experience helping victims of spinal cord injuries resulting from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, accidents at amusement parks or any other kind of accident caused by someone else’s negligence recover the compensation that may be owed to them. Throughout the years, the Miami Dade County Car Accidents Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, have represented many clients involved in serious motor vehicle accidents that have caused spinal cord injuries.
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. Please visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.