Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) can be life-altering. According to data from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center’s (NSCISC) 2018 SCI Data Sheet, there are about 17,700 new spinal cord injury cases each year and around 288,000 people currently living with SCI in the U.S.
Spinal cord injuries in Florida can vary greatly depending on the location and completeness of the injury.
The section of the spinal cord closest to the top, connecting to the brain. Injuries in this portion of the spinal cord are the most limiting.
The middle portion of the spinal cord. Injuries at this level typically leave SCI survivors with control over their arms, but not their legs.
This portion of the spinal cord is located in the lower back. Injuries at this level often cause a loss of control over the legs and bladder.
Injuries in this area may be classified as either complete or incomplete. Complete injuries indicate a full severing of the spinal cord, completely isolating the nerves at the site of the break from the rest of the spinal cord and preventing function below the injury site. Incomplete spinal cord injuries indicate a partial break, with some nerves still being connected below the injury site. An incomplete spinal cord injury is typically less limiting than a complete injury at the same level of the spinal cord.
Regardless of the cause, spinal cord injuries can incur massive expenses for treatment—easily reaching millions of dollars over the lifetime of the SCI survivor. Injuries to the cervical portion of the spine can be especially expensive to treat. Aside from treatment, many SCI survivors will need to make significant changes to their living space to accommodate their new limitations—changes that will be costly.
On top of the monetary costs, many spinal cord injuries lead to a severely reduced quality of life and average life expectancy. So, when an SCI is caused by someone else’s negligence, it is only natural to seek compensation.
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