Recently, supporters worked to raise nearly $8,000 to assist a South Georgia man paralyzed in a car accident. Supporters are working hard to raise additional funds so as to help this avid outdoorsman return to nature. They hope to raise $13,000 to buy a track chair that would allow him to go into the woods and hunt.
At Montlick and Associates, our car accident lawyers understand the devastating nature of a spinal cord injury. We have assisted a number of clients who found themselves paralyzed after a car accident and unable to return to life as they knew it. These accident victims require the assistance of a knowledgable attorney to obtain the compensation they need to heal from the accident.
About Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury results from trauma to the spinal cord itself or the vertebrae, vessels, or soft tissues surrounding it. Any injury that directly impacts the spinal cord can cause, among others:
- Paralysis or the loss of function and sensation
- Difficulty breathing
- Sexual dysfunction
- Bladder or bowel dysfunction
- Inability to regulate blood pressure
- Paralysis occurring below the point of injury on the spine. Spinal cord injuries can generally be divided into high or low injuries, which refers to where they are on the spinal cord. Such injuries can also be complete or incomplete, meaning that some function remains or the accident victim has no function or sensation below the injury point.
A high spinal cord injury can result in paralysis to the trunk, arms, legs, chest, or pelvic organs. Those who experience this injury are often referred to as quadriplegic or tetraplegic. A low spinal cord injury can cause paraplegia, which is the loss of function in all or part of the legs and pelvic organs.
Car accidents are one of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries. The force of a car accident, which will often jerk the victim’s body back and forth, can result in serious injury to the spinal cord. Other common causes of spinal cord injuries include accidents involving motorcycles, trucks, bicycles, boats, slip and falls, and sports accidents.
The lifetime medical and living costs for a victim with a spinal cord injury can total in the millions, dependent upon the severity of the injury and the victim’s specific needs. When combined with other losses, including lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, and other emotional damages, it becomes clear that the losses associated with this catastrophic type of injury are tremendous.