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The Life Changing Consequences of a Spinal Cord Injury

April 26, 2011

A serious auto accident can permanently change one’s life in fundamental and monumental ways. When a car accident victim suffers a serious spinal cord injury, the simple pleasures of walking hand-in-hand with one’s spouse or providing a piggyback ride to one’s child can be lost forever. There are approximately 20,000 spinal injuries in the U.S. every year.

It is estimated that 52 percent of these injuries result in someone becoming a paraplegic and 47 percent leave the injury victim a quadriplegic. Most of the people injured are males with the average age of a spinal cord victim being 31.

The most common causes of serious spinal cord injuries include the following:

  • Vehicle Accidents 37%
  • Violence 28%
  • Falls 21%
  • Sports-related 6%
  • Other causes 8%

The long-term medical and rehabilitative cost of a serious spinal cord injury can range from $500,000 to more than $3,000,000 during the injury victim’s lifetime. This does not even include the costs associated with permanent disability and the need for lifelong assistance, or the incredible loss of enjoyment of life that one derives from full use of one’s body. If a person suffers a serious spinal cord injury in a Georgia auto accident, one’s prognosis for as normal a life as possible may be significantly impacted by choosing an experienced Georgia car crash attorney who will obtain the best possible financial result to compensate you to the extent possible for your staggering emotional, physical and financial loss.

The types of damages that can be awarded in a spinal cord injury case, besides these staggering medical costs, include but are not limited to the following:

  • Loss of Income and Future Earning Capacity

The loss of your future lifetime earnings as a result of no longer being able to work at all or in the same capacity can be extremely significant. Our experienced spinal cord accident attorneys typically use vocational experts and economic experts who can help a jury understand the extent of your economic loss.

  • Life Care Costs

Many people who suffer from spinal cord injuries need to be cared for by multiple people for the rest of their lives. We often use life planners who explain to a jury the nature of your future needs and associated costs.

  • Pain and Suffering/Loss of Enjoyment of Life

People who assess this type of loss to one’s life are called damage experts. They use economic studies to quantify the percentage by which your quality of life has been diminished. We may also use video and pictures that show a jury what your life was like before the accident and how your activities and interaction with your family will be affected after the accident. This type of damage can often be as high as or exceed your lost past and future income.

Our experienced Georgia spinal cord accident attorneys know that when you suffer a permanent and seriously debilitating injury that you need a law firm that understands the devastating impact of a spinal cord injury on a car accident victim’s life. We work diligently so that a jury or the other driver’s insurance company has a clear understanding of how your life has been impacted so that they can appreciate the magnitude of your loss.

Our experienced Georgia spinal cord car accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Personal Injury

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