Cash, Krugler & Fredericks

Spinal Cord Injury

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Cash, Krugler & Fredericks, specializes in representing individuals who have suffered spinal cord injuries in accidents or collisions. The firm has successfully handled cases involving herniated discs, which may require surgery, to severed spines resulting in compete paralysis. Our attorneys are intimately familiar with the issues that arise with the diagnosis and treatment of spinal cord injuries, and the related legal issues of proving our clients’ damages.

The National Institutes of Health defines a spinal cord Injury as an injury that is caused by “a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates the vertebrae. The damage begins at the moment of injury when displaced bone fragments, disc material, or ligaments bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue. Most injuries to the spinal cord don’t completely sever it. Instead, an injury is more likely to cause fractures and compression of the vertebrae, which then crush and destroy axons — extensions of nerve cells that carry signals up and down the spinal cord between the brain and the rest of the body. An injury to the spinal cord can damage a few, many, or almost all of these axons. Some injuries will allow almost complete recovery. Others will result in complete paralysis.” According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the United States every year. Forty percent of spinal cord injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents and another 28% are caused by falls.

Needless to say, spinal cord Injuries are devastating and can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life, as well as his or her family’s life. The treatment and care involved can be intensive, invasive and expensive. According to the Center for Disease Control, the average annual medical cost for a spinal cord injury is between $15,000 and $30,000 per year. Of course, the cost for those individuals with profound spinal cord injuries that involve partial or complete paralysis is significantly higher. Such individuals often require full-time nursing care, specialized equipment and vehicles, rehabilitation and modifications to their homes. The costs of these expenses can run into the millions.

Insurance companies know how serious spinal cord injuries are and how expensive the treatment and medical care can be. Many insurance companies are reluctant to fairly compensate an individual who has suffered a spinal cord injury and try to find ways to avoid their responsibility. Even where a client has no prior history or treatment for spinal issues, insurance companies and their attorneys rely on a team of defense “experts” who will testify that the spinal cord injury at issue is not related to the accident or collision. Such dishonest defenses can be quickly dismantled with the right combination of skill, technique and the use of honest, top-notch orthopedic and neurologic experts.

For all these reasons, individuals suffering from an accident-related spinal cord injury need to ensure that their attorneys not only understand that each client is different and requires special, personal attention, but also are knowledgeable about recent medical advances and rehabilitation treatment. If you or a family member is suffering from a Spinal Cord Injury, please contact Cash, Krugler & Fredericks, for a free consultation.

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