Articles Posted in Spinal Cord Injury

New Jersey Spine Injury AccidentSome of the most devastating New Jersey car accidents result in spinal cord injuries that can forever change the victim’s quality of life. Calculating the cost of a spinal cord injury is an important but difficult part of pursuing compensation following an injury accident. Spinal cord injuries are particularly hard to calculate because they often result in permanent losses. A skilled personal injury attorney will work with medical professionals to determine the severity of the injuries, the chances of a recovery, and the potential losses sustained by the victim.

A personal injury claim is a civil lawsuit that victims of New Jersey car accidents can file against the driver responsible for the accident. During the claim process, victims will have to show or prove what they have lost and how much they will lose in the future because of their injuries. To determine current and future losses, there are many questions that must be asked.

Did the victim require emergency medical attention? Were there expensive tests and medical procedures performed following the accident? Did the victim miss work because of the accident? Did the accident result in a spinal cord injury that either limits the amount of work the victim can perform or even prevents the victim from ever working again? Will the victim require physical therapy, additional treatments, prescription drugs, or medical devices? Did the victim suffer physical pain or mental anguish? Does the victim continue to suffer following the accident?

Spinal cord injuries are very serious injuries and can alter a person’s life significantly. Because the spine is the main connection between the brain and the nerves throughout the rest of the body, an injury may cause permanent damage which could result in partial or full paralysis.

Spinal cord injuries in New Jersey can be sustained through a variety of accidents and situations. Some of the most common occurrences of spinal cord injuries include:

  • On the job injuries

Spinal cord injuries are some of the most catastrophic calamities a person can endure. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, several spinal cord injuries can be prevented if safe practices are used while operating a vehicle, while in the workplace, and while engaging in recreational activities. The Association also mentions a few incidents in which the risk of spinal injury may be probable. These particular cases include, but are not limited to:

  • Auto accidents which occur at speeds over 45 mph
  • Unconscious trauma or noteworthy neck or head injury
  • Helmet damage from a motorcycle crash
  • A pedestrians being struck by a vehicle at speeds exceeding 18 mph
  • Considerably large falls, especially involving the elderly
  • Surfing accident or shallow water diving accident
  • Penetrating injury to the spinal region

Continue reading