Approximately 11,000 people are afflicted with new spinal cord injuries every year, adding to the roughly 200,000 who are already dealing with the life-changing effects of a damaged spine. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of spinal cord trauma in people under the age of 65, while falls cause the most cord injuries in those over 65. Acts of violence and sports also account for many of these crippling injuries. If you’ve been injured in any of these circumstance, you need a Houston spinal cord injury attorney who knows how to uphold the law on your behalf.
In addition to paralysis, spinal cord injuries often precipitate other secondary health problems, such as scoliosis, spasticity, pressure sores, and breathing difficulties. A large percentage of those afflicted experience clinical depression. The average life expectancy is lessened after a spinal cord injury. The most common complication causing premature death of SCI victims used to be kidney failure, but the incidence of renal complications has declined with medical advances; more recently, pneumonia and septicemia are greater dangers to paralyzed patients.
If you or someone in your family is suffering with the challenges of adjusting to a spinal cord injury, you may have already incurred enormous medical expenses at a time when you are unable to work. If you or the injured family member were the primary breadwinner, the injury may have left your family with little income. You or your family member may never return to work at all, may never be employed in the same capacity, or may never earn the same money as before the accident. A year after a spinal cord injury, only 11.8 percent of victims are working. Worry about how the family will survive creates anxiety and alters relationships. Marriages are statistically somewhat more likely to end, and family dynamics are forever changed. Those who were not married before the accident are less likely to ever be.
Many spinal cord injuries are caused by accidents that are the fault of a person other than the victim. Others are the result of deliberate acts of violence that may be related to negligent security. If another individual, company, or government entity was the cause of your injury, you may be able to recover a substantial amount of money in damages to help you with the many adjustments you’ll need to make to go on living and to pay your past and continuing medical and rehabilitation expenses. You should only attempt to pursue compensation for this serious type of life-altering injury a with a well-experienced Houston personal injury lawyer who has a proven record of bringing in full and adequate recoveries in high stakes catastrophic cases.
In Texas, at the Houston law firm of Gordon, Elias, & Seely, LLP, you will find the compassionate, skilled, and energetic advocacy that you need to realize the best outcome when your life has been inalterably changes by a catastrophic injury. We have sixty years of combined experience recovering settlements and verdicts, some in the millions, to help our seriously injured clients move forward after a devastating bodily injury. We know that the money won’t give you back the life you once had, but it can help ease the transition to the life you now have and improve the prospects for your future.
Spinal cord cases are often difficult and complex. Insurance companies fight against paying large claims, but we know how to investigate to identify fault and how to oppose the tactics the insurers use to attempt to deny or low-ball your claim. We have a team of experts on call to assist with the investigation and offer testimony in your behalf. We often settle out of court, but are always ready and willing to litigate.
At Gordon, Elias, & Seely, LLP we will review your case at no cost. We will give you honest answers to your questions and a realistic assessment of what will need to happen to prove your case and how long it may take. If you’re having trouble making meeting your expenses, tell us. We may be able to advance you enough money, interest free, to keep you afloat until your case is resolved.
Don’t risk losing your right to recover. Call us today.