Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in Jackson
Your Case Is Our Commitment
Have you or someone you love experienced a spinal cord injury? This type of trauma can lead to temporary paralysis, paraplegia, or quadriplegia. The cost of living with such a condition is astronomical. The person or company responsible for your injuries should be held accountable, and our team at ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP can help.
Our Jackson, MS spinal cord injury attorneys are committed to helping people who have suffered harm because of a poorly designed product, a reckless or drunk driver, or any person or company that fails to act with proper care. We fight in and out of the civil courtroom to help our clients recover the money they need to receive appropriate care for as long as it is required. With spinal cord injuries, this is often for life.
To learn more about our team and how we can help you, call (601) 265-6869.
Leading Causes of Spinal Cord Injury in the U.S.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), the two leading causes of spinal cord injury in the U.S. are vehicle accidents and falls. Traffic accidents accounted for 38% of U.S. spinal cord injuries, as of 2010. Falls accounted for 30.5% of spinal cord injuries, and violence, sports, and surgical/medical injuries accounted for 13.5%, 9%, and 5%, respectively.
Our attorneys take on cases in Jackson and across Mississippi involving:
- Traffic accidents, including car, truck, pedestrian, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents
- Falls from heights and slip and fall accidents
- Work-related back and spinal cord injuries
- Spinal cord injuries caused by defective products
- Medical malpractice leading to spine injuries
Determining the cause of your spinal cord injury is essential. It will help our lawyers determine who is responsible and how to best recover fair compensation for your medical care, ongoing expenses, lost earnings, emotional trauma, and more.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
The spine is an incredibly complex collection of nerves and vertebrae with varying functions, therefore every spinal cord injury is different from the next. The effects of a spinal cord injury are heavily influenced by the location of the injury and the extent of the damage suffered.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) classifies spinal cord injuries into the following degrees of severity:
- Incomplete injury: There is still some movement and sensation below the injury site.
- Complete injury: The damage is so severe that nearly all sensation and motor control below the injury site is lost.
In addition to incomplete vs incomplete, spinal cord injuries are divided into the following two broad categories:
- Tetraplegia: Formerly known as "quadriplegia," tetraplegia describes the condition of a person with a spinal cord injury anywhere from the C1 vertebra in the neck down to the T1 vertebra in the upper back. Individuals with tetraplegia often lose sensation, function, or movement in the head, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, upper chest, pelvis, and/or legs.
- Paraplegia: Paraplegia is a general term that describes the condition of people who have lost feeling or motor control in the lower parts of the body, such as the chest, stomach, hips, legs, and/or feet. Paraplegia typically results from spinal cord injuries between the T2 and S5 vertebrae.
The Cost of Living with a Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are extremely expensive when it comes to emergency medical care and the need for ongoing treatment. In fact, the lifetime cost of living with a spinal cord injury can quickly add up to the hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, depending on the extent of paralysis.
According to NSCISC, the lifetime cost of paraplegia (paralysis of the legs and lower trunk) is approximately $2.3 million for a 25-year-old and approximately $1.5 million for a 50-year-old. The lifetime cost of quadriplegia (paralysis of all four limbs and the trunk) is approximately $4.7 million for a 25-year-old and approximately $2.6 million for a 50-year-old. These figures do not consider indirect costs of a spinal cord injury, such as lost wages or benefits.
Call Our Skilled Jackson SCI Attorneys Today
If you’re facing millions of dollars in potential expenses after a spinal cord injury, you need to think about how you can recover this level of compensation. It will take tenacity and skill to succeed. At ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP in Jackson, we are confident in our ability to help you. We are standing by to offer our insight and to help you get on the path to a fair, full recovery.