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
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%,
Our attorneys take on cases in Jackson and across Mississippi involving:
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.
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.
(601) 265-6869 or fill out our
online contact form today! If we take on your case, there are no upfront costs or expenses,
and you pay nothing unless we win.