Spinal Cord Injuries
A Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Helps People In Houston and surrounding areas
A life is forever changed by a spinal cord injury. The future medical care can run into the millions of dollars. When this devastating injury occurs it is critical you find the right doctors and lawyers to help and guide you and your loved one.
In some cases a spinal cord injury may cause long-lasting dysfunction in many organ systems. The spinal cord send signals from the brain to the rest of the body. Damage to the spinal cord could result in temporary or permanent neurological impairment.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 54 spinal cord injury cases per million people in the U.S. occur annually — approximately 17,000 new SCI cases. This figure includes only those who survive the accident. In 2016, the number of people in the U.S. living with an SCI was approximately 282,000. The average age at injury is 42 years today; it was 29 in the 1970s.
The Law Offices of Hugh Howerton is deeply committed to helping secure your financial and medical future is you suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another person or corporation.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can occur in serious truck accidents, motorcycle accidents or car accidents. In 2016 the CDC commented on the causes of spinal cord injury and concluded that :
- 46% are caused by motor vehicle accidents (including commercial truck, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrians hit by a vehicle).
- 22% come from falls, which are the leading cause of workplace accidents.
- 16% of spinal cord injuries are the result of criminal violence, with the victim usually sustaining gunshot or deep knife wounds.
- 12% are attributable to sports. Athletic activities, such as impact sports (e.g. baseball, football, basketball, soccer, and hockey) and diving in dark, shallow water, cause about 10% of spinal cord injuries.
Spinal Cord Costs
According to the National Spinal Cord Statistical Center the yearly and lifetime medical costs for a spinal cord injury are huge.
Average yearly costs
The average yearly medical and living expenses that are directly related to a spinal cord injury vary greatly based on education, impairment, and pre-injury employment history.
These estimates do not include any indirect costs such as losses in wages, fringe benefits, and productivity.
|Severity of Injury||First Year||Each Subsequent Year|
|High Tetraplegia (C1-C4) ASIS ABC||$1,064,716||$184,891|
|Low Tetraplegia (C5-C8)||$769,351||$113,423|
|Incomplete motor function (any level)||$347,484||$42,206|
Estimated lifetime costs
|Severity of Injury||25 Years Old||50 Years Old|
|High Tetraplegia (C1-C4) ASIS ABC||$4,724,181||$2,596,329|
|Low Tetraplegia (C5-C8) ASIS ABC||$3,451,781||$2,123,154|
|Paraplegia ASIS ABC||$2,310,104||$1,516,052|
|Incomplete motor function (any level) ASIS D||$1,578,274||$1,113,990|
Contact Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Hugh Howerton
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury call Hugh Howerton for a no-obligation free consultation. Call 713.984.9848. today.