Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries on the Rise
Spinal cord injuries are on the rise, due in large part to an increase in elderly accidents—particularly slip and falls. John Hopkins researchers studied over 43,000 adults who were treated for spinal cord injuries between 2007 and 2009. They found that elderly victims over the age of 65 experienced an increase in spinal cord injuries. In 2007, there were 79.4 injuries per million; in 2009, that number had climbed to 87.7. Over that same 3 year period, it was found that falls were the leading cause of these traumatic spinal cord injuries, with car crashes coming in a close second.
Unfortunately, when elderly patients do slip and fall and suffer a spinal cord injury, they are 4x more likely to die in the emergency room and 6x more likely to die from complications during their inpatient stay.
Spinal cord injuries are not only traumatic for patients, but they are also costly. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates that spinal cord injury victims will spend between $1 million and $5 million during their lifetime, thanks in large part to improving technology that allows victims to live longer lives. In addition, spinal cord injuries cost the healthcare system more than $5 billion a year.
Understanding the costs associated with spinal cord injuries, as well as the complications that can arise after the initial injury is extremely important. Your attorney will need to consider all of these factors when advocating for your rights and ensuring that you receive the compensation you need throughout your life.
Spinal cord injury victims will need money to cover all medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, loss of future earnings, pain and suffering, and more. After all, your life may never be the same—you need an attorney who can help you plan for the obstacles you will now face and ensure that your future isn’t jeopardized further.
Contact an Aurora and Denver Personal Injury Attorney
If you or someone you love has been injured by another person’s negligence, it is paramount to retain the services of an experienced Denver personal injury attorney immediately. At the law offices of John R. Fuller, P.C., we fight aggressively for our injured accident victims and their families. We understand the complications that can arise after a devastating accident and work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the money you need to recover.
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