Spinal Cord Injuries can result from all types of life’s activities including auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, slips and falls, construction accidents and sporting activities. Over 200,000 people in the United States suffer from SCIs and approximately 10,000 more people sustain a SCI every year. Many physical, emotional and social effects result from SCI’s including paralysis, depression and cardiovascular disease. Particular experience and expertise is required to properly represent victims of SCI to obtain full compensation for injuries sustained because of the fault of others. Over the last 30 years, Berglund & Johnson has represented many victims suffering from SCI. Berglund & Johnson will retain the best experts to evaluate all aspects of your case and be ready for trial if the case cannot be fairly settled. Care for victims with SCI is very expensive. Berglund & Johnson works to obtain FULL compensation for injured victims and their families and retains financial planning experts to assist their clients plan for their future economic needs.
The location of the spinal injury plays an important role as to what parts of the body will be affected. Symptoms of a spinal injury differ based on the location of the injury in the spine. X-rays, CT and MRI scans, and other diagnostic tests are utilized to determine the level of the spine that has been injured. Return of function to affected areas of the body will depend on the severity of the injury and medical treatment available. About 80% of SCI victims are male with an average age of 38 years old. However, women are becoming more susceptible to SCIs as more women enter the workforce and are engaged in sporting activities. The average age of victims is increasing as physical activities increase in older populations due to changes in lifestyle, physical conditioning and societal norms.
A paralysis patient needs much care and assistance to accomplish life’s everyday tasks. These services can end up being very costly. In addition costly medications, tests, accommodations and equipment are required for increased quality of life. Further, in many cases, funds are needed to support the victim’s family, especially if the SCI victim was the primary wage earner of the family.
Not only are there tough physical challenges after sustaining a severe SCI, there are also difficult mental and emotional hurdles that will be faced by the SCI victim and families to adjust to a new way of life.
In our society, monetary compensation is the only way an SCI victim can obtain justice from those who caused the injury. Although money damages cannot bring full physical recovery, monetary compensation can help provide proper treatment and care, education for children, and lost income. Berglund & Johnson uses top industry professionals including medical specialists, financial analysts and other experts to properly evaluate and prove the full measure of the damages incurred.
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