You are not alone. There are 12,000 spinal cord injuries every year in the U.S. Most are caused by a sudden trauma, like a car crash, that hurts the neck or back.
When the vertebrae and discs are crushed or displaced, they are no longer protecting the central nervous system in the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries result from damage to the nerves that carry signals to and from the brain.
The location of the injury determines what part of the body is damaged.
- Cervical injury: a neck injury to the nerves that control the back of the head, neck, shoulders, arms and hands. A severe cervical spine injury paralyzes most of the body (tetraplegia).
- Thoracic injury: an injury in the upper-mid back, affecting spinal nerves that control the chest, organs and circulatory system. Severe thoracic spine injuries result in paralysis of the lower body (paraplegia).
- Lumbar injury: a lower back injury affecting nerves that control the abdominal area and parts of the back and legs.
- Sacral injury: the lowest section of the spine, where an injury can affect nerves to the thighs, feet and genitals.
Spinal cord injuries can be complete, which is when a person having a spinal cord injury has no motor or sensory function preserved in the sacral segments. Any function below the neurological level is lost.
Or, spinal cord injuries can be incomplete, which mean a person retains some sensation or movement below the level of the injury.
Be proactive: get an advocate on your side.
Spinal cord injuries are overwhelming for victims and their families. After a spinal cord injury occurs, there are treatment issues and life-changing issues that must be dealt with.
An experienced attorney can investigate who is at fault for the injury, handle insurance claims, and work with medical experts who can help spinal cord injury survivors plan for a different kind of life.
Lifetime healthcare costs for living with this type of injury are very high. Without the help of a skilled spinal cord injury lawyer, it is very unlikely that the injured person will get sufficient compensation.
Kevin Coluccio has helped many survivors of spinal cord injuries. He has worked extensively with the medical experts in this field, and understands the unique life challenges.
Speak with Coluccio Law about your options.
Focus on health and recovery.
Having an experienced legal advocate on your side means you can focus on healing.
Proper medical care is essential, and a good rehabilitation center can make a huge difference. But most people who survive a traumatic injury also experience psychological or emotional issues.
These organizations, as well as others, help people understand their injuries and provide support as injured people rebuild their lives.
Spinal Cord Case Results by Kevin Coluccio
John Doe v. Construction Company
$7 million dollar settlement (policy limits)
A worker for the subcontractor of a construction project was performing required job tasks when he fell off a cliff. He suffered a severe spinal cord injury that rendered him a quadriplegic (tetraplegia).
The General Contractor failed to provide workers with a site-specific fall protection plan, and the required safety training for the job site.
The injured worker spent a significant amount of time in the hospital and in rehabilitation. He will have physical limitations and disabilities for the rest of his life.
Kevin Coluccio settled the case for maximum policy limits so that the injured man will be able to have the appropriate care, and modify his housing so that he may live with his family.
Fulton v. Construction Company
$2.2 million result
A young construction worker was assigned to the roof of a warehouse, approximately 60 feet off the ground. The General Contractor responsible for safety was monitoring the job site.
The worker fell off the roof, and suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed below the waist.
The General Contractor failed to provide the required fall protection plan, tie-downs and safety devices on the roof’s edge. As a result, a young man has lifelong injuries, which will confine him to a wheelchair.
Attorney Kevin Coluccio helped the construction worker to file a claim, securing compensation for his medical care. Through rehabilitation and hard work, he now participates in skiing, hunting and basketball – despite his physical limitations.