Approximately 250,000 Americans are living with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI).
Spinal Cord Injuries can be some of the most devastating and difficult to cope with for both the victim and those around them. Although there have been some major breakthroughs in medical research, the effects of a spinal cord injury are essentially irreversible. However, if the nerve damage is not so severe, some people have been able to restore basic motor functions and even walk with assistance. Unfortunately, the majority of spinal cord injuries cause permanent disability or total immobility and loss of sensation below the injury to the vertebrae, otherwise known as paralysis. Paralysis that affects the arms and legs is referred to as quadriplegia or tetraplegia. Loss of movement in the lower extremities is called paraplegia. An estimated 11,000 new Spinal Cord Injuries take place annually, and 82 percent of those victims are male.
Over half of these injuries happen between the ages of 16 and 30. The most common causes of Spinal Cord Injury include:
Just 52 percent of Spinal Cord Injury victims are subscribers to private health insurance at the time of the accident.
Emergency medical support is crucial to keeping the long-term effects of neck trauma at a minimum. As a result, a Spinal Cord Injury is usually treated immediately at the scene of the tragedy.
Some blatant symptoms that an accident victim may be suffering from Spinal Cord Injury at the scene of the mishap include:
The spinal cord injury lawyers at Morgan & Morgan litigate numerous lawsuits to trial involving Spinal Cord Injury and other personal injury cases. We are extremely proud of the results that we have obtained and look forward to sharing them with you.
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Recovery in a lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Woman was widowed when her husband died from lung cancer. The total award after apportioning damages based on assignment of fault was $46.3 million.
A 27-year-old man suffered multiple broken bones, a shattered jaw and a collapsed lung after he was hit head-on by a pick-up truck going the wrong way on Semoran Boulevard. The accident also left him unable to have children.
In a case against R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris, attorneys Keith Mitnik, Greg Prysock, Joe Taraska and Katy Massa recovered a $40 million tobacco litigation verdict on behalf of the husband and daughter of a woman who died after smoking two packs of cigarettes a day for 36 years.
Failure to perform a timely C-section resulting in serious injury.
Medication overdose of a 26 week premature newborn against a hospital.
In January 2011, Keith Mitnik obtained an $18.8 million verdict on behalf of a motorcyclist who was rendered a paraplegic when a car pulled out in front of him.
11-year-old girl involved in rear-end motor vehicle accident suffered paralysis from the waist down.
Recovery for national class of poultry workers.
Award for a class of oil, gas and petroleum inspectors paid illegal "chinese overtime" rather than proper time and a half.
$9.975 million dollar settlement on behalf of off-shore oil inspectors not properly paid for all hours worked.