More than 11,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year in the United States, with many experiencing severe chronic pain, paralysis and death. Tim Caress and Caress Law Group have extensive experience in handling cases involving spinal cord injuries, and we fully understand the complexities and challenges that these cases present.
The cause is generally trauma, a sudden blow or impact to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae. Most injuries don’t sever the spinal cord. Instead, they cause damage when pieces of vertebrae tear into cord tissue or press down on the nerve parts that carry signals. In a complete spinal cord injury, the cord can’t relay messages below the level of the injury. As a result, a person is paralyzed below the level of injury. In an incomplete injury, the person has some movement and sensation below the injury.
Other health problems include bladder and bowel complications, inability to regulate blood pressure, reduced control of body temperature, chronic pain and increased susceptibility to respiratory disease. Most spinal cord injury victims are men, nearly 80 percent, and generally are younger, with an average age of about 37. However, studies show that more women have experienced spine injuries in recent years and victims have included more older people injured in falls.
The largest number of spinal cord injuries occur in auto accidents, which account for roughly 47 percent of all spinal cord injuries. Falls (23 percent), violence (14 percent) and sports (9 percent) also account for a large number of spinal cord injuries, according to one study.
In many cases, the injury is the fault of another, whether the driver of a truck or auto, a defective product or a neglected or hazardous property. When such a situation exists, the victim of a spinal cord injury may have a legal claim.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, we would be happy to assist you in any way that we can, but you have to take the first step and reach out to us. You may be concerned about whether you have a case or not, or you may feel a bit overwhelmed by all that may be involved with a claim, or you may be uncomfortable with contacting a lawyer at all. We completely understand. Please know that we would welcome the opportunity to discuss your situation, no matter how big or small it may be, and no matter whether it turns out to be a case that we can help with or not. If we don’t think that you have a case where we can help, we will tell you that and we will explain to you why. On the otherhand, if we do think that you have a case, or that you may have a case, we will tell you that as well, and we will also discuss with you how we may be able to help you. Whatever your situation, please do not hesitate to contact us and know that we view it as an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to help you in any way that we can.