The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves that runs from the base of the brain to the bottom of the spine. Normally, it’s protected by the spinal column, which is made up of 31 bones called vertebrae and the cushioning cartilage discs between them. When an accident damages the vertebrae or discs, however, the spinal cord may be damaged or severed as well.
Spinal cord injuries are among the most difficult and expensive types of injuries to treat, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 200,000 U.S. residents currently live with spinal cord injuries, and as many as 20,000 people suffer a first-time spinal cord injury each year.
Motor vehicle accidents account for 46 percent of spinal cord injuries, but using a seat belt can cut this risk by 60 percent or more, according to the CDC. Falls also cause a large number of spinal cord injuries each year – about 22 percent, or just over one-fifth of all injuries.
The average patient spends about $15,000 to $30,000 each year on care related to a spinal cord injury, resulting in a lifetime total of $500,000 to $3 million, depending on the patient and the severity of the injury.
Spinal cord injuries can cause permanent total disability or even death. If you or someone you love is facing a spinal cord injury after an accident, the experienced Annapolis spinal cord injury attorneys at Alpert Schreyer can help you with a wide range of tasks, from investigating your accident to holding any negligent parties accountable in court. Call us today at (866) 444-6363 for a free case evaluation and to learn more about how we can help.