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Atlanta Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the most challenging diagnoses an individual can receive. SCIs are typically permanent, resulting in partial or full paralysis and disability. Unfortunately, SCIs are relatively common in terms of personal injuries. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center reports 17,000 new spinal cord injury cases happen in the U.S. every year. Spinal cord injuries can occur in car accidents, slip and falls, and a number of other situations. If you’re living with an SCI in Georgia, come to Butler Wooten & Peak LLP for assistance. Our distinguished legal team wants to help you seek compensation for this catastrophic injury.

What Are Spinal Cord Injury Cases Worth?

A spinal cord injury describes damage to any part of the spine or nerves. Damage to the delicate spinal cord often causes permanent harm to strength, motor function, and sensation below the point of injury. SCIs affect almost every aspect of a person’s life. Because of how catastrophic and permanent SCIs are, the courts tend to award significant compensation. SCI victims deserve financial recovery for a wide range of damages, including:

  • Past and future medical expenses. These include injury-related medical bills, surgical costs, and medical equipment such as wheelchairs and home/vehicle modifications to accommodate permanent disability.
  • Lost enjoyment and quality of life. This is a particularly poignant area of damages in SCI cases since victims typically suffer permanent paralysis. It can be difficult to place a dollar amount on these life-changing losses, but the Atlanta courts abide by certain calculations to come up with appropriate figures.
  • Emotional suffering and distress. Emotional harms are often present in the face of an SCI. The individual has to learn how to live with permanent motor function disabilities and other lifestyle changes. The emotional damages an SCI can cause are severe.

Some people never leave the hospital after an accident that results in an SCI. If someone does survive the initial trauma, he or she faces increased risk of early mortality. Life expectancy rates for people living with SCIs are significantly lower than those without. Mortality rates are the highest in the first year after the injury, especially when SCI results in neurological impairments. Causes of death surrounding SCIs include pneumonia, septicemia, digestive/urinary diseases, and accidents. If a loved one passed away from complications of an SCI, come to us for help with a wrongful death claim.

Do You Have Grounds to File?

Catastrophic injuries like SCIs almost always constitute grounds for a personal injury claim. It is an injury that takes a significant financial and personal toll on the victim and his/her family. For this reason, it is always worthwhile to speak with an attorney during a free consultation about an SCI. If the injury occurred in a car accident, in the workplace, because of a slip and fall, from an act of violence, or due to a defective product (such as a malfunctioning seatbelt), you most likely have the right to pursue financial compensation from the responsible party or parties. Speak to the competent Atlanta team of attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP to see if your case has merit. Contact us online or call (800) 242-2962.