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Spinal Cord Injuries

Attorney in Fort Worth Fights for Fair Compensation for Spinal Cord Injury Victims

Serious injuries need strong representation

At the Law Offices of J. Kent McAfee, P.C., we are here to help you and your family deal with the turmoil following an accidental spinal cord injury. In addition to the immediate medical bills, we understand that you must plan for your loved one’s future and take into consideration added expenses for daily care and future medical expenses. We help you recover the monetary compensation needed to enhance your loved one’s quality of life going forward.

How common are serious spinal cord injuries?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 200,000 people are currently living with serious spinal cord injuries in the United States. Annually, 12,000 to 20,000 new injuries occur nationwide, from various causes ranging from car and truck accidents to swimming, diving and other recreational activities gone awry.

What are the most common causes?

Auto accidents are responsible for 46 percent of new spinal cord injuries each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and alcohol has been found to be a factor in 25 percent of spinal cord injuries. Other types of accidents that commonly cause spinal cord trauma include:

  • Falls — 22 percent
  • Violence — 16 percent
  • Sports — 12 percent

Using a seat belt in your car can reduce your risk of a spinal cord injury by 60 percent. Adding the protection of an air bag and using a seat belt reduces your risk by 80 percent.

What are the long-term effects?

Traumatic spinal cord injuries can cause neurological impairments in a person’s body. The spinal cord is the core of our central nervous systems, so damage to the spinal cord may be manifested in the loss of use or impairment of any body system controlled by nerves. Depending on the nerves affected, complications may include:

  • Incomplete or complete paraplegia
  • Incomplete or complete tetraplegia
  • Respiratory problems
  • Uncontrollable urinary functions
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Psychological effects, such as depression and anxiety

Medical expenses average between $15,000 and $30,000 per year for patients with spinal cord injuries. Costs over a person’s lifetime can range from $500,000 to more than $3 million, depending on the severity of the spinal cord trauma, the person’s age and other health conditions, and the bodily functions affected.

Contact a spinal injury lawyer for a free consultation

At The Law Offices of J. Kent McAfee, P.C., we understand the challenges you face after a devastating spinal cord injury. Our attorney provides compassionate representation for victims of severe spinal cord trauma throughout Texas.Our goal is to take the legal burden off your shoulders, so you can focus on getting on with your life. We offer flexible scheduling and can visit your home or hospital if needed. Call 817-332-7676 today, or visit us online to make an appointment and get the help you deserve.

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