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An injury to the spinal cord can have debilitating consequences, potentially affecting mobility and the ability to lead an independent life. Spinal cord injuries often result from traumatic events, which can leave victims permanently disabled and saddled with growing hospital and medical expenses.

At Kogan & DiSalvo, we help personal injury victims who have suffered due to the negligence of others. If you or a loved one has experienced this, a Palm Bay spinal cord injury lawyer can advocate for justice. With our experienced legal counsel, victims and their families can seek fair compensation to help cover the lifetime costs that can easily reach millions of dollars.  We leverage decades of experience litigating catastrophic injury cases in Brevard County and can level the playing field against powerful insurance companies.

Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

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Every year in the United States, more than 17,800 people suffer spinal cord injuries (SCI). According to the Mayo Clinic, the top causes of SCI are the following:

  • Motor vehicle accidents – roughly 50 percent of all spinal cord injuries result from car, truck, and motorcycle accidents.
  • Falls – Individuals over 65 are most prone to injuring their spinal cord in a slip-and-fall accident. These mishaps are often attributed to dangerous property conditions like wet floors, uneven pavement, bunched rugs, and other hazards.
  • Sports accidents – Rough contact sports like football and rugby have a high risk of spinal cord trauma. Damage to the spinal vertebrae, discs, and nerves can also happen in activities like horseback riding, diving, and surfing.
  • Acts of violence – Some 12 percent of spinal cord injuries are attributed to gunshot wounds, knife wounds, or other acts of violence.  
  • Medical malpractice – surgical mistakes may damage the spinal cord 
  • Diseases – Though much less frequent, cancer and illnesses that promote inflammation can also result in spinal cord injury.

Long-term Impacts of a Spinal Cord Injury

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The location of the damage to the spinal cord determines the severity of the health consequences. Injury to the high cervical (neck) vertebrae and their nerves are the most devastating. This level of injury will generally result in paralysis in the arms, trunk, and legs, known as tetraplegia. The ability to speak may be impaired, and most will have trouble breathing on their own. Victims may need round-the-clock assistance with basic activities, such as bathing, dressing, and eating.

Spinal cord injury to the mid or lower back will result in less dysfunction, as the loss of neurological function occurs below the site of trauma. An injury to the lumbar area may or may not cause paraplegia. Those diagnosed with spinal cord injuries often struggle with chronic complications and are more susceptible to heart and respiratory problems. Loss of bowel control and changes in sexual function are not uncommon.

Proving Fault in a Spinal Cord Injury Claim

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At Kogan & DiSalvo, we understand your physical, emotional and financial challenges. However, it is our goal to ensure negligent persons are held accountable. As your Palm Bay catastrophic injury lawyer, we will enlist our own network of investigators, accident reconstruction specialists, and medical experts to help establish how the accident occurred and who is responsible for your suffering.

If you were hurt because of a careless driver, medical negligence, a dangerous workplace, or unsafe property, you might have a solid claim for monetary damages. Compelling evidence and unwavering advocacy are critical to the success of your spinal cord injury case. Our legal team takes a proactive approach to every aspect of your claim. We handle all communications with insurance companies, file documents within specified deadlines, and work tirelessly to achieve the most favorable outcome.

Contact a Palm Bay Spinal Cord Injury Attorney at Kogan & DiSalvo

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Residents throughout South Florida trust us with their personal injury matters. Our spinal cord injury lawyers handle cases on a contingency basis, meaning there are no upfront legal expenses. Get the quality representation you deserve by calling our Palm Bay attorneys for a no-obligation, free case review. A settlement or court award can secure much-needed compensation for ongoing medical expenses, rehabilitation, mobility devices, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.

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