Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)

FACT: There Are Approximately 282,000 People Living with a Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)

What is a Spinal Cord Injury?

The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that run from the brain down to the lower back. The spinal cord is protected by 33 bones called vertebrae. If a person’s neck or back is injured, it can result in a spinal cord injury (SCI).

A spinal cord injury is caused by some form of trauma to the spinal cord which results in either a short-term or permanent sensory or motor deficit. SCIs would not include degenerative disc diseases which are non-traumatic.

How Common Are SCIs?

Each year, it is estimated there are about 17,000 new Spinal Cord Injury cases in the United States. It is estimated there are 282,000 people living with a SCI. Four out of 5 SCI cases occur among men, and the average age at injury is 42 years.

What Causes SCIs?

(Source: National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, 2016)

SCIs can be caused by many factors, but the two leading causes of SCIs are motor vehicle crashes and falls, which account for just over 2 out of 3 injuries.

Leading Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

There Are Significant Costs Associated With SCIs

Persons with SCIs have significant health care costs and living expenses associated with their injury. These costs vary according to the severity of the injury. The table below provides estimates of the average annual health care and living expenses for people with an SCI. Loss of wages and fringe benefits are not included, and these were estimated at $72,047 per year in 2015, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center.

Economic Impact of SCI

What You Should Know About SCI Cases

SCIs are serious, life-changing injuries. A person could experience a SCI as a result of a motor vehicle crash, workplace injury, medical error, or a premise liability case. Although you may already have a general practice attorney, you will want to hire a lawyer who has experience with handling complex cases which require an understanding of medicine and the law.

Kuehner Law Firm Approach

Help Our Client, Help The Community
KLF has handled cases that involve everything from herniated discs to shooting nerve pain to paralysis. When the spinal column is damaged, the whole body suffers. Whether the injury comes from a car crash, a fall or a diving accident – the approach must be the same. It is necessary to fully evaluate the injury looking to all the ways it has harmed the client, the family and the community. We need to evaluate the root cause of the injury to see if there are other causes than what may seem obvious to a layperson or a general practice attorney. Was the car crash caused by more than the drunk driver? Was the highway defective? Did the airbags fail to perform as required by Federal regulations? Our office digs deeper into all the possible causes of a neck and back injury because these injuries can be particularly devastating to a client, the family and the entire community. We all know that if the spine isn’t right, the whole body suffers.
To help us understand and explain how your neck and back injury has harmed you, we assemble a team of experts that include rehabilitation doctors, spinal surgeons, chiropractors, economists and vocational rehabilitation experts.
The purpose of your lawsuit is to help you to recover from the harm caused to you and your family, and prevent another SCI from happening to someone else in the community.