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Bowling Green Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

Spinal injuries can be a devastating diagnosis, forcing accident survivors to face an uncertain future. If you have suffered severe spine trauma resulting from the negligent or intentional acts of another party, contact the Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart to speak with a Kentucky spinal cord injury lawyer. We deeply care for our clients and will fight for the compensation they deserve. Reach us through our free case evaluation form online or by calling (888) 782-9090.

Why Choose the Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart

  • We have more than 42 years of experience obtaining compensation while representing injured clients, including spinal cord injury victims.
  • Our Kentucky spinal cord injury lawyers have acquired millions of dollars for clients and have achieved a 90 percent success rate in our cases.
  • We are a nationally-recognized personal injury law firm with offices in Bowling Green and Glasgow. Consultations are always free and if we don’t win your case, you won’t pay us anything.

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

There are two main forms of spinal cord injuries, complete and incomplete, and the severity is determined by the location affected.

Complete Spinal Cord Injury

When the spinal cord suffers permanent damage, often resulting in the following:

Affecting the thoracic or lumbar vertebrae, causing impairment below the location of the injury. Function typically remains normal in the upper half of the body.

  • High Tetraplegia:

An injury to the C1-C4 vertebrae, resulting in paralysis of the entire body from the neck down.

  • Low Tetraplegia:

A victim may experience limited mobility of the shoulder, elbow, and hand due to damage to the C5-C8 vertebrae.

Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

This type of spinal injury leaves victims with some feeling below the site of injury. There is a better chance of recovery with an incomplete spinal cord injury and also if immediate action is taken to reduce swelling once the accident occurs.

Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

The most common accidents leading to spinal cord injuries include:

The leading cause of spinal injuries in the U.S. is vehicle accidents, followed closely by falls. Every year there are 17,730 new cases of spinal injuries, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC).

Spinal Cord Injury Statistics

The following facts are from the 2019 data reported by the NSCISC:

  • Approximately 291,000 people are living with a spinal cord injury (SCI) in the U.S.
  • Vehicle accidents are responsible for 39.3% of all cases.
  • Falls lead closely behind (31.8%), followed by acts of violence (13.5%), sports/recreation (8%), medical/surgical (4.3%), and lastly other reasons (3.1%).
  • The average lifetime costs associated with any type of SCI injury is more than one million dollars and can reach more than five million dollars in cases of high tetraplegia.
  • The most frequently occurring type of SCI is incomplete tetraplegia (47.6%), followed by incomplete paraplegia (19.9%), then completed paraplegia (19.6%), and lastly complete tetraplegia (12.3%).
  • The average hospital stay is 11 days for an SCI and 31 days for rehabilitation.
  • The average age most people suffer an SCI is 43.
  • The majority of new SCI cases are male (78%).

The Top Spine Injury FAQs

What is a spinal cord injury?

Spine injuries are some of the most serious and life-changing cases we handle. A spinal cord injury typically leads to long-term impairment, or at the least, an extended recovery period. These injuries are frequently caused by auto accidents, semi-truck wrecks, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall, medical malpractice, birth injuries, pedestrian accidents, construction/workplace accidents, catastrophic accidents, or other personal injuries. If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another, contact us immediately for a free case evaluation.

What are some results of spinal cord injuries?

Tragically, victims of spinal cord injuries usually suffer life-long effects. Common results of a spine injury include paralysis, paraplegia or quadriplegia, nerve damage, decreased control of breathing and digestion, loss of muscle control, problems with blood pressure and blood flow, loss of ability to work and enjoy life, or even death. Victims of spinal cord injuries often require continuing medical treatment, extensive rehabilitation or therapy, long-term care, adaptive equipment, modifications to vehicles and homes, and even emotional support for depression or anxiety.

What makes spinal injuries different than other types of injuries?

Many types of injuries will heal with time, and some spinal cord injuries will heal as well. However, more often than not, a spinal cord injury will result in lasting impairments or even death. The spine is the communication system for the whole body. Recovery from a spinal injury can be a very slow process—usually requiring extensive rehabilitation and therapy. Victims of spinal cord injuries may require special equipment, ongoing specialized medical care, or even 24-hour nursing care. If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal injury due to the negligence of another, call an experienced spine injury lawyer to get the compensation you deserve.

How long do I have to file a spinal cord injury claim?

The statute of limitations for filing a spinal cord injury claim varies depending on the type of case. Auto and semi-truck accidents are typically two years while other types of claims are generally one year. Either way, time is of the essence! You should contact a spine injury attorney immediately so the evidence can be preserved and you can begin putting your life back together and get the medical treatment you need. Rest assured we are committed to you and we will be looking out for your best interests.

What compensation can I collect for a spinal cord injury?

If you have been affected by a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another, you are entitled to compensation for the medical expenses incurred treating your injury. You may also be able to collect lost wages for missed work or even future lost income if your ability to work has been affected by the injury. Additional damages you may be entitled to include future medical expenses, long-term care, and rehabilitation, or the cost of adaptive equipment. If your loved one was the victim of a spinal injury that results in death or severe permanent disability, your family may be entitled to seek compensation for the loss of financial support, pain and suffering, loss of consortium (companionship), punitive damages, or you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim.

How do I pay for an attorney in a spinal injury case?

The Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart works on a contingency fee basis. That means we only get paid if you get paid in your spinal cord injury case. Call Warren and Barren County, Kentucky personal injury attorney Flora Templeton Stuart at (888) 782-9090 for a free initial consultation twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week.

Why You Need a Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

Spinal injuries can permanently alter your life. When they are caused by a catastrophic event, it is important to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident to determine if you are able to recover monetary damages. In many cases, spinal injuries that result from car accidents, slip and falls accidents, assault due to negligent security, and many other similar incidents, entitle a person to compensation.

An experienced spinal cord injury attorney in Kentucky can identify liable parties, collect evidence and negotiate settlements with insurance companies in an effort to obtain the maximum recovery amount, all while you focus on healing. While money can never undo the pain and suffering you are enduring, it can certainly ease the burden of present and future medical costs, property damage, lost wages, and any other expense related to a spinal cord injury.

The Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart Can Help You

If you or a loved one have been a victim of a spinal cord injury, our Kentucky spinal cord attorneys want to hear from you. Contact the Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart at (888) 782-9090 and get a free case evaluation. We proudly serve Bowling Green, Glasgow, and Greenville Kentucky.