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Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

McMinn law firm recently settled a case in which a client was forced to undergo a spinal discectomy surgery. While driving her car along a stretch of highway, her vehicle was struck by a commercial truck that made an unsafe lane change. The case brought to our legal team’s attention, yet again, the importance of caring wisely for back injuries.

It wasn’t that long ago that spinal cord injury victims had a very different reality that what they face today. Because of disability access pioneer Tim Nugent, paralympic athletes can now participate in the paralympics.

“The presence of a problem is the absence of an idea”

Those are the words that people around him said the he lived by. Following WWII Tim Nugent worked tirelessly to advance the rights of people with impairments.

If there’s one thing we should be aware of, it is that people with spinal cord injury can adapt to a new lifestyle. They can excel even with the challenges of personal injury.

According to United Spinal, hospital stays in acute care unit have declined form 24 days in the 1970s to 11 days currently. Rehabilitation has also improved. In the 1970s the average number of days spent in rehab was 98 days, today it is 35 days.

Medicine has progressed to help spinal cord injury victims live more satisfying lives with fewer days in inpatient hospital care.


How to Calculate the Cost of a Spinal Cord Surgery Case

McMinn Law Firm recently closed a case involving a an who was forced to have spinal discectomy surgery after a serious wreck.

$202,000+ in Hays County in Crash Settlements

A pilot was rear-ended while driving in Hays County. Because of the crash he was forced to have a spinal discectomy surgery. With an underinsured motorist policy, and coverage from the driver, the case was settled at $202,400k. After payment of accounts for past medical expenses, the client’s cash free balance was $85,850k. Attorney fees totaled $74,650k between the defendants coverage and UIM coverage. The value paid to the client before payment of accounts was $94,500k.

Our client’s spinal surgery affected the outcome of his settlement. Want to understand why? Read about how a settlement may change based on a victim’s need for back surgery.
Selected list of verdicts and settlements from McMinn Law Firm


Spinal Cord Injury Facts

Despite improvements in medical care, there is still no cure for a severe spinal cord injury. You may be interested to find out who is affected most by spinal cord injury.

  • Spinal cord injuries cause damage to the nerves that carry signals to and from the brain. As a result, a person may experience a loss of mobility, sensation, or coordination.
  • Other life-altering physical symptoms may occur, such as chronic pain, breathing difficulty, numbness, sensory loss, respiratory or digestive issues, disfigurement, or paralysis.
  • In the U.S. there are approximately 54 spinal cord injury cases per million population in the U.S.
  • There are approximately 17,000 new spinal cord injury cases each year.
  • Vehicle crashes are the primary cause of spinal cord injury
  • The secondary cause of spinal cord injury is trips, slips, and falls.
  • The average age at injury has increased from 29 in the 1970s to an average of 42 years in 2016. Why? Spinal cord injuries have increased in older Americans.
  • Males account for 80% of all new spinal cord injury cases
  • The non-hispanic white population account for 63.5% of the general population.
  • Non-hispanic black population accounts for 22% of spinal cord injuries.
  • Hispanic population accounts for 11% of spinal cord injuries.

Legal and Financial Challenges of Spinal Cord Injury

Despite improvements to spinal cord injury rehabilitation, medical costs have risen. Financial burdens can be difficult for families. Some are entitled to compensation if there was another party at fault in the injury.

Adding to the stress of physical pain, a spinal cord injury victim would also have to deal with the emotional anguish as well as the financial repercussions, like medical bills, property damage, and lost wages. Another consideration is future medical care, which may be an expensive necessity for many years to come.

According to Texas law, if you have sustained a spinal cord injury because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to receive monetary compensation. No matter how you were injured, if you think another party’s negligence might be to blame, then you should contact an attorney to assess your case.

Spinal Cord Injury | Personal Injury Attorneys at McMinn Law Firm

After an incident occurs you should not delay in seeking medical treatment. If you believe your spinal cord injury was caused by negligence resulting in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, or workplace accident, then you should contact an attorney before giving a statement, signing anything, or accepting a settlement.

Allowing the attorneys at McMinn Law Firm to handle your case can help relieve your stress over addressing your spinal cord injury. We will gather all of the necessary evidence, communicate with the insurance companies on your behalf, and fight for you for the compensation that you deserve.