Austin Spinal Cord Injury Attorney

Car accidents are responsible for 38.3% of all spinal cord injuries (SCIs), causing devastating and life-changing repercussions for victims. There is no cure for this severe type of injury, which can result in a lifetime of chronic pain or paralysis and financial strain.

If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence then you might have the right to compensation for the suffering you’ve endured. Talk to an accomplished Austin spinal cord injury attorney at the Bonilla Law Firm PLLC today.

Why Choose Our Firm?

  • We form long-term relationships with our clients and colleagues by being trustworthy, transparent, and fair.
  • We have over 30 years of litigation experience, allowing us to supply clients with prompt, efficient and effective legal representation.
  • We promise you the highest level of dedication and commitment to your case.
  • We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we never charge a fee unless we recover money on your behalf.

Common Spinal Cord Injuries

There are two types of spinal cord injuries and the section impacted will determine the severity:

Complete Spinal Cord Injury

Permanent damage to the spinal cord area that was affected, often resulting in paraplegia or tetraplegia:

  • Paraplegia: Thoracic or Lumbar Vertebrae Injury

Upper extremity function is typically normal, impairment occurs below the waist and where it begins depends on how low the injury on the spine is. Walking short distances may still be possible with the use of braces or a walker.

  • High Tetraplegia: C1-C4 Vertebrae Injury

This level of injury causes total body paralysis, impairing the ability to move and feel from the neck down. Assistance may be needed for breathing and incontinence may occur. This damage can cause dependence on others for basic life needs.

  • Low Tetraplegia: C5-C8 Vertebrae Injury

Can result in limited mobility of the shoulder, elbow, and hand. May cause inability to walk and the need for assistance with self-care. Breathing is typically unaffected.

Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

Partial damage to the spinal cord. The loss of mobility and feeling depends on the severity and location of the injury. Bleeding, swelling, inflammation, and fluid accumulation in and around the spinal cord can occur, causing damage for days or weeks after a car accident. With incomplete SCIs, sometimes victims are able to regain some functioning back as late as 18 months after the incident. Disc injuries are the most common after an accident.

Spinal Cord Injury Statistics

  • Car accidents remain the leading cause of SCIs, accounting for 38.3% of all cases since 2010.
  • In approximately 25% of all SCI cases, alcohol use is a factor.
  • The first year of expenses after a high tetraplegia SCI averages $1.079 million. Each year after averages more than $187,443.
  • Lengths of hospital stays in acute care units have decreased to an average of 11 days, down from 24 days in the 1970s.
  • Rehabilitation lengths of stay have decreased to around 34 days from the previous 98 days in the 1970s.
  • The number of people in the U.S. living with an SCI is estimated to be 288,000 persons.

How a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Can Help

Sustaining an SCI in a car accident is a traumatic and serious event, forcing major adjustments upon your lifestyle and possibly affecting your career, finances, and personal life. With so many changes along with the pain you’re enduring, the last thing you need to worry about are complex legal matters. An experienced Austin spinal cord injury attorney will have the ability to alleviate you from that burden, by advocating for you during the process of filing your claim. They have the resources available to investigate the accident, hire experts, and build your case in order to fight to compensate you for:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Lost Wages and Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Physical Pain and Suffering
  • Emotional Distress
  • Loss of Enjoyment
  • Loss of Consortium and Companionship

Contact the Bonilla Law Firm PLLC in Austin For Help

Our knowledgeable spinal cord injury attorneys at the Bonilla Law Firm PLLC understand the devastation an SCI can cause and we will work tirelessly to ensure you or your loved one receives the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation.