Justice for Spinal Cord Injury Victims in Memphis
Spinal Cord Injury: What Is It?
An injury to the spinal cord may lead to lifelong impairments. Varying levels of permanent impairment scan result from spinal cord injuries. The least severe injuries — those called “minimal deficit” – may mean no substantial change in motor skills, bladder and bowel function or neurological impairment. At the other extreme are injuries that are so severe that the individual will live with permanent paralysis, known as paraplegia or quadriplegia.
Statistics show that spinal injuries are most frequently caused either by vehicle accidents or falls. The injury is just the beginning of serious health issues. An individual with a severe spinal cord injury is at far higher risk of death from diseases of the respiratory system, infections, unusual cell growth (tumors) and heart diseases. When the body’s critical neurological system has been damaged due to an impact, the life span is shorter. The injured person may be forced to live out his or her remaining years with severe impairments and a greatly reduced quality of life.
Why You Need the Law Office of David E. Gordon
Attorney David Gordon has a personal mission to seek justice for victims of spinal cord injury in the Memphis area and throughout Tennessee. With the highest possible peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, rated AV Preeminent® in personal injury law and a perfect rating of 10.0 from Avvo, you can be completely confident that your case will be handled with the highest level of professional skill.
Mr. Gordon is one of only 2% of attorneys in the state who has achieved Board Certification as a Civil Trial Specialist. He has also been listed in Super Lawyers® from 2011 – 2018. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury due to an act of negligence, call our firm immediately. We answer calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will get personal attention from David, our firm’s founder, for your case.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
A complete spinal cord injury results in paraplegia or tetraplegia (quadriplegia), and a permanent loss of motor ability and nerve function below the area of impact. Some injured victims with an injury lower on the spinal cord will retain the ability to control the arms, upper body and may have the ability to move the trunk, and may even be able to stand or walk short distances if supported by special assertive medical equipment. In most cases, the patient will need a wheelchair. If the injury occurred in the neck region, and the nerves controlling the body were ripped, torn or severed, the patient will live with quadriplegia, losing all motor functions, requiring ongoing care, and in many cases, will be unable to breathe without a ventilator.
An incomplete spinal cord injury is when the nerves in the spinal cord are functioning to some degree. These are cases in which the spinal cord has been seriously bruised or crushed, but some or all of the nerves are still intact. In some cases, the individual may recover motor ability over time, but can suffer permanent impairments such as the inability to feel temperature or the sensation of touch or pain below the level of injury, or may lose function in arm motion or coordination of the body. When only one side of the spinal cord has been injured, loss of motion occurs on only one side of the body. For some patients, the full recovery of function may never take place, while others may improve over time as the body heals from the shock of the impact. Every patient responds differently to treatment, and the long-term prognosis is often uncertain.
What are the physical, medical and financial effects of a spinal cord injury?
A victim of a spinal cord injury will face extreme physical, medical and financial damages. The costs of treatment can range into the hundreds of thousands of dollars in just a few months, and the estimated average yearly expenses not including wage loss, fringe benefits and productivity are as follows:
Quadriplegia (Injuries High on Spinal Cord, C1 – C4)
- First Year: $1,048,258
- Each Subsequent year: $182,033
- Estimated Lifetime Costs (Injured at 25+): $4,651,158
- Estimated Lifetime Costs (Injured at 50+): $2,556,197
Quadriplegia (Injuries Lower on Spinal Cord, C5 – C8)
- First Year: $757,459
- Each Subsequent Year: $111,699
- Estimated Lifetime Costs (Injured at 25+): $3,398,426
- Estimated Lifetime Costs (Injured at 50+): $2,090,336
- First Year: $510,883
- Each Subsequent Year $67,667
- Estimated Lifetime Costs (Injured at 25+): $2,274,396
- Estimated Lifetime Costs (Injured at 50+): $1,492,617
Incomplete Motor Function (Any Level)
- First Year: $334,112
- Each Subsequent Year: $41,554
- Estimated Lifetime Costs (Injured at 25+): $1,553,878
- Estimated Lifetime Costs (Injured at 50+): $1,096,770
The damages that will be pursued by your Memphis injury attorney will be far greater than merely the costs of medical care, surgeries, nursing and rehabilitation. One year after a spinal cord injury, only 12% of victims are employed, and at 20 years post-injury, only about 33% are employed. The majority of victims are unable to work, and the financial losses surrounding the loss of employment and estimated lost earnings must be calculated on a case-by-case basis.
Other damages that will be pursued include pain and suffering, loss of quality of life and emotional anguish. Some cases may allow for punitive damages to be sought beyond general damages, based upon the facts in the case.
How the Law Office of David E. Gordon will work for you
A consummate professional, Mr. Gordon’s goal is to “provide jaw-dropping client service,” and he has continued to impress his clients and his colleagues in the legal profession with his outstanding legal work. Here’s how our firm will work for you:
- We will make sure evidence is preserved and witnesses are interviewed.
- We will help determine what parties might be to blame for your accident.
- We’ll file all necessary paper work for any legal action.
- We’ll make sure you meet all statutory deadlines.
- We’ll investigate all available insurance policies to determine what coverage might be available for your injuries.
- We’ll keep you updated every step of the way, and make sure all of your questions are promptly answered.
Contact the firm directly for assistance in your injury case in Tennessee. Don’t settle for less – call today and get the legal help you deserve.