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It’s a sad reality, but most of us take our health for granted. We get out of bed in the morning and follow our daily routine without sparing a second thought about our health. But in the blink of an eye, our world can be turned upside down by the negligent or intentional act of another.

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, there are about 17,900 new traumatic spinal cord injury cases in the United States each year. The leading causes are:

  • Vehicle accidents *38.2%
  • Falls 32.3%
  • Violence (mainly gunshots) 14.3%
  • Sport & Recreation 7.8%
  • Medical/Surgical 4.1%
  • Other 3.3%
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* Vehicle accidents mainly consist of car accidents. However, motorcycle accidentsbicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents can also result in significant trauma to the spinal cord.

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury, you might be entitled to compensation.

We help clients who have suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury caused by the negligent or intentional act of another to receive the compensation they deserve.

With over 45 years of experience, Cohen & Marzban has already recovered $2,000,000,000+ for our clients. We are proud to be one of the top Los Angeles spinal cord injury attorney firms.

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If you’re unable to travel to our office, we’re more than happy to send one of our spinal cord injury attorneys to visit you at home or in hospital, anywhere in Southern California.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Your ability to move after a spinal cord injury depends on the place of the injury along your spinal cord and how serious the injury is.

Spinal cord injuries are typically classified as:

Complete – If you’ve lost all feeling in your limbs below the spinal cord injury and can’t move, your injury is called complete.

Incomplete – If you have some feeling in your limbs below the spinal cord injury or can make small movements, your injury is called incomplete. There are varying degrees of incomplete spinal cord injuries.

According to the Mayo Clinic, anyone who experiences trauma to their head or neck needs immediate medical attention because:

  • “A serious spinal injury isn’t always immediately obvious. If it isn’t recognized, a more severe injury may occur.
  • Numbness or paralysis may occur immediately or come on gradually as bleeding or swelling occurs in or around the spinal cord.
  • The time between injury and treatment can be critical in determining the extent and severity of complications and the possible extent of expected recovery.”

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the costs of treating a spinal cord injury?

The treatment of spinal cord injuries can be very expensive. For example, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the health care costs and living expenses for someone with high tetraplegia averages $1,163,425 in the first year and $202,032 for each subsequent year.

This means the estimated lifetime costs will be $5,162,152 for a 25 year old and $2,837,031 for a 50 year old. This does not include indirect costs such as lost wages. 

Hiring a top spinal cord injury lawyer is a must!

At Cohen & Marzban, we have expert spinal cord injury lawyers that can help you claim the compensation you deserve. It includes:

  • The cost of current and future medical treatments.
  • Lost wages – both current and future.
  • Rehabilitative care.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Loss of quality of life.
  • Disability compensation.

How do I prove the other party was negligent?

Negligence in a personal injury claim, such as a traumatic spinal cord injury claim, consists of three key elements, namely:

  1. Duty of care owed – The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care. For example, not putting other road users in danger through reckless driving.
  2. Duty of care breached – The defendant failed to fulfil his or her duty of care.
  3. Causation – The defendant’s breach of duty was a substantial factor in causing the accident.

The question is, what would a reasonable person have done? If a reasonable person would have done something differently to prevent the accident, the defendant is negligent.

Evidence that can help you prove negligence includes a police report, eyewitness testimony, photographs, and expert testimony.

In addition to the above, the plaintiff has to prove the damages suffered were caused as a result of the accident.

If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another, a spinal cord injury attorney can help you fight for your rights.