While spinal cord injuries have always been prevalent, it was brought to the forefront when actor Christopher Reeve suffered a severe, life-altering spinal cord injury. It resulted in him spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair. It didn’t stop him from making a difference though. Reeve also became an advocate for those with spinal cord injuries and an inspiration to many who were affected by the injury. Even though he has passed away, his foundation continues to work for and inspire those with spinal cord injuries around the United States and the rest of the world.
According to one source, there are approximately 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injury each year. That same source cites that between 238,000 and 332,000 people were living with a spinal cord injury in 2013. Of those who experience a spinal cord injury, 36.5% of them are due to motor vehicle accidents while another 28.5% are due to falls. Sporting activities account for 9.2% and violence accounts for 14.3% of all spinal cord injuries in the US.
In addition to the physical, mental and emotional impact of a spinal cord injury, there is also a financial impact. The average first year costs of a spinal cord injury, depending on severity, can range from $340,000-$1,044,197. Subsequent years range from $41,000-$181,000.
As you can see, care management is a major part of the overall needs someone with a spinal cord injury will require. At the Russo Batista Law group we have bridged the gap with the legal process to enhance case outcome with client and families. We have an experienced case management team including a social worker and nurse who provide family caregivers with support, access to information and education. They also work to ensure the continuity of care and aid in advocating for appropriate patient care and attaining available resources. Not only does this give the victim the support that they need, but it also strengthens their litigation case because their medical care and treatment is current.
The biggest issues that someone with an SCI in the state of Florida will face is the financial burden, the lack of transition and support services, lack of qualified knowledgeable SCI providers, access to information education and access to services that promote independence. That’s why we are different. We stand by our clients throughout the process to ensure they get the help they need.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of spinal cord injury, we are here to help. Our team of attorneys and caregivers stand ready to answer your questions and help you to obtain the necessary resources. For a complimentary consultation please call 844-847-8300. For more information you can visit our website at www.therussofirm.com.