In the U.S. today, there are about 332,000 people living with a spinal cord injury. And every year, about 12,000 more sustain such injuries, whether from automobile, sports and work accidents or falls or by medical errors or misdiagnosis.
The most severe injuries result from spinal cord tears and transection, or a severing of the spinal cord. When the spinal cord is completely severed, the area below the injury is paralyzed.
About eight out of 10 people with a spinal injury are men and about 56 percent of all injuries occur to people between the ages of 16 and 30.
The emotional cost of a spinal injury can be devastating. So can the financial cost. The average first-year cost for someone with a spinal cord injury tops $340,000. That figure more than doubles to about $754,000 for quadriplegia, national studies show.
That makes choosing the right spinal cord injury attorney so critical.
Founding partner Matt Casey, a preeminent Philadelphia spinal cord injury lawyer, won a remarkable $85 million verdict for a 30 year-old University of Pennsylvania medical student who fell 20-foot through an open manhole in Philadelphia, injuring his spinal cord. Casey proved at trial that the company that owned and operated manholes throughout the city had prior notice that its covers were being removed.
The outcome was the largest personal injury verdict in the U.S. for 2008 and the largest premises liability verdict in Pennsylvania history (read about this case).
Founding partner Joel J. Feller successfully litigated a Philadelphia spinal cord injury lawsuit involving a 10-year-old girl who suffered permanent paralysis in an automobile crash. She was a passenger in the rear middle seat of her grandfather's truck, and the injury was caused by a defectively designed occupant restraint system. Several days into the trial, the truck maker agreed to settle the spine injury case for $30 million (read about this story).
Casey also won a $10 million verdict in Philadelphia for a man who was misdiagnosed with having Lou Gehrig's disease when he actually had spinal cord compression. As a result, the New Jersey man suffered permanent paralysis and will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. The 2011 verdict was nearly double the largest medical malpractice jury verdict in Philadelphia for all of 2010 (read about this case).
Other noteworthy spinal cord injury lawsuits litigated by Ross Feller Casey attorneys include:
- $22.9 million recovery for a man who suffered a spinal cord injury in Philadelphia
- $6.25 million for a 70-year-old man who suffered paralysis as a result of medical negligence after elective surgery
- $4.5 million for a man who sustained a spinal cord injury as a result of an accident in a swimming pool
Ross Feller Casey has a team of three, nationally recognized physicians right on staff. Two of them are also lawyers, which uniquely positions the firm to successfully litigate the often intricate spinal cord injury lawsuits.
As Philadelphia spine injury lawyers, the firm handles cases on a contingency basis, so there will never be a cost unless there is a monetary recovery in your case.
If you or a loved one has suffered paralysis, quadriplegia, paraplegia or another serious spinal cord injury and need a spine injury attorney, Philadelphia's top personal injury attorneys can help. Please contact us today to arrange a free consultation with a spinal cord lawyer in Philadelphia.