• From the Desk of a Cleveland Spinal Injury Lawyer: The Costs of Living with Spinal Injury

    Posted on July 28th, 2014 admin No comments

    The costs of living with a spinal injury are enormous, and often depend on the severity of the injury. According to statistics from the University of Alabama National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, patients with high tetraplegia spinal injuries, which have sustained damage to several of the eight cervical segments of the spinal cord, can expect to pay as much as $1 million in recovery during their first year alone, plus annual expenses averaging approximately $175,000. Those with low tetraplegia can expect about $750,000 in medical costs that first year, and an average of about $109,000 annually thereafter.

    Clearly, a victim of spinal injury should talk to a spinal injury lawyer Cleveland in winning just compensation. Financial security will be central to their own lifestyle independence and learning to live in their new situations.

    A victim of spinal injury can expect to spend at least 12 days of hospitalization following the injury. This is generally followed by about 37 days of more intense rehabilitation, though likely rehab will be a central feature and challenge of recovery for the remainder of their lives.

    On average, a person with high tetraplegia spinal injuries faces $4.5 million in lifetime care costs at age 25, and $2.5 million in lifetime care costs at age 50. Those with low tetraplegia face $3.3 million in lifetime care costs at age 25, and $2million in costs at age 50. Those suffering from parapelegia face $2.2 million in lifetime care costs at age 25, and $1.5 million at age 50.

    Living with a spinal injury comes with a high cost. Recovery is part of the healing process, but financial realities must still be faced. Contact The Linton Law Firm for a free consultation with a Cleveland spinal injury lawyer to discuss your options.

  • Nursing Home Falls and When to Consult a Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Lawyer

    Posted on July 7th, 2014 admin No comments

    Statistics don’t lie. Unintentional falls are the most common causes of non-fatal injury for adults over 65, with over 32 percent of seniors suffering a serious fall at some point during the year. Women tend to suffer falls the most. Ask any Cleveland nursing home injury lawyer. They’ll tell you that falls present a serious danger in nursing homes. On average, about 41 out of 100,000 accidental deaths of those over 65 result from falling. All too often, the fall is preventable, caused by slippery surfaces, inadequate restraints while sleeping, or simple nursing aide negligence.

    In addition to the tragic loss of life, falls also result in expensive medical costs, which all too often are born by the families of the victims. Approximately $16 billion to $19 billion are spent annually on fall related injuries, according to data collected in 2000.

    Nursing homes are supposed to treat falls as avoidable, adverse events. If your senior has been the victim of a fall, he or she has been suffered a nursing home injury. The next step is to see if the injury was the direct result of negligence.

    Make an appointment to speak with an experienced nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland at The Linton Law Firm. They’ll help you decide if your senior’s fall was the result of negligence and whether legal action should be pursued. We invite you to contact The Linton Law Firm for a free initial consultation.