A serious injury to the spinal cord can permanently alter a person’s quality of life. Spinal cord injuries cause problems ranging from chronic pain that reduces mobility, to paralysis, which is a loss of function affecting limbs and body systems.

Spinal injury victims often face significant medical expenses and lost income because of their inability to work for a living.

The personal injury attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP, in Rhode Island work with back injury and paralysis victims and their families to help them obtain compensation from the parties responsible for causing their catastrophic injuries.

Our firm has helped many people resolve claims after a spinal injury or paralysis. Learn more about our case results, such as:

  • $350,000 Recovery – Recovered on behalf of a client injured in a rear-end automobile collision. Our client sustained a significant spinal injury which required spinal fusion surgery.
  • Confidential settlement – Recovered on behalf of patient who sustained a spinal cord injury due to the negligent administration of anesthesia.

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About Spinal Cord Injuries

A spinal cord injury results from direct trauma to the spinal cord itself or the bones (vertebrae), soft tissues and vessels surrounding the spinal cord.

A back injury that directly damages the spinal cord can cause:

  • Loss of sensation or function (paralysis).
  • Bowel and bladder dysfunction.
  • Sexual dysfunction.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Inability to effectively regulate blood pressure.


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Paralysis occurs below the point of injury to the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries are referred to as “high” or “low” in reference to where they are on the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries are either “incomplete,” meaning some function remains, or “complete,” which means the victim has no function or sensation below the point of injury.

A high spinal cord injury causes varying degrees of paralysis of the arms, trunk and legs, as well as in chest and pelvic organs. This is called tetraplegia or quadriplegia. A lower injury might cause paraplegia, the loss of function in all or part of the legs and pelvic organs.

Trauma to the cushioning disks between the vertebrae can make them swell to the point that they irritate the spinal cord or adjacent nerves. This is known as a herniated, slipped or ruptured disk.

Herniated disks cause pain, numbness and weakness in the arms or legs, depending on where they occur along the spine. The chronic back pain from a herniated disk can reduce the victim’s ability to move and work.

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The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) says the most frequent causes of spinal cord injury include:

  • Vehicle accidents, including crashes involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, all-terrain vehicles, aircraft, boats and snowmobiles.
  • Falls, including falls to the same level (slipping, tripping and stumbling), falls from or out of a building or structure, falls on stairs or steps, falls from a ladder or scaffolding, falls from a bed, chair or other furniture and falls because of ice and snow.
  • Assault, including gunshots, stabbing, assault with a blunt object or being pushed down.
  • Sports and recreation, including diving into shallow water, winter sports (sledding, skiing, snow tubing, snowboarding, ice hockey), surfing, horseback riding, football, wrestling, parachuting, parasailing and gymnastics.
  • Medical and surgical complications.
  • Being hit by falling or flying objects.
  • Pedestrians hit by cars, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles.

The NSCISC says the lifetime medical and living costs for a spinal cord injury with “incomplete motor function at any level” can be expected to be at least $1.09 million for a 50-year-old patient or more than $1.5 million for 25-year-old. A 50-year-old patient with high tetraplegia can expect lifetime costs of more than $2.5 million. A 25-year-old who suffers a high spinal cord injury causing tetraplegia will need at least $4.6 million for medical and living expenses.

These figures do not include indirect costs, such as lost wages, fringe benefits and productivity, the NSCISC says. They also do not consider pain and suffering, lost enjoyment of life and other emotional damages.


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A spinal cord injury victim who has been paralyzed because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness may have a right to compensation for the costs of treating the injury and other losses they have suffered.

The personal injury attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush in Rhode Island seek compensation for victims of catastrophic injuries, such as those that result in spinal cord damage and paralysis.

We can help you obtain financial security if you are dealing with the aftermath of a serious spinal injury suffered in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. We are prepared to work for an insurance settlement or verdict that provides the compensation you need for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages.

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