Veterans With SCI
Spinal cord injury is one of the most devastating injuries an active military member or veteran can experience. Due to the dangers of military training and active duty, the risk of spinal cord injury is higher in our military personnel, compared to our civilian population in the United States.
When we are out serving our country, we believe that we will be taken care of in the event of a serious injury sustained in the line of duty or a related capacity. Because spinal cord injury, and the resulting paralysis, results in significant impairments and exorbitant health care costs, it is important to understand your legal rights and options for VA disability benefits and other financial assistance. The counsel of a qualified and experienced spinal cord injury attorney can be integral to understanding your legal rights and protecting your interests.
The laws regarding compensation for serious personal injuries, such as spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury, are different for current and former military members compared to private civilians. It is important to find an attorney who understands the specific and complex set of laws that govern your case. Our qualified attorneys understand the unique and complicated laws governing veteran personal injury cases.
Damages Following Spinal Cord Injury
Veterans who have suffered catastrophic injury in combat face a unique set of challenges in the wake of their injury. While any person who suffers spinal cord injury faces drastic physical consequences and limitations, emotional suffering can also take a major toll on patients with spinal cord injury. In veterans with spinal cord injury, these emotional effects can be compounded by the consequences of experiencing trauma on the front lines during active duty. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a very common co-morbid condition in veterans with serious injuries.
Furthermore, researchers have found that veteran survivors of spinal cord injury do not live as long as other similarly-aged populations, including veterans with other disabilities and nondisabled vets. A study in the Archives of Neurology, published in the 1990s, found that vets with SCI who survive at least three months following injury live 85% as long as similarly aged American males (the study was an all-male participant study). Furthermore, this study found that older age at time of injury increased the risk of having a poorer long-term survival rate.
While the survival outcome of spinal cord injury is significantly higher thanks to advances in care and treatment, diminished life span is another serious long-term consequence of spinal cord injury for many veterans.
If you would like to learn more about spinal cord injury in veterans, please contact us to speak with a caring and competent attorney who can listen to your case and determine the best way to protect and maximize your legal rights.