A thoracic spinal injury can disrupt your life. Many thoracic injury victims experience debilitating and chronic pain. Others are forced out of work because of lower body paralysis. The physical, emotional, and financial repercussions of a thoracic injury can be devastating.
Unfortunately, thoracic injuries are not uncommon consequences of a serious Miami accident. If you or someone you love has recently suffered a thoracic injury, you may be entitled to compensation. At Lavent Law, our attorneys can help to make sure that you get the money you need and deserve. Call our personal injury lawyers today to schedule a free consultation.
Understanding Thoracic Injuries
Serious injuries can result any time your spinal cord is injured. The consequences of a spinal cord injury will depend on which part of the spine is damaged. The spine is divided into five different sections. From top to bottom, they include: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal. Thoracic injuries occur when the thoracic region of your spine is harmed.
The thoracic region of the spine, which is attached to the rib cage, includes vertebrae T1 through T12. T1 sits closest to the cervical spine, while T12 sits closest to the lumbar spine. Generally speaking, the higher on the spine the damage, the more severe the injury. As a result, the consequences of a thoracic injury involving the T1 or T3 vertebrae will be much more dire than those involving lower vertebrae. You are much less likely to suffer lower-body paralysis if your injury is close to the bottom of the thoracic injury.
The spinal column is primarily responsible for relaying messages back and forth between the brain and the rest of the body. Each region of the spine is responsible for communicating with a different part of the body. The thoracic spinal column is responsible for communication with the hands, fingers, back, chest, shoulders, abdominals, and trunk. Injury to the thoracic region of your spine can result in loss of sensation and/or mobility in these specific areas of the body.
If you suffer a thoracic spinal injury you may experience:
- Paraplegia (paralysis of the legs)
- Difficulty controlling motor function in the fingers and hands
- Inability to control your torso and abdominal muscles, and
- Loss of the control over bladder and bowel functions.
Symptoms of a Thoracic Injury
Since the thoracic spine is responsible for communications with several areas of the body, there is a wide range of thoracic injury symptoms. When the spinal cord is injured, symptoms tend to be visible in the area “below the level of injury.” The higher the injury on the spinal cord, the more of the body that is likely to be affected.
Symptoms of a thoracic injury may include:
- Difficulty moving your shoulders
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Loss of physical sensation and feelings of pain
- Chronic pain
- Back pain
- Tingling, numbness, or weakness
- Difficulty breathing, and/or
- Loss of consciousness.
Thoracic injuries are not typically fatal. However, a severe thoracic injury could result in death.
Treatment for Thoracic Injuries
Thoracic injuries can have a significant impact on your life. Even relatively minor injuries can result in chronic pain and prevent you from doing the things you love. More severe injuries can result in the paralysis of your lower body. The extent of your injury will determine which treatment(s) may be best.
Surgery. Surgery can help to relieve tension and pressure from the point of injury. Spinal fusion surgery can also help to strengthen the damaged spine and prevent the injury from worsening over time. Fusion surgeries will significantly affect your mobility.
Rehabilitation. You may need to retrain your body to work properly after suffering a thoracic injury. Occupational therapy and rehabilitation can be extremely helpful during your recovery.
Medication. There are two types of drugs that can be helpful after your thoracic injury. The first are anti-inflammatory drugs. These will help to reduce inflammation and pressure in the spine and help your mobility. Pain medication can also be issued to help you cope with the chronic pain your thoracic injury may trigger.
Causes of Thoracic Injuries
Commonly reported causes of thoracic injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle collisions
- Recreational vehicle accidents
- Recreational activities
- Gunshot wounds
- Workplace accidents, and
- Boat accidents
Contact our Miami personal injury attorneys to learn more about other accidents that can also cause thoracic injuries.
Costs of a Thoracic Injury
A thoracic injury can be incredibly expensive. Many thoracic injuries will impair your motor function. The medical costs and living expenses associated with any level of paralysis are staggering. The average cost in the first year of this type of injury is approximately $347,000. Each year after that, the average cost is around $42,000. These figures don’t even factor in things like lost benefits and wages or disability.
What are the estimated lifetime costs of a 25-year-old suffering from incomplete motor function because of a thoracic injury? According to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the average lifetime costs will be approximately $1,578,000. A 50-year-old suffering the same injury can expect to see about $1,113,000 in costs over their lifetime.
Damages Available to a Thoracic Injury Victim
At Lavent Law, our Miami personal injury attorneys are here to help you get the money you deserve after suffering a thoracic injury. We will thoroughly investigate your accident and determine the cause(s). This will allow us to identify who is responsible for your harm. We will aggressively pursue compensation from anyone who contributed to your accident or injury. The more defendants we can identify, the greater your chances of recovering the money you need to cope with your injury.
If your injury impacts your ability to work, we will work with experts to figure out exactly what your case is worth. Recovering projected losses can be just as important as recovering money for expenses you have today.
Our Miami personal injury lawyers will fight to recover damages for:
- Medical expenses
- Nursing care
- Lost wages
- Chronic pain
- Emotional suffering
- Embarrassment, and
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
Call us today to schedule your free case evaluation. You can count on us to help you maximize your financial award.
Statute of Limitations for Thoracic Injury Claims
You have the right to demand compensation from someone who caused your accident and injury. However, you do not have an unlimited amount of time. There is a four-year statute of limitations on bodily injury claims in Florida. Simply put, you will not be able to get the money you deserve if you don’t file your claim on time.
How can you make sure that your claim isn’t denied because of a legal technicality? Contact Lavent Law immediately after your accident. Our attorneys know how these complex cases must be handled. You can rest and focus on getting better while we handle the legal aspect of your accident. Call us today to learn more.
Miami Thoracic Injury Attorneys
Have you or someone you love recently suffered a thoracic injury in a Miami accident? The attorneys at Lavent Law can help to make sure that you are fairly compensated for your injury. Call us today to schedule a free consultation with our legal team. We will review the details of your accident and explain your legal rights. The sooner you call us for help, the sooner we can get you the money you need.