Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
At Rueb and Motta, we have had the opportunity to help clients whose spine injuries were life altering when they were rendered quadriplegic or paraplegic after an accident. With the improvement in medical management and transport of paralyzed patients both in the hospital and by emergency medical technicians in the field, there has been an increase in patients that survive a spinal cord injury. There has also been an improvement in the medical and surgical treatments that have increased the life expectancy of spinal cord patients. There are medical complications in the spinal cord population that everyone must be aware of to effectively monitor and prevent complications.
Historically kidney related problems were the leading cause of death. Now this accounts for less than 5% off all deaths in the spinal cord patients. Urologic function must be closely watched at all times. Aging has its own complications because spinal cord injuries affect the gastrointestinal system.
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At Rueb and Motta, we employ experts who will account for all reasonable and necessary future care related to our clients who have suffered a spinal cord injury. We understand the importance of proving that our clients are entitled to past medical care and future care reasonably related to prevent complications, and improve and maintain the medical, physical, and psychosocial aspects of the spinal cord injured life. At Rueb and Motta, we understand all issues related to physical, medical, and psychosocial recovery and long-term management to best represent a spinal cord patient. Rueb and Motta are accomplished trial attorneys who have had great success helping paralyzed clients. We are able to relate and educate a jury on the future medical needs and future costs to maximize recovery for our clients.
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Other Spinal Cord Injury Complications
Over half of paraplegics develop problems that will decrease strength, sensation, and cause pain. Overuse injuries such as rotator cuff tears are common as well as wrist and elbow injuries. Paraplegics who utilize a manual wheelchair will likely require an electric wheelchair after an injury to allow for mobility. Aging will decrease skin strength. Overuse could lead to pressure ulcerations that may require surgery. Patients with chronic pressure ulcerations, who are not surgical candidates, may require biopsies of the sore because of the risk of cancer in the ulcer.
Cardiovascular complications are the leading cause of death now in the spinal cord population. There is increased risk of diabetes and an increased risk of heart disease. Spinal cord patients above T6 may have decreased symptoms related to cardiovascular disease.