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Spinal & Back Trauma

Legal advocates for injured clients and families throughout New Mexico

Approximately 273,000 people currently live with a spinal cord injury (SCI). With about 12,000 new cases every year, the statistic is likely to remain steady. Life will never be the same for spinal injury victims and their families. They deserve access to new medical advances and opportunities to improve their functionality and quality of life.

Revo Smith Law wants to help you overcome the many challenges you and your family face because of your spinal cord injury. Founded in 1979, our firm has the experience and dedication to maximize your compensation. We do all we can to help you cope and to obtain the funding you need to move forward from this tragedy.

Primary causes of spinal cord damage

The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) lists the leading causes of spinal cord injuries in its February 2013 report:

  1. Motor vehicle accidents — Motor vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles and pedestrians and bicyclists account for 36.5 percent of spinal cord injuries
  2. Falls — Falls equal 28.5 percent of SCIs and typically occur at home or in the workplace, especially in construction and other high-risk jobs
  3. Violence — Violence, primarily involving gunshot wounds, is responsible for 14.3 percent of SCI victims
  4. Sports — Although sports-related spinal cord damages has decreased over time, sports still cause 9.2 percent of SCIs

Costs of living with a spinal cord injury

The financial costs of living with a spinal cord injury depend on the age of occurrence and the area of the spine damaged. According to the NSCISC, an individual who sustains an SCI at 25 years old may incur lifetime costs of:

  • $4,633,137 for high tetraplegia (C1-C4)
  • $3,385,259 for low tetraplegia (C5-C8)
  • $2,265,584 for paraplegia
  • $1,547,858 for incomplete motor function

Coupled with diminished income, the high costs of care can quickly deplete your family's recourses. Our legal team calculates just damages in consultation with medical professionals, economists and monetary advisers who understand the full impact of your disability on your financial security, and we will aggressively pursue your claim.