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Spinal Cord Injury & Car Crashes Caused by Drunk Drivers: Classes

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Carolyn Smith
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Car crashes caused by drunk drivers can lead to serious injuries for not only the reckless driver, but for the accident victims in the other car that he or she hits. A spinal cord injury, statistics indicate, can cause irreversible damage, the treatment of which can cost thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

When you’ve suffered a serious spinal cord injury, a lawyer can help you prepare for the future. Seek assistance from an Atlanta car accident attorney

Categorization of Spinal Cord Injuries According to Severity and Location

When classified by severity, there are 2 main types of spinal cord injuries: an incomplete injury, in which the victim still retains partial movement and sensation, and a complete spinal injury, in which the victim is completely paralyzed below the site of the injury. In most cases, a complete spinal cord injury is permanent. 

When classified by location, there are 4 different areas in which a spinal cord injury can take place:  


  • the neck (cervical injury);
  • behind the chest (thoracic);
  • the lower back (lumbar); and
  • the tailbone (sacral).  

The most serious injuries are often those that are cervical, and cause quadriplegia, or total loss of arms and legs. The lower on the body that a spine injury takes place, the less of the body is affected overall. 

Contact an Atlanta Car Accident Attorney

After serious car crashes caused by drunk drivers, you and your family may be dealing with the grief of internal bleeding or other serious injury, loss of a loved one, and financial burdens. During this difficult time it’s easy to get frustrated with your situation – you didn’t deserve to suffer due to the negligence of another!

The personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Shane Smith are lawyers that get it; we know the frustration our clients are experiencing when dealing with insurance companies. 

Many of our clients don’t know how to hire a lawyer, so we offer 2 FREE guides, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? and 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case. Our guides contain valuable information pertaining to spinal cord injury statistics, how to handle filing a claim for serious injuries or wrongful death caused by drunk driving accidents, and how a spinal cord injury lawyer can benefit your claim. When you’re ready to get started on your claim, contact us to set up a FREE consultation – 770-487-8999.


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Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia

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