Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
A spinal cord injury is typically caused by an abrupt and severe blow to the spine, such as a car accident. This type of injury can be a horrible and life altering event. One impact can cause you to lose your good health and the ability to enjoy daily life.
A spinal cord injury, basically, is damage to the spinal cord. The spinal cord is made up of nerves that run from your brain down to your lower back. The bones in your spine help protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord moves information from the brain to the rest of your body; this information enables you to move and to feel. An injury to the spinal cord can stop the flow of information below the site of the injury. The closer the injury is to the brain, the more areas of the body can be affected.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are most common after an accident or other traumatic event but that is not the only way they happen. The failure to properly diagnose or treat an illness can also result in a spinal cord injury. Commonly, this includes a spinal cord abscess that is not identified by a doctor and is able to progress, causing permanent damage. A few other common causes of spinal cord injuries are:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Premises liability accidents
- Bicycle accidents
Spinal cord injuries can be devastating and some of the most serious injuries that an individual can survive. When an accident leaves a victim with a spinal cord injury, the damage is done not only to that victim but also to the victim's family, friends, and work life. A victim may find themselves in need of medical treatment but without the means to afford it. The bills may start accumulating with no income to pay them. Even a victim's home might no longer suit their needs after a spinal cord injury.
When Should I File a Spinal Cord Injury Claim?
After a spinal cord injury, get in touch with a seasoned spinal cord injury attorney right away. A spinal cord injury lawyer can provide important advice that will help you better understand when to file your claim. That attorney can also collect important evidence about your claim.
- Allow the attorney to investigate your claim. In some cases, including auto accidents and construction accidents, multiple parties might share liability for your injuries. A complete investigation, including viewing witness statements and even speaking with an expert witness, can help provide a better idea of how much compensation you are entitled to and who caused your injuries.
- Heal prior to settling. It can take up to six months for your doctors to have a good idea of how much mobility and function you will regain, particularly in the case of incomplete spinal cord injury. Your lawyer may suggest waiting until you move further with that healing before settling your spinal cord injury case, since the extent of your recovery along with the extent of your medical expenses can contribute to the compensation you deserve.
Who Holds Responsibility for the Spinal Cord Injury I Sustained?
Spinal cord injuries can occur in various kinds of accidents: construction accidents, slip and fall accidents, motor vehicle accidents, and product liability accidents, for example.
The party that caused your accident must:
- Have a duty of care to you at the time of the accident. When it comes to an auto accident, that could mean the auto manufacturer or the driver that caused the accident.
- Violate that duty of care. Drinking and driving, driving distracted, or breaking the rules of the road, for example, all violate the duty of care held by all drivers.
- Cause your injuries through that violation. Your attorney will work to demonstrate how the other party's negligence resulted in your injuries.
In a lot of accidents, multiple parties share liability for the victim's injuries. Consult our seasoned spinal cord injury lawyers to give you a better idea of all parties who contributed to your accident.
How Much Compensation Do I Deserve for a Spinal Cord Injury?
Spinal cord injuries bring with them significant medical expenses, and many victims receive significant awards. You can not, however, predict the extent of your award based on what other parties have obtained for spinal cord injuries in the past.
A spinal cord injury lawyer can provide you with an idea of how much compensation you should anticipate based on:
- The extent of the insurance policy that covers the responsible party
- The extent of your medical bills
- How much time you had to miss at work
- The severity of your injuries
Contact A Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
At Dunk Law Firm, we know how one accident can change an entire life. When you have been injured by the negligence of another, you might be able to bring a civil claim for your damages. The first step to understanding your legal rights should be speaking with a personal injury attorney that takes on spinal cord injury cases. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, request a free case consultation or call (888) 744-5642 to speak with a lawyer now.
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