https://www.itrlaw.com/practice-areas/topeka-brain-injury-lawyers/An injury to your spinal cord may cause a severe and debilitating injury that can change your life.
Even if your injury is less serious but was caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another individual or manufacturer, you may be able to claim significant compensation for the losses and pain you have suffered.
However, these cases can be complex and require the expertise of experienced personal injury lawyers.
The team at Irigonegaray, Turney, & Revenaugh LLP has a successful record in spinal cord injury claims and can help you pursue the damages that you deserve.
Common spinal cord injuries
Spinal cord injuries encompass a wide variety of injuries resulting from:
- Accidents involving cars, motorcycles and bicycles –the leading cause of these injuries in the U.S.
- Slips and falls – especially common for elderly people
- Swimming pool accidents – shallow pools at home are a common cause
- Alcohol-related incidents – especially when driving
Injuries may be severe and cause temporary or permanent paralysis or disability, as well as severe headaches, breathing problems, reduced motor skills, and other serious complications.
Alternatively, symptoms can be much milder, resulting in no more than mild pain or discomfort and inconvenience.
Typical severe and acute injuries include:
- Fractured or dislocated vertebrae
- Spinal cord compression or deformity
- Herniated discs
- Disc tears
- Spinal stenosis
Milder injuries may involve:
- Whiplash-associated disorders
- A stiff neck
- Spinal muscle strains
Injuries may also turn from acute to chronic when they last for many weeks or months. Low back pain, neck pain or sciatica are typical results of chronic spinal cord injuries.
All spinal cord injuries are potentially serious though they are not always evident at the time of an accident.
It is important to seek prompt medical attention to check the severity of your injuries. This will also help you document your condition in the event of a future compensation claim.
Spinal cord injuries from a car accident
Trauma to the back or neck can affect the spinal cord and its ability to transmit messages between the brain and the body’s sensory and motor systems.
This is particularly common in car accidents, where severe trauma may result from a collision with another vehicle on the road.
In such cases, where the injury was due to the negligence or failure to act of another individual, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.
To show negligence, your lawyer must demonstrate that:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care
- The duty of care was breached
- You were injured
- Your injury was a direct result of the breach
Drivers have a duty of care to all others on the road.
The challenge for your spinal cord injury lawyer is to show that your injuries were a result of a breach of this care and the resulting accident.
In order to make a valid compensation claim against the insurance company, your lawyer will carefully evaluate evidence from the scene of the accident, get testimony from witnesses, and consult with the relevant accident, financial, and medical professionals.
Spinal cord injuries from a defective product
In rare cases, it’s possible to have a car accident that was the result of the manufacturer’s actions rather than those of another driver.
In such cases, you may be able to file a claim for compensation for your spinal cord injury against the manufacturer.
In product liability lawsuits, manufacturers of new vehicles can be held liable for defective products (usually one of the parts of the vehicle) without proof of negligence.
Your lawyer will need to demonstrate that the product was defective and caused your injury.
Again, these cases can be complex, involving investigations into manufacturing practices and requiring expert medical opinion.
You will need a seasoned personal injury lawyer familiar in product liability lawsuits to win compensation.
Possible compensation for spinal cord injury
A spinal cord injury can have serious consequences for your future.
Severe injury may result in:
- Loss of ability to work, earn a living, and take care of your family
- Loss of movement – making daily activities and exercise difficult
- Pain and discomfort
- Extensive medical treatment and significant bills
Filing a lawsuit for compensation against the at-fault party can address some of the losses you have experienced to date and will experience in the future.
For instance, in a successful case you can expect the following:
- Payment of medical bills (hospital bills, prescription drugs, rehabilitation and physical therapy, etc.
- Lost earnings – both past and future earnings can be compensated
- Pain and suffering –physical and emotional pain in the past, present, and future can be claimed
Proving fault for a spinal cord injury claim
Your claim for compensation for a spinal cord injury will only be successful if your lawyer can prove how the accident occurred and who was at fault.
You must show that the negligence of the at-fault party contributed to your spinal cord injury.
At ITR law, we are able to establish proof by gathering the evidence required from a number of different sources, including:
- Medical specialists
- Police officers
- Accident reconstruction specialists
- Financial experts
Remember – we only get paid if we win your case!
Claims for spinal cord injuries are complex and we first need to investigate the circumstances of your case.
If you have a strong argument for compensation, we will work with the necessary specialists to present a compelling case for losses to the insurance company.
Insurance companies are notoriously difficult to deal with and negotiations are best left to established professionals like our attorneys.
Note that with all personal injury cases, the lawyers at ITR Law work on a contingency basis: that means we only get paid if we win your case – and the more we earn you the more we earn for our firm.
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We only get paid if we win your case
With personal injury cases, we work entirely on a contingency basis. That means we only get paid if we win your case.
We will deduct a pre-agreed percentage from the compensation that you are awarded. This is always made clear and agreed upon before we take on your case.
Our goal is to make our services accessible and affordable for anyone involved in an accident, regardless of their financial situation.