Miami Spinal Cord Injury LawyersLast updated on: February 15, 2021
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Spinal cord injuries are some of the most troublesome injuries an individual may sustain. Spinal cord injuries may affect your ability to walk, eat, or even get dressed on your own. This type of injury often requires extensive rehabilitation and a long recovery period.
If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Zinda Law Group Miami spinal cord injury lawyers may be able to discuss your case and help guide you through the legal process. Call (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney.
COMMON CAUSES OF SPINAL CORD INJURIES
Spinal cord injuries may occur in many different ways. Some of the more common causes of spinal cord injuries are:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
The spinal cord is one of the most commonly injured areas resulting from a car accident. Although there have been significant advancements in technology and vehicle safety in recent years, these advancements are not always designed to protect your spine. For example, a spinal fracture may occur during a motor vehicle accident because your seat belt does not keep your body in one place. The lower half of your body stays relatively still, but the chest may experience more movement. These simultaneous forces may result in a spinal fracture.
Slip and fall accidents are another common form of spinal cord injury. This type of accident often results in the victim landing on his or her back or buttocks, injuring the spine. The most common spinal cord injury in individuals 65 years or older is the result of a slip and fall accident. Overall, falls cause approximately 31% of the total number of spinal cord injuries in the United States.
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Sports or Recreation Activities
Certain sports are, by their nature, more likely to cause injury than others. For example, football, boxing, and hockey are all considered contact sports. These activities may result in numerous kinds of injuries, including injury to the spinal cord. Athletic activities are the cause of approximately 10% of all spinal cord injuries.
No matter the cause of your spinal cord injury, Zinda Law Group personal injury lawyers may be able to help. If your spinal cord injury was the result of another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced attorneys may negotiate on your behalf or fight for you in court.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF SPINAL CORD INJURIES
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are various types of spinal cord injuries. The different kinds of injuries depend on the location and severity of the injury.
The severity of the spinal cord injury is referred to as the “completeness.” The completeness of the injury is classified as either “complete,” or “incomplete.” These classifications are described below:
- Complete. A complete spinal cord injury is the loss of all sensory feelings, as well as the loss of the ability to control motor functions, below the spinal cord injury.
- Incomplete. If the victim has some motor or sensory function below the affected area, the injury is referred to as incomplete. There are varying degrees of incomplete spinal cord injuries.
Additionally, paralysis from a spinal cord injury may also be referred to as either “tetraplegia” or “paraplegia.” Below are descriptions of these classifications:
- Tetraplegia. Tetraplegia is also known as “quadriplegia.” This means that the victim’s arms, hands, trunk, legs, and pelvic organs are all affected.
- Paraplegia. Paraplegia affects all or part of the victim’s trunk, legs, and pelvic organs.
If you were the victim of a spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Zinda Law Group Miami attorneys may be able to help you in your spinal cord injury lawsuit. Call us today to discuss your case.
RECOGNIZING A SPINAL CORD INJURY
It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a spinal cord injury, as these injuries may get worse if not treated by a medical professional. Although the symptoms associated with spinal cord injuries typically depend on the site of the injury, there are some common symptoms to be aware of. General symptoms of spinal cord injuries include:
- Loss of movement
- Loss of bowel control
- Loss of bladder control
- Radiating pain to the lower body
- Difficulty breathing
In extreme cases, you may be experiencing more severe symptoms. Examples of more severe spinal cord injury symptoms may include:
- Intolerable pain in the head, back, or neck area
- Loss of sensation
- Oddly positioned neck or back
- Severe migraine or headache.
If you have been injured and believe you might have a spinal cord injury, you should contact a medical professional immediately. A medical professional may be able to properly diagnose your injuries, no matter how minor you believe those injuries are. The next step is to call a Miami spinal cord injury attorney at Zinda Law Group to help investigate your case, determine who is at fault, and negotiate on your behalf for a favorable settlement.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO FILE MY CLAIM?
To receive compensation for your injuries, you must file your lawsuit on time. This time limit is referred to as the “statute of limitations.” This statute varies from state to state and may differ for each different type of claim. It is important to file your claim on time, as you may be barred from receiving any kind of compensation if you miss the deadline.
In Florida, you have four years to file a personal injury claim. This means that you have four years from the date of the injury to file your lawsuit. For example, if you were the victim of a motor vehicle accident on January 1, 2020 and suffered from a spinal cord injury, you must file your claim for your injuries by January 1, 2024.
If you have been injured and believe you are entitled to compensation, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Zinda Law Group Miami injury lawyers may be able to help you file your case on time and guide you through the entire legal process.
WHAT COMPENSATION MAY I BE ENTITLED TO?
If you have sustained a spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Although each case is unique, there are three main types of compensation, or “damages,” that you may be eligible to receive. These three different kinds of damages are described below:
Economic damages, or “specific” damages, are given to compensate the victim for their actual, monetary, losses. These kinds of damages are totaled by adding up hospital bills, pharmaceutical costs, and all other fees and invoices. Economic damages may include:
- Lost earnings
- Compensation for medical expenses
- Property damage
- Lost business opportunities
The second type of compensation is referred to as non-economic damages, or “general” damages. These kinds of damages are more difficult to calculate and are not easily put into monetary value. Non-economic damages tend to be highly subjective and may vary from case to case. Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Disability or disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
Punitive damages are the least common kind of damages and should not be expected in every case. Unlike economic and non-economic damages, punitive damages are not meant to compensate the victim, but are instead meant to punish the wrongdoer. These damages are typically given on top of other compensation.
If you believe you are entitled to compensation for your spinal cord injury, call a Zinda Law Group attorney today. We may discuss your case, determine who is at fault, and can help speak to you about what your case may be worth.
OUR MIAMI SPINAL CORD INJURY ATTORNEYS MAY BE ABLE TO HELP
Our attorneys at Zinda Law Group understand that sustaining a spinal cord injury may be a traumatic event for you and your family. We may be able to help put your mind at ease by working tirelessly on your case and by giving your spinal cord injury lawsuit the time it deserves. We understand all cases are unique, and we are dedicated to each one of our clients.
Zinda Law Group personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you with your spinal cord injury lawsuit. Our Miami lawyers may be able to investigate your case, negotiate on your behalf, or fight for you in court if we cannot reach a settlement. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. That means we will cover all legal costs upfront. You do not pay us a thing unless we win your case. That is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation.