Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in McKinney, Texas
Each year, between 10,000 and 12,000 Americans sustain life-altering spinal cord injuries as a result of motor vehicle accidents, violent encounters, sports injuries and workplace accidents. In many cases the victims suffer permanent damage including paralysis and loss of voluntary reflexes below the point of injury. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, more than 80 percent of spinal injury victims are men. Of these, about 55 percent are aged between 16 and 30.
Recovering from a spinal cord injury can be a long and time-consuming process. Often, victims never regain full functionality after a spinal injury and have to learn to adjust their life style to cope with their injury. Apart from physical trauma, many victims of spinal injuries also struggle with severe emotional distress and anxiety stemming from their condition. In such situations, the focus of most treatment efforts is on rehabilitative programs that combine physical and vocational therapy with counseling and new skill-building activities.
Victims of spinal cord injuries often require lifelong care and therapy. The cost of such care can be prohibitive for most victims and their families especially if it is not covered by medical insurance. In addition to the direct costs associated with treating a spinal injury, victims also have to cope with current and future economic losses as a result of lost wages. Importantly, victims of catastrophic injuries also can suffer enormous non-economic losses in the form of emotional suffering, loss of pleasure and companionship.
A victim might be able to sue for compensation if his or her spinal injury was the result of negligence or of an accident caused by someone else. Victims of severe injuries can seek compensation for all resulting medical costs including hospital and rehabilitation costs, doctor bills and caretaker costs. Individuals can also seek compensation for lost wages and for the mental anguish and stress caused by a debilitating spinal injury.
However, making a successful spinal injury claim can be a complicated and time-consuming process. So it is vital for victims to seek professional legal help as soon as possible. If the injury was caused by a negligent accident, the victim will need to prove in court that the person who caused the accident was careless. The legal liability for such claims is determined by several factors that only a trained legal professional knows how to handle. Victims also need to be prepared to handle counterclaims filed by lawyers and insurance companies of those being sued.
For questions related to spinal cord injuries in McKinney, Texas and to find out if you have a personal injury claim worth pursuing, please contact the law offices of Zinda Law Group, Attorneys & Counselors at Law in Austin, Texas.