Award-winning Spinal Cord Injury LawyersLast updated on: May 15, 2013
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If you have suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to compensation. A spinal cord injury lawyer may help file your case and seek compensation for your injury.
Our experienced spinal cord injury attorneys are here to guide you through the legal process and to answer any questions you may have. Call (800) 863-5312 to speak with a spinal cord injury attorney today for a completely free consultation. We have the experience necessary to help fight for you to receive the maximum amount of compensation available.
FILING A CLAIM FOR SPINAL CORD INJURIES
Filing a claim for spinal cord injuries may seem like a daunting process, but our personal injury attorneys are here to help navigate the complicated legal process as painlessly as possible. Your spinal cord injury lawyer may help you submit the correct paperwork, investigate who breached their duty of care, and can help you seek the maximum amount of compensation available in your spinal cord lawsuit.
1. Gather Documentation of Injury
The first thing you need to do to prove a claim involving a spinal cord injury is to gather documentation of your injury. You will need to present evidence to support your claim when you are negotiating with insurance companies, or in rare cases, going to trial. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention immediately following an injury and maintain the documentation of your spinal cord injury provided by your doctor. Your injury will most likely heal over time, so it is important to have an adequate reflection of your injuries on file.
A personal injury lawyer may help you identify what documentation will support your claim. This process may also include talking to eyewitnesses or hiring expert witnesses to prove the extent of your injuries. For example, a lawyer may need to take the testimony of the neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons who were involved in your medical care.
2. Duty of Care
Another important step in your spinal cord injury lawsuit is proving that someone owed you a duty of care. If it can be found that someone had a duty of care to you, it must then be proven that he or she breached that duty. Zinda Law Group personal injury lawyers have the experience necessary to help you determine who owed, and breached, that duty of care.
For example, medical professionals owe all of their patients a duty of care. If a doctor was fatigued, negligently performed an operation on you, and caused a spinal cord injury, a lawyer can help prove that the doctor breached his or her duty of care and may be held liable for your injuries.
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3. Wrongful Death
If your loved one died as a result of another’s negligence or intentional act, you may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death lawsuits are brought on behalf of the decedent to seek compensation for the surviving family members. This may include compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and funeral expenses.
Wrongful death statutes may differ from state to state, but many of these statutes will allow the family members of a decedent to recover compensation for the spinal cord injury that led to their loved one’s death. Contact a Zinda Law Group attorney in your state to discuss the wrongful death statute in your area.
If you or a loved one suffered from a spinal cord injury, contact a personal injury lawyer today to discuss your case. Each case is different, and the amount of compensation you may receive cannot be guaranteed, but Zinda Law Group attorneys are dedicated to each of their clients and will give your case the attention it deserves.
COMPENSATION FOR SPINAL CORD INJURIES
If you believe your spinal cord injury was due to the negligence or fault of another person, you may be entitled to compensation. A spinal cord injury lawyer may negotiate with the at-fault party, and his or her insurance company, to negotiate a settlement on your behalf. If a settlement cannot be made, your spinal cord injury attorney at Zinda Law Group has the experience necessary to fight for you in court.
There are two main types of damages that are typically awarded in a spinal cord injury case. The damages someone may seek depends on the facts and circumstances of each case. These damages include “economic damages” and “non-economic damages” and are described below.
Economic damages are damages that can be easily quantified and put into monetary terms. These are designed to compensate the victim for actual losses. This may include the out-of-pocket expenses that resulted from your spinal cord injury.
Examples of economic damages may include:
- Hospital expenses
- Physical therapy
- Pharmaceutical expenses
- Property damage
- Lost wages
Lost wages may include the compensation lost by the victim due to time missed from work, as well as any future wages lost due to the victim’s loss in earning capacity.
Non-economic damages are not as easy to measure as economic damages. This means they are non-monetary and not easily calculated. These types of damages are highly subjective and vary from case to case. Examples of non-economic damages may include:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
The amount of economic and non-economic damages you may receive will depend on the specifics of your case. Contact a spinal cord injury lawyer today to discuss your case and your potential compensation.
WHAT CAN CAUSE A SPINAL CORD INJURY?
A spinal cord injury is an injury to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal. These injuries often cause permanent changes in strength, sensation, and other body functions that are below the site of the injury. There are an estimated 17,730 spinal cord injuries each year in the United States. A spinal cord injury may be the result of many different causes. Below are some common examples of causes of spinal cord injuries:
Motor vehicle accidents are a common cause of spinal cord injuries. These may include fender benders, motorcycle crashes, head-on collisions, rollovers, and more. Car accidents account for approximately 39.3% of the total number of spinal cord injuries per year.
If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important to always get medical care, no matter how minor you believe your injuries are. Your spinal discs absorb a great deal of force during a car accident, so you may be suffering from a spinal cord injury, even if you are unaware of it at the moment of the accident.
Slip and Fall Accidents
A slip and fall accident can sometimes result in damage to the spinal cord, such as a tear or compressed disc. In some instances, these falls could result in serious injury or paralysis. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, falls account for an estimated 31.8% of spinal cord injuries per year.
Slip and fall accidents may occur in many ways, including negligence. For example, a business owner may fail to warn customers of wet floors, resulting in one customer slipping on the floor and falling, injuring his or her spine. In this instance, the business owner may be liable for the customer’s injuries.
According to the Mayo Clinic, if you are experiencing extreme back pain, or pressure in your neck, head, or back, you may have a spinal cord injury. Further, if you have experienced significant trauma to your head or neck, you should seek immediate medical attention for the evaluation of a possible spinal injury. A serious spinal injury may not be immediately obvious. However, if it is not recognized, a more severe injury may develop.
If you were involved in an accident and believe you might have a spinal cord injury, you should always seek immediate medical attention. Failure to obtain treatment may exacerbate your injury. After you have been treated, call an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you investigate your case and seek the maximum amount of compensation available.
CONTACT OUR EXPERIENCED SPINAL CORD INJURY ATTORNEYS
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury and believe you are entitled to compensation, contact a personal injury attorney right away to begin your lawsuit. At Zinda Law Group, we believe you should be able to receive legal representation without having to worry about immediate legal fees. Our experienced lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means our clients don’t owe us anything unless we win their case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
Call our experienced spinal cord injury lawyers at Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 today to schedule your free consultation.
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