Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
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If you suffer from a spinal cord injury, then you may be able to receive compensation from the negligent party in your case. Spinal cord injuries can happen from medical procedures gone wrong, slip and fall accidents, car accidents, or through injuries due to participation in athletic events. If you have suffered from a spinal cord injury, then it is important for you to obtain medical documentation reflecting this injury as soon as possible. You will want to have a recording that shows that you have actually suffered from an injury in close proximity to the date in which you were actually injured.
Filing a Claim for Spinal Cord Injuries
To prove a claim involving a spinal cord injury, your lawyer will need to submit documentation of your injuries to the court. It will be easy for you to prove a spinal cord injury exists if you are still experiencing the injury at the time of trial. However, for many personal injury cases, a claim goes to trial years after an injury has been healed. This is why it is important for you to have documentation on file with a doctor or medical professional to reflect the injuries that you have suffered. The judge and jury can view this documentation as proof of the actual injuries that you have sustained so that you are eligible to receive compensation in your case.
A lawyer will also be able to prove that a spinal cord injury existed by taking the testimony of neurosurgeons and other experts at trial. Other experts who may be involved in your case are orthopedic surgeons or neurologists. An expert may also be able to offer testimony on the injuries that an individual is likely to experience in the future.
Another important element that a lawyer will need to prove in your case is that someone else owed a duty of care to you. If you fell on the slippery floor of a store, then it is likely that a manager breached his or her legal duty of care to you. If a medical professional was fatigued during an operation procedure, then it is likely that this medical professional also breached his or her legal duty of care to you. You will need to prove that a legal duty existed in order to pursue a valid spinal cord injury claim.
Family members can still pursue a claim if an individual has died as a result of a spinal cord injury. Many states have a wrongful death statute that allows family members to recover compensation for the spinal cord injury that another family member has suffered.
Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries
In court, you will be able to petition for various types of damages. If a lawyer does not settle your claim outside of court, then you will be able to petition for past lost wages and the balances on your medical bills. You will also be able to petition for damages to cover the cost of continuing medical care that you require. If you have suffered from mental anguish or disfigurement, then you may also be able to receive compensation to cover these hardships.