Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
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Spinal cord injuries are life-altering events that can have a profound impact on your quality of life. These injuries may affect your physical, emotional, and financial well-being, sometimes in ways that aren’t obvious.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve the resources you need to rebuild your life. Spinal cord injury lawyers can help you understand your rights and navigate the legal system so you can win the compensation you’re owed.
WHY TRUST WERNER, HOFFMAN & GREIG?
Choosing WHG means selecting a team that genuinely cares, fights hard, and knows spinal cord injury law inside and out.
Whether it’s a herniated disc, a slipped vertebrae, or nerve pain, we’re ready to take on any challenge. We’re here to ease your stress and guarantee your rights are safeguarded.
Spinal Cord Injuries are Commonly Caused by Personal Injury Accidents
Personal injury law covers injuries caused by the negligence of others, a category of mostly preventable accidents under which many spinal cord injuries or SCIs fall. These are potentially major injuries that may cause permanent disability.
Some notable types of personal injury accidents that cause SCIs include car accidents, slip and falls, and workplace accidents.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Car, truck, and bus accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, making up nearly 40% of all spinal cord injuries annually. The forces in these collisions can severely damage the spinal cord, potentially leading to debilitating conditions like paralysis.
Certain vehicles, like motorcycles or large trucks, carry additional risk because of the extreme forces involved.
Slip and Falls
Falls are the second most common cause of spinal injuries in America, particularly among older adults. Some falls take place in the home, but many occur in the workplace or in public.
Many slips and falls are entirely preventable, caused by hazardous walking surfaces like slippery stairs or an uneven sidewalk. Leaving these kinds of hazards unattended without warning counts as negligent activity.
There’s a lot of dangerous work out there, and not every workplace is taking the proper precautions to prevent accidents. Falls from great heights, malfunctioning machinery, and exposure to hazardous chemicals can all put employees in unnecessary danger.
How Werner, Hoffman & Greig Can Help You Receive Full and Fair Compensation
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, and you believe someone else’s negligence is to blame, don’t hesitate to contact Werner, Hoffman & Greig. An experienced spinal cord injury lawyer can help get you the compensation you deserve.
- Investigate: Gather evidence, interview witnesses, and consult with experts to determine the cause of the accident and identify the responsible parties.
- Build a case: Document the extent of your injuries, medical expenses, and lost wages to support your claim for compensation.
- Negotiate: Represent you in negotiations with insurance companies to secure the maximum possible settlement.
- File a lawsuit: If necessary, file a lawsuit to protect your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.
Recovering fair compensation for your damages can be a long and frustrating process, and if you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, insurance companies and lawsuits are probably the last thing you want to think about.
An experienced spinal cord injury lawyer can provide support and guidance during a difficult time, and fight by your side for the compensation you deserve.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can be broken down in two ways: the type (severity) and level (location) of the injury.
Types of spinal cord injury
Most spinal cord injuries can be divided into two basic types:
- A complete spinal cord injury causes permanent damage to the affected area. This can result in conditions like parapligia, or paralysis in the lower body.
- In an incomplete spinal cord injury, the spine is only partially damaged. Some victims retain the ability to move and feel, depending on the location of the injury.
Levels of spinal cord injury
The spinal cord carries nerve signals from the body to the brain and back, so the location of the injury makes a big difference in how much of the body is affected.
- Sacral spinal injuries are located in the hips and pelvis. Lower body mobility varies, and walking may or may not be affected.
- Lumbar spinal injuries affect the hips and legs, and are more likely to lead to mobility issues than a sacral spinal injury.
- Thoracic spine injuries affect the upper chest, mid-back and abdominal muscles. Arm and hand function usually remains normal.
- Cervical spinal injuries are the most severe kind, affecting the neck above the shoulders. This is the level of spinal cord injury most likely to cause paralysis.
Secondary health complications
The spinal cord is what communicates between your brain and the rest of your body, and when that pathway is damaged, the effects on the body can be hard to predict. Spinal cord injuries can have a range of secondary effects, such as depression, respiratory problems, muscle spasms, and impaired sexual function.
No matter the type or level, any spinal cord injury can have a debilitating effect on your life. Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer like Werner, Hoffman & Greig can help you assess your individual situation and determine the amount of compensation that matches your type and level of injury.
The Cost of a Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are uniquely complicated to treat and can have a wide range of effects on the body. Many spinal cord injuries are the result of devastating and traumatic accidents, further adding to the emotional impact.
Medical expenses such as initial treatment, surgery, rehabilitation, or ongoing care can all be significant. Individuals with spinal cord injuries may also require expensive equipment to meet their needs, like specialized mobility tools or modifications to their home.
Victims of spinal cord injuries often suffer from depression, anxiety, and social isolation. The challenges of adapting to a new life can be overwhelming. The loss of independence can lead to grief and anger and put strain on victims’ relationships.
These mental and emotional challenges have a profound impact on quality of life and overall well-being, and shouldn’t be overlooked. The damage caused by spinal cord injuries goes beyond the phyiscal.
Recovering Damages Associated with a Spinal Cord Injury
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for the damages you’ve suffered. The amount of damages you can recover depends on the individual circumstances of your injury. Factors that can affect your potential compensation include:
Reimbursement for past and future medical costs associated with the treatment of your SCI.
Many spinal cord injuries affect your ability to work, sometimes permanently.
Pain and suffering
Your physical and emotional pain is a real cost, and you are entitled to compensation for pain and suffering associated with your injury.
In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the negligent party.
Contact Our Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Today
The spinal cord injury lawyers at Werner, Hoffman & Greig are ready to advocate for you. Spinal cord injuries have far-reaching effects on your life, and you deserve compensation for your losses.
Contact Werner, Hoffman & Greig at (800) 320-HELP (4357) to schedule an initial consultation.
How are spinal cord injury settlements calculated?
Factors like type and level of injury, extent of medical expenses and lost wages, pain and suffering, and more can affect the amount of compensation in SCI settlements. Every case is unique, and there is no set formula. An experienced spinal cord injury lawyer can assess your situation.
Will my spinal cord injury case go to trial?
Most spinal cord injury cases are settled out of court through negotiation between your lawyer and the negligent party’s insurance company. However, if we can’t reach an agreement you’re satisfied with, WHG is prepared to follow through in court.
How long do I have to file a spinal cord injury case?
Statue of limitations varies from state to state but is typically around two years from the date of injury. In some cases, like if a new injury caused by the accident emerges later, you may have extended time to file. Consult with a spinal cord injury lawyer to assess your options.
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