Spinal cord injuries cause permanent changes in people’s lives. The pain endured by the victim is felt physically, emotionally and financially. Most spinal cord injuries result in temporary to permanent paralysis and come with a lifetime of medical costs. The injured party may lose their employment, income and quality of life. Often times, the family suffers as much as the victim. Family members may need to become full-time caregivers to victims of spinal cord accidents.
Many people suffer spinal cord injuries because of the negligence of another party. If your spinal cord injury has been caused by another person’s carelessness or negligence, an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you need for medical bills and other damages.
The personal injury lawyers at Washington Law Center are experienced in helping individuals and families recover financial compensation. We stand behind our work. That’s why we offer a free initial case review and a no-fee promise. You won’t pay anything unless we win your case!
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves housed with the spinal column of the body. An injury to the spinal cord can result in partial or full loss of motor function and sensation. These types of injuries may also leave the victims paralyzed from the waist down (also known as paraplegic) or in all four limbs (known as quadriplegic). The spinal cord is very pivotal to a range of bodily functions including breathing, bladder control, sexual function, and much more. Therefore, accident victims tend to suffer a broad range of permanent, and very serious health issues following their injury.
A spinal cord injury results when the victim suffers a traumatic injury to the spine. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the leading causes of spinal cord injuries (through March 2014) are:
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury, whether it is from an auto accident or from medical malpractice, you should contact our spinal cord injury attorneys immediately.
Your spinal cord injury was caused by negligence.
Negligence is the main theory behind most spinal cord injury lawsuits(as well as most personal injury lawsuits too). Examples of negligence are your injury occured when you were hit by a car while you we’re on your motorcyle or slipping and falling due to faulty or broken stairs at on someone else’s property. In all cases, you will need to prove that the party you are suing is at fault and legally responsible for your spinal cord injury.
Your spinal cord injury was cause by a defective product.
Faulty seatbelts and airbags can cause a spinal cord injury. If a defective product was the cause of your injury you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer, retailer, or designer of the faulty product. For more information on defective product lawsuits, see our products liability page.
Monetary awards in a spinal cord injury case are to compensate the injured for the losses cause by the injury. These money based awards help restore the injured person to their pre-accident condition.
Damages typically include compensation that goes beyond the victim’s incurred medical expenses and reimbursement for “pain and suffering.” Due to these injuries often having permanent, life-altering effects, the damages awarded can also include compensation for ongoing healthcare. They may also include the cost of motorized devices and modifications that may be made to the victim’s home to make it more accessible.
If you or a loved one is a victim of a spinal cord injury, you should call the attorneys at Washington Law Center immediately. At Washington Law Center, we fight … you win.