Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
No matter how severe spinal cord injuries are, they always result in permanent changes to people’s lives. The pain endured by the victim is felt physically, emotionally, and financially.
Let our experienced spinal cord injury attorneys help you get compensated for your pain and suffering.
Is Someone Else Liable For Your Spinal Cord Injury?
Most spinal cord injuries result in temporary to permanent paralysis, pain and loss of function. They often also result in a lifetime of medical costs. The injured party often loses their job, source of income, and their quality of life suffers.
Family members may also need to become full-time caregivers to the victim of spinal cord accident, resulting in more permanent changes to many lives.
Take advantage of our extensive experience litigating spinal injury cases. If your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, like a doctor or a workplace injury, contact the personal injury and L&I attorneys at Washington Law Center.
“When Do I Need an Injury Lawyer?”
Video Transcript: When Do I Need An Injury Lawyer?
ATTORNEY ASHTON DENNIS: Following an injury, that wasn’t your fault, there’s always a natural question that’s asked internally is how soon do I need a lawyer? Should I call a lawyer? The one thing you want to keep in mind is insurance companies, large corporations, are often working immediately after an injury to start building a case against the injured party. Not to help them, not to get them back on their feet, not to provide them any type of resources, but to simply to try to save money in the long run by collecting information they think will hurt you.
So if you’ve asked yourself, “Is it time to call an attorney?” [You] probably already answered that question internally, that you should and now you’re looking for the right attorney. Find the right attorney, that’s going to spend the time, going to look at the facts and truly understand how this has impacted you, impacted your family, and that’s what we believe we’re very good at.
The legal team at Washington Law Center is successful in helping individuals and families recover financial compensation for spinal cord injuries. We are also dedicated to helping injured victims recovery from the emotional injuries that follow traumatic injuries to the spine. We stand behind our work for the people of Washington.
What Makes Me Eligible For a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit?
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. Examples of negligence include injuries that occur if you were to be hit by a car or an accident due to lack of maintenance and upkeep of a public facility. In any case, you will need to prove that the party you are suing is at fault and legally responsible for your injury.
Your spinal cord injury was caused by a defective product.
Faulty seatbelts and airbags are a common cause of spinal cord injuries. If a defective product is liable for your injury you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer, retailer or designer of the faulty product.
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Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys FAQs
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
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 (also 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 relates to damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal. These injuries can cause changes in strength or other body functions impacting an individual’s employment, as well as their mental, emotional, social, and well-being.
According to the World Health Organization, every year, between 250,000-500,000 people suffer from a spinal cord injury. These injuries are associated with lower rates of school enrollment, economic participation, and it carries substantial individual and societal costs. The severity of the injury can be:
Complete: impacts all sensory feelings and control
Incomplete: impacts some sensory and motor function
What Are Common Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury?
According to the Mayo Clinic, spinal cord injuries may result in one or more of the following signs and symptoms:
- Loss of movement
- Loss or altered sensation, including the ability to feel heat, cold and touch
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Exaggerated reflex activities or spasms
- Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity and fertility
- Pain or an intense stinging sensation caused by damage to the nerve fibers in your spinal cord
- Difficulty breathing, coughing or clearing secretions from your lungs
Emergency signs and symptoms of a spinal cord injury after an accident may include:
- Extreme back pain or pressure in the neck, head or back
- Weakness or paralysis in any part of your body
- Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in your hands, fingers, feet or toes
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Difficulty with balance and walking
- Impaired breathing after injury
- An oddly positioned or twisted neck or back
What Are Common Causes of a Spinal Cord Injury?
Traumatic injuries to the spine are often caused by the following.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents – including auto accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, and bus accidents (42% of all spinal cord injuries)
- Falls – including workplace accidents
- Violent Acts – including shootings
- Medical Malpractice or Surgery Complications
- Sports related injuries
- Distracted driver
- Auto manufacturing issue
- Pedestrian/cyclist related accidents
- Unsafe roads
- Unsafe worksite conditions
- Slippery surfaces
- Tripping hazards
- Poorly-maintained property
- Physical contact
- Surgical error
- Medical negligence
- Medical product defects
Spinal cord injuries can also lead to secondary conditions that can be debilitating or even life-threatening. Symptoms may also include one or more of the following:
- Loss or altered sensations (including the ability to feel temperature and touch)
- Sharp or chronic pain caused by damaged nerves
- Loss or difficulty with movement
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Difficulty breathing or coughing
- Ongoing medical care is critical to preventing and managing these conditions
What Compensation is Eligible for Spinal Cord Injuries?
Monetary awards in spinal cord injury cases are to compensate the injured for the losses caused by their injuries. Compensation helps the injured party cope with a new way of life and in somes cases restore them to their pre-accident condition with proper medical care.
Damages typically include compensation that goes beyond the victim’s incurred medical expenses and reimbursement for “pain and suffering.” Due to the nature of these injuries, often with permanent effects, the damages awarded can include compensation for long term 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.
Compensation for an L&I spinal cord injuries may include: medical care, time loss, loss of earning power (LEP), vocational re-training, permanent partial disability (PPD), and injury pension awards.
How Much Does an Injury Lawyer Cost?
There’s a misconception that personal injury lawyers cost too much money and that you can’t afford one. Washington Law Center is different. We do not get paid upfront and we don’t charge you unreasonable fees before any work has been done. Unless we get you compensated in your personal injury case, there are no lawyer fees.
Video Transcript: How Much Does A Lawyer Cost?
ATTORNEY ASHTON DENNIS: The question is often asked, “How much does an attorney cost?” And there’s a misconception in that “an attorney costs way too much and you can’t afford one.” We’re different. We do not get paid up front. We do not take a deposit. We do not take a retainer. We don’t ask for your credit card information. We simply are paid based on the value and money earned on your case. So if there’s no recovery, then there are no attorneys fees. It’s as simple as that.
Following an injury is often when people have the least amount of resources. They may be out of a job. They may need to pay medical expenses and just keep food on the table. We let you focus on the things you need to for your family, and we’ll focus on your case, on your specific claim, so that you don’t have to. Unless we get you compensated, there are no attorneys fees. So, give us a call early, maybe following the injury, and we’d be more than happy to get going.
What is My Injury Claim Worth?
No two spinal cord injury cases are the same. It is important to find an experienced attorney who puts in the work to learn and understand all the details of your case before giving you a number or making false promises to you and your loved ones. Washington Law Center is committed to results and always has your best interest in mind.
Video Transcript: What Is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?
ATTORNEY ASHTON DENNIS: Wondering what your case is worth is a natural question to ask. It’s something that all of our clients have asked: what is my case worth? If an attorney is willing to give you what your case is worth over the phone, without meeting you, without understanding the facts, they’re doing you a disservice. Knowing precisely what your case is worth requires a lot of work and a lot of understanding. That’s not something that you can just simply answer off the cuff.
If that’s advice you’ve gotten, we’d encourage you to give us a call because we’ll ask the right questions. We’re going to ask you how this injury affected your life. How did it affect your family’s life? Are you able to work again? How much work did you miss? What type of treatment did you go through? What is the future going to look like? Those are the questions we’re going to ask you. We’re not just going to give you some boilerplate answer that your case is worth ‘x’.
That’s not what good injury attorneys do. They look at the specific facts. They look at how you’ve been hurt, how it has impacted your family, and then they determine how to best approach it and whether that’s through negotiations, through a trial process, but no two cases are the same.
No Fee Until You Win
Case Results For Spinal Cord Injury Victims
$1,000,000 – Man Injured by a Forklift
Settlement for a man injured by a forklift along with L&I benefits with the potential to recieve life-long benefits.
$850,000 – Family Injured by Drunk Driver
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OVER $100 MILLION AWARDED TO OUR CLIENTS BY VERDICT, SETTLEMENT, INJURY PENSION OR JUDGMENT