Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
If you’re looking for a spinal cord injury attorney, you or a loved one has most likely experienced a traumatic injury recently. Back and spinal cord injuries that occur as the result of a serious accident can change the course of your life.
Your spine is one of the most important parts of your body. Spinal cord injuries occur when the bones of the spine that are supposed to protect the internal spinal cord are damaged in any number of ways. When any portion of your spine is damaged in an accident such as a fall or a car accident, the injury can hinder natural movement, cause disability, and bring about extreme pain. The spinal cord does not have to be completely cut to cause a loss of function. A bruised, crushed or stretched spinal cord can also cause disability. A person who has a spinal cord injury may be unable to earn the income he or she did previously and may have difficulty enjoying life the way they did before the accident.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury like this and your future is uncertain, an experienced spinal cord injury attorney can work with you to get the financial compensation you need to bring you peace of mind and restore as much normalcy to your life as is possible given the circumstances.
About Spinal Cord Injuries
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, each year in the United States more than 17,000 spinal cord injuries (SCIs) occur. Sadly, there are nearly 300,000 people living with spinal cord injuries in the US. Car accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, followed closely by slip and fall accidents. Acts of violence, including gun shots, and sports or recreational activities are also common causes.
Even when expert medical attention is received immediately after an accident, a spinal cord injury can still lead to lifelong disability. During the course of care, the level of injury will be assessed. In this case, level does not refer to the degree, but rather the location of the injury on the spine. The spinal cord injury’s location directly affects which parts of the body will be impacted. The closer the injury is to the head, the more likely serious dysfunction becomes.
In addition to the level of injury, spinal cord injuries are usually classified as complete or incomplete. Incomplete injury means the spinal cord has retained at least some of its ability to send messages to the brain. That typically means there is still some sensation and possible movement below the level of the injury. Complete injury means there is a total loss of motor and sensory function below the injury. You can find more information about spinal cord injuries at the Christopher Reeve Foundation.
The bottom line is this: spinal cord injuries are serious. No matter the level or completeness of the injury, the victim’s life is likely to be permanently changed.
Spinal Cord Injury Compensation
Because of their seriousness and the specialized treatment required, spinal cord injuries can be devastatingly expensive. Beyond medical bills, the injured party may also be entitled to compensation to cover assistive devices, home health and daily life assistance, travel and transportation, rehab, counseling and more. But the ability to recover compensation completely depends on whether you can provide a compelling demonstration of the injuries and how they occurred.
An experienced spinal cord injury lawyer can help you tell your story. When you choose Team Green, we will work to assess all parties that could be held liable for the injuries in your case and develop a strong case to seek maximum compensation for you and your family. We’ll do the hard work of negotiating with insurance companies, exploring all possible settlement options, and pursuing the best course of action to get you full and fair compensation.
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Team Green is a different kind of law firm. We’re not going to make you promises we can’t deliver on. This is our promise to you: we will guide you through the legal process, working with you through straight talk and personal attention, and we’ll work for you with smart, aggressive representation to get the settlement or judgment you deserve. Other lawyers show their case results on their websites, but not only does that imply results they can’t guarantee — it’s against the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct (Rule 7.1  (2)). But you should know that the results of one successful case does not tell us what will happen with you. We will work with you to set realistic expectations of the timeline and money that could be recovered for your unique case.
Frequently Asked Questions for Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
Not yet. Spinal cord injuries do not yet have a medical cure. However, treatments have been developed that may help improve long-term function. For example, steroids can be administered by IV at the time of the injury. There is much academic research yet to be performed to continue to improve spinal cord injury outcomes. For the moment, a lifetime of medical assistance may be necessary following a spinal cord injury.
Spinal cord injuries can make a person more susceptible to pneumonia and upper respiratory infections. For this reason, the doctor in charge of rehabilitation may recommend vaccines to prevent the flu and pneumonia. Spasms and painful sensations are also common spinal cord injury side effects.
Wrongful death, product liability, and medical negligence or malpractice are common approaches to spinal cord injury cases. These legal theories may be used in combination with one another as well, so it’s in your best interest to work with an attorney experienced in spinal cord injuries to determine the best approach to your unique case.
Yes. In the state of Indiana, there is a two year statute of limitations on all personal injury claims. That means you have two years from the time of the accident or the date you first discover your injuries to file your claim. If your claim is against a state, county, or city government agency, you have even less time to file.