If you or a loved one has suffered damage to your spine because someone else was careless or negligent, you should speak with our Houston spinal injury lawyers immediately to see if you are entitled to compensation through a spinal injury lawsuit. Spinal cord injuries are some of the most severe and costly a person can suffer and can lead to paralysis or even death. You could be entitled to an award that will help cover expenses such as your medical and rehabilitative bills as well as the pain and suffering and other non-tangible costs you must deal with from the incredible fallout of your back injury.
The Houston spinal cord injury lawyers at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law know what you are going through and that spinal cord injuries may mean pain, disability, inability to work and function in family and social settings, and a need for ongoing care that could last a lifetime. That is why we will fight to secure benefits that will cover continuing costs throughout your life. Do not delay. Contact us today at (713) 973-8888 to get help and direction.
We offer a free consultation to discuss the facts of your individual situation and determine how to best proceed with getting you the settlement you deserve. Let us relieve your stress by handling the legal details so you can concentrate on your recovery. We have a “No Fee Guarantee”, so you pay nothing up front unless and until we win a settlement for you. Call the spinal injury lawyers at Terry Bryant today at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000, or fill out our online contact form for your free case evaluation.
Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys Address Your Concerns
Our spinal injury attorneys know that after a spinal injury, it is natural for you to have major fears and concerns. The effects on your life and the lives of your family can be enormous. You are worried about whether you can recover enough to be functional and take care of yourself, whether you can be a partner in a marriage and a parent to your children, whether you can ever return to work and be a wage earner again. The answers to these questions may not be known for months, sometimes years, after the injury, because recovery can be a long, slow, and painful process requiring medical care and physical and psychological therapy and rehabilitation.
It is also natural to have fears about your financial situation. Medical, therapy, adaptive equipment, and pharmaceutical bills mount up at a time when you are probably unable to work and unsure whether you ever will be able to earn a living. You may have the costs of modifying your home and vehicle to accommodate a wheelchair.
It helps to know that the spinal injury attorneys at Terry Bryant are working to get you and your family the best settlement possible to cover all of these costs through your spinal cord injury lawsuit. We take the burden off you so you can concentrate on your recovery.
Call us now at (713) 973-8888 to address any concerns and get started.
Houston Spinal Injury Lawyers Fight for Benefits You Need
Our spinal cord injury lawyers will fight for you to receive compensation for the many costs of your injury through a personal injury claim. If your injury was someone else’s fault, you should not have to pay for the expenses you’ve incurred. When you file a claim, you will be demanding payment for…
- Any past and future medical expenses related to your injury
- Income lost due to reduced work capacity or time missed at work
- Emotional and physical suffering.
A spinal injury claim takes into consideration more than the financial consequences of your injury. Your pain, suffering, stress, and anxiety can also be factored into the amount you’re seeking, as can restitution for the effect on your marriage, family, and social life, and for loss of life’s pleasures. It’s important to know the true cost of your injury, so you can be sure you’re getting the payment you’re entitled to.
Let the experienced Houston spinal cord injury lawyers at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law help you determine the amount you’re owed. Schedule your free consultation today at (713) 973-8888.
What to Expect in Spinal Cord Injury Claims
Once you hire a spinal cord injury attorney to handle your case, your attorney will get to work on the many different elements to filing a claim. This includes:
- Filing all necessary documents.
- Gathering evidence as to what your financial losses and costs are and what they are projected to be in the future.
- Corresponding with all potentially involved insurance companies, including your own, if applicable, and identifying all possible sources of recovery. This process may take several months.
- Investigating the circumstances surrounding your injury to determine who was at fault. During investigation, our spinal injury lawyers will look for evidence about your case – how your injury happened and who might have been at fault or contributed to it.
- Demanding payment. Once your spinal injury attorneys know who should be held responsible and how much you are owed, they will demand payment from the at-fault parties and their insurance companies.
- Negotiation. Our spinal cord injury lawyers will negotiate with attorneys from the other side to discuss a possible settlement. If both sides agree, you will receive the settlement that was negotiated.
- Litigation. If there is no agreement, the case will go to litigation and may result in a trial in front of a jury. While both sides hope to reach a settlement of spinal injury claims without a trial, our Houston spinal injuries are fully prepared to take your case in front of a jury should it be necessary. The knowledge of our readiness puts pressure on the opposition to make a reasonable offer, but the final decision of whether to proceed to trial is up to you.
Understanding How Much You are Owed and How Long Your Case Will Take
Two of the most frequently asked questions about spinal cord injury cases are “How much money can I get?” and “How long will my case take?” These are essential questions to ask, but there is no way an attorney can give an opinion on these aspects of a claim without knowing the specifics of someone’s case. Be wary of any lawyer that gives you a quick answer without knowing the details of your situation.
These claims can be worth thousands of dollars or millions of dollars. If insurance companies are willing to negotiate, settlements can be resolved in several weeks. However, insurance companies are out to make a profit and will often offer the lowest settlement possible, so it may be necessary to go to trial, in which case it may take a year or more to resolve. Each case is different, so it’s important to speak to a lawyer who is familiar with spinal cord injury cases to get an informed assessment of your case.
If you want a free initial case assessment, you should contact the Houston spinal injury attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law today by calling (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 or filling out our online contact form.
Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Know Damage Is Catastrophic
Spinal cord injury may occur from a sudden, traumatic blow to your spine that damages vertebrae through crushing, breaking, dislocating, or fracturing.
Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are often the result of severe accidents that can occur in many ways. While injuries to the back are often the result of vehicle accidents, they can also happen from a simple fall, work accident, a surgical error or other medical error that may be considered malpractice, a gunshot or knife wound, or assault or other violent crime, or even a sports-related back injury. Spinal cord damage is one of the most devastating, life-altering types of injury you can suffer and demands a complete transition to a new way of life. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, the attorneys at Terry Bryant can help you explore your potential legal remedies.
Since the spinal column is responsible for transmitting commands from the brain to the rest of the body, any damage it receives could result in temporary or permanent neurological impairment. In some cases, surgery and physical therapy can help an injured person regain some feeling and motor ability. However, it is not uncommon for additional damage to occur for weeks or months after the original injury due to problems such as bleeding, swelling, or inflammation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 54 spinal cord injury cases per million people occur in the U.S. each year. Of these, approximately 17,000 are new spinal cord injury cases. This figure includes only those who survive the accident. In 2016, the number of people in the U.S. living with a spinal cord injury was approximately 282,000. The average age at injury is 42 years today; it was 29 in the 1970s.
According to the Mayo Clinic, after a spinal cord injury, your ability to control your limbs will depend on where the injury is along your spine (the “neurological level” of the injury), and how severe the injury is (the “completeness” of the injury).
Some signs that you may have a spinal cord injury include:
- Weakness in or inability to move parts of your body
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Not being able to feel sensations such as heat or cold
- Nerve pain, numbness, or tingling
- Changes in sexual ability
- Breathing problems
- Back or neck pain or pressure.
Spinal Cord Injury Severity Is Classified as Either of the Following:
- Complete – All feeling (sensory) and ability to control movement (motor function) are lost below the spinal cord injury.
- Incomplete – When some motor or sensory function below the injured area remains, the spinal cord injury is called incomplete and classified in varying degrees.
Paralysis from a Spinal Cord Injury Is Referred to as:
- Tetraplegia (quadriplegia) – Arms, hands, waist, legs, and pelvic organs are all affected by the injury.
- Paraplegia – All or part of the trunk, legs, and pelvic organs are affected.
These afflictions can also happen in the workplace, and those who work in construction or jobs where major falls are an occupational hazard are at a greater risk. In some cases, a spinal cord injury can occur while playing sports with less than adequate protection; in other cases, such an injury may become immediately apparent after back surgery, for example, to treat scoliosis.
If you or a family member has experienced a serious spinal cord injury that was suffered on the job, in a car accident or through a slip and fall incident, you could be due payment for the costs you’ve suffered.
Call the Houston spinal cord injury attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (713) 973-8888 or fill out our online form to get started. Let us provide you with a free case review in an initial consultation.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
The latest CDC research data regarding the causes of spine injuries to Americans comes from 2016:
- 46% are attributed to motor vehicle accidents (including commercial truck, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrians hit by a vehicle).
- 22% come from falls, which are the leading cause of workplace accidents. Also, the largest percentage of all injuries to senior Americans (15%) come by way of a fall.
- 16% of spinal cord injuries are the result of criminal violence, with the victim usually sustaining gunshot or deep knife wounds.
- 12% are attributable to sports. Athletic activities, such as impact sports (e.g., baseball, football, basketball, soccer, and hockey) and diving in dark, shallow water cause about 10% of spinal cord injuries.
- Some spinal cord injuries (<5%) are the result of medical malpractice – a surgical error or misdiagnosis – or are worsened by it.
The Christopher Reeve Foundation recently determined the economic costs of spinal cord injuries. Below are the average yearly costs (health care and living expenses) of spinal cord injury victims:
- High Quadriplegia (C1-C4): $1,064,716 in year one and $184,891/year thereafter
- Low Quadriplegia (C5-C8): $769,351 in year one and $113,423/year thereafter
- Paraplegia: $518,904 in year one and $68,739/year thereafter
- Incomplete motor function (any level): $347,484 in year one and $42,206/year thereafter.
Spinal injuries involving paralysis have immediate life-changing consequences. You not only need extensive medical treatment, but you’ll also likely need to learn a whole new series of day-to-day living skills to fit your new life. You may need to modify your motor vehicle, home, and workplace (or acquire new ones, custom-crafted to your unique needs).
Spinal cord injury sufferers experience a number of health problems for the remainder of their lives: complications with bladder and bowels, an inability to regulate blood pressure and body temperature, chronic pain, and decreased resistance to respiratory complications. Overall, spinal cord injury victims generally experience a shorter lifespan and consistently need specialized medical care.
Legal Issues in Spinal Cord Injury Claims
It should come as no surprise that defendants’ insurance companies aggressively work to convince spinal cord injury victims to accept as low a settlement amount as possible. And it’s the reason why anyone who is injured by someone else’s carelessness must have a seasoned Houston spinal cord injury attorney who forces the insurance company to negotiate in good faith and aggressively represents injury victims, including at trial if needed.
If your spinal cord injury case is based on someone else’s negligence, your spinal injury attorney will need to prove that the responsible party you are suing is legally at fault for causing or contributing to your injury.
Examples of negligence that were the fault of another include:
- You, a pedestrian, were hit by a careless driver.
- You fell on a broken staircase that should have been repaired.
- You were hurt by a defective exploding airbag or other defective product.
If a family member has died from a traumatic spinal cord injury caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless action, we can help you pursue a lawsuit for wrongful death. This allows family members to seek compensation for medical expenses leading up to the death, for funeral expenses, and other losses, such as loss of future earnings and loss of companionship. Be aware that Texas has a statute of limitations, generally a two-year time limit from the date of the injury or death, to file a personal injury or wrongful claim in court. If you miss this deadline, the courts are likely to refuse to hear your case. (***Always speak directly to an attorney for the exact statute of limitations and other deadlines that apply to your claim.***)
Texas uses a modified form of comparative negligence (called “proportionate responsibility”). This means that if you are found to have contributed to the accident and are partially at fault for the injury, your damage award can be reduced in proportion to the amount of blame attributed to you. An example would be if you were drunk at the time you took a fall that caused the spinal cord injury. However, as long as you are not more than 50% to blame for the accident, our attorneys could still get you the proportion of the award that the defendant is found to be at fault.
As you can see, the stakes are high for someone dealing with a severe spine injury. You deserve a law firm that knows these types of cases. Our experienced legal team can help.
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Experienced Spinal Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one has suffered spinal cord damage, you should contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to schedule a free consultation. Our injury lawyers have years of experience helping clients get the payment and care they need to rebuild their lives. Whether you suffered an injury in a car accident, in the workplace or on someone’s property, you should explore your legal options.
Terry Bryant is a Board Certified personal injury attorney and a former judge in Texas (Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization; Municipal Judge, 22 years, Spring Valley Village, Texas). He knows the law and what it takes to get clients the compensation they deserve. You’re likely facing many challenges in life, including medical bills, the inability to do your job, and difficulties performing routine tasks. We want to help you overcome these challenges.
We offer a No Fee Guarantee — you will only pay attorney fees if your claim is successful and there is a recovery. This means we work on a contingent fee basis and will advance the money to pay for expenses such as the cost of experts. Therefore, if we take your case, we believe in our ability to help you win.
We want to hear more about your case and give you a free case evaluation. Contact the spinal injury attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law today by filling out our online contact form or giving us a call toll-free at 1 (800) 444-5000, or locally in the Houston area at 713-973-8888.