SPINAL CORD INJURY ATTORNEY CAN HELP
If you’ve suffered damage to your spine because of someone else’s careless actions, you should speak with a Houston spinal cord injury lawyer immediately. These injuries are some of the most severe and costly a person can suffer. You could be entitled to compensation that will help you deal with the incredible fallout of your back injury.
You Could Be Entitled to Much-Needed Payment
Through a personal injury claim, you could be given compensation for the many costs of your injury. 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 personal injury claim doesn’t take into consideration only to the financial consequences of your injury. Your pain, suffering, stress, and anxiety can also be factored into the amount you’re seeking. 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.
What to Expect in a Spinal Cord Injury Case
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, corresponding with insurance companies and investigating the circumstances surrounding your injury to determine who was at fault. Once your attorney knows who should be held responsible and how much you are owed, they will demand payment from the at-fault parties and their insurance companies.
If the other side is willing to discuss a settlement, then both sides will negotiate the terms of that settlement. If their offer meets your needs, then a settlement will be reached for the money you are owed. If there is an impasse, then the dispute will proceed to litigation. Your lawsuit may eventually result in a trial, in which both sides make their arguments before a jury. The jury may decide whether the defendant was at fault for the injuries suffered by the plaintiff, as well as how much the plaintiff is owed. Though many personal injury cases are resolved in settlement before a trial is necessary, our team knows how important it is to prepare a case that is trial-ready. This ensures our case is ready for any outcome and that the other side will know they should make a reasonable settlement offer if they want to avoid a trial.
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. They can be resolved in several weeks or take more than a year. 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.
Spinal Cord Damage is a Catastrophic Injury
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, 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.
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 SCI cases. This figure includes only those who survive the accident. In 2016, the number of people in the U.S. living with an SCI was approximately 282,000. The average age at injury is 42 years today; it was 29 in the 1970s.
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 SCI 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, an SCI 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 1 (800) 444-5000 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 SCIs (<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 SCI 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).
SCI 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.
It should come as no surprise that defendants’ insurance companies aggressively work to convince SCI 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 SCI attorney who forces the insurance company to negotiate in good faith and aggressively represents injury victims, including at trial if needed.
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 team can help.
EXPERIENCED SPINAL CORD 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. 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 want to hear more about your case and give you a free case evaluation. Contact 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.