Suffering a spinal injury is often catastrophic for the injured person and devastating for family members and friends. Despite months of medical care and rehabilitation, many injury victims have lasting disabilities. When another person’s careless or negligent actions caused your injuries, there is often an added desire to hold them responsible for the pain and suffering they caused.
At the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, our spinal cord injury lawyers can help you hold the liable party or parties responsible and recover the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
What are some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries?
Spinal cord injuries happen when a violent blow damages the nerves in the spinal cord. This can cause paralysis, loss of feeling, and problems with muscle control. Other spinal injuries can include a herniated, or slipped, disc or broken vertebrae.
The most common causes of spinal injury are vehicle accidents, which account for38% of injuries, and falls, which cause 30.5%, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC). Acts of violence—primarily gunshot wounds—cause 13.5% of spinal cord injuries, while 9% occur during sports and recreation activities such as swimming and diving accidents. As of 2016, there were about 282,000 people living with spinal cord injuries in the United States. Every year there are 17,000 new spinal cord injuries diagnosed in this country.
How do spinal cord injuries affect the lives of Fort Lauderdale victims and their families?
The expenses associated with spinal injuries are extremely high. Hospital stays include an average of 11 days in an acute care unit and more than a month of inpatient rehabilitation, according to the NSCISC. Less than 1%of spinal cord injury victims experience complete neurological recovery before they leave the hospital, meaning there is therapy and ongoing care required for more than 99% of people with spinal cord injuries.
In addition, many people who experience a spinal cord injury suffer from a lasting disability. They are not able to return to work and require lifelong nursing care. Those who do recover sometimes require months or years of painful, tough rehabilitation. Even minor injuries can damage nerves and result in years of chronic pain.
In spinal cord injuries, the severity of an injury depends in part on where it occurs on the spine. When the lower spinal cord suffers an injury, the person is more likely to become paraplegic and therefore unable to move their legs and the rest of their lower body. When the upper portion of the spinal cord suffers an injury, there is a greater chance that the victim becomes a quadriplegic. This means all four limbs are adversely affected. They may struggle to breathe on their own, feed themselves, and complete self-care activities. This can greatly affect the quality of life and level of disability following an injury.
How can my family recover compensation after a spinal cord injury?
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal injury because of another party’s negligence, you may be eligible to file for damages. Negligence can lead to spinal cord injuries in a number of ways, from car accidents to medical malpractice to premises liability cases.
Negligence occurs when someone who owes you a duty to keep you safe acts carelessly or even intentionally. If you suffer injuries due to their actions or inaction, they are financially liable for your medical bills, lost wages, and other accident-related losses.
For example, if you became a paraplegic because of a car accident, the driver who broke a traffic law and caused the crash is responsible for your injuries. In this case, we would file a third-party liability claim based on the at-fault driver’s auto insurance policy to recover money to pay your medical expenses, lost wages, and ongoing care costs. We would present the evidence to prove negligence and demonstrate your losses to the insurance company and negotiate a settlement based on the full value of your damages and expected future damages.
Occasionally, the insurance company refuses to negotiate or other complications arise. If this occurs, we can discuss other options to help you get the payout you need and deserve. This may include filing a personal injury lawsuit in a Florida civil court and having a judge or jury rule on your case and award damages.
Do I need a lawyer to help me file a Fort Lauderdale spinal cord injury claim?
To maximize your chances at compensation, it is essential to find a Fort Lauderdale spinal cord injury attorney who can effectively represent your interests, answer any questions you may have, and advise you regarding the legal options that are available to you based on the facts of your case.
We have the resources necessary to build a strong case in your favor, including calling in the expert witnesses who can estimate your future care needs and help us calculate how much you may need to pay for ongoing care. Let us handle all your legal needs and fight for the compensation you deserve while you focus on completing rehabilitation and recovering as fully as possible.
How can I contact a spinal cord injury attorney?
To discuss your potential claim regarding a Fort Lauderdale spinal cord injury, call the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine today at 800-747-3733. We offer free case evaluations in our initial consultation with one of our South Florida spinal cord injury lawyers.