Have you suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another person, a business or government? If so, you may wish to contact a qualified spinal cord injury attorney to help guide you through the legal process. Johnson Attorneys Group works tirelessly to support the needs of every single client. Our law firm recognizes the intricacies involved when a person suffers a spinal cord injury. Our personal injury law firm is proud to have settled many favorable verdicts and settlements over the years. Contact us to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Spinal injuries are considered a catastrophic injury and can have devastating, long-term effects on your health and well-being. Each year, about 12,000 people are hurt and 450,000 are living with spinal cord injuries. Contrary to popular opinion, breaking one’s back or neck does not immediately guarantee a spinal cord injury. There could simply be damage to the bone of the surrounding vertebrae, whereas a spinal cord injury would result in a loss of mobility or feeling. That’s also what sets it apart from other injuries like ruptured disks, pinched nerves, or spinal stenosis.
Almost all causes of spinal injury stem from either trauma (car accident, gunshot, a fall, etc.) or disease (polio, spina bifida, etc.) and don’t even need to sever the spine; just damaging it is often enough to result in a loss of function. Recovering from such an injury is never easy–surgery, rehabilitation, ongoing medical care, and sophisticated medical devices may all be needed. Many people who sustain a spine injury are burdened with costly medical bills, extensive rehabilitation, time out of work and dealing with insurance companies. So even with medical insurance, very few people can afford complete treatment on their own. Before all of this overwhelms you, it’s important to get a free consultation from an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer. If you have suffered an injury due to negligence, people in California have the right to seek fair compensation through a civil lawsuit. Contact us today for a FREE case evaluation.
Reasons to File a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit with an Attorney
Injury lawsuits are based on the fact that someone's negligence caused you a harm. Basically, if it were not for their actions or inaction, you would not have suffered a loss. Car and motorcycle accidents are the cause of more than one-third of all spinal injuries in California. To be fairly compensated, you’ll need to show that the other person was at fault. Maybe they were driving too fast or went through a stop sign. It may have just been inattention. Regardless of the reason, you’ll have an opportunity to show their negligence and have a California court award you accordingly.
Seniors overwhelmingly suffer spinal injuries because of unnecessary falls. All too often, home and business owners leave walkways cluttered, fail to install secure handrails or don’t clean up slippery materials. These are unfortunate things that result in dangerous falls. If something like this results in you being hurt, you may have a strong case for negligence.
It’s not uncommon for manufacturers to recall defective products. We hear about faulty brakes or airbags frequently in the news. Products are required to pass government safety standards. When they don’t and people are injured, these billion-dollar companies need to be held accountable. Pursuing a lawsuit with the help of a California personal injury attorney will not only help you recover your loss, it will also reduce the chance of someone else getting hurt.
Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Claims
Recovering from a spinal injury can be a lengthy process. Some people face a lifetime of problems from serious spinal cord injury accidents. It’s important to understand that you don’t have to wait until you’ve fully recovered or completed rehab to file a lawsuit.
California statute of limitations allows injured parties a certain amount of time to file a legal claim. If a lawsuit is not filed within the allotted time, an injured person may be barred forever from proceeding with their case. Keep in mind that current and future medical treatment, as well as other costs, become part of the monetary resolution. By filing on time, you secure the right to compensation later. The statute of limitations vary depending on the case. It is important to consult with an experienced attorney to discuss this in order to protect your rights.
Living with Paralysis as a Result of a Spinal Cord Injury
When someone suffers the traumatic effects of paralysis, the cost of medical care can exceed most people’s means. During the first year, expenses can range from $500,000 to more than $750,000. Other motor function injury costs can exceed $300,000. Ongoing costs can range from $42,000 to nearly $200,000 per year and the price of health care continue to increase.
Beyond the monetary struggle, paraplegia and other loss of function conditions mean adjusting to a new way of life physically, emotionally and intellectually. This may mean multiple types of therapy and community-based assistance. That’s why our attorneys take a comprehensive approach to determining long-term expenses and pursue a realistic judgment on your behalf.
Your California spinal cord injury lawyer will provide the court with documented expenses and realistic estimates that include:
- Home-based nursing or attendant care
- Prescription drug and equipment costs
- Construction costs for ramps and lifts
- Transportation costs and specialized vehicles
- Long-term counseling
- Workforce retraining
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain, suffering, and quality of life compensation
- Losses that effect a spouse or partner
Experience that Works! Contact Johnson Attorneys Group for Your Spinal Cord Injury Claim in California
The most important aspect of a spinal cord injury is to treat with the best doctors in the field. Johnson Attorneys Group has done the legwork for our clients. We are able to provide our clients with a list of board-certified physicians who are on the cutting edge of technology. This avoids unnecessary surgeries. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, it’s imperative that you have an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your interests.