National Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
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Spinal cord injuries are devastating injuries that can have lifelong effects. They require extensive medical care and can even lead to death.
If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury because of another’s actions, you should consider contacting a reputable spinal cord injury lawyer as soon as possible. Our spinal cord injury lawyers have decades of experience helping injury victims get the compensation they need to cover mounting medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The leader of our personal injury team, Kenneth M. Suggs, has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America® for more than a quarter century for personal injury, medical malpractice, mass torts and product liability. Our team accepts cases nationwide and offers a free initial consultation. We work only on a contingency fee basis and do not charge any fees or legal costs unless you obtain compensation.
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Why You Need a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Pursuing a spinal cord injury claim on your own is tough, particularly when you are dealing with severe pain or limited mobility from your injury.
Spinal cord injury claims, like other personal injury claims, are complicated. You have to conduct a comprehensive investigation to have any chance of proving another party is liable for your injuries.
If the defendant decides to settle, you will have to negotiate with aggressive insurance companies or attorneys who are trying to pay the least possible amount for your claim. If the defendant chooses not to settle, you will have to go through a trial.
If you do not have experience and extensive legal knowledge of any aspect of a personal injury claim, any hope of obtaining compensation could be gone.
You need skilled representation from a resourceful, experienced, knowledgeable law firm that will fight to defend your rights and recover maximum compensation.
How Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC Can Help You
The spinal cord injury lawyers at Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC have the qualities you need to protect your best interests throughout the legal process. There are several things we will do if we take your case:
- Conduct an in-depth investigation of the circumstances of your injury to find out when negligence occurred.
- Carefully review medical records and treatments you are receiving to determine the severity of your injury and all of the ways it affects you on a daily basis.
- Consult medical experts if necessary to prove the injury could have only been caused by negligence.
- Determine a fair amount of compensation to cover all physical, financial and emotional damages from your injury.
- Negotiate with insurance companies and lawyers for the other side if they offer to settle.
- Take your case to trial if we do not receive a fair settlement offer, given your medical expenses and other damages caused by your injury.
- Charge no legal fees unless your claim has a favorable outcome through a settlement or courtroom verdict.
Our personal injury attorneys have recovered millions in compensation for victims of negligence, including victims of catastrophic accidents and medical malpractice.
Multiple attorneys at our firm have been recognized as Super Lawyers® in many states. Several have also been included in the Best Lawyers in America®. Litigation principal Kenneth M. Suggs has obtained favorable judgments from major companies, including Fortune 500 corporations.
We have offices in Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington, D.C. If we do not have an office in your state, or you cannot make it to one our locations, our spinal cord injury lawyers can come to you for a free legal consultation.
Proving Negligence in a Spinal Cord Injury Case
Spinal cord injuries result from a variety of situations, including car, truck and motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, sports injuries, and slip and fall accidents. About half of spinal cord injuries are caused by car or motorcycle accidents, according to the Mayo Clinic, making these accidents the leading cause of spinal cord injuries for those under age 65.
In some cases, a spinal cord injury can lead to brain damage. Clinical studies have shown a link between degeneration of brain function (span memory, memory loss, attention span, processing speed and learning) resulting from spinal cord injury.
Regardless of the circumstances of your injury, there are four basic things your attorney will have to establish to prove negligence occurred:
- The defendant owed you a duty or standard of care.
- The defendant breached the duty of care through his or her actions or failure to act.
- The primary cause of your injury was the defendant’s breach of the duty of care.
- The injuries you sustained resulted in damages, such as medical bills or lost wages.
A duty of care is a legal obligation to exercise the same level of care that a reasonable person would if he or she were in a similar situation.
For example, a driver has a duty of care to obey traffic laws and to not engage in reckless behavior, such as driving under the influence, speeding or distracted driving. Drivers who act recklessly and cause injuries to other people could be held liable.
Doctors and other medical professionals have a duty of care to provide care and treatment that meets accepted standards in the medical community. Another way of saying it is that medical professionals should provide the same level of care another doctor would if he or she were in a similar situation.
In a premises liability claim for a slip and fall injury, the property owner has a duty of care to maintain a safe property to prevent injuries to visitors. This means clearing debris or hazards, like snow or water, that he or she knew about or had a reasonable expectation to know about.
It might be easier to establish a duty of care than to prove it was breached, or that the breach was the primary cause of your injuries.
The attorneys for the defense will throw out every argument they can think of to attempt to prove your injuries were caused by something other than the actions of their client. They may try to say your injuries were the result of a preexisting condition or something you did, such as violating a traffic law or walking into an unreasonably dangerous hazard on someone’s property.
You need an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer to collect the right evidence to prove the four elements of negligence. Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC’s spinal cord injury lawyers have many years of combined experience building personal injury cases.
What to do After Suffering a Spinal Cord Injury
Whether you were in an accident or not, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you might have a spinal cord injury:
- Severe pain in the back, head or neck
- Numbness or tingling in your arms or legs
- Weakness in your extremities
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty breathing
- Unconsciousness after a catastrophic accident
- Trouble controlling your bowels or bladder
- Chronic muscle pain
- Frequent infections
If you are suffering any of these symptoms, no matter how minor or manageable they appear, seek medical treatment immediately. In some cases, spinal cord injury symptoms take hours or days to progress and cause extreme pain or limited mobility. If you delay treatment, your injury could get worse and you could damage your prospects of making a full recovery.
Depending upon the location and severity of a spinal cord injury, some degree of paralysis is common. Severity is classified as complete (all feeling and ability to control movement are lost below the injury) or incomplete (some motor or sensory function exists below the injury).
When you are seen by a doctor, he or she could diagnose you with one of many spinal cord injuries, including:
- Herniated discs
- Fractured vertebrae
- Sprains or strains
- Nerve damage
- Brown-Sequard Syndrome
- Anterior cord syndrome
- Central cord syndrome
After receiving medical treatment, try to collect evidence related to the accident or situation that caused your injury. This could include:
- Pictures of the scene of the accident
- Medical records documenting your diagnosis and recommended treatments
- Copies of the police report or accident report
- Contact information of witnesses
The next step is to contact our spinal cord injury lawyers to review your claim and find out if you have a case. Your injury may result in expensive medical bills, missed time from work, physical therapy and rehabilitation appointments, and many other expenses. If your injury was caused by negligence, you deserve compensation to cover your expenses.
Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC is a nationally recognized personal injury firm that has consistently demonstrated high ethical standards and exceptional representation of our clients.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
A spinal cord injury could take away some of your independence and make everyday life much more difficult. That is why spinal cord injury victims have the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation if their injury was caused by another’s negligence.
Our spinal cord injury lawyers could recover various forms of compensation in a legal claim to help you move forward with your life. Compensation could include:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Durable medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, walkers and crutches
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Lost earning potential
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Our spinal cord injury lawyers take cases nationwide and do not charge for our services unless there is a favorable resolution of your claim.
We have seen the devastating effects of these injuries, and our spinal cord injury lawyers are prepared to aggressively pursue compensation.