Sustaining a serious life-threatening injury can be one of the most horrifying experiences a person can go through emotionally, physically and mentally. Not only does it alter the life of the victim, it creates traumatic changes for the victim’s family members. Spinal cord injuries can be especially life altering and involve high medical bills and loss of income, along with immediate and permanent lifestyle changes.
Serious injuries to the spinal cord can result in paralysis and even death. It’s crucial you receive the best legal advice from a spinal cord injury lawyer like one of the lawyers at McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP, which has decades of experience with these cases.
What Is a Spinal Cord Injury?
According to reports, every year about 12,000 people in the U.S. suffer a spinal cord injury. Serious injuries to the spinal cord can result in paralysis and even death. Spinal cord injury is caused by trauma to the spine, and depending on the area, can damage nerve roots. Symptoms may vary but can include pain, paralysis, quadriplegia, paraplegia, and incontinence.
Because of the severity of spinal cord injuries, most victims feel they not only have been physically injured, but also been mentally, emotionally, and socially injured.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries result from many types of accidents and events. These can include:
- Car accident
- Jumping into shallow water
- Medical malpractice
- Sporting events
- Recreational activities
- Work injuries, like falling from a ladder or scaffold
This list does not include every spinal cord injury cause, but encompasses common accidents and events that cause spinal cord injuries for which you deserve compensation.
How Do Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Determine Fault?
Oftentimes, spinal cord injuries are caused by negligence. That could involve a negligent driver who struck your vehicle, or a negligent manufacturer who made a product that injured you. No matter the exact circumstances, you’ll have to prove that the person or company you’re suing bears legal responsible for your injuries.
In the case of a car accident, for example, you can sue the other driver and go after his or her insurance company. In the case of a product used, you may have a case against the manufacturer of the product or any of its parts, or from the store where you purchased the product.
What Makes Spinal Cord Injury Cases Different from Others?
Spinal cord injury cases are complex. They typically involve filing claims against numerous defendants who played a role in your injury, and coordinating multiple medical disciplines.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe injury to the spinal cord, receiving the proper legal advice from a spinal cord injury lawyer can help you navigate through the difficult process. There may be multiple parties held liable if you think your injury was due to negligence or intentional or unintentional harm.
Some issues that can arise when you or a loved one suffers from a severe spinal cord injury are:
- Costly medical bills for hospital stay, medication and surgeries
- Constant pain and/or discomfort
- Inability to perform prior job functions
- Inability to sustain the same quality of life as before the incident
- Overwhelming anxiety, stress and depression
- Physical, psychological and emotional issues
- Therapy and ongoing treatment
Your Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys in Los Angeles
The spinal cord injury lawyers of McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP can help your recovery process. Since 1993, our experienced serious injury lawyers have won multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements. We have the resources needed to handle your extensive and ongoing treatment.
The law firm of McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP can help guide you through the lengthy paperwork and insurance claims. Our firm offers professionalism, experience and dedication to get you the results you need. This type of catastrophic injury can be life changing, and you will need experts with compassion to help you and your family during this difficult time. Contact our office today at 866.664.3055.