West Palm Beach Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
A spinal cord injury can be a serious injury that can have a profound impact on the victim and the victim’s family. Spinal cord injuries are also much more common than most people realize, striking a new victim every hour, on average, in the United States. If you or a loved one has experienced a spinal cord injury due entirely or partially to the wrongful or negligent conduct of another party, you may be eligible for compensation for physical injuries, emotional trauma, and financial losses.
The medical care a spinal cord injury victim receives in the aftermath of an accident can determine the prognosis and long-term outcome. Given that a severe spinal cord injury can result in lifelong medical expenses in excess of $100,000 per year, it is crucial for an injured victim to receive the best medical care possible in the hours and days following the injury. Trying to locate and arrange medical care while simultaneously worrying about insurance claims and potential legal action can be extremely stressful for a victim and the victim’s family.
If you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury, and you believe that another party caused or contributed to the accident that resulted in your injury, a West Palm Beach spinal cord injury lawyer at Demand the Limits can help you navigate the road ahead. We are committed to the pursuit of justice on behalf of injured victims and look forward to dedicating our skills and resources to ensuring that the party (or parties) responsible for your spinal cord injury is held accountable, and that you are fully and fairly compensated for your physical injuries and emotional suffering. Contact us today by calling (561) 600-3555 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation.
Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord, a crucial component of the central nervous system, plays a vital role in the body’s functioning. Running from the brainstem to the lower back through the vertebral foramen, the spinal cord transmits messages to and from the brain through nerves branching out from it. Injuries to the spinal cord can disrupt this flow of messages, leading to temporary or permanent issues with sensation, movement, autonomic regulation, and, in severe cases, death.
Spinal cord injuries can result from direct harm to the spinal cord or damage to the surrounding tissue and bones (vertebrae). These injuries may be classified as complete or incomplete. Incomplete injuries allow some message transmission, retaining partial control or feeling below the injury site. Complete injuries sever all communication, causing paralysis. Types of paralysis injuries include monoplegia, hemiplegia, diplegia, paraplegia, and quadriplegia and may affect isolated areas of your body (such as one hand), one side of your body, or your entire body below the injury.
How Do Spinal Cord Injuries Happen?
Despite its strength, the spinal cord can sustain damage in various situations. Vehicular crashes account for over one-third of all spinal cord injuries, with falls, violence, sports, and medical procedures contributing to the remainder, according to the National Spinal Cord Statistical Injury Center (NSCSIC). Spinal cord injuries can also occur during childbirth, with healthcare providers unintentionally causing harm during a difficult delivery.
When Is Another Party Legally Liable for a West Palm Beach Spinal Cord Injury?
While a spinal cord injury can be the result of a true accident, meaning that the injury could not have been prevented, it is often the case that a spinal cord injury was preventable. In that case, the party whose negligent or wrongful conduct contributed to the accident may be held legally liable for the injuries suffered by the victim. A healthcare provider’s failure to meet the relevant standard of care during childbirth, for instance, may be held liable for spinal cord injury to a baby. Likewise, a driver who was texting at the time of the accident that caused your spinal cord injury may be required to compensate you, as might an amusement park that failed to properly maintain a ride that malfunctioned, causing your spinal cord injury.
What Compensation Might I Be Entitled to for My Cord Injuries?
If you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury, you may be eligible for economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages cover quantifiable expenses such as:
- Doctor and hospital bills.
- Expenses involved in repairing or replacing personal property (such as a vehicle)
- Rehabilitation and therapy expenses.
- Lost wages and income.
Non-economic damages compensate for subjective, harder-to-value injuries, including:
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering.
- Diminished quality of life.
- Mental anguish.
- Scarring and disfigurement.
If you are a surviving family member of someone suffered a fatal West Palm Beach spinal injury, you may also be entitled to pursue compensation as a claimant in a Florida wrongful death lawsuit.
Get Help from an Experienced West Palm Beach Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
A spinal injury can result in a lifetime of physical pain, emotional trauma, and financial hardship for a victim. Although medical science has made huge strides in recent decades, a way to repair a damaged or severed spinal cord has yet to be uncovered. For a spinal cord injury victim, that means your life will be forever changed following the accident. No amount of money can ever truly compensate someone for the injuries sustained in a spinal cord injury accident; however, the party responsible for the accident should be held accountable, and the victim should receive the best medical care available. A West Palm Beach spinal cord injury lawyer at Demand the Limits can explain your legal options to you. We can also discuss what we can do to pursue justice for you and your family, such as:
- Investigating the accident to determine whether negligence or wrongful conduct played a role in the accident.
- Identifying the responsible party or parties.
- Helping you locate the best medical care available.
- Attempting to negotiate a favorable settlement, so you do not need to go through a trial.
- Aggressively litigating on your behalf at trial if a fair out-of-court settlement is not possible.
At Demand the Limits, our experienced West Palm Beach personal injury accident lawyers have extensive experience with spinal cord injury cases. We will fight hard to defend the legal rights of all West Palm Beach injury victims. Call (561) 600-3555 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation. Don’t delay – the sooner you have an attorney fighting for you, the better protected your legal rights will be.