The spinal cord attorneys at McGilberry & Shirer in Dallas are dedicated to holding negligent individuals accountable for their actions and can help lessen the burdens if you received a spinal cord injury (SCI).
Sustaining a severe spinal cord injury (SCI) is a terribly frightening experience and can subject victims to temporary or permanent damages, which have a lasting influence on the rest of their lives. Recent statistics indicate that the number of individuals currently living with the after-effects of spinal cord injuries ranges from 240,000-337,000 people in the U.S. If you or a loved one is suffering from an SCI due to an accident, you may have the right to recover compensation for your losses with the help of a Dallas spinal cord injury lawyer. It is important for you to understand your rights under these circumstances in order to receive the justice you deserve.
Causes of spinal cord injuries can vary depending on the circumstance of the accident and the individual involved. A few of the most common causes include:
There are various effects of a SCI, ranging from physical disturbances to costly medical expenses. When it comes to categorizing SCI, there are a few subtypes to keep in mind:
Paralysis resulting from a SCI is typically known as:
Regardless of the type or severity, spinal cord injuries can cause one or more of the following impairments:
The potential value of your case can change greatly depending on several factors. The extent of your injuries, your age and occupation, your lifelong prognosis, and the skill of your attorney can all sway the amount you receive at the end of your case. Pain and suffering damages are often some of the highest-value awards in spinal cord injury cases. It is the jury that decides the amount of pain and suffering damages, largely based on the lawyer’s depiction of how the injury will impact the plaintiff for the rest of his or her life. Trust us with your case to work with lawyers you can count on for real results.
The legal basis of most spine injury lawsuits is negligence. Negligence is the failure to fulfill the accepted duties of care for a certain situation, relationship, or industry. Examples of negligence that could cause a spine injury include distracted driving, a surgical error, or a collapsed scaffold at a construction site. As a plaintiff, it’s your burden to prove the defendant’s negligence. Here’s what you might expect during the ensuing legal process:
Each spinal cord injury case is unique. The only way to accurately learn what to expect during the claims process is during a conversation with one of our lawyers. We’ll listen to your story and discuss your case for free at our Dallas office, over the phone, or at a home/hospital visit, if necessary.
Spinal cord injuries are what the Texas courts call “catastrophic.” This means the injury caused permanent damage to the survivor in the form of a lifelong disability, lost quality of life, lost capacity to earn, chronic pain, scarring, or disfigurement. If your spine injury resulted in partial or complete paralysis, you have a catastrophic injury. These most serious injury types deserve the most compensation in a civil court of law.
The medical costs associated with a SCI can become a life-long burden on victims and their families. The average medical expenses for the first year after the incident and each subsequent year after a SCI injury is estimated as follows depending on severity:
If your SCI was the result of the careless actions of another party, you may be able to recover reimbursement for the following costs and damages: