Many of those who suffer damage to their spinal cord must live with permanent partial or total paralysis. Even if you are not paralyzed, you may suffer from muscle pain, numbness, tingling or loss of bladder control and other bodily functions. Patients who survive a spinal cord injury generally have a shorter life expectancy and often die from complications years later.
Spinal cord injuries are serious, and the costs for treatment and rehabilitation can be extremely high. You need a spinal cord injury attorney who understands the unique nature of your injury. You need a spinal cord injury law firm that is willing to fight for fair and full compensation.
Our positive testimonials and case results demonstrate we have what it takes to tackle even the toughest spinal cord injury claims.
The spinal injury attorneys at Cain Injury Law prepare every case for trial. Our spinal cord injury attorneys will do everything in their power to get you the full amount of compensation you’re owed. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
What to Expect in a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit
To win a lawsuit for a spinal cord injury, you must prove that someone else’s negligent actions caused your harm. This is possible if the following elements of a negligence claim are met:
- Duty – The other party had a duty to keep you safe (i.e. follow rules of the road, maintain their property, follow proper safety protocol etc.).
- Breach of Duty – The other party failed to comply with their duty to keep you safe.
- Causation – Their breach of duty directly caused the accident.
- Harm – Your spinal cord injury occurred during that specific accident.
Our spinal injury lawyers will look at many types of evidence to prove these elements of negligence.
- We can look at police reports and medical records.
- We can speak with witnesses of the accident.
- We can call in doctors and other medical experts.
- We can explore any other sources that may provide valuable information as we build your case.
Compensation for a Spinal Cord Injury
Your injuries may have forced you to stop working or change to a different type of job. During a time when you are facing massive medical bills, you are probably suffering financially more than ever. An experienced spinal cord injury lawyer can advocate for you to receive compensation for your medical bills and many other costs associated with your injury.
Although we cannot guarantee a specific amount of compensation you will receive, the compensation may cover:
- Medical bills
- Physical therapy or occupational therapy
- Long-term care (at home or in a healthcare facility)
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning potential
- Specialized medical equipment such as a motorized wheelchair or bed
- Home modifications (wheelchair ramps, lifts, etc.)
The extent of damage a spinal cord injury causes is different for each person. Your health and medical needs may change over time. As we prepare your case, our spinal injury attorneys will explore all future expenses that you may incur as a result of your injury.
Time Limit for Filing a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit
Please be aware a spinal cord injury lawsuit must be filed before a time limit expires. According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated § 9-3-33, you have two years after your spinal cord injury to file a lawsuit.
However, you should take legal action as soon as possible. It will be easier to gather evidence soon after the accident. Also remember that the sooner you file the lawsuit, the sooner you will be able to receive compensation for your injuries.
How a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Can Help You
You can take the first step toward receiving compensation for your injuries by filing a personal injury claim. The personal injury lawsuit will name the insurance company of the at-fault party. The state of Georgia has adopted the rule of comparative negligence, as written in The Official Code of Georgia Annotated §51-12-33. Under that rule, if you were partially at fault for the accident, the amount of compensation you are owed will be reduced by the percentage of your fault.
Insurance companies use teams of lawyers. Those lawyers will try to prove that you were at fault for the accident. By doing that, they can avoid paying you. Our attorneys are highly skilled at negotiating with insurance companies. We can prevent them from robbing you of the compensation you are owed.
Spinal cord injuries can be very severe and expensive. The settlement offered by the insurance company will likely not be enough to cover your current and future expenses. Our attorneys thoroughly prepare every case as if it were going to trial. If we cannot negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company, we are ready to file a lawsuit and fight tirelessly in the courtroom on your behalf for full and fair compensation.