Spinal Cord Injury Attorney in Georgia

If you have sustained a severe spinal cord injury in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence or careless actions, you may be owed compensation for your injuries. An injury to the spinal cord could potentially alter every aspect of your life.

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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:

  1. 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.).
  2. Breach of Duty – The other party failed to comply with their duty to keep you safe.
  3. Causation – Their breach of duty directly caused the accident.
  4. 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
  • Medications
  • 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.

Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury

The symptoms of a spinal cord injury can vary greatly depending on the severity of the injury. Those symptoms include:

  • Difficulty with movement
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Pain or stinging
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Altered sense of touch or recognizing hot or cold

  • Altered sexual function
  • Trouble breathing or clearing mucus from lungs
  • Trouble keeping balance or walking
  • Paralysis

A spinal cord injury might not be immediately apparent. That is why it is important to seek medical attention immediately after a traumatic accident.

Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can occur when the vertebrae, ligaments, discs, or the spinal cord itself sustains damage. Most spinal cord injuries that are caused by another person’s negligence are considered traumatic spinal cord injuries. In contrast, a non-traumatic spinal cord injury occurs when cancer, infection, arthritis, disc degeneration, or other gradual processes damage the spinal cord.

Common causes of spinal cord injuries that may be someone else’s fault include:

  • Car Accidents – Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, vehicle crashes have caused nearly 40 percent of spinal cord injuries since 2015. A common spinal cord injury in a car accident is known as spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of spaces in the spinal cord. Spinal stenosis can cause pain or numbness in the neck, shoulders, arms, hands and legs.
  • Truck Accidents – Occupants of passenger vehicles who are involved in an accident with a large truck often suffer very severe injuries, including injuries to the spinal cord.
  • Motorcycle Accidents – A motorcycle does not offer much protection to the rider. Motorcyclists who are hit by another vehicle can sustain especially severe injuries that can include spinal cord injuries.
  • Pedestrian Accidents – Without the protection of a vehicle, pedestrians are especially susceptible to spinal cord injuries and other severe harm when a vehicle hits them.
  • Bicycle Accidents – Bicyclists face a unique risk for spinal cord injuries when a vehicle strikes them. They can be thrown off their bike and flip over the handlebars onto their backs, causing injuries to the spinal cord.
  • Slip and Fall Accidents – Slip and fall accidents are the second-largest cause of spinal cord injuries according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. You may be owed compensation if your fall and resulting injury was caused by a lack of maintenance, lack of warning signs in an unsafe area or poorly designed stairs or walkways.
  • Nursing Home Abuse – When you select a nursing home for an elderly or disabled family member, you trust that the facility will provide appropriate care for your loved one. Unfortunately, a nursing home resident can sustain a spinal cord injury through negligence or deliberate abuse. Common causes include:
    • Being dropped by an employee during a transfer to or from the bed.
    • Slipping and falling in the shower.
    • Tripping on hazards or slipping on a wet floor.
    • Falls caused by medication side-effects.

Although employee negligence is not always the reason for spinal cord injuries in nursing homes, a thorough investigation by our spinal injury lawyers can show what went wrong when these types of severe injuries do occur.

  • Workplace Accidents – Employees who work around heavy equipment are at higher risk for a spinal cord accident. However, any employee can sustain a spinal cord injury from a slip and fall or vehicle accident while they are working.

Most spinal cord injuries that occur at work are covered through workers’ compensation benefits. However, the process for filing a workers’ compensation claim can be complicated and frustrating. An experienced attorney can help you file the claim correctly. That will ensure that you receive the full amount of compensation you need after sustaining such a severe injury.

Employees who are eligible for workers’ compensation are barred from filing a lawsuit against their employer. If a third-party was at fault, you may be able to file a lawsuit against that individual or another company.

Many other situations can cause a spinal cord injury. Regardless of your circumstance, if you believe someone else was at fault for your injury, we can discuss your options for compensation during a free consultation.

Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury

A patient with a spinal cord injury usually undergoes three phases of treatment:

  • Emergency treatment – It is essential to get immediate treatment for a spinal cord injury. Bleeding and inflammation can intensify numbing or paralysis in the hours following an accident. Emergency treatment may include stabilization, surgery and medications. Getting immediate treatment can minimize complications and increase the chance for recovery.
  • Ongoing care – Once the patient is in a stable condition, he or she will remain in the hospital while doctors focus on preventing secondary problems such as blood clots, infections, ulcers, and bowel or bladder problems.
  • Rehabilitation – After satisfactory progress is made in the hospital, the patient may be transferred to a rehabilitation center or to his or her home, depending on the severity of the injuries. During the rehabilitation phase, patients will work with a care team that may include physical therapists, dietitians, occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists, and various other specialists. The rehabilitation phase can last months or years.

The treatment process will look different for every patient. However, even less-severe spinal cord injuries can still require extensive treatment and rehabilitation.

Long-Term Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury

A variety of long-term effects are common with a spinal cord injury. Most people are aware that a spinal cord injury can cause paralysis, including paraplegia or quadriplegia. A person with a spinal cord injury may also suffer from:

  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Numbness

  • Bed sores
  • Infections
  • Respiratory issues

  • Muscle spasms
  • Decreased life expectancy

Besides these physical symptoms, a person with a spinal cord injury can suffer mental health issues. Many people who suffer a spinal cord injury will go through major changes to their daily routine. The trauma of the accident can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Changes such as an inability to work, becoming dependent on care from another person, and loss of mobility can make a patient depressed. Victims of spinal cord injury are also at higher risk for misuse of pain medications and other addictive substances. That is why it is important that any rehabilitation plan also address any mental health challenges.

Talk to a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Now

If you are recovering from a spinal cord injury, you have experienced a traumatic event that has turned your world upside down. At Cain Injury Law, we have devoted our practice to seeking justice for victims of severe, debilitating accidents. We will stand by your side during this difficult time.

Spinal cord injuries are among the most severe and potentially life-altering injuries a person could possibly face. You need an attorney who will fight for every penny of compensation you are owed. We prepare every case as if it is heading to trial. We will utilize every resource available to analyze the details of your situation. We will build the strongest case possible to help you obtain spinal cord injury compensation.

Contact Cain Injury Law today to schedule a free consultation.

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