Spine Injury Attorney Referral Service
A study conducted by The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center indicates that there are around 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injury in the United States each year. This brings an estimated total of 273,000 persons currently suffering from spinal cord injury and living in the U.S.
The average health care costs and living expenses associated with spine injury are believed to be $70,575 each year. These costs do not include other losses such as wages, fringe benefits and productivity.
If you or a loved one is involved in an accident causing injury to the spine, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, time off work, long term disability and pain and suffering.
About Spine Injury
Your spine consists of bones that make up the vertebrae, connected by ligaments and muscles to form a spinal column. As the center of your body’s skeletal system, the spine supports your head and is responsible for providing structure and support to the entire body.
The spinal column houses the spinal cord which consists of nerves that connect the body to the brain. When the spinal cord is damaged, parts of your body and certain organs may not function normally. This may lead to a partial or complete loss of motor control, movement and loss of sensation.
Common Causes of Spine Injury
Your spine may be injured as a result of trauma to the spine often arising from:
- Motor vehicle crashes or accidents
- Violence (gunshot wounds)
- Recreational sports activities
- Errors during surgical procedures involving the back and neck
What kind of spine injuries claims are covered by personal injury attorneys?
Negligence: When your injury is a result of another person or party’s negligence, you may have civil remedies under tort laws. Thus, a personal injury attorney may help you obtain compensation for your spine injury resulting from a vehicular collision, a slip and fall accident on a broken staircase and similar situations.
Defective products: You may also have a compensation claim when your spine injury resulted from defective seat belts, airbags or other products.
Professional errors: When your spine injury is a result of an error/errors during a surgical procedure, your personal injury attorney can help you pursue a claim for medical malpractice.
Who is liable for my medical bills from my injury?
As a rule, all persons responsible for your accident and injury may be liable for damages in a personal injury lawsuit. Spine injury, however, can be a result of a complex combination of causes where you may have a claim against the driver of a motor vehicle and the company that designed, manufactured and sold defective seat belts, airbags and other car components that may have aggravated your injuries in an accident.
When the spine injury is the outcome of a truck accident, personalities such as the driver, truck owner, company that lease the truck, tire or parts manufacturer, and the shipper or loader of the truck’s cargo may be responsible for your injuries. Directing a claim against the proper parties will depend on the circumstances of each case.
How can an attorney help me recover compensation?
Compensation for spine injury can cover:
- Medical expenses already incurred
- Ongoing health care and rehabilitation
- Cost of assistive devices such as wheelchairs and modifications to the patient’s home (i.e. installation of access ramps and stair lifts)
- Pain and suffering
- Establishing fault or negligence of a party requires an excellent grasp of relevant tort law and civil procedures and special knowledge of the engineering behind particular components and machine systems and medical matters.
Your spine injury attorney can help you in sorting all your legal and medical issues, gather and collate evidence, present your claim following prescribed legal forms, procedures and statute of limitations, as well as negotiate any possible settlement on your behalf or aggressively pursue a claim for compensation in court.
In the San Fernando Valley, finding a spine injury attorney is fast and convenient with a lawyer referral service. The San Fernando Valley Bar Association attorney referral service is composed of a network of licensed attorneys with skills and relevant experience in spine injury and other personal injury cases. Contact us at 818-340-4529.