New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Spinal cord injuries are devastating for the victim, their family, and friends. These injuries cause pain, require medical attention, and often leave victims disabled. Learning about spinal cord injuries, how they occur, and how to recover compensation are critical steps for the victim to begin the recovery process.
Filing a lawsuit against the parties responsible for these injuries allows clients to pay for medical care, recover their financial security, and return to everyday life as much as possible. Victims deserve dedicated representation that seeks the truth and holds wrongdoers accountable.
How Are Spinal Cord Injuries Defined?
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) stated that approximately 450,000 Americans are left to cope with a spinal cord injury, with about 17,000 occurring every year.
These injuries cause a range of medical issues for victims, including trauma to vertebrae, bruising of the spinal column, or severing of the spinal cord. Understanding which injury has occurred and the symptoms is critical for recovery.
Complete Spinal Cord Injuries
According to the AANS, around 50% of spinal cord injuries are complete, meaning that the victim has paralysis below the location of the injury. While the spinal column may not be severed, it may be so badly bruised that it no longer functions properly. Blood flow to the spinal column may also be compromised.
Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries
An incomplete spinal cord injury means the spinal cord was not totally damaged or disrupted and involves loss of function below the injury, but the victim retains some movement or feeling. For example, the victim may lose function in their left leg, but their right leg functions normally.
The AANS notes that most spinal cord injuries do not include transection of the cord. However, there are instances when the spinal cord is damaged beyond repair and causes further medical issues such as:
- Spinal fluid leakage
Spinal contusions generally last a few days as feeling returns to the affected regions. Victims experience tingling or jolts long after feeling returns.
Transverse myelitis is a neurological disorder caused by inflammation across both sides of one level, or segment, of the spinal cord. Attacks of inflammation can damage or destroy myelin, the fatty insulating substance that covers nerve cell fibers. This damage causes nervous system scars that interrupt communications between the nerves in the spinal cord and the rest of the body.
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injuries
Because half of all spinal cord injuries are incomplete, symptoms include:
- Extreme neck pain
- Headaches or pressure
- Intense back pain
- Loss of bodily control
- Loss of the ability of feel
- Muscle weakness
- Urinary and bowel issues
- Thoracic pressure
- Severe and debilitating nerve pain
- Shortness of breath
- Lumps or swelling on the spine or head
- Twisting in the back and neck
- Total loss of ability to use arms and legs
Victims should seek out medical attention as soon as possible. While the lawsuit requires medical records, victims must be treated before their condition worsens.
If you were involved in a serious accident, and suspect someone was injured, take the following steps:
- Call 911
- Do not move the victim without assistance from emergency medical technicians
- Ask the victim not to move
- Support the victim’s head and neck as much as possible
- Stop bleeding whenever possible
Why You Need a New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer
If you've been in a small car accident that only resulted in slight property damage, you probably don't need a lawyer to handle the insurance claim for you. However, in more serious accidents with severe consequences, having a personal injury lawyer can have a significant impact on the success and amount of your settlement.
Insurance companies are always reluctant to pay out claims since it affects their bottom line. Many companies resort to underhanded tricks and rely on people's trust to minimize the amount of money they have to pay. A good lawyer is aggressive enough to stand up to these companies and fight for your right to fair compensation.
When you've been in a serious accident, the last thing you want to think about is a personal injury claim. By working with a lawyer, you can focus on your recovery while your legal team takes care of everything else. Having a lawyer on your side means that you have someone who will fight for your rights and can navigate the legal landscape to make sure your rights are protected.
What Are Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries?
Victims suffer from spinal cord injuries because of various circumstances. Common causes of these injuries include:
1. Auto Accidents
Automobile impact can cause a host of spinal cord injuries. Whether you are hit while in a car or walking on the street, your spinal cord can be damaged through an auto accident resulting in permanent injury like paralysis.
2. failure of safety equipment such as helmets and other protective gear.
The failure of helmets to protect from injury are more common than the manufacturers want you to know. Helmets used for work and sport can fail to properly protect your spinal cord from injury. If your spinal cord was damaged while wearing a protective device then our experienced spinal cord attorneys maybe able to help you. You can also be entitled to a worker's compensation.
3. Improperly Placed Medical Devices
The improper placement of a spinal cord stimulator or other medical devices in the back can cause permanent spinal cord injury.
4. Slip and Falls
Spinal cord injury can happen after a slip and fall. The impact of a slip and fall can cause serious damage to your spinal cord resulting in paralysis, nerve pain, or loss of a limb.
How Should Families Deal With Spinal Cord Injuries?
When families are left to care for a spinal cord injury victim, they can contact a spinal cord injury lawyer for assistance. A lawyer will review the case and collect evidence that will identify a negligent party. If the lawyer can prove negligence, a lawsuit can be filed.
Which Mistakes Do Plaintiffs Make in These Cases?
Common mistakes made by plaintiffs filing personal injury lawsuits include:
- Assuming lawyers are too expensive
- Convincing yourself you can adequately represent yourself
- Never questioning a lawyer
- Speaking openly to the insurance company
- Assuming a lengthy court battle will ensue
- Avoiding medical care
- Allowing the statute of limitations to expire
- Signing documents without a lawyer present
- Assuming the case is lost
- Believing the victim is at fault
While lawyers charge for their time, victims and their families should not assume lawyers are too expensive. A lawyer often takes personal injury cases without payment because legal fees can be paid at trial or subtracted from a settlement.
If you are uncomfortable, feel you are not receiving appropriate representation, or the lawyer avoids your questions, consider hiring someone else.
Victims or their families may attempt to represent themselves to save money. Unfortunately, you will likely be arguing against an experienced lawyer who understands the law and will make your case difficult to win. Additionally, judges or courts may not allow you to represent yourself as it typically slows the legal process. Many cases do not even make it to trial because they are settled out of court.
Speaking openly to the insurance company may give them evidence to use when denying claims. Ask a lawyer what to say or ask the lawyer to write a statement on your behalf. Signing the insurance company’s documents without a lawyer present may present unnecessary hurdles in the case before a lawsuit is even filed.
Avoiding medical care will save you money, but without medical care, a lawsuit cannot be filed. In addition, allowing the statute of limitations to expire invalidates claims as the state may refuse to hear the case.
How Will a New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Help You?
Every year, thousands of people suffer spinal cord injuries that change their lives forever and cause physical, emotional, and financial hardships. A New Jersey spinal cord injury lawyer can represent you or your loved one and ensure your genuine interest is in mind.
They will consult with the victim and family and review the evidence. The case will proceed when enough evidence exists to support your claim. The lawyer researches and files a lawsuit against all negligent parties, negotiates a settlement, or argues the case in court while the victim recovers.
What Are Clients Asking?
What Types of Evidence Should I Provide My Lawyer?
At your consultation, provide your lawyer with medical records, images taken at the accident scene, or police reports. Share your paychecks or an employer’s income statement. Write down anything you remember about the incident, and share contact information for eyewitnesses who have come forward.
How Long Will It Take to Close My Case?
Your lawyer cannot promise the case will be closed quickly. While a settlement may be reached, it takes time to complete an investigation and file a compelling lawsuit supported by sufficient evidence.
How Much Is My Lawsuit Worth?
Your lawyer cannot promise a specific sum when taking your case. A lawsuit’s value is determined by items such as the nature of the incident, losses you have suffered, medical costs, and lost income.
Contact a New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Today
Please call the Law Offices of Sadaka Associates at 1-800-810-3457 or complete our online contact for a no-risk consultation. We will help you understand your legal options and seek compensation for your spinal cord injuries.
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