Few financial and emotional setbacks to your family are as devastating as serious accidents. We work with victims and their families to deal with the long-term effects of permanent injuries or death due to someone else’s negligence: as North Miami Beach spinal cord injury attorneys, we’re in the business of aggressively defending the rights of the injured. Even though compensation alone can’t undo the effects of a serious injury, it’s important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible to keep your legal rights intact.
Why Hire Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in North Miami Beach
If you’ve been hurt in an accident, it’s best to hire local experts: preparing civil claims against defendants is complex, and a trusted attorney can make the difference in collecting on a valid claim. Consultations with our associates are always free. Contact us now at (305)-676-8154 to make an appointment with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Dolman Law Group’s Experience With Spinal Cord Injury Claims
There are many accidents that can result in spinal cord injuries. Spinal injuries can involve damage to the bones and discs, and nerve damage can cause you to lose feeling in one or more areas of the body. Common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Boat accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Surgical errors
- Diving accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Construction accidents
When you’re hit by a vehicle or take a bad fall, spinal damage is a serious concern. Before attempting to resolve this claim alone, consider hiring an attorney. Preparing a claim requires substantial medical documentation from treating doctors, which must show your spinal cord injury resulted from the event. Sometimes, these claims take years to complete; and experienced attorney can ensure you receive compensation as quickly and effectively as possible.
Every Spinal Cord Injury Case is Unique
Florida personal injury laws provide relief for people injured due to another party’s negligence. However, there is a legal standard in Florida; the serious injury threshold means a person must prove one of the following to seek damages in a civil claim:
- Permanent injury
- Significant and permanent disfigurement or scars
- Significant and permanent loss of a bodily function
Obviously, these terms can be interpreted in numerous ways, but minor injuries or minimal scarring may not be significant enough to warrant a claim for damages. Regardless, we may be able to review the facts of your case and determine who was responsible. If we find a viable defendant, we may suggest that you pursue the case, and can help you form a plan for obtaining compensation.
How to Obtain Damages in Florida’s Civil Courts
Under Florida tort law, you have four years to pursue your claim. Don’t wait until this statute of limitations approaches, however; it’s important to act quickly before evidence or testimony is lost. An attorney can also estimate how much your claim might be worth based on medical evidence. The limits of the defendant’s insurance policy also affect how much you could potentially recover.
Typical Damages in Spinal Cord Injury Cases
Insurance companies want to settle claims for as little as possible. They look at charts that have been published in previous years to determine approximately how much a claim should merit. However, an attorney can evaluate all medical records, lost wages, and associated damages to decide if the claim is worth pursuing. For example, we consider how future earnings will be lost due to a client’s permanent injuries.
While many cases settle, we are also capable of litigating a claim if needed. Typically, defendants sue for these damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Prescription costs
- Transportation expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Legal fees and costs
- Punitive damages
Who Bears Liability for a Spinal Injury Case?
There are many reasons why your behavior might have partly caused the accident; just because you made a mistake, however, does not mean that you shouldn’t seek justice. We need to investigate the accident and talk to all witnesses with knowledge of the event. We determine why the defendants were at fault, and how responsible parties should have prevented these injuries.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
The most common types of spinal cord injuries include:
- Tetraplegia: Also known as quadriplegia, this condition causes paralysis in all limbs. Your injury may be at the neck (cervical spine), and cause loss of sensation all the way down your body. This type of injury makes it difficult to control your bladder, bowels, breathing, and other bodily processes.
- Paraplegia: This type of injury makes it difficult to move or have feeling in the lower portion of the body, including the legs. If you have damage to the thoracic spine (at the chest level), this means feeling could be lost below that point.
- Triplegia: Damage to the spinal cord does not always affect both sides of the body. In this case, you experience a loss of movement and feeling in one arm and both legs, which is also known as an incomplete spinal cord injury.
Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms
Those that suffer spinal cord injuries have to seek immediate medical treatment or risk suffering severe long-term problems and complications as a result of their injury. Spinal cord injuries are well known for how they can cause paralysis of varying degrees among those that have suffered this specific type of injury but there are a number of other symptoms that can afflict someone that has suffered damage to their spinal cord. You don’t necessarily need to suffer a blow to your back to develop an injury to your spinal cord and even those that have suffered a blow to their spinal cord may not feel anything at first that might signal that something is wrong.
Even if there is the remote possibility that you have suffered damage to your spinal cord because of an accident that you were involved in then you should keep an eye out for the following symptoms.
- Bladder or bowel control issues
- Trouble walking
- Pain or pressure felt in the neck or spine
- Impaired breathing
- Difficulty maintaining balance
- Contorted positioning of the back and neck
- Loss of control in the arms or the legs
- Tingling sensations felt in the extremities
- Numbness felt in the arms or the legs
- Involuntary spasms
How Do Defendants Avoid Paying Their Fair Share?
If you experience an injury, it’s important to report it to the appropriate insurance company as soon as possible. However, you do not have to give a recorded statement or take any other actions without first contacting an attorney. Defendant carriers may try to argue that you were partly or fully responsible for the accident, and, therefore, they shouldn’t have to pay anything for your claim. This is when an experienced attorney can help you show the defendant’s insurance company you’re serious about your case.
How Much Does a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Cost Me?
When you’ve been hurt in an accident, don’t wait to find legal help. Take advantage of the free consultation our North Miami Beach injury attorneys offer. We handle many spinal cord injury cases on a contingency fee basis; This means we only collect a fee if you secure a settlement or favorable judgment. Call us today at (305)-676-8154 for a free evaluation of your case, or contact us online.
Sibley Dolman Accident Injury Lawyers, LLP
1820 NE 163rd St #306,
North Miami Beach, FL 33162