Spinal Cord Injuries in Tallahassee
Spinal cord injuries are often incredibly traumatic. They can lead to changes in your mobility and independence, the activities you can enjoy, and even your energy levels. Also, spinal cord injuries frequently lead to ongoing medical costs that can interfere with your finances for the rest of your life, even as they prevent you from working in your previous profession.
When you suffer spinal cord injuries due to someone else’s negligence, you may recover compensation for those losses and the challenges you faced.
At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we help our clients pursue compensation for the damages they may have sustained due to that other party’s negligence. Contact a Tallahassee personal injury lawyer right now to learn more about your right to compensation.
Table of Contents
- Dolman Law Group Can Help
- Compensation Following a Spinal Cord Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury Risks
- Fight the Insurance Company After Your Spinal Cord Injury
- What to Do After Your Spinal Cord Injury
- Tallahassee Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
- Frequently Asked Questions
Dolman Law Group Can Help You Pursue Compensation for Your Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries can cause immense, ongoing challenges in your everyday life. At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we have a strong understanding of the challenges you may face and the compensation you may need to cover the extensive expenses often associated with those injuries.
Take a look at some of our past claim results.
- $1.58 million for an auto accident resulting in two herniated discs impinging on the spinal cord
- $525,000 for a neck and back injury to spinal discs
- $320,000 for a cervical spine fusion surgery after a motorcycle accident
- $300,000 for a spinal compression and cervical spine injury
Our past claim results cannot guarantee the results of future claims. However, at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we offer aggressive legal representation to help our clients obtain the compensation they deserve.
Tallahassee Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Near Me 833-552-7274
We Understand the Difficulties You Face
Life-altering injuries can permanently change your outlook: your finances, work, and future. At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we have a solid understanding of the difficulties that can go along with those injuries, particularly as you pursue compensation through a spinal cord injury claim.
We work to provide Tallahassee spinal cord injury victims with comprehensive support and compassionate legal representation as they pursue compensation for those injuries through an insurance claim.
Our attorneys always remain available to our clients, and we provide a direct connection with them when needed. Furthermore, we aim to make visiting with us as easy as possible. We have law offices on both Florida coasts, and we can also provide virtual meetings if needed.
For a free legal consultation with a spinal cord injury lawyer serving Tallahassee, call 833-552-7274
We Have the Resources for Your Fight
Frequently, a spinal cord injury claim means a hard fight for the full compensation you deserve. Many spinal cord injury victims find it very difficult to interact with the insurance company and pursue the compensation they deserve for those severe injuries.
At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we have the resources to fight big-name insurance companies and organizations. We will aggressively fight to help our clients recover the full compensation they deserve. Our attorneys have extensive experience in dealing with all kinds of injury claims, and we bring that experience to the table with every fight.
Trying to handle your injury claim alone can leave you without the total compensation you deserve for your injuries. At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we want to help you maximize that compensation. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and start fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Compensation Following a Spinal Cord Injury in Tallahassee
Spinal cord injuries can prove incredibly expensive, especially if you suffer a complete spinal cord injury that will require significant medical intervention for the rest of your life. Living with a spinal cord injury may mean ongoing medical help, from durable medical equipment to in-home care that can help you with basic tasks.
How much compensation can you get for those expenses?
It may depend on:
- Who caused your spinal cord injury? In many cases, you will find yourself pursuing compensation from the insurance company that covers the liable party. The insurance policy covering that party may determine how much compensation you can obtain.
- What type of spinal cord injury did you suffer? A high, complete spinal cord injury may cause more limitations and the need for more medical care than a low or incomplete spinal cord injury.
- What challenges and losses did you suffer because of your spinal cord injury?
At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we understand the ongoing challenges that spinal cord injury victims may face, including the challenges they may have to contend with for the rest of their lives. We fight to help our clients recover maximum compensation for their losses.
Compensation for Current and Future Medical Bills
As a spinal cord injury victim, you will likely face high medical costs for the rest of your life. Not only does a spinal cord injury impact your mobility, but it may also impact organ function. You may need a great deal of durable medical equipment in your home to make it possible for you to maintain as much mobility and independence as possible. Furthermore, you may need in-home care to help you remain at home and maintain as much independence as possible.
At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we want to help our clients ensure that both their current medical expenses and their likely future medical bills get taken into consideration when they file an injury claim. We work with our clients to lay out the full extent of the damages they have suffered so they can maximize their compensation.
Compensation for Wage Losses and Lost Earning Potential
Many spinal cord injury victims find that their injuries drastically reduce their income. You may have a long road to recovery immediately after your accident and end up out of work until you can learn how to cope with your limitations. In many cases, that can mean months of lost income.
Other spinal cord injury victims may permanently lose the ability to work in their fields because of their injuries. Some spinal cord injury workers may struggle to find work they can complete despite their injuries. Others may need to completely change industries or jobs because of the challenges their injuries represent. At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we help our clients fight for the compensation they may deserve for that lost income.
Compensation for Pain and Suffering
Not only do spinal cord injuries often cause immense financial losses, but they may also lead to substantial pain and suffering. Some spinal cord injury victims, especially those who suffer incomplete spinal cord injuries, may end up in immense pain. That pain may become very difficult to resolve. Others may struggle with the loss of mobility and independence that often accompanies a spinal cord injury.
Talk to your attorney at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, to learn more about how to include the non-financial suffering you may sustain because of your spinal cord injury as part of your claim. While compensation for pain and suffering cannot restore your mobility or your former lifestyle, it can provide you with the money to begin rebuilding your life.
Spinal Cord Injury Risks in Tallahassee
Spinal cord injuries can occur in:
- Construction accidents
- Premises liability accidents
- Auto accidents
- Sporting accidents
Tallahassee residents and visitors may find that spinal cord injuries represent substantial limitations and losses, regardless of how they occur.
Tourists may engage in riskier behavior that is more likely to result in severe injuries like spinal cord injuries.
Each year, around 2.4 million tourists visit the Tallahassee area. Those tourists bring a great deal of revenue to the area. However, they can also endanger themselves and the area’s residents. In many cases, tourists will engage in riskier behaviors while on vacation. They may be more likely to speed, drink and drive, or engage in aggressive driving behaviors out on the road. They may visit tourist attractions and engage in riskier behavior than they would if not on vacation. In addition, tourists may inadvertently put others in danger because they do not understand local safety rules and regulations.
The construction industry in Florida sees a high percentage of dangerous and deadly accidents.
Construction workers in Florida face several hazards that can raise the risk that they will end up involved in a severe accident, including accidents that may result in serious injuries like spinal cord injuries. When construction companies fail to take adequate precautions on their sites, their workers may suffer more severe injuries.
We Can Fight the Insurance Company After Your Spinal Cord Injury
After a spinal cord injury, you may have to file a claim through the liable party’s insurance company. You may have clear evidence that the other party caused your accident and your spinal cord injury. Unfortunately, that does not necessarily mean that the insurance company will offer you a reasonable settlement offer or that you will get the compensation you deserve for your spinal cord injury.
First, the insurance company may try to deny its covered party’s liability for the accident. The insurance company may claim that your negligence led to the accident or that another party bears liability for the accident and your injuries. Next, the insurance company may attempt to claim that you did not need all the medical treatments you included as part of your claim, although those treatments may go a long way toward improving your overall quality of life.
Finally, the insurance company may send you a settlement offer that does not all reflect the compensation you deserve for your injuries. You may end up fighting with the insurance company to get a reasonable settlement offer or reasonable acknowledgment of the injuries you sustained.
At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we help our clients aggressively pursue the compensation they really deserve for spinal cord injuries and the associated expenses. We want to help our clients maximize the compensation they can recover as much as possible, and we navigate interactions with the insurance company to help achieve that goal.
What to Do After Your Spinal Cord Injury
The initial moments after a spinal cord injury can feel like a whirlwind. You may see an array of doctors and specialists who will help treat your injuries and provide you with the best chance of regaining as much mobility as possible. Your medical bills may mount quickly, and you may have many questions about how you will manage your finances.
What should you do next?
Start a file that includes all your medical costs, or have a friend or family member start that file. You may need to have a clear record of your medical expenses to include as part of your injury claim.
- Get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible. Ideally, you want to contact a lawyer before you start interacting with the insurance company regarding your claim.
- Follow your care provider’s instructions and work hard in physical and occupational therapy. Not only can your commitment to therapy help increase the odds that you will recover as much as possible, but evidence of your commitment can also help improve your odds of recovering the compensation you deserve as part of an injury claim.
Dealing with a spinal cord injury claim alone can prove incredibly difficult, not to mention leaving you without the full compensation you may deserve. At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we will help you fight for reasonable financial compensation so you can move forward after your spinal cord injury.
Do You Need a Tallahassee Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer?
When you suffer spinal cord injuries due to the negligence of another party, an experienced Tallahassee spinal cord injury lawyer can make a huge difference in the compensation you can recover and the frustration you may face while dealing with the challenges the insurance company may throw your way. Contact Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA today at (866) 467-0943 for your free consultation and learn more about your rights.
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How do I know who bears liability for my Tallahassee spinal cord injury?
To file a spinal cord injury claim in Tallahassee, you will need to clearly establish who bears liability for your accident. Frequently, liability can end up muddled after a serious accident. You may have a hard time establishing exactly who caused or contributed to your injuries, especially if multiple factors came into play that contributed to your accident.
At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we take a comprehensive look at all the potential contributing factors to our clients’ injuries and use those factors to build a clear, compelling claim that establishes all parties that may bear liability for the incident. In general, we ask several key questions to help determine who might bear liability for the incident and your injuries.
Who bore a duty of care to you at the time of your accident?
A duty of care encompasses any duty to help prevent an accident to another party. A duty of care might include the reasonable actions taken by a reasonable party to help prevent injury to someone else. For example, drivers on the road should exercise caution to help prevent accidents with others who share the road. On a construction site, workers might need to take basic safety precautions to protect one another, and companies may need to provide adequate safety equipment to keep their workers as safe as possible.
Who violated the duty of care to you at the time of your accident?
Any violation of the duty of care can quickly result in severe injuries, especially on busy Tallahassee roads or on a potentially dangerous construction site. A violation of the duty of care can include any negligent action that could lead to an accident. For example, a construction company might violate the duty of care by failing to provide adequate safety equipment for its workers, while a driver on the road might violate the duty of care by speeding or driving aggressively, increasing the risk of an accident.
How did that violation contribute to your spinal cord injury?
For the party that violated the duty of care to you to bear liability for your injuries, you must establish that the violation contributed to or caused your injuries. Sometimes, you can note several safety violations around you. Still, if they did not contribute to your accident, the party that committed those safety violations would typically not bear liability for your injuries.
If you have questions about who caused or contributed to your accident, connect with Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA. We can help you learn more about the potential causes of your accident and investigate all the details of the incident to uncover everyone who might bear liability for the accident and your injuries.
My spinal cord injuries will lead to ongoing medical bills for the rest of my life. Who has to pay for treatment?
Tallahassee has numerous care providers who can aid in your recovery from your spinal cord injury. Unfortunately, all those treatments can become incredibly expensive. You may struggle to keep up with your bills and manage the ongoing cost of treatment.
Who ultimately has to pay those bills, and how should you manage them? As the injured party, you will need to make arrangements to pay your medical bills, including the emergency medical bills you may have faced immediately after your accident and the bills you will face for the rest of your life.
Include future medical costs as part of your injury claim.
Most spinal cord injury claims will include a claim for compensation for your ongoing anticipated medical costs and compensation for the medical costs you have already faced. While an injury claim may not provide you with enough compensation to pay all medical bills for the rest of your life, it may provide a strong foundation that can help you with the cost of those medical payments.
Talk to your doctors about your future anticipated medical costs. Spinal cord injury victims may spend tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on medical care every year due to the challenges they may face because of their injuries. When you have a good idea of your future medical needs, you can include those future medical costs as part of your injury claim.
Use your health insurance to cover ongoing medical expenses.
For spinal cord injury victims, health insurance can serve as a vital line of defense that may make it easier to manage the cost of medical expenses. Your health insurance can help cover the cost of physical and occupational therapy, durable medical equipment, and the ongoing cost of treatment for your injuries.
Talk to your health insurance provider about what level of coverage you have. You may also want to look at your deductibles, co-pay amounts, and out-of-pocket maximums for the year. A solid understanding of your health insurance coverage can help you make practical decisions about your treatment, including your long-term medical care needs.
Can I afford to hire a spinal cord injury lawyer in Tallahassee?
As a victim of a spinal cord injury, you may need to ask yourself, “Can I afford not to have a lawyer to help handle my Tallahassee spinal cord injury claim?” A lawyer can offer several advantages to your claim. When you work with a lawyer, that lawyer can help identify all parties that may share liability for your accident, collect evidence that can clearly establish who bears liability for your accident, and fight with the insurance company to help you get the compensation you really deserve for your injuries.
Without a lawyer, on the other hand, you may find yourself floundering.
To clearly identify all parties that may share liability for your accident and collect the evidence you need to establish liability requires overcoming difficult challenges. Furthermore, you may struggle to deal with the insurance company on your own, and you may end up accepting a settlement that fails to really, accurately reflect your financial losses.
At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we aim to make the cost of legal services affordable for Tallahassee spinal cord injury victims. We offer free consultations to anyone who may have questions about a spinal cord injury claim or the compensation they should reasonably expect for their injuries. Next, we take many spinal cord injury claims on a contingent fee basis. Instead of requiring upfront payment for legal services, we accept compensation out of a percentage of the compensation the spinal cord injury victim recovers for their injuries. For many spinal cord injury victims in Tallahassee, that makes legal services much more affordable and accessible.
What should I do if the insurance company offers me a quick settlement offer after my spinal cord injury?
Doctors may need six months or more after your spinal cord injury to offer you an accurate assessment of how much you will eventually recover from your injuries. Spinal cord injuries can be tricky to evaluate. Some people may eventually regain much more mobility and strength than others, especially in the case of incomplete spinal cord injuries. Even with a complete spinal cord injury, you may need time to discover how much you will eventually regain.
Since your doctors cannot yet tell you what your recovery will look like, including what future medical expenses you may face because of your injuries, you cannot determine how much compensation you should expect through your injury claim, and the insurance company cannot realistically provide you with a fair settlement offer.
Furthermore, initial settlement offers from an insurance company often fail to provide the full compensation you realistically deserve for your injuries. Spinal cord injuries can mean immense losses to your mobility and independence. You may also have high medical bills that stick with you for the rest of your life. You deserve compensation for both the financial losses you will face because of your injuries and the non-financial suffering you may now face.
Contact Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, to discuss any settlement offer issued by the insurance company. The experienced attorneys at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, can help go over the damages you realistically deserve for your injuries and provide you with a better look at how the settlement offer compares to those losses.
You can then use that information to determine what you want to do about any early settlement offer, including whether you should continue fighting for the full compensation you deserve.
When should I contact a lawyer after a spinal cord injury in Tallahassee?
Florida law offers a generous statute of limitations that gives the victims of serious accidents and injuries, including spinal cord injuries, up to four years to file a claim for the damages associated with that injury. However, in general, that does not mean that you should wait for the statute of limitations to run out before you move forward with your claim.
Instead, contact a Tallahassee personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. It can prove much easier to find evidence related to your claim in the initial days after the accident when witness memory remains fresh and the scene still bears signs of your injuries. Furthermore, contacting a lawyer soon after your accident can make it easier to get the legal support you need and navigate any challenges the insurance company might throw your way.
However, if a considerable time has passed since your accident, still contact an attorney and move forward with an injury claim. Time can easily get away from you following a spinal cord injury since you may need to focus on your recovery immediately after the accident. An attorney can help you determine whether you still have time to file a claim and pull together all available evidence to make it easier to manage your spinal cord injury claim, even if a great deal of time has gone by.
Do I have to have a lawyer to handle a spinal cord injury in Tallahassee?
Handling your claim alone can ultimately mean that you do not recover the total compensation you deserve for your injuries. With a lawyer, you can get more information about your claim, from the total compensation you deserve to all parties that may have contributed to your accident. At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, our clients often find that they can recover more compensation by working with us, even after they pay for legal services.
It has been more than four years since my Tallahassee spinal cord injury. Can I still file a claim?
Florida’s statute of limitations allows four years for spinal cord injury victims to file a claim. Often, the court will refuse to hear any claim after the statute of limitations has passed. However, at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we can often help identify exceptions or extensions to the statute of limitations that can help you file a claim even if some time has passed.
Have you uncovered new information that indicates that a previously unidentified party may bear or share liability for your spinal cord injury?
Did you manage to walk away from the accident scene but later discover that you suffered a spinal cord injury that significantly reduced your mobility or quality of life?
Did you suffer spinal cord injuries as a minor?
Even if the statute of limitations seems to have passed, we may be able to help you identify a way to move forward with your claim. Contact us as soon as possible to learn more.