Savannah Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
An injury to the spine or spinal cord can be devastating. All-too-often victims are forced to deal with long-term or even lifelong consequences, which could include full or partial paralysis, in severe cases. Spinal cord injuries come with significant medical costs, from initial treatment to continuous rehabilitation needs. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your spinal cord injury from medical bills to pain and suffering and more.
The Savannah personal injury attorneys at Chris Hudson Law Group have extensive experience helping those who’ve suffered spinal cord injuries get justice. We will help you recover lost wages, medical bills, loss of future income, loss of support and more. Contact us today at 706-863-6600 for a free, no-obligation consultation and speak with a knowledgeable and compassionate member of our team right now.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
If you or someone you love has sustained a spinal cord injury, chances are you will be immediately transported to a hospital for treatment. The severity of this injury means you will need to seek medical treatment, and you should also do that so you have a record of the injuries for your case that you may file. This injury may have been caused by:
- Automobile Accidents: Sometimes, accidents can cause a spinal cord to bruise or sever. Whiplash injury can affect your spinal cord, as can other types of accidents such as rollover accidents or commercial truck collisions.
- Slip and Fall Injuries: If you slip or fall, you could do so in a way that injures your spinal cord. Almost a third of spinal cord injuries are directly related to a slip or fall.
- Medical Malpractice: Unfortunately, these types of injuries can sometimes happen due to a medical accident, or medical malpractice.
- Injury at Birth: If the delivery goes awry, the baby may suffer a spinal cord injury and this could be grounds for the parents to file a personal injury claim.
- Gunshot/Knife Wounds: Quite a few spinal cord injuries happen because of gunshot wounds or stab wounds.
- Recreational Accidents: A football tackle, diving into shallow water, and many other incidents can cause spinal cord injuries.
- Diseases: Cancer, cord inflammation, and other types of diseases can potentially cause your spinal cord to be injured in some way.
Seeking compensation for an injury may not be possible in all circumstances, but if your injury is caused by the negligence of someone else, then it may benefit you to consult with a spinal cord injury attorney in Savannah.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Depending on where your spinal cord is injured, it may be more severe than other types of injury. First, there are complete and incomplete cord injuries. An incomplete injury means that you still have some function in the body parts below the point of injury, while a complete injury means there is no function at all in those body parts. According to Sonoran Spine, more than 60 percent of spinal cord injuries are incomplete. The three types of incomplete spine injuries include:
- Brown-Sequard Syndrome: This happens when just one side of the spinal cord sustains an injury.
- Central Cord Syndrome: A central cord injury happens in the center of the cord and also involves nerve damage.
- Anterior Cord Syndrome: These injuries occur at the front of the spinal cord and can affect motor and sensory pathways.
Complete spinal cord injuries result in some type of paralysis and are more severe. The types of paralysis that complete spinal cord injuries can cause include tetraplegia, paraplegia, and triplegia. These are the least common types, but if you do suffer from some type of paralysis, a spinal cord injury lawyer may be able to help you recover compensation that could help alleviate some of your physical and mental stress.
Treating Spinal Cord Injuries
The treatment of your spinal cord injury could potentially be long and costly. Your doctors and other medical professionals will create a treatment plan for your specific injury and take into account any pre-existing conditions, the severity of the injury, and any other demographic factors that may come into play. This could involve multiple surgeries, lifelong rehabilitation costs, and other bills such as prescription medicines or wheelchairs. Rehabilitation facilities may need to work with you to teach you how to do certain things and physical therapists will provide services to help with any pain or try to strengthen muscles.
These costs can be overwhelming, but if your injury was due to the negligence of another party, your Savannah spinal cord injury lawyer may be able to help you recover damages from them and their insurance company.
Why You Need an Experienced Lawyer
After suffering a spinal cord injury, a victim will need to focus on recovery and rehabilitation. You will likely be contacted by the at-fault party’s insurance company shortly after the accident, and their goal will be to deny your injury claim or pay you as little as possible. Your attorney can handle all of the communication with the insurance company on your behalf to make sure that you can focus on what is important…healing.
Your lawyer will also get all the needed documentation for your injury claim, such as medical records, photos of the accident scene, any witness testimony, available security footage, and more. After a thorough investigation of the accident, your lawyer will work to secure a fair settlement for your injury. If the insurer refuses to pay you what you’re rightfully owed, your lawyer may recommend taking your case to court.
An experienced spinal cord injury attorney will know how to identify fault, how to negotiate with the insurance company, and how to protect your claim. If necessary, they’ll build a case designed to win you damages in court. Don’t trust your injury claim to just any attorney. Choose a legal team with the right experience and resources to handle your case.
What You Need to Know About Georgia Personal Injury Claims
After you speak to a representative from our legal team, and we determine someone else’s negligence indeed caused your injury, it will then be time to move forward with filing your personal injury case. There may be different circumstances involved in the case, which is where a lawyer can help. You may be filing under premises liability, product liability, wrongful death, or more. Each of these has legal intricacies that your lawyer will be able to swiftly navigate for you.
In any personal injury case, you must prove negligence to be able to file for damages. Negligence is a legal concept that involves four elements:
- Duty: A duty was owed to you in some way. A property owner is liable for injuries on their property, for example.
- Breach of Duty: The other person failed in their duty to you. So long as you were on their property legally, they breached their duty to you by not fixing the crack in the sidewalk that made you trip and fall.
- Causation: Their breach of duty directly caused the incident. Since the crack in the sidewalk made you trip, it caused the incident and your injury.
- Damages: Once you prove the other three elements, you are then eligible to file for damages.
In the state of Georgia, we follow a modified comparative fault approach for negligence, which means that you can still be eligible to file a claim even if you hold some responsibility for your spinal cord injury. However, you cannot be assigned more than 50 percent of the blame. If you are, then the state does not permit you to file for anything. Your lawyer at Chris Hudson Law Group will dedicate themselves to making sure you are not assigned excessive blame for this injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence.
There is also a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims in this state, so try not to wait too long before consulting an attorney. Once that expires, you will more than likely not be able to recover any damages.
Types of Compensation Available for a Spinal Cord Injury
Dealing with a growing amount of medical debt from your accident can be overwhelming, but your spinal cord injury lawyer will help you decide on what types of compensation you can seek. Your claim for damages may include economic damages such as medical bills, lost wages, future earning potential, future medical bills, and more. You are also able to ask for non-economic damages like pain and suffering.
When deciding on what to ask for, your lawyer will take into account everything that you have already paid for as well as any anticipated future costs.
Contact a Savannah Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
At Chris Hudson Law Group, we serve spinal cord injury victims in Savannah, and across the state of Georgia. If you have recently suffered one of these injuries through no fault of your own, then you may be entitled to compensation. Call us today at 706-863-6600 for a free initial consultation so we can review the details of your case and figure out where to go from there. We may be able to help you recover damages that can cover your medical bills and beyond.