A spinal cord injury can drastically change your life. This type of injury often results in paralysis, immediately altering how you live, work, and interact with loved ones.
If you suffered a spinal injury during a car accident, slip and fall, or another type of accident in Fort Pierce, FL, the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can assist you with a personal injury case. A Fort Pierce spinal cord injury lawyer from our team can investigate the cause of your injury, aim to prove liability, and seek the financial awards you need to care for yourself and your family.
Florida Spinal Cord Injuries
The WellFlorida Council estimates that more than 800 Floridians require hospitalization for spinal cord injuries every year. While this may not seem like a large number, spinal injury victims require significantly more medical treatment, living assistance, and additional services than those with less permanent and disabling injuries.
The extent of your injuries will influence how they affect your life. In general, the more severe your spinal damage, the more financial and quality of life losses you will suffer.
According to the Mayo Clinic, spinal cord injuries fall into the following categories depending on their location and severity:
- Tetraplegia – Also called quadriplegia, this type of injury affects the arms, legs, torso, feet, hands, and pelvic organs.
- Paraplegia – This type of injury affects all or part of the torso (but not the arms or hands), the legs, feet, and pelvic organs.
- Complete – Complete spinal injuries result in a total loss of movement and feeling below the injury site.
- Incomplete – Incomplete injuries leave sufferers with some movement and sensory functioning below the injury site, but the degree of functioning varies per injury.
What Causes Spinal Cord Injuries?
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, followed by falls, acts of violence, sports injuries, and medical/surgical errors. Our Fort Pierce attorneys can help you seek compensation for spinal cord injuries resulting from:
- Car, truck, or bus accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Slip and falls or falls from heights
- Workplace injuries and construction accidents
- Pedestrian or bicycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Swimming pool accidents
- Dangerous or negligent property conditions
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
If you or a loved one suffered a spinal injury in a car crash on Sunrise Boulevard, a slip and fall at Heathcote Botanical Gardens, or another accident in Fort Pierce, consider seeking help from our team.
You may face immense and ongoing injury-related expenses. Working with a lawyer familiar with personal injury law can help you identify and seek the compensation you need for your medical care and other losses. Legal assistance can also take some of the burden off your shoulders, so you can focus on your health.
Spinal Cord Injury Compensation
If your spinal cord injury occurred due to someone else’s negligent actions, you may be entitled to compensation for your related expenses, physical pain, and emotional and mental suffering. Every injury victim has varying medical needs and losses, so no two spinal cord injury settlements are the same. In general, our Fort Pierce spinal cord injury lawyers can seek financial recovery for:
- Medical bills – We can seek awards to pay for your accident-related medical expenses, including ambulance fees, emergency room treatment, doctor and hospital fees, and medical procedures.
- Ongoing health care – Severe spinal injuries are permanent and disabling, and sufferers often require a lifetime of medical intervention and care. We can estimate a fair sum for your future medical needs, including the cost of physical and occupational therapy, follow-up procedures, prescription drugs, and medical equipment and devices.
- Lifecare costs – We can seek compensation to pay for long-term nursing assistance, in-home health care, or a residential care facility if necessary. We can also seek awards for the value of household services you need assistance with, such as cleaning, yard care, or transportation.
- Pain and suffering – You deserve compensation for the ways your spinal injury negatively affects your quality of life. We can pursue monetary awards for depression, anxiety, mental anguish, loss of ability to participate in activities and hobbies, and loss of enjoyment of life.
- Lost wages – We can seek to recover the backpay you have already lost and compensation for future lost wages. If your injury prevents you from returning to your previous job, forces you to cut back on hours, or requires you to leave the workforce, we can seek awards for the loss of your earning capacity.
- Home and vehicle modifications – We can seek awards for home renovations and vehicle updates to make your living space and transportation injury-accessible.
- Wrongful death – If your loved one sustained a fatal spinal cord injury, we can seek to recover their medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, and lost wages, earnings, and benefits. Surviving family members may also qualify for compensation for their mental pain and suffering and loss of consortium or parental guidance.
What Can The Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers At The Law Offices Of Anidjar & Levine Do For You?
Our team of injury lawyers has fought for victims from across Florida since our founding in 2006. Our goal is not only to secure the compensation you deserve, but to do so professionally and compassionately and put your needs at the center of everything we do. Your Fort Pierce spinal cord injury attorney will:
- Investigate your accident and determine liability
- Build a case proving negligence using evidence, such as witness statements, expert testimony, medical records, and police reports
- Evaluate your current and expected losses and file an insurance claim (if applicable to your case) for damages
- Handle phone calls, emails, and meetings with insurance agents or opposing legal counsel
- Fight for you during settlement negotiations
- Take necessary legal action before the four-year statute of limitations for personal injury outlined in Florida Statutes § 95.11 expires (two years for wrongful death)
- Answer all of your questions, return your phone calls and emails, and provide you with frequent case updates
- Represent you on contingency, so our services cost you nothing upfront or out of pocket.
Call Today For A Free Consultation
To get started on your case with our Fort Pierce spinal cord injury lawyers, call our offices today for a no-cost, no-obligation case review.
We Can Help.