If you have a spinal cord injury that somebody else caused, you could be entitled to money for your damages. You may recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and the many other losses and expenses associated with your injury. You can also receive payment for pain and suffering related to your injury.
The spinal cord injury lawyers in Jacksonville at the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine can help. We will file your claims, pursue a lawsuit if necessary, and help you get the full settlement you deserve. We offer free, no-risk advice and consultations. Call us today to review the details of your case: 800-747-3733.
How much is my spinal cord injury claim worth?
Your claim’s value depends on a lot of factors, including the severity of your injury (e.g., tetraplegia, paraplegia, minor loss of motor function). We investigate all the effects of your injury when assessing your claim’s value. Insurance companies may offer you a settlement that accounts for your current bills but fails to account for the long-term effects of your injury.
The National Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Statistical Center reports that a spinal cord injury brings costs ranging from $350,000 to over $1 million in the first year, with lifetime costs exceeding $4.5 million for the most severe injuries. An initial settlement offer from the insurance company is unlikely to cover all your future medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
We work with medical, vocational, and occupational experts who may testify about the effects of your injury. We retrieve, review, and present your medical records and other documentation. We go to lengths to evaluate and prove the damages you will experience because of your injury, such as:
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost wages and earning capacity
- Physical therapy and nursing care
- Cost of assistive devices (e.g., wheelchair)
- Cost of home or vehicle modification
- Cost to hire help for household chores, child care, etc.
- Pain and suffering
Does the cause of my spinal cord injury affect my case?
Spinal cord injuries usually occur from blunt trauma, such as a sudden and violent blow to the spine, which can cause injuries ranging from minor loss of motor function to total paralysis. The causes can be just as varied and may affect how we pursue compensation for your damages.
Motor vehicle accidents: Traffic collisions account for about 38 percent of spinal cord injuries every year, according to the National SCI Statistical Center. If you suffered a spinal cord injury in a traffic accident in Jacksonville, you can file a liability claim against the party who caused your accident. But the other party’s liability insurance may be insufficient to cover all your damages, in which case we can explore filing a lawsuit.
Falls: Falls account for about 30 percent of spinal cord injuries. The cause and location of your fall would affect how we pursue compensation for your injury. If you fell from an elevated surface due to insufficient railings, we may file a lawsuit against the property owner.
Medical/surgical causes: Nearly five percent of spinal cord injuries are the result of medical or surgical causes. In such cases, a doctor or surgeon may hold liability for your injury; we may pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit against the negligent medical provider.
These represent only a few causes of spinal cord injuries. Sports injuries (8.9 percent of spinal cord injuries) and violent acts like gun shots (13.5 percent) are also common causes. Depending on the circumstances of those cases, we may pursue a lawsuit against a property owner, perpetrator of an attack, or another party.
How does Anidjar & Levine prove the other party’s liability for my spinal cord injury?
Your lawyer will investigate all aspects of your accident, including its primary cause and contributing factors. This allows us to identify all the parties that are responsible for your accident and gather evidence that proves their liability for your injuries.
Our case must establish four things:
- Duty of care: The defendant had a duty to act in a reasonable manner so as not to harm you.
- Negligence: The defendant acted carelessly or recklessly.
- Causation: The defendant’s negligent behavior caused your accident and injuries.
- Damages: You suffered damages because of your injuries.
We may work with accident reconstruction experts who can establish the cause of your accident. Or we may work with medical experts who can testify that your accident caused your spinal cord injury, which may be important if you had a pre-existing back or spinal injury. We may also secure photographs, video surveillance, eyewitness testimony, and other documentation that proves liability.
Call Anidjar & Levine after a Spinal Cord Injury in Jacksonville
Contact the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine today to speak with a spinal cord injury lawyer in Jacksonville. The consultation and advice are always free. We can get started on your case right away so you can focus on your recovery. Call today: 800-747-3733.