Spinal cord injuries can be devastating, potentially leaving you with long-term disability and expensive medical bills you have no way pay. If another person’s negligence caused your injuries, you may have a right to financial compensation through a personal injury claim.
The spinal cord injury attorneys at the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine can help you through this difficult and potentially life-altering situation. We can protect your legal rights and build a strong, persuasive case on your behalf.
We provide compassionate legal representation for clients who sustained a spinal cord injury. Contact us today at 800-747-3733 for a free consultation with a spinal cord injury lawyer in Pompano Beach.
What some the most common causes of spinal cord injury?
The Well Florida Council (WFC) published data demonstrating that, in our state, motor vehicle accidents are the primary cause of these injuries. Rear-end collisions, head-on crashes, and side-impact car accidents are all frequently to blame for spinal cord injuries.
In addition to car accidents, other common causes include:
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Boating accidents;
- Commercial or semi-truck accidents;
- Slip and fall injuries;
- Swimming pool accidents;
- Industrial or workplace accidents;
- Construction accidents;
- Product defects; and
What are the long-term implications of this type of traumatic injury?
Victims of spinal cord injuries face a significant struggle and a potentially bleak prognosis. Data from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) indicates that spine injuries can shorten the victim’s life expectancy, even if they are young and healthy at the time of the accident. In fact, a 20-year-old victim who sustains a mild spine injury loses an average of almost seven years off their life. The worse the injury, the more years the victim loses from their lifespan.
Few victims ever recover from a severe injury to the back or spinal cord. If the victim has neurological damage, they face only about a 1-percent chance of full recovery. Most victims have some degree of permanent paralysis and require medical care for the rest of their lives.
What is the value of my claim?
Spinal cord and nerve-related injuries are some of the most costly to treat. The NSCISC reports that medical costs can exceed $1 million for the first year, if your spinal cord injury was severe. Over your lifetime, care costs can easily exceed $5 million or more.
You or your loved one may also face extensive costs related to live-in care, ongoing medical treatment, physical therapy, rehab, and other expenses.
To support the value of your claim, we will provide documentation that may include the following:
- Current doctor and hospital bills;
- Current care costs;
- Lost income to date;
- Future medical care costs;
- Physical therapy and rehab costs;
- Future lost earnings;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Loss of life’s enjoyment.
Finally, if you sustained permanent disability, paralysis, paraplegia, or the loss of a body part—like a digit, limb, organ, or sense organ—we will use legal case law to determine the value of that loss.
The case value of a spinal cord injury can vary significantly. However, our attorneys understand the claims process and know how to put a fair value on your damages. With us by your side, you can rest assured that your claim will be appropriate for the damages you sustained.
How will my lawyer prove liability in a spinal cord injury?
If another party’s negligence caused your injury, we will help hold them accountable. A financial settlement will never make up for the pain and loss you have experienced, but it will help you take care of yourself and your family, and provide the medical treatment you need.
We can gather evidence to document your injuries and damages. However, to win compensation on your behalf, we must prove that the damages resulted from the responsible party’s negligence. This requires proving the four legal elements of this area of law.
Duty of Care
We must first show that the at-fault party owed you a duty of care to keep you reasonably safe from harm. Drivers on the road owe other motorists a duty of care to drive safely and obey traffic laws, for example.
Breach of Duty
Next, we will provide evidence that the at-fault party breached their duty of care to you. For example, a truck driver who operates a commercial vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol has breached his or her duty of care.
We must also prove the at-fault party’s breach of duty directly caused your injury accident. If an aggressive driver runs you off the road, for example, their breach of duty caused your accident.
Finally, we will provide proof that you suffered actual damages due to your accident. We can show bills related to your injury, employment records showing lost wages, and testimony from experts regarding future costs to prove your damages.
Why do I need a spinal cord injury lawyer?
Our lawyers can help ensure that you have the necessary medical care after this type of traumatic injury. Your chances of recovering from a back or spine injury decrease significantly if you do not receive appropriate treatment immediately after an accident.
We will also help make sure you have the capacity to cover the cost of any future care you may need down the road. If you are unable to return to work, we can help you win standard living expenses.
If you have suffered a significant injury of any type, you need to focus on the healing process. Let us worry about chasing down the evidence in your case. We have medical experts, accident reconstruction specialists, and other resources at our disposal, so you can focus on your health and recovery while we build your case.
The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine can help you recover after a spinal cord injury.
After a back injury, contact the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine as soon as possible. This will help ensure that you receive the medical care you need. It will also protect your legal rights and provide the best possible outcome in your case.
We offer free case reviews and consultation. Contact us today at 800-747-3733 to schedule an appointment or speak directly to an injury lawyer in Pompano Beach.