Spinal Cord Injuries
If you or someone you know has suffered a spinal cord injury in Connecticut, our spinal cord injury attorneys can assist you with your claim. We will advance all fees and expenses for your case including hiring experts to strengthen your spinal cord injury case. Once your spinal cord injury case has concluded, our injury lawyers will be reimbursed for our costs out of the recovery. If no recovery is attained, you will not be held accountable for the costs and expenses, which will be absorbed by us. All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay us until we recover you.
Who Sustains the Most Spinal Cord Injuries and What Parts of the Spine are Most Commonly Affected?
Most spinal cord injuries are sustained by males between the ages of 16 and 30. More than half of all spinal cord injuries occur in the cervical spine (neck area) while one third occur in the thoracic spine (in the area where the ribs meet the spine) and the balance of the injuries occur in the lumbar spine (low back).
The human spinal cord is approximately eighteen inches long and extends from the base of the brain, down the middle of the back to approximately the waist. The spinal column contains the major bundle of nerves that carry nerve impulses to and from the brain to the rest of the body. The spinal cord is surrounded by rings of bones called vertebra. In general, the higher the spinal cord injury the more dysfunctional a person will become.
Spinal surgery is quite common but not all patients obtain a good result. In a number of cases, the patient is left with a permanent injury or dies as a result of surgeon error.
What Should I Do If I Am a Victim of a Spinal Cord Injury?
It is extremely important that you contact our spinal cord injury attorneys as soon as possible about your spinal cord injury. It is crucial not to do anything that could possibly have a negative effect on you spinal cord injury case. We might advise you not to give any statements or sign any authorizations, it is important for you to contact us as soon as possible about your spinal cord injury. There are also potential notice requirements that, if missed, could result in the dismissal of your case.
How is Liability Determined?
The critical issue in many personal injury cases such as a spinal cord injury is just how a “reasonable person” would be expected to act in the situation that caused the spinal cord injury. A person is negligent when he or she fails to act like a “reasonable person”. Whether a given person has met the “reasonable person standard” is often a matter that is decided by a just after the presentation of evidence and argument at trial. This is one of the many reasons why it is so important for you to contact us about your spinal cord injury, so we can begin to investigate and develop your spinal cord injury case.
What Compensation Might I receive If My Case is Successful
The person who is found liable for your spinal cord injury-which generally means his or her liability insurance company-must pay an injured person for
- Medical care and related expenses past and future
- Income lost because of your spinal cord injury past and future
- Permanent physical disability or disfigurement
- Loss of family, social, and educational experiences due to your spinal cord injury
- Emotional damages, such as stress, embarrassment, depression, or strains on family relationships
- Punitive Damages (In Extraordinary Cases)
- Damaged Property
You will be awarded “damages” or compensation, which is money, intended to restore you to your position before your spinal cord injury. This money is not considered income (excluding monies paid for loss of income) and is not taxable as income by the state or the federal government.
What Happens with Spinal Cord injuries?
Spinal cord injuries are very vast and diverse, they can be very serious and life changing. They can range from loss of sensations to the loss of control over critical bodily functions, and possibly the most severe of spinal cord injuries being a quadriplegia. Since spinal cord injuries are so severe and possibly life changing you should contact us immediately.
If I Have Sustained a Spinal Cord Injury, What Should I Do?
Spinal cord injuries are very serious and it is extremely important to contact us as soon as possible. It is important to contact us to get the appropriate steps, to not have a negative effect on your spinal cord injury case. Our spinal cord injury lawyer might advise you not to give any statements or sign any authorizations that could possibly have a negative effect on your spinal cord injury case.
How Do I Go About Getting Experts to Help Me With My Case?
Since the severity of spinal cord injuries is so drastic it is important to contact us as soon as possible, it is crucial so we can guide you and prevent you from possibly doing anything to have a negative effect on your spinal cord injury case. We advise you not to give any statements or sign any authorization, so it is important to speak with us before you do something that could possibly have a negative effect on your spinal cord injury case.
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