Back and spinal cord injuries can happen in many ways, including motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and construction accidents. Regardless of the cause, the effects can be devastating. A Los Angeles back and spinal cord injury lawyer may be able to help you recover compensation that will cover your medical bills and help you support your family.
Call Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices at (888) 522-6291 to get started. The initial case review with our personal injury team is free.
The Potential Effects of a Back and Spinal Cord Injury
Your spine is made up of many different parts: bones, nerves, ligaments, discs, and so on. A blow to the spine can cause irreparable damage to one or more of these parts.
Back and spinal cord injuries come in a variety of forms and levels of severity. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS), spinal cord injuries can be either complete or incomplete. With a complete injury, there may be total paralysis below a certain level, loss of bowel and bladder control, and other debilitating symptoms. By contrast, incomplete injuries mean there is still some connection between your brain and your spinal cord, so your prognosis may be better.
Whether complete or incomplete, back and spinal cord injuries are life-altering. Besides the direct effects on your health and wellbeing, they can wreak havoc on your career, your personal life, and your future.
Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices has helped accident victims like you in Los Angeles, California, and other communities throughout the state. Call our client intake team at (888) 522-6291 so that a Los Angeles back and spinal cord injury lawyer can begin fighting for you.
Getting Damages After a Back Injury
Your injury has likely impacted your life in many ways and may continue to do so in the future. If another party’s negligence caused your accident, it is only fair that you be allowed to sue for compensation.
For example, non-economic damages may cover the physical and psychological harm you have suffered due to your injuries. Specific examples include things like:
- Pain and suffering: if your injury were physically and/or psychologically traumatic
- Disability: if your injury has left you paralyzed or otherwise affected your physical abilities
- Reduced quality of life: if you will never be able to live independently or participate in the same activities as you did before
- Loss of companionship: if your loved one passed away from their injuries and you are filing a wrongful death lawsuit, you can ask for compensation for the guidance, support, and affection that they can no longer give you
The other major type of compensation is economic damages. This may cover the financial harm you suffered due to your injuries. Specific examples include things like:
- Loss of earning capacity: if your injuries prevent you from working as many hours as before, earning promotions, or qualifying for higher-paying jobs
- Medical expenses: if you needed (or still need) professional help to manage your injuries
- Funeral expenses: if you were financially responsible for laying your loved one to rest after their passing
Regardless of the types of damages for which you are eligible, the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1 states that you are only entitled to file a lawsuit for a limited time. Once two years have passed from the date of the accident or your loved one’s death, you may no longer file a lawsuit. For this reason, it is important that you get the ball rolling on your case as soon as possible.
Seeking Legal Representation
If you do not feel up to handling a lawsuit by yourself, let Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices do all of the hard work for you. This will give you the time you need to process the accident and adjust to your new normal.
Lawsuits can get very complex, especially if your case has complicated factors like multiple liable parties. No matter how straightforward or difficult your case may be, we are ready and willing to help however we can. This help may include:
You may have a clear recollection of your accident, or you may only remember bits and pieces. Either way, finding evidence to prove that your injuries happened as you say they did can help your case.
Even small legal tasks can have a big impact on your case. For example, it is critically important to file all paperwork correctly and on time; otherwise, your lawsuit may be dismissed on technical grounds. Your lawyer can review whatever paperwork you have already filled out and/or fill out all future paperwork on your behalf.
Whether you were injured or your loved one passed away, a lawyer will help you sort through your legal options, explain their implications, and suggest which one may be right for you.
Once you have decided on a course of action, your lawyer will do everything possible to pursue the money you may deserve. This may involve negotiating with the liable party’s insurance company or going to court.
Staying in Contact
In addition to handling all communications between you and the liable party, your lawyer will keep in close contact with you. Expect regular updates about developments in your case and prompt responses to any questions you ask us.
Call Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices Today
Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices charges no fees unless we successfully recover compensation for you. That way, anyone who needs a Los Angeles back and spinal cord injury lawyer can more easily afford one.
Call us at (888) 522-6291 to find out more in a free case review with our back and spinal cord injury team.