A spinal cord injury lawyer helps clients who suffer from catastrophic personal injuries (in this case damage done to the spinal cord) get justice and compensation for their pain and losses. Since 1972 Jacoby and Meyers has been defending clients with spinal cord injuries that occurred due to the negligence of another party. When you contact a spinal cord injury lawyer, your chances of never having to pay any medical bills, getting the right medical treatment, and receiving the highest possible settlement go up significantly. If you or a loved one have been left with a spinal cord injury, call Jacoby and Meyers today for a free consultation and learn how our personal injury attorneys can get your life on the best possible track.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury is a type of catastrophic injury that can have devastating, life-changing consequences on accident victims. Considering that the spinal cord can not grow back or regenerate, and keeping in mind that it also controls our basic functions, any injury to this part of the body is serious, and based on the type of injury, one can be left with lifelong physical limitations. Victims of a spinal cord injury can be left with permanent impairments that range from toe and foot movement challenges, to complete paralysis from the neck down. A spinal cord injury lawyer at Jacoby and Meyers will work with an entire team of experts in unique specialty areas to ensure you get the highest possible compensation for the type of injury you have sustained due to the negligent actions of another.
Complications Commonly Seen by a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Most spinal cord injuries are caused by car accidents, sports injuries, slip and falls, and acts of violence. Just as the causes are vast, so too are the symptoms and complications associated with a spinal cord injury. The best spinal cord injury lawyer will have clients with this type of injury that experience the following complications:
- Extreme neck and back pain
- Loss of sensation or movement to one or more body parts
- Loss of balance / difficulty walking
- Loss of bowel and bladder control
- Loss of sexual function
- Breathing difficulties
- Severe depression
- Suicidal thoughts
An experienced spinal cord injury lawyer will build your case looking at these complications, and others, in a broad scale that examines immediate needs, and life-long pain and suffering. Call Jacoby and Meyers for a free consultation, and learn about your rights and your options for pursuing justice.
What Should Someone Do if they Suspect they have a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury can only be diagnosed by a doctor with methods that may include an MRI, CT scan or X-ray. These tests will reveal any abnormalities to the spinal cord, and the physician will be able to see exactly where the injury occurred and the likeness of the injury’s severity. In some cases, an accident victim might have symptoms that indicate a spinal cord injury. For example, if a construction worker’s safety equipment has a malfunction, and he falls from some scaffolding landing on his back, and has numbness or loss of feeling in his feet, one could conclude that a spinal injury is likely, even though only a doctor can give a clear and accurate diagnosis. However, in the event of a fall or injury that caused force and impact to one’s body, that person should not be moved. Call for an ambulance immediately but do not move the person. If the individual does indeed have a spinal cord injury, moving them can cause further damage and even mean the difference in their ability to walk again. Emergency medical techs will need to move the person using a board and special equipment. If the individual has been ejected from a vehicle and is laying in the middle of traffic, use emergency roadside equipment, your car’s hazard lights, and seek out a person to divert traffic around the victim until an ambulance can arrive.
Is a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Necessary if I have the Best Insurance Policy?
More than 80 percent of personal injury victims with spinal cord damage get significantly higher settlements when working with a spinal cord injury lawyer, than those who just work through the insurance companies. In fact, insurance companies scramble to get recorded statements and settle with victims right away before the injured person has a chance to even think to call a spinal cord injury lawyer. The reason for this is simple: they too know the settlement dollar amount statistics surrounding personal injury victims with a spinal cord injury lawyer.
A spinal cord injury attorney at Jacoby and Meyers will work with a team of experts that include insurance specialists, expert witnesses (doctors, scientists, engineers, etc) and specialty researchers to prove your claim for a number of factors that weigh into your potential settlement amount. Some of the areas that will be thoroughly researched and presented in an ironclad case include the following:
- Diagnosis and prognosis
- Current physical, psychological and emotional trauma
- Ongoing physical, psychological and emotional trauma
- Lost wages
- Future earning potential and career outlook
- Current and future medical expenses that include specialty devices and equipment (motorized chairs, prosthetics, rehabilitation, therapy, in-home care professionals etc)
- Impact on the victim’s family
- Impact on the victim’s personal relationship
- Quality of life (if the victim was a musician, athlete or had a physical hobby critical to their joy in life, the claim could be higher)
Even people with the best insurance policies can still be left with portions of expensive medical bills they simply can’t afford, and the settlement presented by insurance companies almost never offers justice for life-long, permanent hardships. Call a spinal cord injury lawyer at Jacoby and Meyers for a free consultation before you give any statement to the insurance companies; learn what your case could be worth, your legal rights, and get an educated perspective so you can make the best decision going forward.