Get Help From Our Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
Spinal cord injuries affect millions of people each year, and hundreds of thousands of people experience debilitating effects that they must live with for the rest of their lives. For many of these people, one of the most stressful parts of their injury is that it was caused by the negligence of someone else. However, holding the responsible party accountable and getting compensation can help victims of a spinal cord injury to move forward with their lives.
If you have experienced a spinal injury, a lawyer with Parker Waichman LLP may be able to help you. Our nationwide personal injury practice is dedicated to standing up for the rights of those who have been harmed by the negligence of others, and our spinal cord injury law firm can help you get compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering through a personal injury lawsuit. Call 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER today and one of our lawyers will give you a free case evaluation to help you understand your legal rights and offer advice on whether you should pursue a spinal cord injury lawsuit.
Types of Spinal Cord Injury
There are two main types of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete.
- A complete spinal cord injury is permanent damage to the affected area of the spinal cord. Complete injuries can cause paraplegia or tetraplegia.
- An incomplete spinal cord injury is partial damage to the spinal cord. Depending on the part of the spine that was injured and the severity of the injury, the victim may retain the ability to move and some amount of feeling.
Spinal injuries can have different effects depending on the section of the spinal cord that is affected: cervical, thoracic, lumbar or sacral. Each section contains different groups of nerves that control different parts of the body, and when they’re injured, it could lead to nerve damage, paralysis or even death.
- Cervical injuries affect the head and neck, and these are the most severe spinal cord injuries.
- Thoracic injuries affect the upper chest, back, and abdominal muscles that control arm and hand functions.
- Lumbar injuries affect the hips and legs. Someone with a lumbar spine injury may need to use a wheelchair or walk with braces.
- Sacral spine injuries affect the hips, the backs of the thighs, the buttocks, and the pelvic organs.
Are Spinal Cord Injuries Permanent?
Most spinal cord injuries are permanent because the nerves that send signals to the brain and control most human functions have been directly damaged. Modern medicine has come a long way and can partially heal some of these wounds, but most injuries to the spinal cord are permanent.
Is a Spinal Cord Injury a Disability?
Legally, yes, a spinal cord injury can count as a disability. If you have a spinal cord injury, you can file a claim for Social Security disability benefits as long as the injury has lasted for at least three months and the injury will make it impossible for you to work for at least the next 12 months.
Why Should I Call a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer?
When you suffer a spinal cord injury after a car accident or as the result of the negligence or malpractice of another, the medical bills often pile up; spinal cord injuries are seldom minor and frequently cause severe disabilities that can last for the rest of a person’s life. When you work with a spinal cord injury attorney, they can help you recover money to pay those bills and keep you living comfortably, especially if you lost wages or were unable to return to work at all as a result of the injury.
How Will I Afford a Spinal Lawyer?
When you work with a New York spinal cord injury attorney at Parker Waichman, you’ll pay nothing out of pocket for our services. That’s because we work on a contingency-fee basis. Our lawyers’ fees come from a portion of your spinal cord lawsuit settlement or jury award. We know that the costs of litigation can be steep, ranging from fees to obtain records and file documents with the court to the costs of hiring a specialist who can give expert testimony that clearly explains the extent of your injuries. At Parker Waichman, we don’t believe that cost should be a barrier to justice, and that’s why we take on all of the financial risk ourselves.
How Much Is a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit Worth?
Spinal injury compensation payouts can reach as high as $1 million or more, especially if the injury was severe enough to involve surgery or cause lifelong disabilities. However, the more relevant question to ask is, “How much is compensation for a spinal injury like yours?” Spinal cord injury compensation amounts vary, and how much your particular case is worth will depend on a range of factors specific to your situation. An experienced attorney with our firm can evaluate your case and give you a better idea of how much spinal cord compensation you may be able to receive.
What Is the Average Settlement for a Spinal Cord Injury?
Average spinal injury settlement amounts range from $100,000 to $350,000, but the value of these cases can vary widely. The court will attempt to add up the amount of monetary damages you sustained, like current and future medical bills and lost earnings, and factor in an amount to help compensate for your pain and suffering. If your injuries were relatively minor, the amount you can receive will be on the low end, but spinal injury lawsuit settlements for severe cases, which may need to factor in future expenses like occupational therapy or the cost of a home health aide, could be quite large.
Get Help With Your Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit Today
If you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another person, you could be entitled to compensation. The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman have extensive experience with these types of lawsuits, and your spinal cord injury lawyer will fight tirelessly to get you the results you deserve. We’ve secured more than $2 billion in compensation for our clients, and we’ve built a reputation as a top-rated spinal cord injury law firm from NYC to Florida and beyond. When you choose to work with Parker Waichman on your spinal cord injury claim, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands.
To learn more about your legal rights and get a free consultation, call 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER today to speak with a skilled spinal injury attorney. We’ll answer your questions and help you decide on your next steps, all with no obligation to you.
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