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A spinal cord injury can be permanent, life-altering, and have an enduring effect on the lives of the victim and their family. A spinal cord injury is most often caused by someone else’s negligence, whether that involves a motor vehicle accident, construction site accident, slip and fall accident, medical malpractice, birth injury, defective product, sports accident, recreation accident, or an intentional act of wrongdoing
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else’s negligence, it is essential to hire a lawyer experienced in spinal cord injuries for your case. Obtaining the compensation you deserve after a spinal cord injury requires a lawyer with experience and resources.
The St. Louis spinal cord injury attorneys at our law firm share over 50 years of combined experience, and fight aggressively to attain the best results possible for our clients. Call Miller & Hine today at (314) 413-2053, or contact us online to arrange for a free initial consultation.
What Causes a Spinal Cord Injury?
Spinal cord injuries are caused by significant trauma to the head or neck, or direct damage to the spinal cord or the nerves at the base of the spinal canal. These injuries often compromise strength, sensation, and bodily functions below the injury site.
A spinal cord injury victim must deal with more than just the medical treatment needed for the original injury. They must also deal with future surgeries, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and perhaps most importantly, obtaining the best care and treatment for their present and future medical and personal needs. Victims shouldn’t have to worry about standing up to insurance companies while they recover.
With the remarkable progress science and medicine have made in spinal cord rehabilitation, having the money and means to take advantage of these medical and scientific developments can mean the difference between a functioning life or being stuck with something less. But insurance companies are not always ready to pay spine injury victims enough to ensure they cover medical expenses for the best care available.
Accidents That Sometimes Result in Spinal Cord Injuries
There are approximately 17,730 new spinal cord injuries per year in the United States. The spinal cord is full of delicate nerves that control body functions. Traumatic accidents with powerful impacts may shatter vertebrae and cause sharp bone splinters to bruise, damage, or tear the delicate nerves bundled inside the spinal cord. Sadly, these nerves do not regenerate and recovery may be limited. Some common accidents that result in this type of damage include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Sports injuries
- Diving accidents
- Trampoline accidents
- Birth injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Violence, including gun violence
While new research promises hope for future treatment options, spinal cord accident victims often require lifelong treatment, therapies, and medical intervention. A successful spinal cord injury claim can help relieve financial burdens so accident victims can focus on maximizing their recovery and quality of life.
Liability in Spinal Cord Injuries
Only about half of all new spinal cord injury victims file claims for compensation for their injuries, possibly because navigating the legal process can be tricky and frustrating, and insurance companies are not anxious to pay out claims when their profits depend on taking in more money collecting premiums than they pay out in claims. Determining liability in spinal cord injuries depends on proving fault in the accident that caused it.
If someone’s negligence caused your injury, securing the following evidence can prove liability and maximize your chance for a successful claim:
- Evidence that the accident occurred because of someone else’s negligence or breach of the duty of care they owed to you and others. For instance, drivers on the road owe a duty of care to other drivers to follow traffic laws and drive responsibly. Medical professionals owe their patients a duty of care to safeguard their health by being thorough and diligent in their medical care.
- Proof that the breach of duty of care or act of negligence resulted in your accident
- Proof that the accident caused you physical harm in the form of spinal cord damage and long-term negative impacts on your life as well as financial damages
- Proof that the at-fault party’s insurance was in effect at the time of the accident.
Despite the difficulties involved in dealing with insurance companies, an experienced spinal cord attorney knows how to maximize your chances of a successful claim by gathering and presenting the evidence in a demand letter to the insurance company or through courtroom litigation.
How Can an Experienced St. Louis Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Help?
At Miller & Hine, we prepare every spinal cord injury case to support the victim’s compensation for the injury’s past, present, and future medical and financial needs. This means putting together a team comprised of medical experts, life care planners, rehabilitation experts, economists, and trial lawyers, who have all been selected for their skill at analyzing, documenting, and persuasively presenting their findings to prove that you deserve the most compensation possible for your spinal cord injury claim.
We are committed to helping spinal cord injury victims recover full and fair compensation for their injuries and resulting financial needs. Both spinal cord injury victims and their families need and deserve attorneys who understand the medical, economic, and psychological impact the spinal cord injury has on their lives.
The goal in each spinal cord injury case we handle is to help our clients and their families recover the compensation they need to live the best lives possible after such a traumatic injury. If you or someone you care about has suffered a spinal cord injury in St. Louis due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, we can help.
What Compensation Can You Gain For a Spinal Cord Injury Claim?
Spinal cord injuries can have a devastating impact on your financial future as well as your physical well-being. That’s why damage claims can be a critical factor for accident victims suffering this type of injury. With a successful claim you could recover the following in economic damages:
- Medical expenses and future medical expenses
- Lost wages, future lost earnings, and diminished capacity for earning
- Home modification
- Transportation/vehicle modification
- Domestic help and/or home healthcare
Spinal cord injuries are often traumatic and life-changing, causing the following non-economic damages:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Loss of consortium (the ability to have a close, and/or physical relationship with a loved one)
- Punitive damages in cases where the spinal cord accident resulted from egregious misconduct, intentional malice with a desire to harm, or particularly flagrant disregard for human life. Punitive damages aren’t meant as compensation, but instead, have the intention of punishing the defendant and discouraging further egregious misconduct in the future.
All accident victims deserve fair compensation for their injuries, but for the long-term life-altering impacts associated with spinal cord damage, a successful claim can make a tremendous difference in during recovery and years of ongoing therapy, treatment, and assistance.
Contact St. Louis Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers with Over 50 Years of Combined Experience
Contact Miller & Hine at (314) 413-2053, or visit our contact page to discuss your case with one of our spinal cord injury lawyers in St. Louis. We offer a free initial consultation, and we charge no fees until we obtain compensation on your behalf.