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Spinal cord injuries can have devastating effects on individuals and their loved ones. If you suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another, pursuing a legal claim for compensation is often the best option to pursue justice. To do this successfully, you’ll need help from an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer.
Spinal cord injury lawyers are experts in evaluating cases and building strong legal claims to make sure that those who have suffered from a spinal cord injury receive the compensation they deserve. If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation with our Albuquerque law firm.
A spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs when the delicate nerves within the spinal cord are damaged by trauma, such as a vehicle accident or fall. SCIs can cause both temporary and permanent paralysis, as well as severe pain and other debilitating symptoms, depending on where along the spine the injury occurred. Treatment for SCI typically involves physical therapy, medications to manage pain, supportive equipment such as wheelchairs, and sometimes surgery.
Spinal injuries can range from minor to severe. Some of the most common causes include the following:
Falling down stairs or off ladders are common causes of spinal cord injuries. If another party’s negligence was the cause of your accident, they could be liable for your damages through a premises liability claim.
Work injuries that result in spinal cord injuries often leave people out of work for long periods of time and require extensive medical care that can total tens of thousands of dollars. If a workplace injury caused this type of injury, workers’ compensation coverage may available to help those affected secure financial assistance.
Car accidents are one of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries, as the force of a collision can cause severe trauma to the spine. This can occur in head-on or rear-end collisions, and even at relatively low speeds. The severity of an SCI caused by a car accident depends on where along the spine the injury occurred, as well as how much force was involved.
This includes; gunshot wounds, blunt trauma caused by fights, domestic violence, and more. All these incidents can result in serious injuries that often require life-saving surgeries or rehabilitation therapies.
Medical malpractice can lead to spinal cord injuries in a variety of ways. For instance, if a doctor or surgeon fails to properly diagnose and treat an illness, accident, or infection, the patient may experience worsening symptoms that could potentially result in paralysis or other SCI-related complications. Improperly performed surgery, improper use of anesthesia, or even inadequate post-operative care can also lead to a spinal cord injury.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else’s negligence, a personal injury claim can be made to seek compensation. To prove the other party is liable, the following elements must be established:
Duty of Care: The defendant must have owed a duty of care to the injured party. For example, if you were injured in an automobile accident, the other driver has a duty to act responsibly and follow the rules of the road.
Breach of Duty: The breach must have been caused by the defendant’s negligent action or inaction. An example of this would be if a driver ran a red light and collided with your car, thus breaching their duty to follow traffic laws.
Causation: The defendant’s breach must have been the cause of your injury. There must be clear evidence, such as medical records, video footage, or witness statements, demonstrating causation between the breach and your injury.
Damages: Lastly, you should be able to prove that you suffered damages from your spinal injury. This could include medical bills for treatment, lost wages because you were unable to work after being injured, or emotional distress resulting from physical pain and suffering due to your injury. If you were in an accident but you didn’t suffer any injuries or financial losses, you won’t have a successful claim.
With decades of experience, our team of highly trained experts at Davis Kelin Law Firm is committed to fighting for the best possible outcome in spinal cord injury cases. Here’s why you should work with our Albuquerque law firm:
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