Tenacious Legal Representation For Spinal Cord Injury Victims
A spinal cord injury is one of the most devastating injuries you can sustain in any type of accident. It involves the severing of or damage to the spinal cord and/or its nerves which can then lead to serious disability below the affected area, such as paralysis and loss of organ control. While some injury survivors may recover some sensation after being injured depending on the amount of damage done, these injuries are basically incurable.
Needless to say, these injuries involve extremely high financial, physical and psychological costs. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident caused by the negligence, carelessness or malicious intent of someone else, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim. Doing so can help you recover the financial resources you need to obtain the best possible medical treatment for as long as needed and to compensate you for other damages such as your pain and suffering, emotional anguish and more. At Weston Smith Law, PLLC, we have decades of experience standing up for our clients through intensive trial preparation, aggressive settlement negotiation or through litigation in civil court. Since 1992, we have successfully represented countless clients in seeking rightful damages through intensive legal action.
Spinal Injuries: Causes And Consequences
Spinal cord injuries generally involve some type of blunt force blow to the spinal cord from the back of the neck down to the end of the spine, leading to a spinal cord that has been bruised, fractured or severed. The areas of the body below the damaged site will typically suffer loss of function and sensation. In more severe cases, victims suffer paralysis of the body from the affected area downward, such as paraplegia (paralysis below the chest) and quadriplegia (paralysis below the neck).
These injuries can also result in the following physical problems and disabilities:
- Loss of bowel and bladder control
- Loss of sexual function
- Loss of involuntary functions, such as the ability to breathe, ability to regulate blood pressure, body temperature and more
- Respiratory problems that can lead to pneumonia or other infections
- Muscular weakness, spasms and atrophy
- Reduced life expectancy
The most common causes of spinal cord injuries are car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic accidents, contact-sport injuries and construction site accidents. When these types of accidents have been caused by negligence, lack of adherence to safety obligations or some other type of wrongdoing, the at-fault party or parties can be held liable for their actions through legal claims. Such parties can include individuals, companies or even governmental entities.
Why You Need The Help Of A Good Lawyer
As a spinal cord injury survivor, you may be looking at a lifetime of required medical care, various types of therapy, rehabilitation, the need for permanent medication, daily personal assistance and for at-home and vehicle renovations to accommodate your condition. You may also be looking at a lifetime of lost income while facing enormous financial challenges.
These cases commonly involve fighting against insurance companies that will engage in various tactics to pay you as little as possible. Their main priority is their own profitability which is maintained through denying or reducing payouts to accident victims. Our firm knows how to fight these tactics and give you the advocacy you need. We can build your case from the bottom up with the intent to win maximum compensation so that your future needs are met.
We Are Here For You – Contact Us Today
With an office in St. Petersburg, Florida, Weston Smith Law, PLLC, serves clients throughout the Tampa Bay area and beyond. To take advantage of a free initial consultation, call us at 727-866-4103 or reach out online.