Spinal cord injuries can potentially be a life-changing injury. No matter how often a spinal cord injury may occur statistically, it is anything but common if it happens to you, especially if it was caused by another’s negligence. At Jay Trucks and Associates, we believe in holding at-fault parties accountable for their negligent actions.
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– B. Lozon
Our strong history, in which we have obtained over $500 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, includes a $399,000 settlement for a delivery driver and $257,000 for a custodian, both of whom sustained back injuries.
If you or someone you care about is suffering from a spinal cord injury, we encourage you to contact a Clare spinal cord injury attorney to schedule a free legal consultation. This meeting does not obligate you to hire us, even we determine that your case has merit. However, if you do retain our services, there are no out-of-pocket costs for you to pay. We get paid nothing unless we achieve a recovery for you first.
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How Can I Know If My Case Is Eligible For Compensation?
You may have an eligible case if another individual’s actions or inactions caused your injury. However, the burden of proof is on you to prove there was negligence. This is why hiring an attorney to help you early on is important.
Our Clare spinal cord injury lawyers handle personal injury claims on a daily basis, and we understand how to build a strong argument for negligence on your behalf, which means:
Establishing a Duty of Care
Proving the at-fault party owed you a duty of care and that he or she was obligated to take reasonable steps to prevent causing you harm.
Proving Breach of Duty of Care
Showing evidence of how there was a breach, or violation, of this duty. For example, a driver violates a duty of care by speeding through a red light and colliding with another vehicle.
Showing a Causal Link
Linking the accident to your injury is also a necessary step in establishing the other party’s negligence. So, if the driver violated a traffic law by running a stop sign, and that violation led to an accident and caused your injuries, there is evidence of negligence.
Suffering Real Damages
You must prove you suffered actual damages, such as lost wages or medical bills. However, damages could also include other intangible damages, such as emotional trauma and physical pain and suffering.
How Much is a Spinal Cord Injury Claim Worth?
Spinal cord injuries, especially when the damage is more extensive, are typically high-value claims. However, without knowing all of the unique specifics of your accident or your injury, it is impossible to determine a numerical value.
If your case is eligible for recovering damages, you could receive various types of compensation, such as:
- Lost wages if you were unable to go to work after your accident
- Medical costs for your emergency care
- Surgical interventions, physical therapy and other ongoing medical care you may require
- Prescription medication to manage your pain and other symptoms related to your injuries
- Future earning capacity if you will never be able to return to work
- Modifications at home, such as an entry ramp, to help with mobility management
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Medical equipment, such as a wheelchair
How Can An Attorney Benefit My Spinal Cord Injury Claim?
Our Clare spinal cord injury attorneys realize that a spinal cord injury causes devastation not just to the victim, but also his or her loved ones. Figuring out how to manage daily tasks and seek medical care can be overwhelming enough after this type of injury, even without the added burden of dealing with the high cost of medical care.
If you have a case, our trusted attorneys are dedicated to fully handling the legal process, protecting your best interests and pursuing maximum compensation on your behalf. We want you to be able to focus on your recovery and your family while we:
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- Investigate your spinal injury accident
- Handle on-timel filing of legal documents
- Gather evidence to support a strong argument of negligence
- Communicate with the insurance provider and other involved parties
- Keep you informed throughout the legal process
We welcome the opportunity to help you recover the damages you sustained due to negligence.
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Are There Deadlines For Filing a Claim?
Michigan’s statute of limitations is three years from the date of your injury. It is essential that you are aware of your deadline, because if you miss it, you will likely have no opportunity to pursue compensation for your damages.
There are exceptions that may extend the deadline or require you to file significantly sooner. This is why we recommend contacting an attorney from our firm to assess what date may apply in your situation.
Do not risk your potential claim. Call us today: (800) 762-8623
Common Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are many different types and levels of spinal cord injuries. These include:
Acute injuries can include fractures in the spinal column or the rupture or compression of one or more discs (discs provide cushioning between each vertebrae to allow ease of movement).
People who do a lot of heavy lifting on-the-job, such as warehouse stockers or construction workers, are more susceptible to repetitive or overuse back injuries. This type of work could cause torn, stretched or sprained back muscles. Moving in a sudden or awkward motion can also cause someone to suffer from muscle spasms in the back.
Complete Spinal Cord Injury
When a complete fracture of the spinal cord occurs, it results in a full lost of mobility and sensation below the point of the victim’s injury. However, the location of the fracture determines the degrees of paralysis, which could result int:
Tetraplegia, more commonly called quadriplegia, affects the victim’s torso, pelvic organs, and both the upper and lower limbs.
Paraplegia primarily effects the lower part of a victim’s body, including the lower limbs, pelvic organs and torso.
Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
An incomplete spinal cord injury causes less damage than a complete spinal cord injury. However, victims still lose some sensation and functionality. The degree of the loss depends on the extent of the injury.
How Do Spinal Cord Injuries Happen?
Many accidents can result in a variety of back injuries, from painful spasms and torn muscles to an extensive spinal cord injury that causes the victim to become paralyzed. These accidents may include:
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- Car or truck collisions
- Motorcycle crashes
- Boat accidents
- Slip and falls
- Construction accidents
- Accidents that happen at work
- Sport-related injuries
- Acts of violence
Contact A Clare Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Today
At Jay Trucks and Associates, we have decades of experience helping injury victims and have recovered millions in compensation for our clients throughout the state of Michigan. Founder, Jay F. Trucks is a member of both the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association and the American Trial Lawyers Association.
Our legal consultation is completely free, with no obligation to pursue a claim, so there is no risk to you. If we represent you, there are also no upfront costs to pay. We do not receive payment for our services unless you obtain compensation.
Jay Trucks & Associates. Free Consultation. (800) 762-8623.