Spinal cord injuries are often serious and may require lifelong medical care. The pain and suffering from these injuries, along with other damages suffered, can be overwhelming, especially if an injured victim becomes disabled and cannot return to work.
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At Jay Trucks and Associates, our licensed lawyers have been advocating for our clients in Grand Rapids and other Michigan cities for more than 30 years, recovering millions in compensation for these injured victims. Some of these recoveries include a $399,000 result for a delivery driver with a back injury, $300,000 for a 50 year old mechanic that suffered a lower back injury and a $104,500 recovery for a steel cutter that hurt his back.
Our firm’s founder, Jay F. Trucks, is an active member of both the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association and American Trial Lawyers Association.
If your injury was caused by another’s negligence, we encourage you to contact our firm without delay. We offer a free, no-obligation legal consultation to determine whether you may have grounds for pursuing compensation. You can hire us with no upfront costs because we do not get paid unless we first win a verdict or settlement for you.
Call Jay Trucks and Associates today: (800) 762-8623
How Do I Know If I Have a Valid Case?
A spinal cord injury that was caused by another’s negligence may be grounds for legal action. However, we recommend that you contact Jay Trucks and Associates to meet with one of our experienced spinal cord injury lawyers in a free, no-obligation legal consultation. We can fully assess your situation, including any contributing factors that may apply (how the accident happened, who was involved, where and when it occurred, if any laws were broken by the at-fault party, etc.), and determine your eligibility for pursuing compensation.
While there is no obligation to pursue a claim after this meeting, you can hire one of our attorneys for no upfront cost.
Our attorneys are prepared to pursue compensation for spinal cord injuries resulting from many situations, such as:
- Motor vehicle crashes (trucks, cars, motorcycles, etc.)
- Boating accidents
- Work injuries
- Construction accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Defective product injuries
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What is the Value of a Spinal Cord Injury Case?
The severity of spinal cord injuries varies; some are minor, and others completely change the way victims’ live the rest of their lives. That is why it is important to contact an experienced attorney.
Once we understand your situation, including any contributing factors that may apply, our qualified lawyers can get a better idea about the possible value of your potential claim.
Here are some of the types of compensation you may be eligible to receive, if you have a valid case:
- Medical expenses, for past medical care and any care you may need in the future
- Loss of income if you were unable to work while recovering
- Loss of future earning capacity if you became partially or fully disabled due to your injury
- Modifications to your living space to accommodate mobility limitations
- Pain and suffering for physical pain and emotional trauma
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation therapy
- Surgical interventions that are necessary now or may be in the future
- Loss of enjoyment of life if you are no longer able to participate in favorite pastimes or activities
- Prescription medication that may be required for pain management and other symptoms caused by your injury
Our firm is prepared to assess the unique circumstances of your situation and calculate the full value of your claim. We have access to industry experts and other resources we can consult as necessary to help us determine an appropriate value of a claim and build a strong argument on your behalf.
Call our firm today to get answers to your legal questions: (800) 762-8623
How Long Do I Have To File My Claim?
If you do not file within three years from the date of the accident, according to Michigan’s statute of limitations, you may lose the opportunity to seek damages from the at-fault party. There are exceptions that may apply that either extend that three-year deadline or move it up.
No matter what deadline applies to your claim, your attorney needs time to investigate and build a case. That is why it is critical to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to find out if you still have time to file and so your lawyer can get to work on your case.
Do not risk having your claim dismissed by the court because you waited too long to file.
Our firm is available to take your call 24/7 to determine if you may have a case: (800) 762-8623
Can Hiring Jay Trucks and Associates Benefit My Claim?
There are several ways that hiring a lawyer could benefit your personal injury claim. First and foremost, those who retain legal representation often get more money for damages than those who try to pursue a claim on their own.
Our Grand Rapids spinal cord injury lawyers have in-depth knowledge of Michigan laws and how they may apply in your situation. Additionally, we have years of experience handling personal injury claims. If we represent you, we are dedicated to actively protecting your best interests throughout the life of your legal case by:
- Obtaining accident reports
- Thoroughly investigating the cause of your accident
- Collecting supporting evidence
- Reviewing medical records
- Handling settlement negotiations with the insurance company
- Speaking with eyewitnesses
- Handling communications with all third parties, including insurance carriers
- Utilizing industry experts, such as accident reconstruction specialists, if needed
- Representing you in a trial, if a settlement cannot be reached
It is important to mention that an insurance provider will likely attempt to call you at home while you are still recovering. If this happens, you may refer the adjuster to your attorney to handle the call for you.
However, if do you take the call yourself, it is best to stick to only the essential facts to avoid giving the insurance adjuster any opportunity to twist something you said and use it later to devalue your claim.
Call one of our Grand Rapids spinal cord injury attorneys today: (800) 762-8623
How Are Spinal Cord Injuries Classified?
Spinal cord injuries are classified based on the location and severity of the injury, as well as the symptoms of the victim. Common classifications of a spinal cord injury include:
Acute spinal cord injuries typically result from a traumatic event, such as a car crash, slip and fall incident, sporting accident, or any other type of action that causes an area of the spine to be forcefully compressed or suddenly bent. In this type of situation, victims may suffer:
- Fractures and dislocation injuries – Damage, such as a fracture or torn ligament, can result from an incident that causes sudden and intense pressure to the spine. If the victim suffers a complete fracture, it will most likely result in a loss of feeling below the broken vertebrae. Victims may also struggle with bladder and bowel control and temperature regulation because they can no longer sweat.
- Bulging or ruptured discs – Discs, the cushion-like joints that provide mobility to individual vertebrae, can be damaged or ruptured during an accident. This injury can cause victims to experience severe, shooting or burning pain down one or both legs.
- Sprains – These injuries result from an incident that causes muscles and tendons to be twisted or moved in an unexpected or forceful manner.
Repetitive or Overuse Injuries
Repetitive use injuries are common for those who perform the same types of movements repeatedly over an extended period of weeks, months or even years. These injuries may include:
- Stiff muscles – Tightness or stiffening of muscles can occur when an individual is not permitted to stretch or relax throughout the day. The intense and repetitive activity can cause muscles to tense up and become stiff.
- Spasms – If a muscle contracts too quickly, it can result in spasms and sharp pain.
Overuse injuries happen in many ways, such as when using certain machinery in construction or road work or when a warehouse worker repeatedly picks up heavy boxes throughout a work shift.
Contact a Grand Rapids Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Today
If you have a spinal cord injury caused by a negligent party, we recommend that you do not delay in calling us. There is limited time to file legal action and there is no financial risk to call Jay Trucks and Associates. We have a proven track record – we have recovered over $500 million in compensation for our clients, and we are prepared to aggressively pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.
Our qualified lawyers can determine if you may have a valid spinal cord injury case during your free, no-obligation consultation. If your case is validated, we are ready to begin the legal process at zero upfront costs to you. Our fees are only paid if we are successful in obtaining compensation for you.
Jay Trucks and Associates. (800) 762-8623