Spinal cord injuries are one of the most devastating types of injuries an accident victim can suffer. These injuries can cause severe pain, paralysis or a permanent disability often leading to financial hardship and mounting medical bills. If your spinal cord injury was the result of another’s negligence – be it a driver, property owner, or employer – contacting a lawyer can be an important part of the recovery process.
They kept me up-to-date on what was going on with my case… I was treated like a person, not just a case number. I felt taken care of from beginning to end. Thank you all again for the care I was given….
– J. Fuller
At Jay Trucks & Associates, our Lansing spinal cord injury attorneys know the challenges victims of spinal cord injuries deal with. Our law firm has helped many clients within Ingham County and across Michigan recover more than $500 million in compensation over the past several decades. This includes a recovery of $399,000 for a delivery driver who sustained a back injury and $246,000 for a garbage truck driver with a back injury.
Our firm offers free consultations, and we do not get paid for our legal services unless we successfully help you obtain compensation for your injury.
Jay Trucks & Associates – Ph: (800) 762-8623.
How Do I Know I Have a Case for Compensation?
Most spinal cord injury cases are based on the legal theory of negligence. You must prove that your injury was caused by the at-fault party’s negligent or careless actions. We need to review your situation to see whether you may have a case. If you choose to move forward, we must establish the following four elements:
- A duty of care was owed to you – The at-fault party had a duty to avoid causing you and others harm. For instance, drivers have a legal obligation to obey traffic laws and drive in a safe manner.
- This duty of care was breached – The at-fault party failed to act as a reasonable person would have in the same situation. An example of a breach of duty of care would be a property owner who failed to verbally warn visitors of a spill or post a wet floor sign to prevent a slip and fall.
- Link between the breach and your injury – The at-fault party’s breach must be directly connected to your injury. Had the driver not been speeding, you would not have otherwise been harmed.
- The breach caused you to suffer damages – This could include medical bills and loss of wages.
Learn more about your legal options during a free consultation. (800) 762-8623.
What is the Value of My Spinal Cord Injury Case?
The case value of a spinal cord injury will depend on certain factors, such as the type and severity of your injury, medical treatments already incurred, or that you will require in the future, and your anticipated recovery time.
Generally, spinal cord injury victims may be able to recover economic and non-economic damages, like:
- Medical expenses – Related costs that could include hospitalizations, emergency services, transportation to doctor’s appointments, surgery, physical therapy, prescription medications and assistive devices.
- Loss of income – Financial burden related to loss of wages if you were unable to work while recovering.
- Loss of future earnings – Compensation if the injury causes you to become full or partially disabled.
- Physical pain and suffering – Related physical pain or emotional suffering caused by the injury, such as struggling to walk, being confined to a wheelchair, or suffering due to related complications.
- Mental anguish – Deeper emotional pain due to the trauma of the accident, including feelings of anxiety, grief and depression if the injury has resulted in paralysis or a disability.
- Lost enjoyment of life – Compensation if the injury prevents you from participating in activities once enjoyed.
- Life care costs – If the extent of your injuries requires you to have to employ the assistance of a part-time housekeeper or a full-time attendant to help with day-to-day activities such as grocery shopping, house cleaning, bathing, dressing or personal finances.
- Loss of companionship – Provides compensation if the injury has affected a relationship with a spouse on an intimate level.
Our attorneys at Jay Trucks & Associates have the knowledge and resources necessary to pursue maximize compensation for our clients. Should you have a case, our spine injury lawyers are prepared to fight for a fair recovery.
How Can a Lawyer Help Me?
Spinal cord injuries can be catastrophic, impacting you for the rest of your life. Medical treatment and pain management can be both difficult and costly. This is why it is in your best interest to retain the services of an experienced Lansing spinal cord injury lawyer to support your rights and best interests from start to finish.
Instead of going up against an insurance company on your own and accepting the first settlement offer you receive that is less that your claim could be worth, our lawyers are prepared to help you through the legal process. We know what it takes to accurately evaluate these types of cases in order to negotiate for full compensation for your damages. If a settlement is not reached, we are prepared to go to trial if necessary.
There is no risk in calling us. We can take your call 24/7 at: (800) 762-8623.
Deadline to File a Spinal Cord Injury Claim
In most situations, the statute of limitations in Michigan is three years from the date of the injury to file a spinal cord injury claim. While three years seems like enough time, it takes a while to gather the information, such as your medical records, evidence of any lost wages, and other related documents needed to provide a strong argument in a legal claim against the party responsible for your injury.
We recommend that you do not wait until the last minute. Failure to file within the deadline will likely result in the court dismissing the case and being unable to pursue compensation.
If you are unsure if your time to file a claim has passed, we recommend reaching out to one of our licensed Lansing spinal cord injury lawyers for legal advice.
What to Do If You Suspect a Spinal Cord Injury
If you suspect a spinal cord injury, it is important that you call 9-1-1 and keep completely still or do not move the injured victim unless absolutely necessary until medical help arrives.
Try to keep yourself or the injured victim as still as possible even if he or she feels capable of getting up and walking on his or her own. This can be done by placing towels or sheets on either sides of the neck or holding the head and neck to prevent movement. Any significant movement can cause further damage to the spine.
Once in the hospital, a doctor will conduct a physical and neurological exam to help determine the location of the injury in the spinal cord. Diagnostic tools could include CT scans, MRIs and X-rays of the spine.
Getting evaluated by a doctor and following the prescribed treatment plan can help protect your well-being and your potential claim for compensation. Be sure to keep records and bills related to your medical care. It would show an insurance company that your injury was serious and required extensive medical treatment.
Let a Lansing spinal cord injury attorney from our firm discuss your legal options in a free consultation.
How is a Spinal Cord Injury Defined?
A spinal cord injury is when the spinal cord or nerves within the spinal column that transmits signals between the brain and the body is damaged. These injuries can leave accident victims with complete or partial paralysis.
Paralysis of the lower half of your body, including both legs, is known as paraplegia, while paralysis in both the arms and legs is known as quadriplegia.
Spinal cord injuries most often happen due to a traumatic injury or severe blow to the spine. Some of the most common causes of a spinal cord injury include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and fall accidents
- Workplace accidents
Reach Out to Our Lansing Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
Have you or someone you care about suffered a spinal cord injury due to another’s negligent actions?
If so, we encourage you to speak with our reputable Lansing spinal cord injury lawyers at Jay Trucks & Associates as soon as possible. Our firm has helped many injury victims and their families obtain the compensation needed to help pay for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Our consultations are free and afford you the opportunity to find out whether you may have a case and the legal options available to you. We do not charge any upfront costs or payment for our fees unless we obtain compensation for you.
Talk to a member of our legal team today. Ph: (800) 762-8623.