If you suffered a spinal cord injury as the result of an accident caused by someone else, you may be eligible to recover damages, which could provide for ongoing medical care, loss of income, even mental anguish related to your accident and resulting injuries. At Jay Trucks and Associates, we are committed to holding at-fault parties financially accountable for their negligent actions. We have spent decades advocating for the injured in Grand Traverse County and throughout Michigan state. We have recovered millions on behalf of our clients, including $399,000 in compensation for a delivery driver who suffered a back injury.
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Our firm’s founder Jay F. Trucks holds active membership in both the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association and American Trial Lawyers Association.
If another's negligence was involved in causing your injury, we recommend you call our firm to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our Traverse City spine injury lawyers. During this no-obligation meeting, we are prepared to review the circumstances that led to your accident, determine your legal options and answer questions you may have about spinal cord injury claims.
If our firm represents you, there is nothing to pay up front. We do not charge for our services unless we first recover compensation for your damages.
Contact our firm today to learn more: (800) 762-8623
How Do I Know If I Have a Valid Case?
Spine injuries resulting from negligence may be a basis for legal action. However, the circumstances and resulting injuries are unique, therefore, our reputable attorneys will first need to understand the facts related to your accident and the extent of your spinal cord injury.
Once we have ascertained the facts and considered contributing factors, we will be able to accurately determine whether you may have a valid spinal cord injury case against the at-fault party, including whether the elements of negligence may have been present.
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What is the Value of a Spinal Cord Injury Case?
It would be difficult to provide an accurate value for your potential claim without first understanding the location and severity of your injury. The range of damage for a spinal cord injury could be as minor as a sprain or strain or a catastrophic injury involving paralysis and other medical complications. Generally, claims have greater value when there is a more extensive injury. This is because the victim in that situation will probably require extensive medical treatments and lifelong care.
Contact our firm today to schedule your free claim review and learn whether you have legal options for compensation. We are here to help.
If eligible, you may be able to pursue the following types of compensation to help you recover from your spinal cord injury:
- Emergency medical care, including ambulance transport
- Ongoing surgical interventions you may require, even those you may need in the future
- Present and future medical care, which could include doctor appointments, transportation to those appointments, physical therapy, rehabilitation therapy, prescription medication and other treatments your physicians may deem necessary
- Wages lost if you were unable to go to work during your recovery period
- Loss of your future earning capacity if your injuries have made it impossible to return to the same job, or any job at all
- Modifications you may need at home to help you to manage mobility challenges
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
- Physical or rehabilitation therapies
- Loss of enjoyment of life if you can no longer engage in former favorite pastimes
- Loss of consortium if your injury affects your intimate relationship with your spouse
Our firm has access to industry experts and other resources we can consult as necessary. We are prepared to aggressively investigate and gather evidence that will help us to determine the maximum value of your claim and build a strong argument on your behalf.
Learn more about how Jay Trucks and Associates can help: (800) 762-8623
How Long Do I Have to File My Claim?
Michigan's statute of limitations gives injured victims three years from the date they were injured to file a claim. That may seem like enough time, however there is a lot your attorney needs to do to build a strong argument for your spinal cord injury claim.
It is also important to note that there are exceptions to the three-year law that may require injured victims to have to file significantly sooner. Our Traverse City spinal cord injury attorneys can assess the correct filing deadline during your free claim review.
If you miss filing within the statute of limitations, the court will likely bar you from being able to pursue any compensation for your injuries.
There is no risk to you to find out what options you may have. Your legal consultation is completely free, and there is no obligation to pursue a claim or hire our services.
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Can Hiring Jay Trucks and Associates Help My Claim?
At Jay Trucks and Associates, we are prepared to take the following steps to benefit your potential claim:
- Strategically apply our extensive knowledge of Michigan's laws to protect your legal rights and best interests, while striving to maximize your compensation
- Fully investigate your accident, including other factors that may impact your claim
- Recover official documents, such as accident reports, doctor's notes and medical records
- Gather evidence that supports and strengthens your claim
- Obtain statements from eyewitnesses
- Fully handle communications with insurance providers and other third parties
- Obtain other resources, such as accident reconstruction specialists, as necessary
- Negotiate with insurance carriers for maximum compensation on your behalf
- Represent you in a court trial, if reaching a settlement is not possible
Be aware that you may get a call from the insurance company not long after your accident. When this happens, be aware that you are not required to speak with the adjuster. You are within your rights to politely refuse and refer the caller to your attorney.
If you decide to chance speaking with the insurance company, it is best to stick to clear and simple facts about the accident. Insurance adjusters are trained to extract innocent statements and other details that can later be used to devalue or deny your claim.
Arrange your free consultation with a Traverse City spine injury lawyer today: (800) 762-8623
What Types of Spine Injuries Are There?
There are many different types of spinal cord injuries. The impact of the and location of the injury have a great bearing on how it is medically classified.
These more serious spinal injuries can be caused by a sudden, forceful impact that causes the spinal column to be violently bent or suddenly compressed. Often an acute spinal injury occurs during sport events, in car accidents, due to medical malpractice, or from a slip and fall incident and may result in:
- Dislocated or fractured spine - Incidents that cause a torn ligament or fracture can lead to severe pain and suffering, a long recovery time and the need for extensive medical treatment. Victims may become paralyzed below the site of the injury and experience other problems, such as loss of bowel and bladder control, inability to regulate temperature and possibly seizures. Fractures can cause paraplegia and quadriplegia.
- Bulging or ruptured discs – Damaged discs can lead to severe shooting pain down one or more legs, caused when these cushion-like joints expand and put pressure on the spinal nerve.
- Sprains – Muscles or tendons can sustain painful sprain injuries if they are suddenly or unexpectedly twisted or moved in a forceful manner.
Repetitive or overuse injuries commonly happen in industries where workers do the same type of activities repeatedly for hours, weeks, months or longer. These activities, such as constant lifting or using heavy machinery, can result in:
- Stiff muscles – Muscles can become extremely tight or stiff when engaged in non-stop repetitive or strenuous activity without being allowed to take intermittent breaks to stretch or relax muscles.
- Spasms – Muscle spasms are sharp and painful and for some, can happen just by moving too quickly or in an unexpected direction.
Contact a Traverse City Spine Injury Attorney Today
We understand that you may be overwhelmed and anxious after your accident, but if your spinal cord injury was caused by negligence, we recommend that you contact one of our attorneys to discuss your legal options today.
In our 30-plus years of experience, we have recovered more than $500 million in compensation for our clients, and we are prepared to fight for maximum compensation for you.
We can determine whether your claim has merit in a free consultation at no risk or obligation to you. If we find you have a valid case, you can retain our services with zero upfront costs. We do not get paid unless you do.
Jay Trucks & Associates. Free consultation: (800) 762-8623