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.
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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.
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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:
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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.
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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:
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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:
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.
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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.
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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:
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.
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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:
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:
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.
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.
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Some injuries may heal completely over time, but spinal cord injuries may never heal, and in the worst cases, victims are permanently disabled. They may need assistance with the most basic of tasks and they may struggle to earn a living.
If you or your loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury and are concerned about your future, physically, financially and emotionally, schedule a free consultation with one of our Flint spine injury lawyers. Our dedicated attorneys may be able to recover compensation to help you manage the damages you have suffered. We have recovered tens of millions in compensation for our clients. This includes millions for workers who suffered back injuries, like a $399,000 award for a delivery driver who suffered a back injury.
The consultation does not place any obligations on you to file a lawsuit if we find you have a valid case. We are also not paid unless our clients are paid at the end of the legal process through an insurance settlement or courtroom verdict.
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This is something you can ask us about in your free consultation. We need to review the details of your injury, such as where your spine was damaged, your specific diagnosis, treatment you are receiving, your current mobility issues and other factors like the effect your injury may have on your career and relationships with loved ones. These and other factors all play into the value of a spinal cord injury claim.
Damages you may be able to claim if you file legal action may include:
Our firm is prepared to bring in industry experts to help us determine the extent of your injuries and how they may affect you in the future, including how your earning capacity may be negatively affected.
We are also prepared to go to court if we are unable to negotiate a settlement. We are dedicated to pursuing maximum compensation for your damages.
In many cases, our attorneys must prove your spinal cord injury was a result of another person or entity’s reckless or intentional actions. This is also known as negligence.
Our Flint spine injury lawyers must gather evidence to prove the four parts of negligence:
We must prove the at-fault party had a duty to act as a reasonable person would in a similar situation to help prevent you from suffering harm. A common example of a duty of care is the legal obligation for drivers to follow the rules of the road.
The duty of care was not upheld by the at-fault party. Sometimes the duty of care is breached because of specific actions the other party took, such as drunk driving. Other times, the at-fault party failed to act, such as a driver not looking up because he or she was distracted.
There must a cause-and-effect relationship between your injury and the breach of duty of care. The breach must have caused your injury. In the example of a car accident, we would need to prove the driver was negligent, this caused the accident, and the way the crash happened directly led to your injury.
You suffered damages that affect you physically, financially or emotionally. This mainly refers to out-of-pocket costs for your treatment. You may also be able to pursue compensation for pain and suffering.
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There are few injuries as devastating as a spinal cord injury. Treatment and management of these injuries can be extremely expensive over the course of your life. Victims may not realize how quickly the expenses can add up.
During this stressful time, it is important that you be able to focus on your treatment and deal with the changes to your life caused by your injury. If you hire an experienced lawyer, he or she can manage the different parts of the legal process and keep you informed every step of the way.
This includes handling insurance companies that may be contacting you asking for a statement or more information about your injuries. They are looking for statements or evidence to use against you to justify making a lowball settlement offer.
However, our Flint spinal cord injury lawyers know how insurance companies work, and we know how to defend the value of a claim. We are also fully prepared to go to court if the insurance company does not offer fair compensation.
To learn more about how we assist accident victims with pursuing compensation, call today to schedule a free consultation. We want you to be able to focus on healing, while we investigate and build a strong argument on your behalf.
In general, personal injury claims, including those involving spinal cord injuries, must be filed within three years of the injury occurring. If you do not file before those three years are up, the case may be dismissed in court.
While this is the standard timeline, there may be exceptions for certain situations, such as claims against the government. Medical malpractice claims have a deadline of two years from the date of the accident.
The clock is probably already running on your ability to file a claim, so it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. We are prepared to determine the deadline that applies in your situation and file a claim before time runs out, if we validate your claim.
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Immediate medical treatment is critical after any spinal cord injury. The quicker doctors can diagnose and start treatment, the better your diagnosis might be. By immobilizing the spinal cord, a severe injury may be prevented, or at least minimized to some degree. Follow the doctor’s orders on treatment and recovery.
Your treatment will be documented in your medical records, and when these records show you went to the hospital quickly, it can help bolster your claim for compensation. Getting immediate treatment helps to show a connection between the accident and resulting diagnosis.
File an accident report with the police or the property owner to document what happened. Having an accident report makes it harder for insurance companies and at-fault parties to dispute your injury.
When possible, injury victims should photograph the scene and their injuries, as this helps to show what happened. If you leave the scene without taking pictures, it may be cleaned up and you may have a harder time proving what happened. However, only spend the time taking pictures if it is safe. Your first priority is your health.
Some of the most serious spinal cord injuries are the result of one specific incident when the spinal cord sustained blunt trauma and was damaged in some way. These are known as acute injuries.
If you fractured vertebrae, it may be either complete or incomplete. A complete break causes a loss of feeling below the break, meaning the loss of movement and control of certain organs, such as the bowels and bladder. Examples of complete injuries are quadriplegia and paraplegia. The higher up the spinal cord the break occurs, the more severe the impairment suffered by the victim.
An incomplete injury can be unpredictable, as far as what impairments the victim suffers. They may have some amount of feeling or movement below the site of the injury.
Acute injuries also include sprains to muscles or tendons around the spine and bulging or ruptured discs.
Overuse injuries refer to those that occur over time, instead of from one incident. For example, factory workers may suffer stiffness or spasms in their back because they bend over or lift things on a regular basis. These injuries can be incredibly painful and may affect people for a long period of time.
You may have a case for compensation for your damages. It is important to contact us as soon as possible because the clock is running, and you have limited time to take legal action.
There is no cost or obligation to meet with us and discuss how your injury occurred, the damages you have suffered, and potential options moving forward. Even if you have a case, it is up to you whether you move forward. We are not paid unless you get paid.
For more than 30 years, the legal team at Jay Trucks and Associates has been representing injury victims throughout Michigan and has a record of success in recovering compensation. We have been able to obtain more than $500 million in compensation.
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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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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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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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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We welcome the opportunity to help you recover the damages you sustained due to negligence.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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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.
I was very happy with how my case was handled. There was great communication. Phone calls and e-mails were all returned fast.
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.
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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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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:
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.
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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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At Jay Trucks and Associates, we are prepared to take the following steps to benefit your potential claim:
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.
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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:
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:
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.
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