Suffering a devastating spinal injury affects victims and their families. Spine injury victims face substantial medical bills and the possibility of needing attendant care for the rest of their lives. Many also require home and vehicle modifications.
If someone caused your spine injury through negligence or recklessness, you need an experienced personal injury attorney from Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. We can help you hold the at-fault party responsible for your medical and non-monetary losses. Our skilled attorneys can focus on navigating your legal issues on your behalf while you focus on your recovery.
Spinal cord injuries (SCI) damage your spinal cord or the nerves at the end of your spinal canal. They can cause damage to your spinal nerves, resulting in paralysis or loss of feeling below the site of the injury, and affect your ability to work and live your everyday life.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, auto accidents cause 38% of SCI. Motor vehicle collisions often lead to catastrophic injuries, including SCIs and traumatic brain injury. Significant size differences between the vehicles involved, like a compact car versus a pickup truck, cause more severe injuries. High speeds also lead to more severe injuries.
Other causes of spinal cord injuries include slip-and-fall accidents. Falls can occur as a result of accidents on public or private property. Poor lighting, wet floors, damaged sidewalks, and broken staircases can lead to falls.
Your employer is responsible for keeping you safe, including equipment designed to prevent falls. The lack of personal protection equipment and safety controls around hazards at a worksite can lead to falls, resulting in permanent injuries.
Spinal cord injuries can paralyze your arms, legs, pelvic organs, and trunk, leaving you permanently unable to walk. You may also suffer partial loss of movement in parts of your body, loss of sensation in your legs or arms, and loss of bowel control from your spinal injury.
The effects of paralysis depend on which parts of the spinal cord are affected and how severely they are damaged. Quadriplegia results from paralysis in all four limbs and torso below the point of injury.
Paraplegia results from paralysis of the legs and lower trunk. 90% of spinal cord injuries in the upper body result in autonomic dysreflexia, causing your blood pressure to rise significantly and resulting in an increased risk of stroke by 300% to 400%.
Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect you have sustained an SCI. It’s important to know what type of injury you have to receive appropriate treatment and rehabilitation. You may need surgeries, medications, and physical therapy to treat and prevent the SCI from worsening.
Regardless of who caused your SCI, you need experienced spinal cord injury lawyers to assist you with a personal injury lawsuit since you deserve compensation for all the damages that the responsible parties caused. At Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., our personal injury lawyers can help you pursue financial compensation for your medical care and other damages.
Our senior partner Eileen Kroll has a background as a registered nurse that gives her unique insights into how your injuries are connected directly to your accident. She can also demonstrate how your injuries affect your quality of life and livelihood, including the need for ongoing medical treatment for your spinal cord injury.
Spinal cord injury victims incur massive medical expenses and sometimes require nursing care and ongoing medical treatment. They experience physical and mental consequences of their injury. Spinal injury attorneys understand how to calculate these damages to get fair compensation.
The monetary damages you incur include hospital bills, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and rehabilitation center bills. If your spinal cord injury is severe, you may also need nursing care, attendant care, and out-of-pocket expenses, such as modifications to your home and vehicle, medications, and assistive devices.
Your personal injury claim can also seek compensation for your lost wages, loss of income, and estimated future medical expenses.
Non-financial damages include your pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, and chronic pain caused by your injury and recovery. Loss of enjoyment of life refers to not performing the same activities as you did before the accident. These activities include work, sports, recreational, social, and household tasks.
Your attorney can work with expert medical witnesses to determine the value of these damages. The attorney can also present evidence to prove to the insurance adjuster or jury why you should receive that amount.
Spinal cord injury attorneys can investigate your accident to prove who caused it. They can examine photographs and videos of the accident scene, review police reports, and interview witnesses to determine and prove liability. Your lawyer can also look into the background of the at-fault driver to determine if they have a history of negligent behavior.
Their investigation can determine whether the responsible parties violated a legal duty to you, a crucial step in a successful personal injury case. Violations of legal obligations include speeding, drunk driving, or inadequate maintenance. Truck accidents may have several parties sharing liability for your injuries.
Proving the negligence that led to your injury is the last step in establishing a liability claim. The personal injury lawyers at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. can work with medical experts who can review your medical records and testify about how you sustained your injuries.
Our experienced attorneys understand the evidence required to prove your case, and we work with the best experts to ensure you get the maximum compensation you deserve. Our investigation phase can identify all parties who contributed to your accident.
Our attorneys have a track record of winning substantial awards in settlements and trials.
We recovered $1.4 million for a Livonia pedestrian who received a brain injury after being struck by a commercial van.
A Westland construction worker received $1.5 million after being injured on a Detroit job site.
A $3.3 million jury award was given to a motorist who received a severe brain injury due to a defective highway.
We helped a woman with a spinal cord injury receive a $400,000 settlement from her no-fault coverage, allowing her to purchase a new home and pay for attendant care.
We understand the challenges victims of spinal injuries face, and our personal injury law firm prioritizes your needs. We work on a contingency basis because we believe everyone deserves access to excellent legal representation.
We work for individuals and families, not insurance companies. Our priority is to get you the compensation you need to move forward with your life following a spinal cord injury.
Our contingency fee basis means we only get paid if we win your case, so there is no financial risk to you to get started. Call our law firm today at 1-866-MICH-LAW (1-866-642-4529) and schedule your no-obligation, free case evaluation.
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