Spinal Cord Injuries Lawyer
A spinal cord injury instantly changes everything about your life. Spinal cord injuries change your ability to move and feel sensations, your body’s ability to function normally, and your mental, emotional, and social functioning.
A quick, accurate diagnosis and excellent medical care are essential to minimizing the negative effects of the spinal injury and increasing your chances of improvement.
Get An Effective Attorney Advocate on Your Side
Three leading causes of spinal cord injuries are vehicle accidents (40%), falls (32%), and acts of violence (14%). These figures indicate that if you are suffering from a spinal cord injury, someone else probably caused or contributed to your injuries. They should compensate you for the harm they caused.
While money cannot undo your injuries, it can help you recover from them and improve the quality of life for you and your loved ones. To obtain compensation, you must prove that someone else caused the harm and quantify the damage. Working with an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer allows you to focus on recovering while your attorney pursues financial compensation. The skilled spinal cord injury lawyers at Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel, LLP, will do everything possible to obtain the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.
The Role of Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys in Your Recovery
Attorneys who focus on spinal cord injuries are tied into a network of experts and specialists. Reiner Slaughter lawyers assist their clients in accessing the best, most advanced treatments and services for the client’s specific injuries. They utilize experts to explain the necessary treatment to judges and juries.
Skilled spinal cord injury attorneys know how to build a persuasive case for compensation. Winning these cases requires an understanding of precisely how the injury was caused, the specific areas damaged, the impact of the damage, the likely short- and long-term outcomes for the injury, and the optimal treatments, therapies, and services.
The attorneys must prove who caused the accident and why the victim’s behavior did not contribute to the accident. Reiner Slaughter uses a seasoned team to investigate the accident, understand the medical situation, and implement a strategy to obtain maximum compensation.
Obtaining Appropriate Medical Care After A Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are among the most dangerous of injuries, causing any of the following:
- full or partial paralysis
- loss of feeling in the trunk, arms, and legs
- loss of bladder or bowel control
- chronic pain
- muscle atrophy
- loss of bone density (osteoporosis)
- secondary conditions like respiratory or circulatory problems.
Unfortunately, there is currently no way to reverse spinal cord damage. Immediate care after the injury can minimize the effects of head or neck trauma. Immediate medical care may include medication, immobilization, surgery, or experimental treatments. Once the injuries have been diagnosed and the condition stabilized, spinal cord injury treatment focuses on preventing further injury and helping you live your life to the fullest.
If you have been in an auto accident, fallen, or are a crime victim, seek medical attention as soon as possible after the incident. Spinal injuries are not always immediately apparent. The key to minimizing the damage is prompt identification and treatment.
Ongoing Care After A Spinal Cord Injury
Recovery from a spinal cord injury begins early and requires a team effort. Specialists on your team may include a physical therapist, occupational therapist, recreational therapist, dietitian, rehabilitation nurse, psychologist or other mental health professionals, and specialized doctors. Your care is likely to be coordinated by a social worker, case manager, or care coordinator. Your at-home environment and support network are important factors your team will consider and work with.
Goals of ongoing care may include:
- Maintain and strengthen muscles
- Redevelop fine motor skills
- Prevent infections and complications
- Learn adaptive techniques
- Use adaptive technology like wheelchairs, computers, and electronic aids
- Manage pain
- Prevent depression and improve emotional and mental health
Paying for Care After A Spinal Cord Injury
Who pays for a team of specialists and the latest technology to help you live as independently as possible and have the highest possible quality of life? These supports are expensive. Medical insurance pays for some level of care and support, but probably not the level you need. So what can you do?
The person or entity that caused your injuries should pay for all the care you need. They will not do this willingly. That’s why you need a seasoned spinal injury attorney on your side. Your attorney will negotiate with insurance companies, demand full compensation, and take the plaintiff to trial if needed to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Other Compensation for Accident Victims
In addition to your medical and rehabilitative care, you have other financial losses after a catastrophic injury, including the following:
- Lost wages
- Future lost earnings if you can’t return to your job or get another similar job
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Pain and suffering or diminished quality of life
- Vehicle repairs or replacement if you were in a traffic collision
- Rental car or other transportation expenses while your vehicle is being repaired or replaced
- Travel expenses for medical care and allowable treatments related to the accident
- The costs of hiring someone to perform household tasks you used to do such as caring for children, driving family members, shopping, cooking, cleaning, yard work, and household repairs
- The cost of modifications to your home to accommodate your condition
- Purchase, rental, maintenance of equipment such as wheelchairs and assistive technology
Maximizing Your Quality of Life After a Spinal Cord Injury
After a traumatic injury, treatment and rehabilitation often focuses on increasing independence and quality of life. The severity of the injury usually dictates the level of independence a person can achieve. For example, quadriplegia can result from damage to the lower spine, requiring a high level of care for the rest of your life.
Financial compensation can ease the burden on family and friends and increase the likelihood that you can take advantage of the best adaptive technologies available. Having funds to hire skilled caregivers means that family and friends can spend more of their time enjoying your company instead of providing for your physical needs. Not having to worry about paying your bills frees you to enjoy hobbies and participate in social and fitness activities.
Tending to your emotional and mental health is crucial to your quality of life. A traumatic injury interferes with your social life and intimate relationships. Grieving the loss of your independence and the nature of your relationships is a natural step in the process of recovery. Working with a skilled mental health professional can help you adjust to your new situation with a positive outlook and avoid debilitating depression.
Engaging in the World After A Traumatic Accident
Using assistive technologies and mobility equipment is a big adjustment. As you re-enter the world, many people now view you differently because of your disability. You and those who accompany you will navigate the world differently than before your accident, and you will need to advocate for your right to participate fully. Discrimination is illegal. Most business open to the public must provide reasonable access and accommodations for people with disabilities.
Experienced spinal cord injury lawyers have relationships with advocacy and education groups that can help you understand your rights in the workplace, school, and public places. They can also connect you with disability rights lawyers, should that need arise. For example, if you rent your home or apartment, you may have protections related to making modifications to your living space, and you may need an advocate in conversations with the property owner.
Selecting A Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
The quality of care you receive for the rest of your life may depend on the compensation paid to you after the accident. The skilled spinal cord injury lawyers at Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel, LLP, have represented hundreds of accident victims with spine wounds. They are skilled negotiators and experienced trial attorneys who will not stop advocating until they have obtained the maximum compensation possible in a case. Call us today for your free consultation.