How Our Back Injury Attorneys Can Make a Difference for You
When you hire the Spiva Law Group to pursue a spinal cord injury claim on your behalf, our diverse and talented team of legal professionals immediately gets to work on your case. You can count on our team to:
- Prepare a “letter of representation” to advise creditors and others that we are pursuing a personal injury claim on your behalf. This letter will direct them to contact us with their questions or concerns so that you are not bothered while you focus on recovery.
- Thoroughly investigate the accident that caused your spinal cord injury to determine how it happened and who should be held accountable.
- Help you find the medical and rehabilitative services you may need. In addition, we can advise about sources of in-home care and assistance, support groups, recurring medical supplies, and more.
- Work with a team of experts to calculate the full and fair compensation you deserve. For example, we may ask life care planning consultants to develop detailed outlines of a paralysis patient’s medical and personal care needs and their costs over the years to come. Economic consultants can help calculate lifetime income loss due to unrealized wages, benefits, retirement account growth, and anticipated promotions or career advancement that will not occur.
- Talk to you and your family, friends, colleagues, etc., to obtain statements that allow us to demonstrate your pain and suffering, and the impact of your injuries on your lifestyle.
Nothing can alter the fact that the injury you have suffered will change your life forever. However, our compassionate personal injury lawyer in Savannah is here to help. We will fully dedicate our efforts and resources to pursuing a just financial recovery for you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation, and learn how we can make a difference in your case.
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We Demand Maximum Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries
The lifetime costs of health care and living expenses for a person with spinal cord injury range from $1.5 million for a 50-year-old with paraplegia to $4.78 million for a 25-year-old with high-cervical tetraplegia, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center.
At the Spiva Law Group, our objective is to ensure our clients are not left with a financial burden from injuries caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness. Under Georgia law, a personal injury claim may seek compensation for:
- All past and future medical expenses related to injury(s) suffered in an accident, including emergency care, hospitalization, rehabilitation, assistive devices, ongoing medication and medical supplies, etc.
- Lost income immediately after the accident and in the future due to disability that diminishes earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium (or loss of a spouse’s companionship and services, including income, child care, and housekeeping assistance)
- Injury to reputation (such as a damaged credit rating if loss of income leads to the victim’s inability to pay bills, default on a loan, etc.)
In extreme cases, a jury in Georgia may award punitive damages, which is additional money paid by the defendant as punishment for egregious behavior that led to an accident.
Determining the full extent of costs and losses takes time. It is important to know what doctors expect to be the highest level of recovery and independent function the patient may have.
Once we have determined the full extent of the compensation you are due, we can file claims with insurers that have issued applicable coverage to the party or parties responsible for your accident. If payment is not promptly received, we can file one or more personal injury lawsuits to ask the court to order payment.
Common Accidents That Lead to Spinal Cord Injury
Our personal injury law firm in Savannah has worked with countless individuals and families over the years to help them deal with life-altering spinal cord injuries. Some of the common types of accident cases we handle include:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Slip-and-Fall Accidents
- Industrial Site Accidents
- Maritime Accidents
- Sports and Recreation Accidents
A blow to the back or spine can cause damage to the vertebrae, ligaments, or discs of the spinal column or to the spinal cord itself. Such an injury suffered in an accident is known as a “traumatic spinal cord injury.” A “nontraumatic spinal cord injury” may be caused by arthritis, cancer, infection, or degeneration of discs in the spine.
Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms
An injury that tears the spinal cord, or inflammation from a back or spinal injury that impinges upon the spinal cord, can lead to loss of sensation or mobility (i.e., paralysis). The loss of mobility or sensation due to a spinal cord injury occurs from the point of injury downward. Therefore, a cervical (neck) injury may cause paralysis from the shoulders down throughout the rest of the body.
Paralysis of the shoulders, trunk, arms, hands, legs, and pelvic organs is known as tetraplegia or sometimes quadriplegia. Paraplegia is paralysis that affects all or part of the legs and/or pelvic organs. Those with paraplegia have damage in the spinal cord’s thoracic (between neck and abdomen), lumbar (lower back), or sacral (hip, pelvis) regions.
People who are paralyzed may experience such symptoms as:
- Bowel and bladder dysfunction. Changes in bladder control increase the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs), kidney infections, and kidney or bladder stones.
- Inability to regulate blood pressure and circulation. This increases the risk of blood clots, such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or a pulmonary embolus, either of which may be fatal.
- Inability to regulate respiration. This can lead to increased risk of pneumonia or other lung problems.
- Sexual dysfunction.
- Depression, due to continuing pain, as well as the loss of the life once lived.
Spinal cord injuries are typically described as “incomplete” or “complete.” Patients with incomplete spinal cord injury may experience weakness, numbness, and radiating pain in affected regions of the body. Patients with a complete spinal cord injury lose all strength and sensation from the point of injury downward.
Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries
Treatment for serious back and neck injuries can be long and costly. Spinal cord injury victims can expect that:
- Emergency care will be required to stabilize and assess the patient. Surgery may be needed to try to repair the damage.
- An individual with a spinal cord injury may be moved to a regional spine injury center for treatment from an interdisciplinary team with expertise in spinal cord injury.
- After recovering from surgery, the patient begins aggressive rehabilitation therapy with a goal of strengthening and conditioning, as well as restoration or adaptation of individual functional skills. The aim is to restore the patient to the highest level of independent function possible.
- Rehab may include training to overcome or compensate for speech, language, or cognitive difficulties, and potentially specific work to relearn such daily life activities as bathing, grooming, cooking, and housekeeping.
- Patients with tetraplegia generally require lifelong assistance with activities of daily living and routine self-care. They may also require mechanical assistance, such as for mobility or to breathe or communicate.
The length of stay in the hospital acute care unit averages 11 days, and in-hospital rehabilitation lengths of stay average 35 days, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC). Less than 1 percent of patients experience complete neurological recovery by the time of hospital discharge.
The NSCISC also reports that about 30 percent of people with spinal cord injuries are re-hospitalized one or more times during any given year following injury for an average of about 22 days. Diseases of the genitourinary system are the leading cause of rehospitalization, followed by disease of the skin. Respiratory, digestive, circulatory, and musculoskeletal diseases are also common causes.
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If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident someone else caused, contact our dedicated Georgia personal injury lawyers today. Our law firm will thoroughly investigate the current and future costs of the accident to you and your family, and we will work aggressively to demand maximum compensation from the responsible parties.
Our firm focuses on catastrophic injury cases and limits the number of claims we pursue so we can give our clients the personal attention they need. If we cannot pursue a claim for you, we will help you explore your options, including referring you to other Georgia personal injury attorneys who are highly qualified for pursuing spinal cord injury claims.
Schedule a free consultation with the Spiva Law Group in Savannah today. We do not charge anything upfront to start working on personal injury claims, and we only seek payment after we recover money for our clients. Contact us now.
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