When an accident results in an unexpected injury, you may not know how to go about getting your life back in order. Fortunately, the attorneys from Thomas Law Offices are here for you. One of the most debilitating injuries you can sustain is to your spinal cord. If you think someone else caused your accident, you need a Cincinnati spinal cord injury lawyer.
Thomas Law Offices is dedicated to representing the residents of Ohio when they’ve been wronged. No matter whether your accident resulted from a car accident, work incident, or fall, we’re here to help you understand your legal rights and options and pursue a claim that gets you the compensation you need.
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Spinal Cord Injury Accidents
Spinal cord injuries can result from damage to the vertebrae, ligaments, or disk of the spinal column. While nearly anyone is at risk of a spinal cord injury, there are certain risk factors that make it more likely. Factors that predispose someone to a back injury include being male, being between the ages of 16 and 30, being older than 65, having a bone or joint disorder, and participating in risky behavior.
Accidents of all kinds can result in spine injuries. There are, however, some accidents that are more likely to result in back trauma. When someone comes to us with a personal injury claim, their accident was usually the result of one of the following:
- Car Accidents. Car accidents are the leading cause of spine injuries. This is because of the trauma the body is put through with the force of the crash.
- Slip and Falls. While anyone can experience a slip and fall accident, older people are more likely to fall. Whether someone falls forward or backward, the fall can have an impact on their neck and back.
- Medical Malpractice. While doctors typically provide the care we need when we’re in the hospital, mistakes can happen. In regard to spinal cord injuries, they are more likely to happen in the operating room if a surgeon makes an error.
Other incidents that have the potential to cause damage to the spine include acts of violence and sports and recreation injuries. Regardless of the situation that caused your injuries, you have the right to pursue a claim if you believe what happened to you was the result of someone else’s negligent actions or inactions.
The Consequences of a Spinal Cord Injury
When the spinal column is damaged, there are a number of complications a victim can be left to deal with. The changes in the way the body functions can be overwhelming, especially depending on the degree of injury. Even mild damage can have life-altering effects.
Some of the most common consequences and symptoms a spinal cord injury victim deals with are changes in bladder control, bowel control, and circulatory control. A patient can also experience changes to their respiratory system, making it difficult to breathe. If paralysis sets in, muscle tone and overall fitness can quickly deplete. When those effects are combined with any level of pain, manageable or otherwise, a person’s mental health can deteriorate, and depression can set it.
While a rehabilitation team will help a spinal cord injury victim develop the tools they need to address the changes in their life, that care often comes with a high price tag. In order to afford the proper medical treatments, you’ll want to consider filing an injury claim with the help of our Cincinnati attorneys.
Damages for Spinal Cord Injury Claims
Because of the medical care that goes into treating spinal cord trauma, this type of injury is one of the most expensive to treat. In addition to piling medical bills, you could be facing time away from work and challenging lifestyle changes. When you work with a spine injury lawyer, you’ll be able to seek compensation for those losses from the negligent party that caused your accident.
In regard to the types of compensation you can recover, damages are often separated into two categories: economic and non-economic. Economic damages are those that can be directly calculated. Non-economic, on the other hand, are harder to determine as they’re based on more subjective forms of suffering.
The most common economic damages sought are for medical expenses and lost wages or lost earning capacity. Spinal cord injuries often require a lifetime of treatment. Filing a claim and seeking those future expenses will ensure you have the means to continue treatment. When it comes to lost wages or lost earning capacity, what you’re eligible for will depend on your situation. If, for example, you were able to return to work after some time in the same capacity as before, you could be eligible for the wages you missed while you were healing. If you are unable to return to your previous line of work, your lawyer can determine what you’re owed as a result.
Noneconomic damages often revolve around physical pain and suffering, as well as mental anguish. Any injury can take a lot out of a person. If your life has been upended and you’re struggling to adapt, your attorney can calculate a fair amount of compensation for those losses.
Contact Thomas Law Offices in Cincinnati
Whether you’ve recently been injured or you’ve already in the recovery process, consider getting ahold of a Cincinnati spinal cord injury lawyer. Our attorneys are well-versed in personal injury law, and we’re prepared to help you file a claim and seek the monetary award you deserve and need.
The sooner you file a claim, the better your chances are of recovering a full and fair amount. Once you contact us, we’ll focus on building your case and collecting evidence to prove someone else’s negligence caused you harm. While we do that, you’ll have the opportunity to focus on improving your physical and mental health.
To learn more, schedule a free case consultation with our law firm today. We’ll review your situation, determine if you have grounds to pursue a claim, and help you make the best decision for your future.