Spinal Cord Injury Attorney in York: Know Your Rights
A spinal cord injury from an accident can be incredibly painful and debilitating, even deadly. Depending on the severity of the injury, there can be lifelong ramifications and no guarantee of recovery. Victims of a spinal cord injury may lose the ability to walk or the sensation of touch-things we often take for granted. These injuries often mean loss of income, pain and suffering, and a pile of medical bills. .
This type of injury is often the result of trauma, and unfortunately the result of someone else’s negligence. If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury, contact an attorney at Dale E. Anstine to answer your questions, free of charge.
With compassion, we are here to take the burden off you, and to assist with the insurance calls, the doctor’s appointments, medical bills and more. We focus on your financial future while you focus on your recovery.
Spinal Cord Injury Types and Causes
Spinal cord injuries are usually the result of a traumatic accident. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center says the primary cause of spinal cord injuries are motor vehicle accidents, with falls being the second most prevalent cause. About 17,900 people experience a spinal cord injury each year, and that number does not include people that die at the location where the injury occurred.
There are two broad categories of spinal cord injuries:
- Complete: No voluntary motor or conscious sensory function below the injury site
- Incomplete: Victims may be able to move one limb or part of the body more than the other, or have more feeling on one side the body
When accidents happen, they can cause the vertebral bones in the spine or discs that cushion them, to move out of place. This puts pressure on other nerves and can cause extreme pain. Some accidents lead to complete severance of the spinal cord. Depending on the accident, short-term and permanent injuries could include:
- Injured nerves
- Damaged discs
- Partial paralysis
- Fractured vertebra
The cause of these types of spinal cord injuries varies, and includes:
- Slip and falls
- Construction accidents
- Industrial accidents
- Auto accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Boating accidents
- Defective products
- Swimming pool accidents
What Kind of Compensation is there in a Spinal Injury Case?
Spinal cord injury victims often incur astronomical medical expenses. There may be extensive rehabilitation, and long-term treatment and care involved. Victims are susceptible to other complications as well, such as::
- Bed sores
- Breathing issues
- Urinary tract infections
- Muscle spasms
- Blood clots
- Inability to sense pain
- Weight control problems
- Sexual dysfunction
Spinal Cord Injury victims may be eligible for compensation through workers’ compensation, a personal injury claim, or both. Depending on the details of the case, our experienced attorneys can help victims seek recovery of economic damages for things like medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning potential, and out of pocket expenses.
We can also help someone suffering from a spinal cord injury pursue damages for non-economic things like:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Psychological or psychiatric harm
- Loss of consortium—including spousal companionship and support
Contact a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney in York, PA Right Away!
Accidents resulting in a spinal cord injury are costly for the victim and their families; physically, emotionally, psychologically, and financially. Victims may face long-term medical treatments and the need for continuing care. They may lose the ability to continue their career, or even work at all. Then there are the mental costs-the pain and suffering, and the loss of doing things once loved.
Oftentimes, the insurance company representing the negligent party will offer a quick settlement in an attempt to catch victims when they are most vulnerable. These lowball settlement offers aren’t typically adequate for the injuries.
Don’t sign anything. Remember, insurance companies don’t work for you. Their primary concern is to keep money in their pockets.
Our experienced personal injury attorneys will work together with medical experts to help you secure the compensation necessary for present and future medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering and much more.
Our law firm has been practicing personal injury and workers’ compensation law in York and Adams counties for decades. Let us focus on your spinal cord injury case while you recover from your injuries. We do not charge a fee for representation unless we win your case for you, so reach out today for help.