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Ohio and Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
The spinal cord is a delicate part of the central nervous system that communicates nerve signals between the brain and other parts of the body. The cord itself is protected by muscles, ligaments, disks, and the bones that make up your spine. Damage to any part of the spine can result in permanent disability, chronic pain, and even death. Spinal cord injury victims often undergo extensive treatments to recover function, which can lead to major medical expenses. If a serious spinal cord injury is caused by someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek full and fair compensation. At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, our skilled Cincinnati and Covington personal injury lawyers can help you. Let us fight for compensation on your behalf and make the negligent party pay while you rest and concentrate on healing.
When you need an Ohio or Kentucky spinal cord injury attorney, remember TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can go help you explore all legal options and support you in this difficult time. Call us toll-free at 800-698-4054 to schedule your free consultation today.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury is any injury that damages the nerves in your spinal column that communicate with the brain. These injuries are classified into two types: incomplete injury and complete injury. A complete injury means there is nerve damage to the affected area and the loss of sensation is permanent. An incomplete injury means that the communication between the brain and the spinal cord is not completely gone. There often is more function on one side of the body than the other, and some incomplete injuries can have a full recovery. Both complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries can happen at any level of the spine.
Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries, whether complete or incomplete, can leave you unable to work, care for yourself, or perform simple tasks that used to come easily to you. You may be unable to care for your children and your family and may have to rely on at-home care if your injuries caused permanent damage.
There are five major areas of the spine. The cervical spine consists of the seven vertebrae in your neck. Twelve vertebrae make up the thoracic spine (upper back). The lumbar spine is your lower back and has five vertebrae. The sacrum and the coccyx are both located in the pelvis. Higher injuries are typically more severe.
Paralysis usually affects every limb located under an injury site. In many cases, spinal cord injuries can result in the loss of sexual function, bowel and bladder control, and even the ability to breathe. There are three different kinds of paralysis: quadriplegia, paraplegia, and triplegia.
Triplegia is the loss of sensation in one arm and both legs. This type of paralysis usually stems from an incomplete spinal cord injury. Some movement and function may still remain in the affected limbs. Many patients with triplegia have issues with bowel and bladder control.
The loss of function in the lower half of the body is called paraplegia. Injuries at the top of the thoracic spine and below usually result in paraplegia. Patients with paraplegia often lose the ability to control their bladder and bowels, as well.
Quadriplegia is the loss of sensation and movement in all four limbs. This results from an injury located at the top of the thoracic spine or in the cervical spine. Some quadriplegic patients lose the ability to breathe on their own and require a ventilator.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury that has left you completely or partially paralyzed, don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Kentucky spinal cord injury attorneys at TLF.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
One of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries and other types of neck or back injuries is car accidents. However, there are many other common causes of spinal cord injury, including but not limited to slips and falls, malfunctioning machines and equipment, and amusement park ride malfunction. A severe spinal cord injury can also result from gunshot wounds and improper handling of the cervical spine after an accident of any kind. In some instances, birth injuries can also cause a spinal cord injury for both the mother and the baby. Many spinal injuries can be masked by shock and adrenaline, so it’s important to get a thorough medical exam after any type of accident.
Regardless of how it occurred, damage to the spinal column can result in a life-changing injury. At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, our Ohio spinal injury attorneys are ready to fight for you.
How a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Can Help Your Case
Spine injuries can be debilitating and recovery can be extensive. The last thing you need to worry about is trying to fight against insurance companies and the negligent parties alone. At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, we are experienced in assisting the victims of neck, back, and spinal cord injuries.
If you suffered neck, back, or spinal cord injuries in an accident, our Ohio and Kentucky spinal cord injury lawyers can help recover compensation for your injuries by thoroughly investigating your claim, collecting accident reports, consulting with witnesses, and contacting experts to testify on your behalf.
Investigating the Accident
If you have a severe spinal injury, you don’t need to run all over town collecting evidence, accident reports, and witness statements. You need to recover. The spinal cord injury attorneys at TLF will conduct an extensive investigation into your accident. We will communicate with the insurance companies on your behalf and consult with medical experts about the injury. Our personal injury attorneys are supported by a nurse on staff to answer any medical questions about the injury.
Determining the Liable Parties
To be held legally responsible for an injury, the victim and their legal team have to prove four different elements of the claim. The negligent party must have an established duty to the victim. They must also have breached the duty, acted in a way that caused the injury, and the injury must have caused damages to the victim. Our attorneys investigate all possible responsible parties.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Spinal Cord Injury Damages?
Anyone who breached a duty of care and caused an injury can be held legally responsible for an injury. This can include doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals that neglected to prevent serious injuries. This can also include impaired or distracted drivers that caused a car accident.
Determining Current and Future Losses
Suffering a serious neck or back injury may lead to financial losses in the form of mounting medical bills, lost wages, and long-term care needs, among many other things. The capable attorneys at TLF will identify your immediate and long-term financial needs. With our support, you can feel confident that you are recovering the compensation you deserve and that you and your family will be cared for.
Economic damages are meant to help the patient get back to the same financial state they were in before the injury. Economic damages are financial losses associated with the injury, and they are often easy to measure. Examples of economic damages include:
- Lost wages
- Medical care
- Including past medical expenses and ongoing treatment
- Reduced or lost earning ability
- Property damage
Unlike economic damages, non-economic damages are not linked to specific expenses. Non-economic damages help compensate the injured victim and their family for non-financial losses, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Loss of companionship
While economic and non-economic damages are meant to restore some form of comfort to the injured victim, punitive damages are intended to punish the negligent party. If the other party’s negligence was due to decisions they knew could be harmful, there’s a chance they will have to pay punitive damages. Examples of this include doctors operating while impaired, drunk and distracted drivers, and employers who knowingly violate safety measures.
Negotiating a Settlement or Taking Your Case to Trial
Your spinal cord injury lawsuit may settle during litigation, but could go to trial. Insurance companies will often try to get you to settle for far less than you deserve. At TLF, our experienced attorneys fight to get you all the compensation you deserve, whether it’s from settlement negotiation or a trial award. We will support you through every step of the legal process and keep you informed and up-to-date on the progression of your case. If you have any questions about what to expect during any step of your spinal cord injury lawsuit, our attorneys are ready to answer. Call us today at (800) 698-4054 to set up a free consultation.
Spinal Cord Injury Statute of Limitations
Like all other personal injury lawsuits, both Ohio and Kentucky laws dictate that a spinal cord injury lawsuit must be filed within one year. This means you have a year from the injury date to seek compensation. After such time, a spinal cord injury survivor cannot seek financial compensation for their injury.
Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries often require ongoing treatment that can last much longer than a year. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you need to contact an Ohio spinal cord injury lawyer at TLF as soon as possible. Waiting for a complete recovery can mean the at-fault party gets away with their negligence and you are left without legal options. We offer a free case evaluation to see what the best legal options are for your case. Plus, TLF operates on a contingency-fee-basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless you do.
Experienced Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in Ohio and Kentucky
Spinal cord injuries can result in permanent disability and even wrongful death. Most injuries need expensive medical treatment and significant time away from work. However, spinal cord injury victims should only have to worry about their own recovery; they shouldn’t have to worry about how to provide for their families. At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, we understand the devastating consequences of spinal cord injuries. If another party’s negligence caused your spine injury, you deserve financial compensation. Fighting with the insurance company to get the compensation you deserve can be exhausting. With the support of seasoned spinal cord injury attorneys at TLF, you can focus on healing while we fight for you. We will do all the leg work for you while you follow the doctor’s orders and recover.
Contact the Ohio and Kentucky personal injury attorneys at TLF today. We have two offices: one located in Covington, Kentucky, and one in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our medical injury law firm has decades of experience fighting aggressively for residents across Kentucky and Ohio. Call us toll-free at 800-698-4054 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and begin your attorney-client relationship right away.
You Pay No Fees Unless We Win!
We are happy to offer a free consultation to evaluate your case. If you hire us as your legal counsel, we will represent you on a contingency-fee basis. You will pay no attorneys’ fees unless we recover financial damages.