A Compassionate Team Here to Fight for You
Any damage to the spinal cord can have a catastrophic effect on a victim’s life. Our central nervous system is unique in that the cells responsible for its functioning cannot regenerate when they are hurt and dying. That means both the brain and spinal cord, when injured, have no way of healing.
A patient’s best hope is to be able to re-wire surrounding cells to take on the function of those that were damaged. However, even for those who experience some level of recovery after damage to the spinal cord, returning to a pre-injury state is rarely possible. This means these patients may lose the ability to do things like work, drive, or enjoy their favorite hobbies and pastimes.
If these things were taken from you because of someone else’s negligence, our team is here to help you file for compensation. Peterson & Associates, P.C. has been fighting for injury victims for over 25 years, helping thousands of clients find justice after life-changing accidents. We want to know what we can do for you.
When to File a Spinal Cord Injury Claim
Any time you suffer an injury caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless actions, you are eligible to recover damages from that person. Spinal cord injuries may be caused by:
Workplace accidents, malfunctioning products, and other traumatic impacts can also damage the spinal cord.
Anyone who has suffered one of these injuries should strongly consider making a claim for compensation. Medical bills alone can climb into the hundreds of thousands for patients with spinal cord damage. This is not to mention the multiple other challenges and interruptions you will find yourself facing. Every one of these losses can be addressed in an injury claim.
Impacts and Complications of Spinal Cord Injuries
When the spinal cord is damaged, its ability to relay messages between the brain and the rest of the body is impaired, resulting in paralysis. This injury can be:
- Partial, meaning a patient has some control of their muscles (a condition also known as paresis)
- Complete, meaning a patient has no control or communication with any parts of the body beneath the damaged section of the spinal cord
The severity of a patient’s paralysis depends on the nature of the injury. If the spinal cord is severed or the trauma has affected its entire width, complete paralysis is inevitable. When the injury does not affect the width of the spinal cord, a patient may retain partial control of the muscles below the damage.
Types of Paralysis
Spinal cord injury may lead to a diagnosis of:
- Monoplegia, or paralysis of one limb only
- Hemiplegia, or paralysis of both limbs on one side of the body
- Diplegia, or paralysis of the same part(s) on both sides of the body
- Paraplegia, or paralysis of the legs and potentially part of the trunk
- Quadriplegia/tetraplegia, or paralysis of both arms and legs as well as parts of the trunk
Complications Linked with Paralysis
Paralysis is characterized by a loss of muscle control, which means patients with this condition cannot move voluntarily. However, this is only one of the concerns and challenges this condition brings. Damage to the spinal cord also interrupts the functioning of subconscious or automatic reactions. While we do not have to think about things like breathing rhythm or the way our esophagus muscles help us swallow food, the brain does direct these functions.
Spinal cord injury can lead to difficulties with:
- Swallowing and speaking
- Blood flow, breathing, and heart rate
- Organ and glandular function
- Urine and bowel control
- Sexual function
Aside from the practical difficulties of staying healthy when the body cannot self-regulate, these issues can also make it difficult for a patient to feel confident leaving the house and interacting with others. They can lead to depression and other mental health challenges. In worst-case scenarios, patients may develop chronic pain, autonomic dysfunction, or life-threatening respiratory and heart problems.
Why Work with an Attorney on Your Spinal Cord Injury Claim?
The breadth of losses and challenges related to a spinal cord injury is massive, and those who were hurt in this way because of someone else’s actions deserve assistance dealing with the consequences. However, receiving fair compensation for your injury is not always easy, even though the law is on your side.
Know What Your Damages Are Worth
Though an insurance company may be legally bound to pay for your losses if you were injured by one of its clients, you may not receive a fair settlement offer. Because insurance adjusters want to save their company money by decreasing the amount it owes claimants, they are incentivized to understate the losses linked to an injury. They probably won’t tell you that calculating the damages associated with a spinal cord injury goes far beyond looking at your medical bills. You could be able to request compensation for losses including:
- Medical bills
- Future medical needs
- Physical therapy/rehabilitation
- Mental health care
- Accommodations/assistive devices
- Renovation for home/vehicle accessibility
- Household services and daily aid
- Lost wages
- Decreased earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Future expected pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
To help identify the many ways your life may change after a spinal cord injury, we work with medical and life care professionals who have helped other people like you. Often, after consulting with experts, our clients learn their settlement is worth much more than they imagined—and much more than the insurance company offered them.
Focus on Your Recovery While We Handle Your Claim
Filing an insurance claim can be a complex and frustrating experience even when you aren’t dealing with a life-changing injury. Unfortunately, some insurance adjusters will try to give claimants the run-around so they, frustrated and tired, agree to settlements that are lower than what they deserve.
When you have a professional on your side, you can be confident your needs will be handled with the utmost care. Additionally, we have experience negotiating insurance claims after serious accidents, something most people have never done before. Our team knows the methods insurance adjusters may use to attempt to underpay you—including trying to unfairly shift some of the blame for your injury to you—and we won’t stand for it.
If an insurance company refuses to make an acceptable settlement offer, our team is ready to take a case to court. We are dedicated to helping our clients maximize their compensation.
We Can Help You Start a Spinal Cord Injury Claim Today
Our team has worked with thousands of injury victims, and that experience has given us a unique view into what you need during this time. That’s why we always focus first and foremost on making sure you have the support you need. We get to know our clients and their stories so we can build personalized strategies to achieve the results they are looking for. That’s the kind of service you just won’t get if you don’t work with a team that truly cares about helping others.
Spinal cord injuries may change your life forever, but recovering compensation can help you access quality treatment and care as well as providing a financial safety net for your future. Making a claim can therefore give you a sense of assurance you will be okay. If you are looking for legal help, or even just considering whether to bring a suit against the person or company that injured you, our team can answer your questions and help you determine your best next steps.
What Our Clients Are Saying
We are proud to establish long standing relationships with our clients and we pride ourselves on offering quality, personalized, confident representation to all of our clients.
Team did a great job resolving my injury case- Daniel G.
They were instrumental in saving my life.- Kathy
I’m a witness to how wonderful they are as a law firm.- Larry
Peterson & Associates, P.C. heard me and made sure I was not taken advantage of.- Lee
I would definitely recommend Peterson & Associates- Leesa
They get the job done- Theresa
Choosing Our Team
Many people that have been injured in car accidents are unsure of where to start with a legal claim. Our team of highly trained lawyers can help to review the details of your crash and guide you through the process. Below, learn more about the attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C., their results, and contingency fees.