Spinal Cord Injuries: The Basics

Approximately 250,000 Americans are currently living with a spinal cord injury, and another 11,000 suffer new spinal cord injuries each year as a result of car accidents, falls, medical errors and other mishaps. Whatever the cause, a spinal cord injury can have severe and lifelong consequences.

What Is a Spinal Cord Injury?

When the spinal cord is injured, it can lose its ability to convey information between the brain and the parts of the body that are below the injury, leading to numbness and paralysis in the affected body parts.

Depending on the extent of the damage, a spinal cord injury is classified as either “complete” or “incomplete.” When no sensation or motor function remains below the point of injury, the injury is complete. In contrast, when the injured person retains some amount of sensation or motor function in the affected areas, the injury is incomplete.

Act Quickly to Preserve Evidence

Although gathering evidence for a potential lawsuit may be the last thing on your mind after a serious accident, a failure to act quickly to preserve evidence after an injury can lead to evidence being lost or destroyed.

Taking photographs or video of the accident scene while it is still fresh is a simple and effective way to preserve information about the accident. Photographing or filming the scene from a variety of angles and viewpoints helps to record details about the accident itself as well as the broader context in which the accident took place.

Also, make sure to write down the names and contact information of anyone who was involved in the accident, as well as any witnesses, so that you can get in touch with them later if you need to. If you decide to seek compensation for your injuries, people who saw what happened may be able to help you prove your case.

It is wise to begin preserving evidence right after an accident, even if you are not certain that you want to take legal action. Also make sure to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to learn about your legal options and avoid missing any important deadlines.

Car Accident Lawyers

Dedicated Representation for Auto Accident Victims

 

Serious traffic accidents often happen on major freeways including interstates. In the city and in other locations statewide, and in neighboring states as well, major crashes also take place on lesser-known highways, county roads and city streets. Car wrecks causing serious injuries include single-car accidents (such as rollovers or collisions with construction barriers), intersection crashes, sideswipe accidents on highways, rear-end accidents and head-on collisions (often happening when one vehicle is going the wrong way on a freeway).

Whatever the circumstances, it is in your best interest to seek legal representation right away following a serious accident. Contact our personal injury lawyers to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your situation.

Even the Playing Field

Obtaining full and fair compensation for injured victims and surviving family members is far too complex for the average person to accomplish by simply filing an insurance claim.

Legal challenges in car accidents include determining who was at fault, determining which insurance policies or other sources of compensation are applicable, navigating the accidental insurance claims system, ensuring that the injured person has immediate and continual access to the best quality medical care available, and watching out for the victim’s interests at every stage of the case.

The auto accident attorneys at our firm represent accident victims. We get to work right away by taking witness statements, interfacing with law enforcement and insurance claims representatives and preparing to present a compelling case in favor of maximum compensation for the accident victims.

Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck accidents share some similarities with car accidents in that they take place in traffic, and they involve motor vehicles. Otherwise, truck accidents have distinct characteristics, including the following:

The sheer size and momentum of an 18 wheeler usually means that there will be catastrophic injuries or fatalities in the other vehicle or vehicles.

Insurance issues can be complex, with the driver of the truck, the owner of the cabin of the truck and the owner of the trailer may well be three separate legal entities. In addition, whoever loaded the trailer may be called into question if the truck was overloaded or incorrectly loaded.

Truckers are often from other areas, passing through our state east to west or north to south. Tracking down all responsible parties can take time and effort.

A truck driver’s log is required to be made available for just a limited time. It is important for an attorney of a truck accident victim to request and review the driver’s log promptly. The driver’s log may reveal that the truck driver was sleepy or that the truck was not maintained according to schedule.

Whatever the causes and circumstances of a big rig crash, commercial truck accident or collision with a garbage truck, the injured or surviving family need aggressive advocacy by their own attorney. The trucking company and its insurers are likely to put their own legal counsel to work right away defending the case. The average person is no match for the aggressive in-house counsel or hired lawyers of legal entities who are responsible for the truck. You need your own attorney as soon as possible to increase the likelihood that you will be able to collect maximum available compensation.