The spinal cord is the nerve center of the body. All nerves leave and lead back to the spinal cord. Injury to the spinal cord can therefore have catastrophic results. Many spinal cord injuries result in paralysis and the need for long term care of the victim. That is why you should hire a lawyer who can help you get compensation for spinal cord injuries.
Common causes of spinal cord injuries
The spine is designed to be flexible. This is not only good for movement but also for the protection of the spinal cord and the nerves. However, traumatic events can result in serious injuries to the spine and spinal cord.
Spinal cord injuries are commonly caused by:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
It only takes a few seconds for a spinal cord injury to occur. However, the effects of the injury can last an entire lifetime. While you may take precautions to ensure that you avoid injury, accidents can occur as a result of someone else’s negligence.
When a catastrophic injury such as spinal cord injury occurs, it is important to understand what caused the injury. This will help to determine who is at fault and help to build your case for compensation.
In some cases, even though your spinal cord injury is serious, you may not be able to recover compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. Insurance companies will fight to avoid paying any compensation. Even when they acknowledge liability, insurance companies will attempt to minimize any payout.
The following tips will help to improve your chances of obtaining compensation in a spinal cord injury lawsuit.
1. Seek medical assistance as soon as possible
Spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis as well as other life changing disabilities. Early diagnosis of your injuries can help to reduce the long term impact of the injuries through treatment. Detection of your injuries immediately following the accident will also help you prove that the accident caused your spinal cord injury.
2. Hire an experienced spinal cord injury attorney
Seek the assistance of an attorney with experience representing spinal cord injury victims. Having a skilled attorney representing you will go a long way in ensuring that you recover the full compensation you are due from your claim
3. Avoid discussing the accident or your injuries
Don’t talk about your injuries or the accident to anyone until you have consulted with your attorney. Moreover, avoid posting information about your injuries or the accident on social media. Anything you say, write or post can be used as evidence to deny your claim or reduce any settlement or award.
Attorney Laurie Robbins represents spinal cord injury victims in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. Call her today for a free claim evaluation.