He seemed to be OK after just after the accident took place. He thought he’d be just fine and that there were no injuries. The following day, though, he woke up in a lot of pain. He couldn’t move his neck. Things just got gradually worse for him from then. He started experiencing tingling sensations and he would feel pains shooting down his arms. Sometimes, parts of his body would even go numb and he’d lose the ability to feel in his fingers.
He went to a doctor and discovered he had broken discs in his back. There was a chance that a chiropractor would be able to help. Shots to ease the pain and reduce inflammation were also a possibility. There was a strong chance that he would require surgery, though. It could even lead to permanent damage.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Road traffic accidents are the most common cause of spinal cord injuries. They make up nearly half of all spinal cord injury cases. The next most common cause is falls. Falls account for just over 15% if spinal injuries.
Common Injuries to the Spinal Cord
Whiplash is one of the most common types of spinal cord injury. It happens when the neck is jerked forward or backwards too quickly. It can cause damage to the muscles and tendons in the necks. It can lead to pain, severe headaches and loss of mobility. There are approximately 3 million new cases of whiplash in America every year. Whiplash symptoms can take weeks or even months to develop.
Bulging discs occur when a disc is diseased causing the outer layer of the disc to bulge out evenly all the way around. Think of a hamburger sticking out because it is too big for the bun.
Herniated discs stick out farther than bulging discs. They are more likely to cause pain and more likely to irate nerve roots.
Herniations and bulges can be seen with MRIs.
Another spinal cord injury is stretched ligaments. Doctors call this ligament laxity. The ligaments around the spinal cord act as a protective sheath. These can be damaged.
Fractures involving the spine, nerve damage, paralysis, and even quadriplegia are additional types of injury.
Difficulty Settling Claims
The insurance company will do what they can to avoid paying out to the victim. They will try to blame it on something else instead. They might even try to blame it on the victim’s age where older victims are involved. Many insurance companies will also employ doctors that will testify against the victim for their own personal financial gain. They know every trick in the book. They will try every trick that they know. You will probably need an experienced legal expert to deal with them.
What You Deserve
A spinal cord injury could potentially have a devastating impact on your life. It could leave you experiencing pain for the rest of your life. Spinal cord injuries can also leave you less mobile than you were. You might even be wheelchair-bound. Our team will look for a settlement that considers all that you have lost. You will be compensated for any loss of quality of life that the accident has caused you. You will also be compensated for any loss of earnings you might experience.
You also deserve all of the treatment that will help you to recover as well as possible. This will include surgeries and long-term rehabilitation. We will push for a settlement that covers all of your financial costs. You will not need to worry about paying for anything. The medical bills will be paid directly by the insurance provider. You won’t have to worry about getting into debt as a result of your treatment.
How Our Tampa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Will Help You
Spinal cord injury cases need to be pursued aggressively. Expert radiologists need to be used to diagnose injuries. Their expert advice is then needed to convince the insurance company. Insurance companies will still usually not agree to a reasonable settlement out of court. If no agreement is made, we need to take them to court. The experts will then be needed to convince the jury.
It is necessary to build a picture of how much the victim has suffered as a result of the accident. How much pain are they in? What can they not do now that they could before? Can they play sports? Can they play with their kids? We can record the victim explaining how sad they are at not being able to do what they loved. We can also record their families explaining how the victim’s life has changed. This is very powerful in explaining to the jury just what the victim and their family are going through. This will help the court decide on a suitable settlement.
Our team will build the case for the best possible outcome for the victim. We will not accept lowball offers from the insurance companies but will persist in getting the settlement the victim deserves. We will leave no stone unturned. Our team will do all of the hard work for you. You are left to focus on recovery and enjoying life the best you can.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries in Tampa?
I. Household Accidents
It is up to the homeowner to ensure the safety of guests they have invited into their homes. This means that if an accident happens in a home, the homeowner may be responsible. This is known legally as premises liability. This covers a wide range of accidents such as slips, falls, burns and poisonings.
It is the homeowner’s responsibility to warn of any potential hazards such as slippery surfaces, loose tiles or even dangerous pets. We will not usually want to make a claim against our friends or family, though. In household accident cases, a case is not usually made against the homeowner directly. Instead, a claim will usually be made against the homeowner’s insurance carrier. It is up to the insurance carrier to make the settlement, not the homeowner.
II. Accidents in Public
Accidents will often occur in public places such as retail stores, entertainment venues, restaurants and so on. Slippery floors and tripping hazards will often lead to falls. The high impact of a slip and fall can cause spinal cord injuries that require expert care. As with household accidents, it is usually the owner or manager that is liable. The same legal doctrine of premises liability applies. Store owners have a higher duty of care on them than homeowners, though. They are legally bound to inspect the premises to ensure they are safe for their patrons. If it can be shown the premises were not thoroughly inspected, your case is made stronger.
III. Medical Malpractice
Injuries can be caused, or made worse, through medical procedures. This most often happens during surgeries. It is up to doctors to ensure that their patients are safe during procedures. Doctors don’t wish to harm their patients. Many injuries during medical procedures are down to genuine errors. Others, though, are down to negligence from the doctor. Greed, impatience or other factors might encourage a doctor to perform treatment they’re not qualified for.
If a doctor is shown not to have acted reasonably prudently, they can be found negligent. This includes having the appropriate training and experience for the procedure. If a doctor has been found to be negligent, the victim can claim from the doctor’s medical malpractice carrier.
IV. Car Accidents
Most spinal injuries are the result of a car accident. Our tampa auto accident team is skilled in spinal cord injury and litigation. The driver at fault is legally responsible for compensating the victim. Insurance companies will immediately set out to try and determine who was at fault for the accident. The insurance company of the driver found to be at fault is obliged to pay. In cases where more than one driver is to blame, the liability for compensation is shared. This often leads to drawn out cases as settlements are negotiated and decided.
Tampa, Florida has some of the best spinal cord injury treatment centers in the nation. Tampa also has an array of highly skilled nuero-surgeons.
To find out more, contact us. Our Tampa Spinal Cord Injury attorneys charge nothing for a consultation. You will pay us no fees until your case is settled.