Life is full of different dangers. Whether you are riding in a car, working on a jobsite, or simply walking down the street, you are at risk for serious injuries if you get into an accident. Though we all do the best we can to protect ourselves, many accidents are outside of our control.
Accident victims are exposed to tremendous amounts of force upon impact, whether from a collision with another vehicle, an abrupt stop, or a fall. Unfortunately, when the human body is exposed to such forces, spinal cord injuries are a common result.
The spinal cord is central to the body’s overall function, so an injury can cause serious and lasting damage. Many people suffer for the rest of their lives because of a spinal cord injury. This kind of pain can significantly affect a person’s quality of life, ability to work, and capacity to spend time with family and friends.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident that was caused by another party’s negligence, it is important to understand your legal rights to pursue compensation for your losses, including your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future medical care or physical therapy. With an experienced attorney on your side, you can earn the compensation and support you deserve after a spinal cord injury.
Luis P. Guerra, L.L.C.: Your Phoenix Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
The attorneys at Luis P. Guerra, L.L.C. are proud to offer legal services to individuals who have suffered a spinal cord injury at the hands of another person. With our years of experience in the field, we can represent your interests and ensure the court sees your side of the story clearly and irrefutably. Our Arizona personal injury attorneys understand the frustration and confusion you may feel after suffering a spinal cord injury in an accident. We also understand how important it is to pursue compensation for your losses and any future losses you may incur.
With many years of experience, we are confident in pursuing compensation for victims injured in a wide range of accidents, including:
No matter what you’ve experienced, our team of attorneys can help you to rebuild your life and support your family as you recover from your accident. No other spinal cord injury attorneys offer the same level of service and protection that we do.
What Is a Spinal Cord Injury Case?
Spinal cord injuries can be caused by a number of factors. Sometimes you might hurt yourself doing housework or playing sports. Other times, someone else’s behavior causes your pain. Though there is not much the law can do about the former situation, there is a significant amount the law can do about the latter.
In our free society, other people do not have the right to hurt you. Everyone is expected to follow certain rules and behaviors to protect others from harm. If someone fails to follow the law or ignores their personal responsibility, they can be charged with negligence in a personal injury claim. These civil claims help injured accident victims seek reparations for damage that was done to them. Many times, the compensation that victims receive from this settlement can help with their recovery and rehabilitation.
Spinal cord injury victims create a spinal cord personal injury case to recoup the financial losses that have occurred because of the accident. This includes medical bills, lost income, lost earning potential, pain and suffering, and more.
Why Do You Need a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer?
Though it is possible to fight your own personal injury case, it is unwise to do so. These situations are extremely complicated, and it is difficult to approach the legal system without a professional who is advocating for you. The aim of your case is to prove that the other person’s negligence caused your accident. Their attorneys are going to work diligently to prove that their client was not the cause of the accident. If you do not have an attorney, your opposition’s argument is likely to be more compelling to the court.
You are also likely to be recovering from any injuries while your case is progressing. This means you need to focus on your own recovery and may not have the time and energy to build your own court case. Adding this stress to your life can impede the healing process and make the whole situation worse. It is best to work with a professional, so you have space to rest.
Finally, it is important to note that there is a lot on the line in these cases. Spinal cord settlements can be large, as medical bills and suffering are usually significant. It is beneficial to invest in legal help so that you can give yourself and your family a better chance at financial support.
Common Symptoms And Conditions Resulting From Spinal Cord Injuries
It is important to understand the severity of a spinal injury, so you can understand why spinal cord cases are so important. Spinal cord injuries can lead to life-altering conditions that can be difficult to diagnose immediately after an accident. These conditions include:
Loss of limb function
Tingling in extremities
The lasting and serious nature of spinal cord injuries makes it imperative that you have the proper legal representation needed to pursue the compensation required to cover your medical needs in the future. If you do not pursue compensation, you are financially responsible for your own medical bills. Because spinal cord damage can be extensive and is often serious, medical bills are generally a significant expense.
Proving Negligence in a Spinal Cord Injury Case
Personal injury cases require you to prove that the individual at fault acted negligently. Their liability is not often obvious, so your attorney needs to gather evidence of their actions.
The exact evidence your attorney collects depends upon your unique situation. Some common pieces of evidence include:
Photos and videos of the accident scene
Photos of the injury (if visible)
There may be other specific pieces of information that are necessary to your case. Your attorney will ask for any personal or confidential information that they may need to build the case against the individual who hurt you.
Spinal Cord Injuries and Slip and Fall Cases
Many injuries to the spinal cord result from slip and fall cases. These claims occur when a public place such as a store, restaurant, or bar fails to follow safety procedures outlined by the law. When they do not follow these laws, they are neglecting their responsibilities. As such, they are liable for the damage that their negligence caused.
All businesses have the obligation to do the following:
Keep walkways clean, dry, and clear of items.
Maintain the facility to ensure there are no structural risks.
Keep safety features such as handrails and elevators up to code.
Alert guests of any dangers or hazards that cannot be immediately solved.
Ensure guests know what areas are off limits.
Failing to do any of these things can lead to an injury. The company is liable for any damage that occurs because they failed to meet their requirements. For example, if a grocery store has a wet floor and does not mop it and/or place safety signs around the area, they are liable if someone slips and falls and hurts their spine. The victim has the right to bring a spinal cord injury claim against the grocery store.
Though most doctors and nurses do their best to care for their patients, some do not. Unfortunately, many medical professionals can cause serious harm if they aren’t careful or do not follow the proper procedure and guidelines. If they fail to do their job, or intentionally harm a patient, they have committed medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice can include:
Operating on the wrong limb or wrong patient
Leaving surgical equipment or tools inside the body when they close the incision
Performing their job under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Neglecting a patient’s basic hygiene and care
Giving the patient incorrect medication
These are just a few examples of medical malpractice. Many types of medical malpractice can affect the back or cause severe spinal cord injuries. This is especially true of surgical errors.
If your spinal cord injury occurred at the hands of a medical professional, you can begin a medical malpractice claim against them. They should be held responsible for their negligence.
How Much Are Spinal Injuries Worth?
Many clients wish to know how much they might receive from their spinal injury claim. This is a natural question, but ultimately the answer depends on your unique situation. The more severe your injury is, the more money you are likely to receive. If you recover quickly or completely, you will likely receive less money.
In general, a spinal cord claim considers:
Medical bills associated with the injury, both past, present, and future
Income you lost while you were recovering from your injury
Any lost income that resulted from your changed ability. In other words, compensation for you to change careers if you no longer can perform your job tasks because of your injury
Pain and suffering you experienced because of your injury
These circumstances can result in the need to spend a significant amount of money or the loss of money if you can’t work. Some people suffer lifelong disabilities from their spinal cord injury, and their settlements can be upwards of one million dollars.
Your settlement also depends upon your legal support. If you are working with subpar legal counsel, you will likely receive a smaller settlement. However, if you work with exemplary law firms like Luis P. Guerra, LLC, there is a higher chance of obtaining a large settlement in accordance with what you deserve.
Which Spinal Cord Injuries Are the Most Serious?
All spinal cord injuries are serious, but injuries to the cervical spine are the most serious. The cervical spine is the top part of the spine that stretches from between the shoulder blades to the head. This area is well integrated into the brain and can therefore cause serious damage. If the cervical spine is damaged, the body below that area can be compromised as well. This may result in total paralysis, which can severely impact a person’s entire life.
What to Expect From Your Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
It is important to know what to expect as you vet potential spinal cord injury attorneys. This way you can be sure you are hiring the best legal representation for your unique case.
The most important part of your attorney-client relationship is communication. You should feel comfortable enough to speak freely with your attorney and trust that they will listen to you and believe what you are saying. Your spinal cord injury attorney will advocate for you in court, so it is important that they believe in your perspective. You will be in communication with them throughout the case.
It is important to review your finances with your attorney before you start working with them. This way, you know that you can afford their services throughout your case, which increases your chances of getting the settlement that you deserve.
Contact Luis P. Guerra, LLC
When it comes to spinal cord injuries, no team is better equipped to help you than Luis P. Guerra, LLC. Our extensive negotiation and litigation experience, combined with our dedication to examining every last detail of your case for useful information, allows us to provide the guidance you need to pursue justice for your injuries. In short, we will aggressively explore every legal option in our efforts to help you gain repayment for your painful losses.
Contact us online or call 602-381-8400 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your specific spinal cord injuries and learn how we can help you pursue compensation.
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I was badly injured in an accident at work. I hired a well-known attorney to represent me, but it wasn’t till Luis Guerra and his firm joined my case that things actually began to take off. Luis Guerra took my case personally and fought hard for me like I was family. I truly believe that if it wasn’t for him I would not have received the settlement that I did! He is an aggressive and HONEST attorney who will fight for what is right. His entire firm is filled with love and compassion for the victims. In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one is injured, I would HIGHLY recommend Luis Guerra.
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by Elizabeth H.
Mr. Luis Guerra is one of the most caring and compassionate people I have ever met. Thank God there are still people like him in the world. He carefully explained the entire process to me so I was aware at all times what was going to happen next.
The quality of representation we received was of the highest anyone could expect. It was a privilege to work with Luis and his staff. I am extremely grateful that I chose you to be our attorney. I am relieved that this matter has been concluded. Thank You for representing us. God Bless You.