Your spinal cord injury has changed your life—or the life of a loved one. It is hard for you to think that the person responsible for the diminished life you now experience has not been held accountable for this traumatic injury.

The legal team at Zanes Law knows you did not deserve to be dealt this hand, and our spinal cord injury lawyers in Phoenix are ready to fight for justice in your name.

We will do everything from A to Z to champion your case, working compassionately and aggressively to see that you recover damages for this life-altering injury. Call us for a free legal consultation at 602-999-9999.

Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries

Mayo Clinic defines a spinal cord injury as “damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal.”

Although researchers anticipate that science will one day be able to fix spinal cord injuries, that day has yet to come. Meanwhile, advances in rehab and treatments are helping spinal cord injury victims to work as best as they can with their injuries and lead more fulfilling lives.

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Types of spinal cord injuries are classified according to “the completeness” of the injury.

  • Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury – You have retained some motor or sensory function below the affected area.
  • Complete – You have lost all sensation and motor function control below the spinal cord injury.

When a spinal cord injury results in paralysis, it, too, is classified according to the severity of the condition.

  • Paraplegia is a paralysis of all or portions of the legs, pelvic organs, and trunk.
  • Tetraplegia is paralysis of your trunk, hands, arms, pelvic organs, and legs.

When to See a Doctor if You Suspect a Possible Spinal Cord Injury

If you or a loved one sustained a forceful blow to the head or neck, you must see a medical professional right away to check for possible spinal injury.

We say this because we know that spinal cord injuries do not often present recognizable symptoms immediately following the trauma that caused them.

You might not experience numbness or paralysis until a while afterward—a gradual manifestation resulting from swelling or bleeding in the spinal cord area.

If it turns out you have sustained a spinal cord injury, timing is everything. The sooner you are treated, the better your chances to recover, at least partially, and minimize complications.

Also, the sooner after the injury that a medical practitioner evaluates you, the more strongly he or she can tie your injury to the negligent behavior of the person at fault. This connection can serve as strong evidence in establishing liability for your damages.

Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can result from a wide range of causes.

  • Car accidents are the primary cause of spinal cord injuries (50 percent).
  • Falls, for people older than 65, is the leading cause of spinal cord injuries (15 percent)
  • Violence, including stabbings and shootings, accounts for 12 percent of spinal cord injuries.
  • Sports, especially diving and contact sports cause 10 percent of spinal cord injuries.

In each of the above scenarios, a spinal cord injury can probably be linked to a person’s negligence. If this person had a duty, even by social contract, to prevent you from harm or injury, he or she might be liable for the damages brought on by your injury.

Identifying Fault and Liability for Your Spinal Cord Injury

Personal injury law determines negligence, fault, and liability by considering a four-step, common-sense formula:

  1. Did someone (a driver sharing the road with you, a football team coach, restaurant manager, etc.) have a duty to take reasonable steps to keep you from harm?
  1. Did this person fail in this duty?
  1. Did this failure result in your being injured (via a car accident, an injury on the field, a slip and fall)?
  1. Have you suffered damages as a result (your spinal cord injury and all the financial, professional, and emotional damages that accompany it)?

Walking through the above steps is a job the Zanes Law team tackles. It is a critical, foundational level in establishing negligence and building your case.

What a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer in Phoenix Will Do for Your Spinal Cord Injury

Establishing fault and liability may be an important building block for your case, but it is far from all that needs to happen to recover your damages. Zanes Law will do everything from A to Z to make this happen.

A spinal cord injury lawyer in Phoenix will:

  • Gather evidence from the scene of the incident that caused your spinal cord injury
  • Obtain medical records from your practitioner
  • Request official police reports, if appropriate
  • Document opinions from medical experts, economists, and vocational specialists
  • Have accident reconstruction specialists illustrate the most likely cause of the accident that led to your injury
  • Initiate a dialogue with the insurance company, putting forth your recovery demands, and negotiating for a fair settlement
  • File a lawsuit on your behalf if the insurer does not cooperate
  • Serve as your legal representation in court
  • Litigate your case on your behalf

Recoverable Damages for Your Spinal Cord Injury

Depending on the extent of your spinal cord injury, you might recover some of the following types of damages:

  • Diminished future potential earnings
  • Ambulance, helicopter, or other emergency transportation
  • Lost revenue stream (income, wages, etc.)
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Mental anguish
  • Rehab and/or therapy
  • Prescription meds
  • Replacement services
  • Pain management
  • Medical treatment
  • Pain and suffering

If a loved one passed away as a result of his or her spinal cord injury caused by another party’s negligence, you might be able to take wrongful death action.

Call Zanes Law to tell us about your spinal cord injury so we give you an idea of the possible damages you might recover.

Zanes Law Will Take Your Spinal Injury to Heart

Your spinal cord injury has brought you so much pain so you should not have to add the anxiety over finances to your already massive struggles. Let a spinal cord injury lawyer in Phoenix help you. Our law firm will do everything from A to Z to recover damages and take this anxiety away. Call us for a free case review at 602-999-9999.

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