Spinal cord injuries can result from a variety of different accidents from a car accident, a fall, a swimming pool accident, or some other cause. Any time an individual suffers a spinal cord injury, the impact on the victim and their families is devastating. The lifetime medical costs associated with spinal injuries can be enormous and life-altering. With the help of the aggressive personal injury law firm of Marin and Barrett, Inc. you and your family can get justice and maximum compensation for your catastrophic injury that can allow you to live a happy and fulfilling life.
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If you believe that your spinal cord injury‚ or that of your loved one‚ was caused by another person’s or party’s negligence‚ you may be able to hold them liable and obtain compensation to help offset past and future expenses associated with the injury. The Rhode Island spinal cord injury attorneys at the Marin and Barrett, Inc. is both compassionate and aggressive when it comes to supporting our clients and holding reckless parties accountable. Contact us today for a free, no obligation case consultation and evaluation.
At Marin and Barrett, Inc., our lawyers have the skills and knowledge to help you during this difficult time. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury in Rhode Island and would like to learn more about how a Rhode Island personal injury lawyer can help you with your case, give our office a call at 401-298-9116 to schedule your initial consultation.
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WHY SHOULD I HIRE A RHODE ISLAND PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY?
Coping with a spinal cord injury means learning new ways to manage day-to-day activities and maintain overall health. This typically requires the assistance of experienced medical professionals and extensive medical attention. The road to recovery after a traumatic accident can be long, tiresome, and expensive. You will need to focus all of your time and energy on getting recovering.
While you can pursue compensation on your own, it’s best to let an experienced attorney handle your personal injury case. Here’s why:
- You simply may not have the time and energy needed to navigate a complex spinal cord personal injury case;
- Others will be quick to shift blame for the accident to you, which can hurt your personal injury case and leave you doubting the merits of your own case;
- It’s hard to know what your case is worth without the input and analysis of expert witnesses who are trained to evaluate case value;
- More than one person may be responsible for your spine injury and the law may apportion fault in unique ways;
- The insurance company will fight you every step of the way and do everything they can to limit your financial recovery.
At Marin and Barrett, Inc., our top-rated Rhode Island personal injury lawyers understand that a spine injury can change your life forever. We have the experience and resources that are necessary to fight the insurance company and help you obtain a fair settlement and fair compensation for your severe injuries. Call us today to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation at 401-298-9116.
What Are Spinal Cord Injuries?
Unlike other types of injuries, spinal cord injuries are typically the most severe and debilitating injuries an individual can sustain. Those who suffer damage to the this type of injury often face partial or total paralysis and significant loss of bodily function; the damage is not only severe but is typically irreversible.
The spine is a series of small bones called vertebrae that run from the brain stem all the way to the pelvis and is divided into three regions: the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar. Like most other injuries, the severity and extent of the damage largely depends on the degree and the location of the injury. For instance, injuries to the lower spine (thoracic or lumbar region) can result in paraplegia, or permanent paralysis of the lower body. Injuries to the upper spine, neck, and skull (cervical region) can lead to quadriplegia (full paralysis). In addition to physical paralysis, spinal cord injuries can also cause respiratory problems due to injury or paralysis to the diaphragm.
There are many causes of spinal cord injuries and thousands of Americans suffer these debilitating and tragic injuries every year, and the pain, anguish, and loss of functionality can take an incredible toll on the victim and their loved ones for years.
WHAT ARE COMMON CAUSES OF SPINAL CORD INJURIES?
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center maintains a database of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries in the United States, including:
- Motor Vehicle accidents (39.3%) – including car, truck, motorcycle, ATV, boat, golf cart, bus, or pedestrian accidents.
- Falls (31.8%) – whether a slip and fall injury, a workplace accident, or falls from furniture, ladders, or stairs.
- Sports and Exercise injuries (8%) – such as contact sports, swimming or cycling, or exercise and weight training.
- Violence (13.5%) – such as fighting, assaults, or gunshots.
- Medical malpractice or surgical complications (4.3%)
While always tragic, which makes these injuries even worse is that oftentimes they are preventable. If another person or party’s negligent or reckless act caused the spinal cord injury, accident victims are legally entitled to seek justice and financial compensation from those responsible.
SYMPTOMS AND IMPAIRMENTS OF SPINAL CORD INJURIES
Victims of spinal cord injuries are often left to cope with a lifestyle that has irreparably changed for the worse. Having to deal with the loss of the use of your legs or your entire body is the most significant impairment imaginable. Even the simplest tasks that we all take for granted can seem insurmountable; bathing, eating, dressing, even breathing can oftentimes require professional assistance.
Victims may also experience issues with loss of bladder or bowel control requiring catheters or colostomy surgery; loss of sexual function; loss of sensation; a stinging sensation; and mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and emotional distress. In addition to the immediate physical impairments and limitations, spinal cord injury victims also deal with health complications in the long term, including heightened risk of respiratory problems, renal issues and kidney failure, and a heightened risk of infections, sores, and pneumonia.
WHAT TYPE OF COMPENSATION CAN I RECOVER FOR MY SPINAL CORD INJURY?
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury the costs and adjustments to day to day living can be unfathomable. The injured victim is likely going to require years of medical treatment and rehabilitation, a complete change in living accommodations, and immense pain, suffering, and loss of quality of life. These costs alone can often reach seven or even eight figures depending on the level and extent of your injuries.
If the injury is the result of an accident, or another person’s negligence or recklessness, the injured party may have a claim for financial compensation to pay for these costs. These damages may include:
- Economic Damages, such as tangible out of pocket costs which are often established with bills and invoices:
- Medical expenses, including past, present, and future physical therapy, occupation therapy, and rehabilitation costs;
- Costs of medical devices and modifications and accommodations to your home or vehicle;
- Costs of assistive devices;
- Expenses for in-home healthcare and household services; and
- Lost income or lost wages, as well as lost future earning potential;
- Non-Economic Damages, which include general intangible damages. These damages affect quality of life, but are oftentimes more significant, such as:
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of consortium or ability to fully enjoy your marriage;
- Cognitive disfunction;
- Mental trauma and anguish; and
- Punitive damages.
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Dozens of Rhode Islander’s suffer spinal cord injuries every year. If you or a loved one has been has suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligence or recklessness of another, you have the right to file a claim for financial compensation. Spinal cord injuries caused by the recklessness of negligence of another are tragic, the victim and their family not only have to deal with the pain and anguish of having their lives turned upside down but are also left having to pick up the pieces financially. If your spine injury is the result of medical negligence, you will need the assistance of a medical malpractice attorney to assist you through the legal process of filing a medical malpractice lawsuit to hold the at fault parties responsible for your injuries.
The money you recover can help to cover expensive medical bills, make up for lost income while you recover from your injuries, and compensate you for the emotional stress of your spinal cord accident and your injuries. Moreover, whether or not a spinal cord injury victims are fully able to cope with their injuries rests largely on whether they are able to make a full financial recovery to help cover the existing costs and pay for damages in the years to come.
This is why it is vital to have an experienced, capable, and compassionate team of attorneys on your side. At Marin & Barrett, Inc., we stand committed to ensuring that you and your family receive the compensation and the justice you deserve. Our team of Rhode Island spinal cord injury lawyers has seen first-hand how this type of an accident can turn your life upside-down and leave you with a permanent disability. We’re here to help you assert your legal rights, help you get the medical care you need, and recover the financial compensation you deserve. Call us 24/7 at 401-298-9116 to speak with a spinal cord injury attorney and receive free, no obligation case review and consultation.
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HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH MY SPINAL CORD INJURY CASE?
First thing is first, be sure to get the medical attention you need. Once you do that, the bills will start pouring in and the expenses add up in a hurry. Realistically, you’ll want to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The evidence you may need is often the freshest shortly after the accident, and you can rest assured that the party or parties responsible for your injuries will be gearing up for their own legal fight and you will not want to be left behind.