Back Injuries and Lawsuits

Injuries to your back, specifically the spinal cord, can be devastating and lifelong. The financial costs for treatment, rehabilitation, and supportive devices and services can be enormous. If your spinal cord was injured in an accident, you may be eligible for compensation from the responsible party.

Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerve tissue and cells that acts like a high speed superhighway for messages between your brain and almost all parts of your body. An injury can often cause permanent changes to your "strength, sensation and other body functions" (Mayo Clinic).

The highest percentages of spinal cord injuries occur in car accidents (+40%) with falls causing the next largest number at +25%. Acts of violence are responsible for 15% of traumatic injury to the spinal cord, and sports related activities account for 8% (Mayo Clinic).

In order to pursue a lawsuit, your spinal cord injury must have been caused by negligence or a defective product. In the first instance, you will have to prove that the defendant, or other party, is legally responsible for the injury. In the second, you may be able to file a claim against several parties for the design, manufacture and/or distribution of a defective or dangerous product.

There are complex medical and legal issues for this type of serious personal injury. Also, the damages, or monetary compensation, that you seek should consider the life-altering and often permanent condition of spinal cord injuries. Please contact our office for a free consultation.

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