Spinal Cord Injuries
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, more than 17,700 Americans sustain injury to the spinal cord every year—and
approximately 291,000 people in the U.S. are currently living with the
long-term effects of a spinal cord injury. Even more devastating than
these numbers is the fact that most of those who suffer were injured through
no fault of their own. Oftentimes, these injuries are sustained on the
job, in a car collision, after a fall, or while playing sports; and when
they happen, victims’ lives are changed forever.
Legal and medical experts alike agree that the catastrophic nature of spinal
cord injuries requires long-term, life care planning to account for the
lifetime of medical and rehabilitative needs that will follow. Whether
your injury is complete or partial, symptoms such as loss of movement,
loss of bladder/bowel control, altered sensations, or total paralysis
will need immediate and ongoing attention. This can be costly, time-consuming,
and both physically and mentally exhausting.
To account for the costs of a spinal cord injury (both financially and
emotionally), you can file a lawsuit for damages, including but not limited to:
Medical bills and rehabilitative costs: From hospital bills to prescription drugs to ongoing physical rehabilitation,
you can be compensated for the medical expenses of a spinal cord injury.
Current and future lost wages: You can be compensated for any time spent away from work, whether during
the initial recovery period or due to the fact that you can no longer
perform the same job duties, thus reducing your earning capacity.
Pain and suffering: The long-lasting physical and emotional pain of a spinal cord injury can
result in emotional distress that can be compensated as monetary damages.
According to data from the
American Burn Association (ABA), 486,000 burn injuries were medically treated in 2016.
Burn injury cases may include instances of fires, chemical burns, or electrical
burns. Injuries can range in severity from first-degree burns (which present
symptoms such as red, inflamed skin) to fourth-degree burns that damage
each layer of skin and can reach the tissue and bones underneath. A burn
injury victim may sustain permanent damage to the skin which can include
scars and the loss of feeling in the area due to nerve damage.
The victims of catastrophic burn injuries may be entitled to compensation
for damages including medical bills, lost wages, and transportation expenses.
Non-economic damages may include pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Our legal team represents burn injury victims in the pursuit of compensation
for both financial and non-economic damages.
Because burns can result from many different incidents (such as car accidents,
truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, construction site accidents, or
defective and dangerous products), the legal processes involved in filing
a claim can vary greatly between cases. There are a lot of parties who
could be liable in a burn injury case — a driver, employer, or product
manufacturer are just some examples. Additionally, burn injury claims
could be subject to different statutes of limitations depending on the
type of case that is involved.