Spinal Cord Injury Attorney in Winter Park
Spinal cord injuries can be extremely severe, and can result in life-changing issues such as paralysis or loss of function below the injury. A spinal cord injury comes from a direct injury to the actual spinal cord (the bones that make up the spinal cord) or the nerve bundle, tissues, and blood vessels that run along the spinal cord. When a spinal cord injury occurs, the victim loses the ability to control their own body, meaning that the impact is felt across their entire network of friends, family, and coworkers.
If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury in Winter Park, contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation about your options for a personal injury lawsuit. If the injuries are the result of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, malice, or malpractice, there is no reason that you and your family should have to bear the financial burden. Someone else’s actions caused these problems, and we will work to make it right in the ways we are able to. Read more below about spinal cord injury lawsuits, and contact us immediately.
What Is a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury is any damage done to the spinal cord or the associated nerves. In many cases, a spinal cord injury causes permanent damages such as paralysis, reduced strength or mobility, loss of sensation, and other abilities to function properly below the site of the injury.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can occur in many different situations, but here are some common accidents that can cause them:
- Car accidents
- Slip and fall
- Motorcycle accidents
- DUI-related accidents
- Medical malpractice
The injury occurs when there is damage done to vertebrae, ligaments, the nerve bundle, disks, or the actual spinal cord. This can happen from impact, compression, gunshots or knife wounds, or a medical mistake that severs an important connection.
What To Do After a Spinal Cord Injury
After a spinal cord injury, the effects may not be immediate. If you have any concern that your spine has been injured, seek medical attention immediately.
After an Accident
If you suspect that you or someone you are with has injured their spine, never move the victim, as this can cause more damage than has already occurred. Contact 911 immediately, and let them know that you believe there is a spinal cord injury. While you are waiting for emergency responders, keep the victim calm, and attempt to stabilize their head and neck with towels, jackets, or anything else that keeps them extremely still.
Since spinal injuries might not be immediately obvious, it is important that you assess the situation and determine if there are any risks of a spine injury. In addition, be certain to determine the likelihood of a brain injury or other head trauma, as each of these injuries can be equally hard to recognize in the immediate aftermath of an accident, but can cause severe and lifelong issues.
Following the immediate treatment and recovery from the spinal cord injury, the next thing to do is to begin to understand your legal rights. If you believe that the accident was the result of someone else’s actions, then there may be legal recourse for financial compensation.
In many cases, you will be directed to an insurance representative, who will take in the details of the incident, and return to you with a settlement offer that is meant to cover the costs of your injuries. NEVER accept this offer. An insurance company’s first order of business is to limit payments to the absolute minimum amount necessary — your situation will be no different. When you accept a payment, you will be required to sign a document that waives your future ability to seek additional damages from their client.
Contact Abercrombie P.A. As Soon As Possible
Before you go any further with insurance adjusters or worrying about your medical bills and recovery expenses, speak with our team to get a better sense of your options. Whether you are dealing with a worker’s compensation claim, an insurance adjuster, or any other situation, we will help you navigate this process so that you can focus on recovery with as little additional stress as possible.
During our free initial consultation, we will discuss the accident that caused your injuries, the impact that it has had on your life, and the circumstances that led to this life-changing situation. We will also take the opportunity to explain to you how we will work on your behalf, either through direct negotiations or through civil litigation.