If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury resulting from the negligence of another party, you should get in touch with a Jersey City spinal cord injury lawyer.
The Jersey City personal injury attorneys at Rosengard Law Group, have seen the devastation that a spinal cord injury can cause upfront. Spinal cord injuries almost always have permanent effects on the body’s functions as well as the victim’s life. They also often result in hefty medical expenses and long term treatments and sometimes care.
We have successfully represented various spinal cord injury victims and their families for years. We are dedicated to fighting to recover maximum compensation for our clients. We will fight for you to recover maximum compensation for your injuries as well as other damages. We will set you on the road to getting your life back on track.
Contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced Jersey City Spinal cord injury lawyer.
Our Jersey City Spinal Cord InjurY Lawyers Have Seen These Common Causes
Spinal cord injuries often occur as a result of an impact on the spinal cord or a great force moving the spinal column suddenly. Our Jersey City spinal cord injury attorneys have worked with spinal cord injury victims injured in:
Car accidents are one of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries. About 50 percent of spinal cord injuries reported in the country result from these types of accidents. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, please see our Jersey City car accident lawyer page.
Slip and fall accidents
Slip and fall accidents can result in spinal cord injuries when people land on their backs. They commonly cause spinal cord injuries affecting the lower back region.
Unlike drivers in a car, motorcycle riders have little to no protection for their bodies. Their bodies take the full impact of a collision. Many motorcycle accidents result in serious spinal cord injuries.
Diving can cause a spinal cord injury if the victim dived in a shallow pool or missed the pool when diving. This can result in a serious impact to the head. The force may be transferred to the neck and back resulting in a spinal cord injury.
Physical altercations involving punching, kicking, shooting and other types of assault can result in injury to the back. This can result in spinal cord injuries.
Spinal cord injuries can occur when a heavy object falls or strikes the neck, head or back of the victim. The vertebrae of the spine can be crushed as a result of the impact.
Medical malpractice may include surgical errors or the use of defective devices that can result in spinal cord injuries.
Sporting activities that involve a lot of physical impacts can result in spinal cord injuries. These include sports such as rugby, football, and wrestling.
Just like a motorcycle rider, bike riders don’t have any physical protection from the impact of a car in a collision. The impact is therefore likely to cause serious injury.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are various types of spinal cord injuries. Our Jersey City spinal cord injury attorneys will fight to recover maximum compensation for you no matter what type of injury you’ve suffered.
We’ve represented victims:
Complete spinal cord injuries
These are spinal cord injuries that result in the complete loss of function below the level at which the injury occurred. A person with a complete spinal cord injury has no feeling in the body below the point of injury.
Incomplete spinal cord injuries
These are injuries that result in the loss of some sensation or feeling below the level at which the injury occurred. A person with an incomplete injury will have some feeling or sensation. However, the level of function will vary depending on the extent of damage to the spinal cord.
We have successfully represented spinal cord injury victims with:
Cervical spinal cord injuries
These are injuries that affect the spinal cord at the level of the neck. Serious injuries can result in quadriplegia. This condition is characterized by weakness or paralysis in both legs and arms. These injuries typically affect all parts of the body below the neck.
Cervical injuries may result in numbness in the body, dysfunction of the bowel, bladder and sexual functions as well as breathing problems.
Thoracic spinal cord injuries
These injuries aren’t very common as the rib cage provides some level of protection for the thoracic spine. When these injuries occur they often result in paraplegia. This is a condition characterized by paralysis in the legs. They may also cause numbness in the legs, sexual dysfunction and loss of bladder and bowel control. These injuries often do not affect the arms or hands.
Lumbar spinal cord injuries
These injuries affect the lower back area. They often result in paraplegia. Victims may also experience loss of bowel and bladder control as well as sexual dysfunction. These injuries often do not affect the hands, arms or shoulders.
Sacral spinal cord injuries
These affect the tail bone. They may result in loss of bowel or bladder function as well as sexual dysfunction. In severe cases, the injuries can cause paralysis or weakness in the hips and the legs.
Common Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injuries
If you’ve been injured in an accident, it is important to seek medical assistance right away. While many victims of spinal cord injuries begin to feel the effects of the trauma right away, others may begin to feel the symptoms several hours or even days later. Visiting a hospital to have a medical examination will help to identify any issues and ensure you get the treatment you need as soon as possible.
The most common symptoms of spinal cord injuries include:
- Difficulties in breathing
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Loss of sensation to temperature, pain or pressure
- Involuntary muscle spasms or movements
- A burning sensation
- Inability to move body parts or difficulty in moving limbs.
If you’ve experienced any of the symptoms listed above, seek professional medical assistance right away. You should then get in touch with us to speak to a Jersey City spinal cord injury attorney. We’ll fight to recover the compensation that is rightly yours.
Will Your Jersey City Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Sue for Damages?
Many spinal cord injury victims and their families are unsure as to whether they have the legal right to claim compensation for the injuries. In many cases, the answer to this question is a resounding yes.
Our Jersey City spinal cord injury attorneys offer a free consultation to evaluate spinal cord injury cases. We will evaluate your case to establish that:
Your injuries were caused by negligence
Most lawsuits for spinal cord injuries are based on the theory of negligence. This means that the injuries were a result of an accident caused by the negligence of another party.
We will seek evidence to prove that the other party had a duty of care towards you and that the accident was a result of a breach of this care.
We will show that the injuries sustained were a direct result of the accident and that the at-fault party should, therefore, be held liable.
Your injuries were caused by the use of a defective product
Some spinal cord injuries are caused as a result of the use of a dangerous or defective product. For example, faulty airbags or seatbelts may result in the injuries sustained during a car accident being worse than they would have if these products were functioning as they ought to.
These cases are often more complex.
Our experienced attorneys will work to establish fault and fight for compensation from the manufacturer, distributor or retailer of the defective product.
Common Spinal Cord Injury Defenses
In many cases, compensation for spinal cord injuries is not obtained without a fight. Defendants will often try to find ways to get out of paying compensation for the injuries. Our Jersey City spinal cord injury lawyers are familiar with the many different defenses used by defendants. We’ll fight to ensure that your right to compensation is protected.
Common defenses in spinal cord injury cases include:
Comparative or contributory negligence
New Jersey is a comparative law state. This means that defendants can argue that you were partially responsible for the accident that caused the injuries. For example, if you were walking and texting when you were hit by a vehicle, the defendant may argue that you were careless and this also contributed to the accident.
If the court finds that you contributed to the accident, your compensation will be reduced in proportion to your contribution to the accident. For example, if the court finds you to be 20 percent responsible for the accident, you will only receive 80 percent of the full compensation.
Assumption of risk
Defendants may also argue that you were involved in an activity that was dangerous when you were injured. This may include activities such as skiing, sky diving, bungee jumping and more. Your choice to engage in these activities put you at risk. The defendant may, therefore, argue that you are not entitled to compensation as a result.
Cost of Spinal Cord Injuries
The costs of treating and managing spinal cord injuries can be enormous. Many victims of spinal cord injuries suffer long term effects including disabilities that interfere with their ability to return to work or seek alternative employment.
Medical costs for spinal cord injuries can amount to more than $100,000 in the first year. Many victims of these injuries are required to spend time recovering at rehabilitation centers. This can be very expensive. In many cases, victims have to learn to adjust to living with the impairments resulting from the injury.
This may mean long term care or assistance for some.
Costs associated with the long term treatment and care of spinal cord injury victims include:
- Medical equipment including adaptation of vehicles and living spaces
- Medical supplies
- Physical therapy
- In-home assistance
What Does a Jersey City Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Cost?
Many victims of spinal cord injuries shy away from seeking professional legal representation. They believe that it would be too expensive. This would put even further strain on their already stretched finances.
At Rosengard Law Group, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to access high quality legal representation. Our Jersey City spinal cord injury lawyers provide legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not be charged any upfront fees. Our fees are charged as a percentage of the compensation you receive.
We offer a free consultation to victims of spinal cord injuries. You will be under no obligation to hire us after the consultation. You get the privilege of having your case evaluated by a professional and experienced attorney at absolutely no fee.
Our clients gain access to our extensive network and resources. We will investigate your claim and build a strong case for you. You will increase your chances of recovering compensation by choosing our law firm.
You don’t have to worry about the cost of legal fees if we lose the case either.
Don’t suffer in silence. If you’ve been injured as a result of the negligence of another party, we can fight to get you compensation for your injuries at no cost to you.
Talk to a Jersey City Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
There’s a good chance that you’re facing significant medical bills as a result of your spinal cord injury in addition to the trauma of dealing with the pain and suffering caused by your injury. Our Jersey City spinal cord injury attorneys will provide you with the legal support you need to recover the compensation that is rightly yours.
We will help you investigate the circumstances of your case and establish fault. We will advise and represent you in communications, negotiations, and litigation. You can focus on recovery and getting your life back on track.
Our New Jersey spinal cord injury attorneys are experienced and knowledgeable. We’re committed to fighting for our clients to the very end. Contact us today to book an appointment for a free consultation with an attorney.