If you have suffered an injury to your spinal cord, it is imperative that you seek aggressive legal representation from a New Jersey spinal cord injury attorney. Spinal cord injuries are often very complex injuries that require the expertise of an attorney to negotiate a full and fair settlement for your losses.
Spinal cord injuries can be life-changing. Minor injuries to the spinal cord can have significant long-term effects on the victim. Catastrophic injuries can leave a person paralyzed. Injuries that fall between these two categories can leave victims facing issues such as loss of bodily functions or control and debilitating pain from the nerve damage.
If you or your loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligent act of another person or business, SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION today. Our compassionate New Jersey spinal cord injury attorneys will review your case and explain to you your rights under state law to seek compensation.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
According to research at the Mayo Clinic, the most common reason for a spinal cord injury to occur is from a car accident. The second most common reason is falling, especially in those age 65 or older. The third most common reason for spinal cord injuries is acts of violence, with sporting injuries coming in at nearly a tie for third place.
Traumatic spinal cord injuries are usually the result of sudden traumatic impact to the spine. The impact often causes one or more vertebrae to crush, fracture, dislocate or otherwise compress the spinal column. All of these injuries can result in damage or severing of the spinal cord.
The spinal cord is a bundle of soft tissue that encases the central nervous system. The spinal cord is connected directly to the brain at the base of the neck and is protected by the vertebrae in the spine. Nerves extend outwards from the spinal column to every area of the body.
When a vertebra is injured or destroyed, it can cause the nerves to be damaged or severed. The corresponding nerves below the injury area are affected. These injuries are most often permanent.
It is very important to seek immediate medical care for any potential injury to your spine. Many spine injuries will cause swelling or bleeding over a period which can directly impact your spinal cord.
What Damages Will My Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Claim?
Injury victims have the right to seek economic and non-economic damages from the person or entity responsible for their injuries. Your personal injury attorney will explain to you exactly what types of compensation you are entitled to based on your case. All cases are different, and some types of compensation may not apply.
Rosengard Law Group NJ injury attorneys will also let you know if there are additional forms of compensation available that are not listed below.
All of the wages you have lost since the accident happened will be included in this portion of the economic damages. This will include the actual wages that you would have earned as well as any additional employer paid benefits you may have received such as retirement contributions, health insurance premiums and profit sharing. This amount will be based on your earnings before the accident.
Future Earning Capacity
If you are going to be out of work for an extended period, or if you cannot return to your employment, the responsible party must compensate you for your lost future wages and earning capacity. This figure will be based on your age and your current earnings.
All medical care that is directly connected to the injuries from your accident will be covered in this portion of the settlement. This includes everything from the initial trip to the emergency room to any care you are currently receiving. You will also have additional expenses covered such as the cost of buying supplies for home use, cost of over-the-counter medications recommended by your doctor, transportation costs to medical visits or therapy sessions and mileage.
Future Medical Care
If your spinal injury requires you to have future treatments, on-going treatments or lifetime care, your attorney will include these costs in your compensation package. Your attorney will work with medical professionals to determine an estimate of what care is needed and the associated costs.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is a non-economic form of compensation. Pain and suffering are determined with each case based on the impact the injury has had on your life and the potential for a full recovery. Your attorney is going to come up with a figure after speaking with you and your medical care providers about your case and injuries. They will then use their working knowledge of these types of cases and come up with a figure that is fair for compensation.
The emotional pain and stress of being involved in an accident and having your entire life changed must also be addressed in a compensation case. Much like pain and suffering, your attorney is going to work with professionals and the injury victim to determine the emotional impact of the injury.
Loss of Consortium and Companionship
If your injuries have changed the way that you can interact with your spouse physically, your attorney will seek damages on behalf of you and separately for your spouse, for loss of consortium and companionship.
In some rare cases, the court will approve punitive damages to an injury case. These damages are generally used by the court as a form of punishment to the negligent party. The court will only award these when they feel the negligent act was done intentionally or with malice. In some cases, the court will award these damages if the injury was caused by someone operating under the influence.
How Will A NJ Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Determine The Value Of My Case?
Determining what to ask for as compensation for any injury is a complex process. Your New Jersey spinal cord injury attorney is going to use the following tools to come to a fair settlement amount:
- Medical records. Your attorney is going to evaluate medical records and doctor recommendations about your injury. They will work closely with medical professionals to determine costs for services both now and in the future. They will also use these records to determine your maximum medical improvement rating.
- Financial records. Paystubs and other financial records will be gathered by your attorney t determine what types of financial losses you have endured as an injury victim.
- Databases and public records. Your attorney will seek as much information as possible to determine the value of all economic and non-economic damages. They will gather this evidence to use during the negotiations process.
Once your attorney has gathered enough information to create a settlement offer, they will begin the negotiations process with the insurance company covering the event. During this process, the attorney will not allow the insurance company to undervalue your claim or deny any form of compensation you are entitled to under the law. If necessary, your attorney will take the case to trial to secure a full compensation package.
How Much Does A New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Cost?
THERE IS NEVER A FEE UNTIL WE WIN. We will not charge any legal fees to your case until we have won. This is the best way to make sure that everyone has access to high-quality legal representation when they are injured.
Our law firm works on a contingency basis. If we do not win your case, you do not pay for our services. It is just that simple. One your case has settled; we will deduct our fees from your settlement amount. You do not have to worry about paying for an attorney – we’ve got you covered.
Contact Our Law Firm Today
SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION TODAY! We encourage anyone who has been injured not to delay securing legal representation for their compensation claim. The Statute of Limitations does apply to all injury cases, and if you delay, you could miss your opportunity to make a claim.
In most cases, the Statute of Limitations starts at the moment the accident occurs and lasts for a 24 month period. However, there are instances where you may have less time to make a NJ personal injury claim. Avoid this issue by speaking with an attorney as soon as possible after the event.
We understand that your injuries may be very serious and traveling to an appointment is difficult, so we have made it possible to come to you. We will come to your home or anywhere that you request so that we can provide you with the information you need to secure your compensation.
There is NO OBLIGATION when you have your free consultation. We encourage you to protect your right to claim compensation by scheduling an appointment with a New Jersey spinal cord injury lawyer today.