Suffering a spinal injury completely changes your life. Don’t get stuck with the costs if someone else is responsible for your accident. Contact a Chicago spine injury attorney who can help you obtain the compensation you need to cover your damages.
Injuries to the spine can have a devastating impact on your life. Many spinal injuries result in paralysis, which means learning how to live your life in an entirely new way. With years of recovery ahead, you don’t need the burden of financial insecurity on your shoulders.
The person or people liable for your injuries should not go unpunished. If their negligence or misconduct caused an accident that led to your spinal injury, they should be held accountable and cover the total extent of your losses. To begin the process of filing a personal injury claim, seek the assistance of a Chicago spinal injury lawyer at Lane & Lane, LLC today.
Examples of Spine Injuries
The spinal cord consists of five regions: the uppermost portion of the cervical spine of vertebrae (vertebrae C1 through C8), the thoracic spine of vertebrae (T1 to T12), the lumbar spine of the lower back (L1 to L5), the sacral spine made up of the nerve roots of the vertebrae, and the coccyx region, where the tailbone is located.
Damage to the spinal cord can be either complete, in which the cord is severed and total paralysis results, or incomplete, in which the patient may be able to regain some function. In addition to complete or partial paralysis, other ways the spine can be injured include damage to the nerves, discs, and muscles of the back.
The symptoms and effects of these injuries can manifest in various ways, depending on which area of the spinal cord has been impacted. For example, sacral spine injuries can affect a victim’s ability to control his or her bladder and bowels, as well as the strength of the hips and legs.
Other signs of a spinal cord injury include muscle pain, headaches, difficulty breathing, pneumonia, and problems with fertility and sexual function. Your spinal injury lawyer in Chicago will work closely with your doctors to determine the exact nature of your injuries. That way, we can make sure all the facts are straight in your claim for compensation.
Accidents That Cause Injury to the Spine
Almost any serious accident is capable of causing severe damage to the spinal cord. In Chicago, motor vehicle accidents are probably the most common. The massive size of the other vehicle can cause debilitating back injuries for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists, who tend to endure some of the worst spinal injuries in motor vehicle accidents.
Many other types of accidents can cause spinal cord injuries, including mistreatment by a medical professional, slip-and-fall accidents, malfunctioning products, incidents that occur at work, and dog attacks.
The kind of accident you were involved in will largely determine the way in which your Chicago spine injury attorney investigates your accident.
For example, medical malpractice cases can require interviewing anyone who was involved in your treatment or care, while defective product cases can involve obtaining safety inspection reports and interviews with anyone involved in the chain of distribution of the product that injured you.
Collect Compensation for Your Losses
The individual or institution deemed liable for your accident—and therefore your spine injuries—should be responsible for covering the costs you’ve incurred and the losses you sustained as a result of your spinal injury.
The amount we are able to recover will depend on the areas of your life that have been most impacted by the damage of your back injury. When we calculate the value of your Chicago spinal injury claim, we will assess the extent of the following losses, among others:
- Loss of income
- Loss of earning potential
- Medical equipment
- Cost of your hospital stay
- Costs of prescription medications
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Physical and occupational therapy
Once we have determined what your claim is worth, we will begin negotiations with the appropriate insurance company or negligent party. If the other side fails to make a reasonable settlement offer, we are prepared to bring your personal injury claim in front of a judge and jury to get you the compensation you deserve.
Speak with a Chicago Spinal Injury Attorney
If you have experienced a spinal cord injury at the hands of someone else, you shouldn’t have to worry about the mounting costs while you’re in the middle of a lengthy recovery. Your attorney at Lane & Lane, LLC will deal with the specifics of your claim to ensure that the person or people liable for your accident compensate you accordingly.
You can schedule your free consultation with a Chicago spinal injury lawyer today by filling out the contact form we’ve provided below or giving our office a call at 312-332-1400.