The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) states that 17,000 new spinal cord injury (SCI) cases arise in the U.S. every year. Many of these incidents are the result of negligence.
If you were involved in a car accident and suffered a spinal injury, you could retain the help of a lawyer. Bressman Law can help you fight for fair compensation. Call us at (614) 538-1116 to learn more about how a Cincinnati spinal injury lawyer can help you.
Information You Should Know About SCIs
Complete SCIs paralyze a person below the injury site. An incomplete SCI does not eliminate function below the point of trauma.
Some symptoms of an SCI include:
- Pain in the neck, back, or head
- Tingling in the extremities
- Lumps on the spine or head
- Diminished function in the extremities
- Impaired breathing
You might need to have your spine realigned or undergo surgery to address problems related to your SCI (such as a blood clot). You will have to find a way to pay for such treatment. One way to do this is to file an insurance claim or lawsuit against the responsible party.
For a free legal consultation with a spinal injury attorney in Cincinnati, call (614) 538-1116
Compensation You Could Recover After Suffering a Spinal Injury
If your spinal injury is due to an accident, you could file an insurance claim to seek coverage for your accident-related losses.
Some compensable losses in your case may include:
- Lost wages
- Medical care
- Childcare services while you are recovering
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage costs, if your vehicle or other property was damaged due to the accident
A spinal injury could change your life forever. You might be able to seek the cost of additional damages, like the loss of a limb or loss of consortium. Dial (614) 538-1116 to tell your story to a representative at Bressman Law.
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Compensation in a Wrongful Death Case
You might be able to file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit if your family member passed away after they suffered a spinal injury. Only a personal representative of the decedent’s estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit, per Ohio Revised Code Section 2125.01.
See how a Cincinnati spinal injury lawyer at Bressman Law can help you fight for compensation.
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We Will Prove How Another Party’s Negligence Harmed You
There is a chance that someone else could be responsible for your spinal injury. Your lawyer will pursue damages from this party’s insurance company (or from the at-fault party themselves if their insurer does not want to extend a settlement offer).
To prove negligence in your SCI case, we will need to:
- Show that the other party owed you a duty of care
- Show that the other party violated this duty
- Show that this violation led to your spinal injury
- Show that your injury caused financial losses
Your legal team will need to gather evidence to show how the at-fault party’s actions hurt you. If they are successful in their endeavors, you could recover compensation through an insurance settlement or court award.
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We Will Need to Prove Your SCI
Mayo Clinic reports that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of SCIs throughout the nation. These incidents account for nearly half of all SCI cases a year.
We will need to gather proof to demonstrate how your accident happened. We will first review the evidence that is already on-hand, like the police report.
If we still need evidence to verify your case, then we can:
- Examine your medical records
- Talk to your healthcare team about your injuries
- Consult with accident reconstruction specialists about how your accident happened
- Subpoena traffic camera footage
- Interview witnesses
- Review photos of your vehicle’s damage and your injuries
We do not want you, as the injured claimant, to worry about the evidence collection process. Let our team do that for you. We only want you to focus on getting better.
We Work on a Contingency-Fee Basis
At Bressman Law, we offer our help on a contingency-fee basis. This payment structure allows us to work on your case without requesting anything upfront for our help. We do not charge hourly rates or retainers. You only pay us for our time and efforts if your case is successful, and even then, payment for our legal aid comes out of your settlement.
You can ask us more about contingency-fee-based representation when you call us today.
How Your Spinal Injury Case Might Progress
Your lawyer will begin your fight for compensation by valuating your damages and sending a demand letter to the insurance company. If the insurer agrees to pay you, it will do so. However, some insurance companies do not want to pay out claims because this hurts their profit margins. The claims adjuster may be difficult and deny you compensation.
Your Cincinnati spinal injury lawyer will negotiate with the insurance company in order to secure a settlement. If the insurer does not agree to compensate you fairly, we can file a lawsuit. Your lawyer will continue to negotiate before the court date. If your case reaches the courtroom, your attorney will stand by you and argue for an award.
What You Need to Know About Bressman Law
Our team has over 30 years of experience when it comes to serving injured Ohioans. We are familiar with the legal process and the laws that might be relevant to your case. We have won hundreds of thousands of dollars for our clients. We also offer all prospective clients a free consultation.
Call us today to talk about hiring a Cincinnati spinal injury lawyer. Dial (614) 538-1116 so we can get started on your case. You only have a limited time to take legal action under Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10.