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Palatka Spine Injury Lawyer
Spinal Cord Injuries in Putnam County
Spinal cord injuries are some of the most serious of all catastrophic injuries. Victims often suffer some degree of permanent impairment, whether chronic pain or paralysis. This can prevent them from being able to work, move around easily, or even care for themselves properly.
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we understand the immense impact spine injuries have on victims and their families. Our Palatka spine injury lawyers have helped numerous clients take on negligent individuals, corporations, and insurance companies and successfully recover the compensation they were owed. If you or your loved one suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else’s negligent or wrongful conduct, our team is ready to fight for you.
The Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury
The spinal cord houses the body’s central nervous system. As a result, any damage to this part of the body can lead to devastating complications, including severe pain, loss of motor function, loss of sensation, and loss of critical bodily functions. While spine injuries are classified as mild, moderate, or severe, any spine injury has the potential to completely alter the victim’s life.
Common spine injuries and related conditions include:
- Herniated, ruptured, or slipped discs
- Paraplegia (paralysis from the waist down)
- Impaired arm/hand function
- Impaired leg/feet function
- Loss of bladder/bowel control
- Nerve damage
- Partial immobility
- Quadriplegia/tetraplegia (paralysis from the neck down)
The location of the injury, as well as its severity, will play a large role in what types of effects the victim experiences. Additionally, the victim is likely to experience different complications based on whether they have sustained a complete or incomplete spinal cord injury. In general, complete spinal cord injuries tend to be more serious and result in more permanent complications; incomplete spinal cord injuries may still result in significant consequences, but victims are more likely to partially or fully recover.
What Are the Leading Causes of Spine Injuries?
Spine injuries most often result from serious accidents and other traumatic events.
In the United States, the leading causes of spinal cord injuries are:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sports/recreation accidents
Additionally, a large portion of spinal cord injuries in the U.S. are alcohol-related, and a significant number arise from various medical conditions and diseases.
Filing a Spinal Cord Injury Claim
If you or someone you love suffered a spinal cord injury due to another person or party’s negligent or wrongful conduct, you could have grounds to file a personal injury claim. A successful claim will allow you to recover compensation for your damages, including medical expenses, lost income, future losses, disability, lost quality of life, and pain and suffering.
To determine if you have grounds for a spine injury claim, ask yourself the following questions:
- Was your spinal cord injury the result of an accident?
- Did the accident occur due to someone else’s negligent or wrongful actions or inactions?
- Did the person or party who caused the accident have a responsibility to take reasonable measures to prevent you from coming to harm?
- Did you sustain measurable economic and/or non-economic damages due to your injury?
For example, if you suffered a herniated disc in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you will likely have grounds for a claim, as motorists have an implied duty of care to others on the road. By driving while distracted, the at-fault driver failed to take reasonable measures to prevent you from coming to harm and is, therefore, liable for your damages. The same is true if you slipped and fell due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property or if you were injured after being hit by a car while riding your bike.
Our Palatka spinal cord injury lawyers can help you determine whether you have grounds for a personal injury claim during a free, confidential consultation. In most cases, you only have four years from the date of the accident to bring your claim, so we encourage you to reach out to us right away. The sooner our attorneys can begin investigating your accident, gathering evidence, and building your case, the better.
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At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we answer our phones at all hours of the day and night, every single day of the week. We are always available to answer your questions and guide you in the next steps. As a client, you can expect to receive consistent updates on the status of your case, as well as reliable communication from your legal team. We even provide our clients with their attorneys’ cell phone numbers so they can always get in touch.
We understand the stress you and your family are under, and we want to help. As your neighborhood attorney, we are committed to helping you navigate this challenging time and come out the other side with the financial resources you need to move forward. We offer legal services in Spanish, Russian, and German, and there are absolutely no attorneys’ fees unless/until we win your case.