Proving Liability In Spinal Cord Injury Accident Cases
Our spinal cords are one of the most important parts of our anatomy. When our spinal cord is injured, it can be devastating. Spinal cord injuries can negatively impact our mobility, motor control skills and sensations, and our ability to live our normal lives. This devastation is why it is so important to get a fair settlement when you’ve experienced a spinal cord injury. At , Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh, we have represented hundreds of spinal cord injury victims in the Southwestern Florida area. We will help you prove liability and ensure that you get a fair amount for your claims.
What Is A Spinal Cord Injury?
Your spinal cord is that bundle of nerves housed inside your spine. These nerves carry the messages between your brain and your body. There are two main types of spinal cord injuries:
● Incomplete: An incomplete spinal cord injury is when the spinal cord is partially severed, allowing some degree of function to continue.
● Complete: A complete spinal cord injury is when the spinal cord is fully severed eliminating all function.
Some of the most common types of spinal cord injuries include:
● Anterior Cord Syndrome: Anterior cord syndrome is an injury to the front of the spinal cord and can damage motor and sensory pathways. In most cases, victims of anterior cord syndrome have some feeling but limited mobility.
● Central Cord Syndrome: A central cord syndrome injury is to the center of the spinal cord, damaging the nerves that run from the brain to the spinal cord. In some cases, this injury can lead to the loss of fine motor skills, paralysis of the arms, or partial impairment or loss of function in the legs or major organs.
● Brown-Sequard Syndrome: A Brown-Sequard syndrome injury impacts one side of the spinal cord. This can lead to loss of function on one side of the body.
Common Causes Of Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury is typically the result of a traumatic blow to the spine. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the most common causes of spinal cord injury include:
● Motor vehicle accidents 38.3%
● Falls 31.6%
● Acts of violence 13.8%
● Sports injuries 8.2%
● Medical treatments 4.6%
● Other 3.5%
In nearly all of these cases, these injuries may be the result of another person’s negligence. If you think your spinal cord injury is the result of another person, you need to speak to one of our attorneys to help you file a claim and prove liability.
How To Prove Liability In A Spinal Cord Injury Accident
To get a settlement for your injuries to pay for your medical treatments, lost wages, and other expenses, you will need to prove liability. To prove liability you need to show:
• You have an injury
• The injury was caused by an accident
• The accident was caused by the negligence of another party
To prove this you will need evidence, witness testimony, and documentation of your injuries. All of these things can be very difficult to collect and obtain when you are seriously injured.
Why You Always Need An Attorney When You Have A Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are devastating and cost insurance companies a lot of money. So they will look for every way to get out of paying. They will claim you were at fault known as contributory negligence. In the state of Florida, especially in car accidents, they’ll claim you share part of the fault with the negligent party, known as comparative negligence. They may also claim you know the dangers and did them anyways, known as assumption of risk. In each case, you will need a qualified attorney to get your back.
At , Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh, we can help! We can help prove liability and get you the settlement you deserve no matter the type of spinal cord injury. Call us today for a case evaluation to learn more about your rights after you’ve been injured.