Some of the most serious injuries caused by accidents arehead and spinal cord injuries. These injuries can be life-threatening and they can also alter the quality of one’s life drastically. After a head or spinal cord injury, victims may need costly rehabilitation services, intensive medical care, or expensive medical equipment to help them regain their ability to function. When full function cannot be regained, victims of head and spinal cord injuries may experience a loss of income and have to pay for things like wheelchairs, medical supplies, prescription medications, and in-home health care to get the best quality of life possible. It is important to consult a lawyer who is experienced in handling this type of case as soon as you or a loved one sustain a head or spinal cord injury. This type of case has a statute of limitations, so finding an attorney immediately can prevent you from being unable to file a claim at a later time.
Spinal cord injuries are very serious in nature. They can be caused by things like auto accidents, falls, and assaults. Because the spinal cord is part of the central nervous system, any injury to this delicate area can lead to severe consequences such as paraplegia, quadriplegia, difficulty walking, difficulty with movement, or severe pain. The spinal cord has four regions, which are known as the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral regions. Injuries that occur higher on the spinal cord (in the cervical or thoracic areas) often result in the most severe effects.
Head injuries are also very serious and can cause serious effects such as bruising, swelling, loss of oxygen to the brain, and tearing of the brain tissue itself. Head injuries can be caused by a number of different things include assaults, serious falls, automobile accidents, participation in sports, and being hit with falling debris. After a head injury occurs, a victim may experience effects such as paralysis, concussion, coma, difficulty concentrating, loss of memory, changes in their behavior, depression, seizures, and impaired vision or speech.
When you file a claim for a head or spinal cord injury, you may be able to recover for several different types of loss. These losses include loss of wages, diminished earning capacity, past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, inability to maintain intimate relations with a spouse, the cost of making alterations to your home to accommodate your injuries (such as adding a wheelchair ramp), and costs of wheelchairs and other devices designed to help you with mobility. The success of your claim may depend on medical records, statements from people who witnessed your accident, police reports, and expert witness testimony. This makes it very important that you have an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you in handling a head or spinal cord injury case.
At Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik LLP, we will discuss your injury with you and determine how to proceed with your claim. Our experienced attorneys can review your medical records and other evidence and develop a plan of action for negotiating a settlement or going to trial with your case. Contact us today to ensure that you don’t miss out on the opportunity to have your case reviewed by experienced professionals.