Savannah Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
Spinal cord injuries are typically the result of damage to the spinal cord or the vertebrae, discs or ligaments of the spinal column. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center reports that currently, 288,000 citizens grapple with the consequences of a spinal cord injury throughout the U.S. If you or someone you love recently suffered a spinal cord injury and believe someone else is liable, contact the Savannah personal injury lawyers at Butler Prather LLP at (706) 322-1990 today. Our firm has the experience necessary to handle these highly complex cases.
- Our firm has more than 30 years of experience, during which time we have had clients in over 30 states.
- We are selective about the types and number of cases we handle, which allow us to dedicate our full attention to our client’s needs.
- We operate on a contingency-fee basis, which means our clients never owe attorney’s fees until we obtain a settlement or court judgment.
Why You Need a Savannah Spinal Injury Lawyer
Spinal cord injuries often result in significant medical bills and may require the need for lifelong physical therapy and caretaking. Fair value in spinal cord claims should take the needs of today and the needs of tomorrow into consideration. A Savannah spinal cord injury lawyer can help victims of negligence determine the exact value of their claims based on both tangible and intangible losses. Examples include compensation for loss of income and projected future medical care, as well as physical pain and suffering and the emotional trauma associated with the experience.
At Butler Prather LLP, we can also recommend the best medical care and treatment, help with bills, hire experts and perform a full investigation into the facts of your case.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
The type of spinal cord injury that a person suffers depends largely on the area of the spine affected. Generally, physicians classify spinal cord injuries depending on the location of the trauma – for example, a cervical spinal cord injury may affect any area of the spine labeled C-1 to C-8. The other types of spinal cord injuries include the lumbar, sacral, and thoracic areas of the spine. The symptoms of each injury can also vary – for example, some victims of spinal cord injury may endure the loss of sensory function, while others experience paraplegia or quadriplegia.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury may result from many different types of accidents. However, the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center reports some of the most common causes include:
- Motor vehicle accidents – these are the number one cause of spinal cord injuries, responsible for nearly half of all spinal cord injuries.
- Falls – these are statistically more likely to occur to the elderly but affect around 26% of spinal cord injury victims.
- Violent crimes, namely knife wounds and gunshot wounds, account for 15% of all new spinal cord injuries annually.
- Finally, injuries sustained while playing recreational sports make up 7% of spinal cord injuries.
Liability for a Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are diverse in their presentation as well as their causes. As a result, spinal injury claims may involve many different areas of personal injury law, such as workers’ compensation, premises liability, or the tort system of car insurance. However, most spinal cord injuries rely on the theory of negligence, which requires the following elements for court:
- That the person responsible for the injury owed the victim a duty of care.
- He or she violated that duty by committing negligence or acting with recklessness or carelessness.
- That negligence was the proximal cause of the victim’s injuries.
- The victim suffered harm as a result – examples include medical bills, lost wages, or loss of life quality.
Get Experienced Legal Help for Your Savannah Spinal Cord Injury
If you or a loved one suffered harm in an accident leading to a spinal cord injury, you need an experienced Georgia spinal cord injury lawyer. The attorneys at Butler Prather LLP will seek fair and full compensation for your tangible and intangible losses. Contact us at (706) 322-1990 to schedule a free initial consultation today.