No one expects the sudden and life-changing consequences of a spinal cord injury (SCI). If an unanticipated event caused your SCI, you may have questions about the law and whether hiring an attorney can help you get the support you deserve. Here are some common FAQs about this serious medical condition and the role of lawyers.
What Is Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord that prevents proper functioning. Although a severed spinal cord is one kind of SCI, sometimes the cord is stretched or bruised. The result is partial or complete loss of movement, sensation or other function below the injury site.
What Are Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injury?
Sudden impact or trauma cause most SCIs. According to the Mayo Clinic, 35 percent of new spinal cord injuries each year are caused by motor vehicle accidents, while acts of violence account for 15 percent. Other causes include falls, sports injuries, disease and defective products that malfunction.
When Is Spinal Cord Injury a Legal Matter?
Often, trauma that results in SCI is not just an accident. Even if no one intended to cause your injuries, someone may have failed to meet their legal duty of care. Under the law of negligence, when a corporation or individual does not act responsibly, they may be held legally accountable for the consequences.
Does the Person Who Caused My SCI Have Any Defense?
Unfortunately, even if you have a permanent injury, the defendants may argue that you were contributorily negligent. For instance, they may say you caused the car crash or assumed the risk of a sporting activity.
What Happens in a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit?
You may have to give testimony about your life before and after the spinal cord injury. If fault is in question, the defendant’s lawyer may ask uncomfortable questions about your actions during the incident. Your lawyer will provide you with support, protection and guidance throughout the process until you receive a fair settlement.
Why Is the Choice of a Personal Injury Lawyer Important?
A personal injury lawsuit can be long and difficult. Your lawyer will need to understand the details of your medical condition. Your spinal cord injury lawyer should offer compassion, advocacy and effective representation in order to make sure you receive the financial and social support you need.
FDS Law has a no fee if no recovery policy. You pay us nothing until we get you a settlement. We use in-depth investigative techniques and expert testimony to give you high-quality representation, throughout the legal process. To learn more about how FDS Law can help you, contact us today.