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Your spinal cord is contained by bones and membranes, but despite this layer of protection, the spine is among the most vulnerable parts of the body, and even a minor back injury can have devastating impacts on your health and mobility.
Spinal cord injuries are also among the most expensive injuries to treat. Victims of a spinal cord injury can be crushed by the debt that comes with hospital visits, rehabilitation, treatments, and other expensive medical bills — especially if their injuries are long-term or permanent.
That’s why it is essential that spinal cord injury victims and their families have their best interests protected from the very start by an experienced attorney. Our spinal cord injury attorneys at Morgan & Morgan have decades of experience helping families get the compensation they need for recovery and financial stability.
If you or someone you love has sustained a spinal cord injury, fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form today. Our attorneys in Fort Lauderdale will fight for the compensation you need while you focus on your recovery.
Devastating Impacts of Spinal Cord Injuries
Whether the spinal cord injury was caused by a medical error, traffic accident, workplace accident, sports, or a slip and fall, it can have a devastating impact on the lives of victims.
Symptoms may range from pain, weakness, and incontinence to loss of sensation, paralysis, and ruptured discs. Some of these symptoms may be alleviated by spinal surgery, rehabilitation, and other expensive treatments.
In the most severe cases, where the spinal cord is completely severed, paraplegia (paralysis of the lower body) or tetraplegia (paralysis of all four limbs or total body paralysis) can occur, according to Mayo Clinic. Technology is currently unable to repair a severed spine, though medical science is slowly getting closer to a solution.
Regardless of whether your spinal cord injury is moderate to severe, the medical bills can be crushing, and if combined with a loss of income and earning potential, these expenses can create serious financial hardships for your family.
In fact, a victim of paraplegia can expect to incur more than $500,000 in medical and other expenses in the first year after the injury and nearly $70,000 each following year. That’s why it is so important to consult with an experienced spinal cord injury attorney in Fort Lauderdale who will fight for your best interests from the very start.
Spinal Cord Injuries Our Attorneys Have Handled
Our attorneys in Fort Lauderdale have handled a number of cases involving severe spinal cord injuries, including:
- Ruptured and herniated disks
- Cervical spinal cord injuries
- Thoracic spinal cord injuries
- Lumbar spinal cord injuries
- Sacral spinal cord injuries
- Degenerative disc disease
What Compensation Could You Receive?
If you file a spinal cord injury lawsuit and your case prevails, you may be entitled to compensation in the form of the following damages:
Economic: You may be able to receive damages for your current and future medical bills and loss of income during recovery if you are the victim of a spinal cord injury. If your injuries are severe enough that you are no longer able to work, you could also receive damages for loss of earning capacity.
Noneconomic: Victims of spinal cord injuries could receive compensation for pain and suffering and mental anguish. In more severe cases of injury, victims and their families may receive compensation for permanent disability, disfigurement, or paralysis.
Wrongful Death: In worst case scenarios, when a spinal cord injury is fatal, the victim’s family may be eligible for damages based on the pain and suffering of the victim, funeral expenses, and other compensation to ease the financial burden left by their loved one’s death.
How Our Attorneys Can Help
Our spinal cord injury attorneys in Fort Lauderdale will fight on your behalf to try and recover the compensation you deserve, so you can focus on healing from your injuries. We will work alongside top-rated experts to hold the responsible parties liable for their negligence, as well as to project the cost of living with your injury over the course of a lifetime, so your family will have financial stability going forward.
Although past victories don’t guarantee future results, our attorneys have a proven track record of success recovering compensation for victims of spinal cord injuries, including a $1 million settlement for a 52-year-old woman who suffered a severe back injury that required spinal fusion surgery.
If you or someone you love sustained a spinal cord injury in Fort Lauderdale following an accident, we may be able to help. Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form today.