Tampa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
At Bulluck Law Group, we sincerely hope you never have to come to us with a spinal cord injury. Injuries to the spine are some of the most catastrophic the body can withstand. The delicate spinal cord is in charge of relaying the message from the brain to the rest of the body. A disruption of these messages due to an injury can fundamentally alter your life, causing permanent paralysis. If you do have a spine injury, know that our Tampa spinal cord injury lawyers can provide outstanding legal services in pursuit of maximum compensation for your family.
If you are lucky enough to survive an initial spine injury, you’ll join more than 282,000 Americans who are currently living with these injuries. Many of our past clients have suffered a range of spinal cord injuries, from minor soft-tissue damage to full quadriplegia. We have what you need to take on your claim. You should never handle a spinal cord injury on your own. The extreme nature of these injuries requires attention from a professional attorney. Contact Bulluck Law Group for your free initial consultation in Tampa, Florida.
What Are the Types of Spinal Cord Injuries?
The three main types of serious spinal cord injuries are quadriplegia, triplegia, and paraplegia. Quadriplegia involves paralysis of all four limbs (and possibly the chest and respiratory system), triplegia is the loss of movement and sensation in one arm and both legs, and paraplegia is paralysis in the legs.
Sometimes spinal cord injuries do not show signs or symptoms right away. Even something as minor as a slow-speed rear-end collision could result in injury to the spine. You might not feel your injury right away, but without treatment, your condition could get worse. Our personal injury attorneys have often helped clients who were in minor car accidents with neck or back injuries that did not become apparent until later. It’s important to always seek immediate medical care for this reason.
Critically injured spinal cord patients will need around-the-clock care for the rest of their lives. Others may be slightly more independent but still require hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical costs. Estimates of the average cost of a spinal cord injury place it at over $1 million the first year and around $185,000 each year after that. The costs of a spine injury can include medical care, therapy, vocational training, special medical devices, in-home care, and psychological counseling. Seek recovery for all the serious consequences of any type of spine injury with help from our attorneys.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Any situation that exerts harmful force upon the spinal cord or its nerves can result in a spinal cord injury. A sudden blow to the spinal cord could cause a traumatic spine injury, as could a force that crushes, compresses, or dislocates a vertebra. Damage can occur suddenly or over the course of days and weeks depending on the type of injury. If there is swelling or fluid around your spinal cord, for example, the full extent of damage might not occur right away. According to researchers, the most common causes of spine injuries in the U.S. are as follows:
- Motor vehicle collisions. These account for almost 50% of all new spine injury cases each year.
- Slip and fall accidents. The number one cause of spine injuries over the age of 65
- Work-related accidents. Falls and getting caught-in/between objects at work can cause spine injuries
- Assaults such as knife or bullet wounds cause around 12% of spine injuries.
- Sports or recreation accidents. Athletic activities cause about 10% of all new spinal cord injury cases each year.
If your injury occurred during a school sporting event, such as a diving competition, contact our attorneys right away. Florida’s public schools are difficult to bring claims against as they are technically government-owned. Your deadline for filing this type of claim is shorter than in other cases. Sports injuries can also be extra complex since the athlete assumed a certain amount of risk in joining the game. That being said, our attorneys can help you fight for compensation through all available outlets.
Damages Available in a Spinal Cord Injury Claim
Spinal cord injury claims are unique in that these injuries are often permanent or long-lasting, requiring lifelong care and costs. Like all personal injury claims in Florida, however, the potential damages for a spine injury include reasonable medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Virtually all economic and non-economic losses you suffer because of your spine injury could come back to you in the form of a settlement or jury verdict with help from our attorneys.
With injuries as catastrophic as those of the spine, we’ll strive to recover compensation for losses you’ll suffer for the rest of your life. Awards can be in the millions for younger clients or those who suffer total paralysis. We can also achieve a “structured settlement,” or one that our younger clients can’t spend all at once. Structured settlements protect you far into the future with a special needs trust. Let our team take care of your claim after something as serious as a spine injury.
What If My Spine Injury Happened at Work?
The Florida workers’ compensation system might not be your only means of recovery after a work-related spinal cord injury accident. If someone’s negligence caused your incident, you could be eligible for greater compensation through a civil claim in Tampa. Our lawyers can speak directly with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer to make sure the company offers you enough to cover lifelong expenses. We can also help you find out if you have grounds to file an additional claim outside of the system.
If your incident involved a third party who shares fault for your injury, your claim likely has merit under both the workers’ compensation program and the personal injury courts. Pursuing damage recovery through both outlets could result in much greater compensation for you and your family. In the event that you were on the clock when your spine injury happened, talk to our attorneys right away to discuss all your available options.
What If a Criminal Caused My Spinal Cord Injury?
If you’re one of the 12% of victims that suffered a permanent spine injury in a criminal attack, it’s up to you to file your claim with the civil courts. The Tampa government will prosecute the criminal in pursuit of a conviction and penalties such as jail time, but it’s up to you and only you to pursue financial recovery through the civil justice system. In Florida, you have the right to bring a civil claim against the defendant at the same time as an ongoing criminal investigation.
Even if our legal team cannot identify the person who caused your injuries, we may still be able to secure recovery. We look into every possible responsible person, company, a government body, or other parties for each of our clients. We’ll go as far as we need to in order to identify the defendant and recover money for your losses. If the criminal is in custody, there is a high likelihood that you’ll also receive punitive damages for your losses, as a way for the courts to punish the perpetrator.
What Can a Personal Injury Attorney Do for Me?
After suffering a serious spinal cord injury, you need a legal professional in your corner. You have a tight four-year deadline to file your claim, along with several important filing requirements. Hiring a lawyer can make sure you file your claim correctly and on time. You have just one chance to protect your rights and secure compensation. Maximize your chances of success and enjoy peace of mind with the right spine injury attorney by your side. Call (813) 988-7800 or get in touch online to learn more during a free consultation in Tampa.