According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), approximately 288,000 individuals in the United States are currently living with a spinal cord injury. Every year, tens of thousands of people experience serious spinal cord injury—with 10,000 of these victims becoming permanently paralyzed.
This type of catastrophic injury dramatically affects a person’s quality of life, resulting in serious disabilities that require around-the-clock medical care, which can be a financial and physical burden to the victim’s family, as well as significantly costly.
After a client has suffered a serious, debilitating injury, the Rhode Island spine injury attorneys at Karns & Kerrison are relentless in pursuit of the compensation the injured person needs and deserves. Contact us today!
The Severity of Spine Injuries
The spinal cord consists of a bundle of nerves contained within our spinal column and sends messages back and forth between the brain and body. When damage occurs to the spinal cord, it often results in partial or complete loss of sensation and motor control to one or more parts of the body, sometimes leaving victims paralyzed from the waist down or in all four limbs. The location of your spine injury will determine, in large part, how extensive the disabilities are.
Additionally, since the spinal cord controls specific functions of the body—such as body temperature, breathing, bladder control, and sexual functions—any damage to the spine can cause your entire life to be changed forever. If your spine injury was caused by the negligent actions of a person or corporation, such as a car accident or defective medical device, you deserve to receive compensation for the pain and suffering you are experiencing.
Pursuing Damages After a Spinal Cord Injury
While a spinal cord injury victim can make great progress toward improved functionality through rehabilitative therapy, there is nearly always a lasting loss of quality of life.
Paralysis, as a disability, can pose great challenges to the injured person as well as his or her family. Specialized medical equipment such as a motorized wheelchair and costs of medical care, therapy, personal care requirements, and disability accommodations can be totally overwhelming for many families.
If you choose to file a personal injury lawsuit after a spine injury, you can recover compensation for the following:
- Lost wages/time missed at work.
- Loss of future earning potential.
- Hospital bills, doctor visits, and other medical treatments.
- Loss of quality of life.
- Loss of consortium/companionship.
- Pain and suffering, other non-economic damages.
A Providence spine injury attorney from Karns & Kerrison can provide aggressive, experienced representation to recover all damages associated with your injury. Call (888) 281-3100 now!
Who is Liable for My Spinal Cord Injury?
If a negligent party caused the accident that resulted in your spinal cord injury, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against them. You must prove the at-fault party had a legal duty to exercise reasonable care, they failed to uphold that duty, and the breach of duty caused your injury and damages.
On the other hand, if your spinal cord injury is caused by a dangerous or defective product, you may file a personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer, designer, or distributor of that product. Rather than proving negligence, you must prove the manufacturer made an unreasonably hazardous product.
Our spinal cord injury lawyers in Providence will perform a detailed investigation to determine:
- Potential dram shop liability in the case of a drunk driving accident. Did a bar or restaurant serve alcohol to an obviously intoxicated driver?
- Negligent behavior, such as distracted driving, to strengthen claims for compensation.
- All insurance policies that may apply in the case of a truck accident: Insurance held by the dispatch company, the hiring entity, the truck owner, the goods broker and/or the loading dock outfit, for example.
Collaboration for Effective Spine Injury Claims & Lawsuits
At Karns & Kerrison, when our spine injury attorneys in Rhode Island collaborate thoughtfully and purposefully with experts who can help us build strong cases. Life-care planners and economists help us project future costs to add to the already long list of medical bills and other expenses incurred since the accident. We get to know our clients and their families well as we gather evidence of the losses they have experienced.
Well-armed with documented evidence, we diligently prepare to file persuasive injury claims seeking damages, including compensation for pain and suffering.
Tell your story to a well-respected spinal cord injury lawyer in Rhode Island. We represent the injured on a contingency fee basis. This means you will owe no attorney fees unless we win compensation for you.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury because of someone else's negligence, we invite you to call our office at (888) 281-3100 to schedule a free consultation.
Car Accident Traumatic Brain InjuryI would definitely recommend Karns & Kerrison to anyone who asked - they come through for you.
- Patricia Feeley
Slipped on Greasy FloorI have no reservations whatsoever in recommending Karns & Kerrison.
- Mike Carey
Rear End CollisionNothing but positive results from consultation, to filing the legal suit, handling of a major operation, to recovery and finalizing a generous settlement.
- Larry Goldfarb
Horrible Car AccidentThey not only got me a fair settlement, they helped to get me well.
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- Jeanie Small
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