Dallas Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
If you were involved in an accident in or around Dallas that resulted in a spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, and overall pain and suffering. The Benton Law Firm can help you get that compensation. Spinal cord injuries are common as the result of traumatic car accidents, simple falls, work accidents, or even sports injuries. These injuries are extremely devastating and can require a complete transition to a new way of life.
Spinal cord injuries are often the result of severe accidents caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness. If that describes your case in any way, you’ll need the help of our Dallas accident team. Attorney Jeff Benton has won significant settlements for his clients who are suffering from spinal cord injuries.
No matter the initial cause of that injury, if someone is at fault for your pain, our team knows how to hold them accountable and how to get the full compensation you need to pull your life back together. To learn more about how The Benton Law Firm can help at this difficult time, contact our Dallas spinal cord injury lawyer at (214) 777-7777 right away.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Accidents that cause injury to the spinal cord can be some of the most emotionally and physically devastating. The spinal cord acts as a messenger between the brain and the body, relaying critical information about movement and using the body’s senses. When an individual is involved in a car wreck, sports injury, surgical error, or any other bodily accident, trauma to the spine is likely to cause a spinal cord injury.
Spinal cord injuries usually result in a loss of sensation and mobility below the place where the trauma occurred. Many people with spinal cord injuries lose control of their limbs or experience a loss of function of large portions of their body. Victims of accidents that caused spinal cord injuries commonly pursue legal action for the following damages:
- Loss of muscle control
- Loss of mobility
- Loss of bodily sensation
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Impaired sexual functioning
- Difficulty breathing
Spinal cord injuries are classified as either incomplete, meaning partial losses in functioning or impaired mobility below a certain point of impact to the spine, or complete, meaning total loss of control of the body. There is no cure for a spinal cord injury.
Though these symptoms of spinal cord trauma seem and are serious, many of the hundreds of thousands of people that sustain these injuries each year in accidents go on to live normal and productive, though altered, lives.
Rehabilitative technology such as braces, surgical intervention for spine stabilization, medicines, therapy, ventilators and mobility devices allow for comprehensive treatment and full lifestyles for victims of spinal cord accidents. Though these assistive devices and the medical care needed are very expensive, every accident victim deserves every opportunity to have maximum control over their lives, to live happily and fully, and to partake in daily tasks.
This is why it is so important to get legal representation immediately after you have sustained a spinal cord injury, so we can begin building a substantial case against all negligent parties involved in the accident. With an attorney, victims are more likely to be compensated for costly rehabilitative therapies and assistive devices, and to be able to pay for the care they need.
Spinal cord injuries are unique among other personal injury cases. This is because victims are permitted to pursue compensation for damages beyond typical medical losses. The severity of spinal cord injuries makes it possible to seek damages not only for the trauma of the incident, or pain and suffering, but also substantial settlement options for the long-term care and treatment that spinal cord injuries require.
As a spinal cord injury victim, you shouldn’t have to pay for the assistive devices, medical treatments, and personal care that may make your injury more manageable. In addition to medical care and rehabilitation, your spouse can also be compensated for the loss of intimacy, the loss of joint business endeavors, and the costs of household treatments.
How a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney can Help
Perhaps the most serious and traumatic injury a person can sustain is one to the spinal cord. These injuries can be life-threatening, and any significant injury will require a major adjustment to your lifestyle. It may limit your ability to work, require significant medication to handle the pain, and take months or years to return to any semblance of your normal life.
It is far too much to expect someone with a spinal cord injury to master the legal complexities of filing a claim. These claims will require not only an understanding of Texas and federal law, but also extensive medical knowledge, as well as the ability to finance expensive investigations into the accident itself and the resulting injuries.
Instead of putting that burden on you and your family, a spinal cord injury attorney can take care of your legal needs, put your case together, and fight for your compensation, while you focus on your health and well-being. There’s no need to add to the stress you are already experiencing. There’s no need to search for the financing to fund a case up front. By hiring a lawyer, you can forget the legal side of your accident and take care of yourself.
Come to The Benton Law Firm for the Help You Need after a Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injury cases are particularly difficult for some lawyers because the cause can vary so widely. A spinal cord case may relate to a serious car accident or truck accident. It may be a slip accident related to premises liability. Or, it may be related to anything from a children’s injury to an animal attack.
These different accidents result in very different cases with very different legal requirements and strategies. You need a lawyer and a law firm that has the experience and legal flexibility to handle your case, regardless of what that case might be.
That’s what you’ll find at The Benton Law Firm. Our firm has won million dollar settlements and more in every imaginable area of personal injury law. We are experienced, award-winning, passionate advocates for the needs of our clients.
When you come to The Benton Law Firm, you’ll be working with a lawyer who listens to your story and crafts a personalized strategy based on the details of that story. That personal touch is the reason our founder Jeff Benton has a perfect 10.0 Avvo rating from his clients. It’s also the reason he’s a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
When you are looking for a lawyer you can rely on to care about your accident, and a lawyer you can trust to know how to pursue your case to the best result, you’ll find there’s no one more dependable than the team at The Benton Law Firm.
Spinal Cord Injury Claims
One of the reasons it is so important to pursue a claim after a spinal cord injury is because of the immense cost related to such injuries. The average annual cost of treatment for an injured spine is between $15,000 to $30,000. The estimated lifetime costs total over $3 million.
This is a tough expense for anyone to handle, and insurance will only cover up to a certain amount of it. Insurance claims will not cover lifetime earnings that you would have amassed had you not sustained an injury to your spinal cord.
This can be a bleak picture for many facing a challenging future without the financial help they need and deserve. However, there is hope. If another person or entity was responsible for your injury, you may be able to bring a claim against them for your injuries with the help of an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer in Dallas.
The Benton Law Firm can help you pursue a personal injury claim to force the responsible party to pay for your medical expenses, loss of income, loss of future earnings, and pain and suffering. Furthermore, if your loved one lost their life after a spinal cord injury, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against the responsible party to pay for their final expenses, as well as compensate for your loss of support in the future.
Spinal Cord Injury Statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), injuries to the spine occur following damage to the spinal column. The spinal cord is responsible for transmitting signals between the brain and the rest of the body, and any damage to the spinal column could result in temporary or permanent neurological impairment. Currently, around 200,000 people throughout the United States are living with spinal cord impairment, and about 12,000 to 24,000 new cases are estimated to occur each year.
Unfortunately, alcohol is found to play a significant role in 25% of all instances where a person’s spinal cord is damaged. The CDC breaks down causes of spine injuries into the following:
- 46% attributable to motor vehicle accidents (although studies have indicated that the use of a seatbelt and an airbag can reduce the odds of spinal cord injury by up to 80%)
- 22% attributable to falls
- 16% attributable to violence
- 12% attributable to sports
The majority of injuries to the spinal column are due to motor vehicle accidents, especially trucking accidents, which are all too common throughout the Dallas area. Dallas sits at a major thoroughfare for large trucks to pass through, and this influx of traffic leads to a higher rate of accidents and serious injuries.
Contact a Dallas Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury, do not hesitate to contact our experienced injury team at The Benton Law Firm. Attorney Benton understands the devastation a spinal cord injury can cause and will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
A spinal cord injury is a life-shattering injury that has vast repercussions on your life, your family, and your career. Do not allow a person who caused your injuries to get away with this type of damage. Contact our offices at (214) 777-7777 today for your free initial consultation.