Florida Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
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Spinal cord injuries are often devastating, as they can completely change how you live your life. If you have sustained a spine injury due to the negligent actions of another, you may have experienced many of the stressors and hardships that make these injuries so catastrophic, such as not being able to work in your field of expertise, having to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses, and requiring the help of others to carry out tasks you previously did on your own.
As the injured party, the law grants you the right to hold the negligent, at-fault party accountable for the accident, your injury, and any subsequent damages. This means that, should you win your legal case, you could recover compensation for any medical treatment, costs of disability, pain and suffering, and lost wages, among other damages incurred.
At Michles & Booth, we understand that taking legal action may seem daunting and nearly impossible when you are focusing on regaining your health and well-being, but fighting for accountability does not have to be difficult. Our Florida attorneys are fully prepared to handle the brunt of the legal work on your behalf. We are committed to making sure that your voice is heard and that your rights are protected.
Contact us online to speak to a Florida spinal cord injury attorney at Michles & Booth today. Initial consultations are offered free of charge and obligation.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are typically divided into two categories:
- Complete spinal cord injuries: when the spine is permanently damaged, often resulting in paraplegia or tetraplegia (the paralysis of all four limbs)
- Incomplete spinal cord injuries: when the spine is only partially damaged, sometimes resulting in the paralysis of one or more areas of the body
Moreover, injuries sustained at various points of the spinal cord will have various outcomes. For the sake of clarity, medical professionals divide the spine into four sections as follows:
- Cervical: This is the top portion of the spine that resides in the neck. When the cervical spine is damaged, the result is often tetraplegia/quadriplegia. As such, these spinal cord injuries are considered the most severe.
- Thoracic: The portion of the spine in the upper and middle region of the back is the thoracic spine. When this part of the spine is damaged, the result may be paraplegia (the paralysis of the lower body and the legs).
- Lumbar: The lumbar spine is right below the thoracic spine and, thus, resides in the lower back. When it is damaged, the hips and legs may be limited in function, but it is very common for people with lumbar spine injuries to recover or regain independence via the use of a wheelchair.
- Sacral: Also known as the sacrum, the sacral spine is in between the lumbar spine and the tailbone and controls the pelvic organs (bladder, genitals, and bowel). Therefore, sacral spine injuries may result in the loss of bowel and/or bladder control. They may also result in reduced hip and leg function, although many injured individuals are still able to walk.
Know Your Rights After a Spinal Cord Injury
Regardless of which type of spinal cord injury it was that you sustained, if the primary cause of the injury was an accident, you likely qualify to bring forth a legal case against the responsible party. It is recommended that you contact a lawyer to determine your eligibility status.
What’s more, to win a case, you will need to prove that the other party owed you a duty of care and that they violated that duty by committing negligence and causing the accident and your spinal cord injury. An example of this would be if you were on someone else’s boat at the time of the accident. The owner of that boat owed you a duty of care because of your status as a lawful passenger; thus, if they failed to maintain a safe deck and you slipped and hurt your spine on this hazardous deck, they could be considered negligent and liable for your spine injury.
If you take the liable party to court and win, you could obtain compensation for any applicable damages, including but not limited to:
- Pain and suffering
- Disability accommodations
- Medical treatment and expenses
- Physical therapy and/or other rehabilitative care
- Reduced future earning potential
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
Our Florida Attorneys Are Ready to Fight for You
At Michles & Booth, we assist clients who suffered spine injuries in the following accidents:
- Auto and trucking accidents;
- Motorcycle and bicycle crashes;
- Slips, trips, and falls;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Boating accidents;
- And more.
Our attorney team boasts a collective 80 years of experience in handling spine injury claims throughout the state of Florida. We know how to fight back against negligent parties and their insurance companies and lawyers who deliberately bend the truth for their own benefit. As evidence of our success, we have recovered millions for our clients in compensation and have been met with national acclaim. When you work with us, you won’t be regarded as just another case file, but as the human being you are.
To learn more about how our Florida spinal cord injury lawyers can help, call Michles & Booth at (800) 848-6168 today.
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