Miami Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
A spinal cord injury can have disastrous consequences for your life. These injuries can hinder your mobility, your job, and your ability to participate in your favorite activities. Most spinal cord injuries are permanent and expensive to treat, which can take a sharp toll on your finances. But if someone else caused your injury, you should not have to pay for the consequences out of pocket.
The Miami personal injury team at Redemption Law can help you demand fair compensation after an accident and help you live as comfortably as possible. We know how catastrophic a spinal cord injury can be and want to handle the legal process on your behalf. Our commitment to our clients and our aggressive stance with insurance companies have helped us recover millions for our clients. Let us put that to work for you.
Ready to speak with a Miami spinal cord injury lawyer about your case? Then contact Redemption Law today for a free, no-obligation consultation. As our founder, Christopher D. Alas says, “We are devoted to making it right.”
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Why Choose Redemption Law for Your Miami Spinal Cord Injury Case
You’ve likely seen ads for hundreds of personal injury law firms around Miami, but how do you know which law firm is right for you and your injury claim?
Here are a few reasons to choose Redemption Law:
- Local focus. Some personal injury firms take clients from all over the country but have no idea what things are like where these clients live. You deserve a lawyer who understands the state laws and local issues relevant to your situation. Our Miami spinal cord injury lawyer lives and works in the same area as you, and we pride ourselves on helping people in our community.
- Convenient and affordable representation. We have an office conveniently located in Miami Lakes, and we can come to you wherever you live. That way, you do not have to worry about transportation after a spinal cord injury. We also want to emphasize that no one needing our services should concern themselves about the cost. We don’t charge any fees unless we recover compensation for your injuries.
- Proven success. Our Miami spinal cord injury attorney has recovered millions in compensation for people like you. We know how important your claim is to your quality of life and will aggressively fight for your rights, starting by negotiating for a fair settlement and then taking your case to court if we need to.
How a Miami Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Can Help You Recover Compensation
Here are a few ways our Miami spinal cord injury lawyer can assist with your case:
- Evaluating your claim. Our attorneys can review how your injury occurred, outline your legal options, and explain how much compensation you could recover.
- Gathering evidence. A successful claim for compensation requires documentary evidence. Our lawyers can gather your medical records, eyewitness accounts, surveillance footage, accident photos, and other evidence related to your injury.
- Dealing with the legal process. Pursuing compensation can be a drawn-out, bureaucratic process, one you should not have to deal with yourself. A spinal cord injury attorney can handle the legal work of your claim, allowing you to focus on your medical treatment.
- Negotiating an insurance settlement. Most successful spinal cord injury claims end in a settlement and do not go to trial. Our lawyers can protect your rights as we negotiate with insurers, demanding that they offer you a settlement that accurately reflects the harm you suffered.
- Representing you in court. In the event your spinal cord injury claim goes to trial, it is essential to have an experienced attorney representing you. We have significant courtroom experience and can prepare a strategy aimed at securing the money you need. A lawyer handles all pretrial motions and other preparations involved in these cases.
There is no reason for you to try to pursue your claim yourself. A lawyer has the training and experience to help you seek fair compensation for your injuries, and you have enough to worry about without taking on the additional tasks involved in pursuing a claim. A spinal cord injury lawyer can make your life easier and more effectively fight for the money you deserve.
Compensation for a Miami Spinal Cord Injury
Your compensation for a spinal cord injury could include money for:
- Your medical expenses, including doctor’s appointments, prescription drugs, physical therapy, hospital stays, lab work, etc.
- The cost of any future treatments you may need
- Your lost wages while you recover from your injury
- Your reduced future earnings if your injury prevents you from working or returning to your job
- Your diminished quality of life due to your pain or a disability
- Your physical pain and emotional distress
- Your damaged personal property
As for the specific amount you could receive for your injuries, that depends on:
- The extent of your injuries and financial losses. The worse your injuries and the more money lost, the more you can demand in compensation.
- Who caused your injuries. If another party is to blame for your injuries, they owe you compensation. The clearer their degree of fault and the more effective your legal representation, the more money you can potentially recover from them.
- The available evidence. Pursuing compensation from another party requires evidence of their fault. Without this, you will likely struggle to get the money you might otherwise deserve.
- Insurance coverage. Most successful spinal cord injury claims end in insurance settlements. Your insurance coverage and that of the liable party greatly influence the amount you can recover. If you or your attorney do not consider the settlement offer adequate, taking the matter to court is an option.
Common Types and Causes of Miami Spinal Cord Injuries
The National Institutes of Health uses several methods to categorize spinal cord injuries. The first method refers to where on the spine the damage occurred. Doctors categorize the spine into five main parts, and these regions can help define a spinal cord injury.
The five parts of the spinal cord are:
- The cervical spine, which includes seven vertebrae running from the base of the skull to the neck
- The thoracic spine, which includes 12 vertebrae in the upper back below the neck
- The lumbar spine, which includes five vertebrae in the lower back
- The sacrum, which includes five vertebrae between the lumbar spine and the coccyx
- The coccyx, or tailbone, which includes the four lowest vertebrae in the spine
Doctors also categorize spinal cord injuries by their severity. If a patient with a spinal cord injury has some motor control or feeling below the injury site, doctors call that an incomplete spinal cord injury. A complete spinal cord injury involves no movement or feeling below the injury site.
Lastly, doctors classify spinal cord injuries by how much feeling and movement a patient has afterward. A paraplegia injury occurs when a patient has some feeling or motor control in their upper extremities but not their lower ones. If a patient has no feeling or motor control below the neck, doctors call that a tetraplegia injury.
Researchers have also gathered extensive information on how spinal cord injuries happen.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the most common causes of spinal cord injuries are:
- Motor-vehicle accidents, which account for about 42 percent of spinal cord injuries
- Falls, which account for about 23 percent
- Physical assaults and other violent acts, which account for about 17 percent
- Sports accidents, which account for about 10 percent
- Medical and surgical complications, which account for about 3 percent
Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury
The symptoms of most serious spinal cord injuries are obvious, but some take time to manifest fully.
According to the Mayo Clinic, some common signs and symptoms of a spinal cord injury include:
- Difficulty walking or maintaining your balance
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Trouble breathing after an accident
- Intense pressure in your head, neck, or back
- Numbness, weakness, paralysis, or lack of coordination in your body
- Numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in your fingers, hands, toes, or feet
- Changes in sexual functions, fertility, or sensitivity
- Unusual pain or a stinging sensation
How Long Do You Have to File a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit?
Under Florida law, you generally have four years from the date you sustained a spinal cord injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. So, why does the deadline for legal action matter when many spinal cord injury claims end in insurance settlements?
The lawsuit deadline matters because the threat of legal action offers critical leverage in settlement negotiations. After all, insurance companies usually prefer a settlement to a potentially risky trial. But remember that if you wait too long to file a suit, the courts may automatically dismiss your case. Without a potential suit hanging over them, an insurance company is much more likely to fight your claim and deny you fair compensation.
Insurance Issues in Spinal Cord Injury Cases
Insurance companies know how catastrophic spinal cord injuries can be and that more severe injuries lead to more expensive claims. Thus, you can expect an insurance company to fight your injury claim aggressively. These companies have large legal teams they can call on and deep pockets that can put you at a disadvantage.
A spinal cord injury attorney can level the playing field in a fight against an insurance company. Your lawyer can handle settlement negotiations on your behalf and any legal action that may be necessary. Working with an experienced attorney puts you in a better position to recover the money you need to live the fullest life possible.
What to Do After Sustaining a Spinal Cord Injury in Miami
Here is how you can protect your right to compensation after suffering a spinal cord injury in Miami:
- Seek medical attention immediately. Timely medical treatment can have a huge impact on the long-term prognosis of your injury. The longer you wait to see a doctor, the likelier you will suffer permanent effects from your injury. Even a few hours could make a difference in your case.
- Save any evidence from the accident. Any photos, eyewitness accounts, or other evidence from the accident that caused your injuries could strengthen the case your lawyer builds on your behalf.
- Write down what happened as soon as possible. Your testimony can significantly affect a personal injury case. Once your condition has stabilized, write down everything you remember about the accident in as much detail as possible. If your injuries prevent you from writing down what happened, ask a friend or family member to take notes.
- Save your medical records and receipts. The more proof you have of your injuries and financial losses from an accident, the easier it is to maximize your financial recovery. Your medical records and receipts can bolster your claim for compensation.
- Do not talk to any insurance companies. Insurers will look for anything they can use to deny your claim or minimize your payout. The best way to protect your rights is to keep quiet and let your lawyer talk to the insurance companies for you.
- Hire a spinal cord injury attorney. You have enough to worry about after suffering a spinal cord injury without the hassle of a personal injury claim. A lawyer can handle all the legal work in your case and enforce your rights while you focus on your health and your treatment.
Contact a Miami Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Today
Did you suffer a spinal cord injury that someone else caused? The team at Redemption Law wants to help you get the money you need to rebuild your life and care for yourself in the future. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of people in similar positions and can put this experience to work for you.
Call us today at (305) 465-3425 or visit our contact page to speak with a Miami personal injury attorney. Initial consultations are free, and we won’t charge you a fee unless we win your case.
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