Spinal cord injuries are devastating. Whether you or a loved one are left to contend with a spinal cord injury after an accident, you deserve to hold the party responsible for your injury accountable for their misconduct. You can do so with help from the Pendleton Law spinal cord injury lawyers in Hampton.
Our team can help you address the full extent of the injuries done to you at the time of your accident. Once we understand why your accident occurred and what negligence is to blame, we can present evidence of your right to action to a county clerk and civil judge. From there, we can negotiate or go to trial to further conversations about your losses.
How to Classify a Spinal Cord Injury Case
In general, spinal cord injury cases can be classified as personal injury cases. The circumstances of your accident can alter a case’s specific identification, though. For example, some spinal cord injuries may result from medical malpractice. Others may result from truck or car accidents.
The specific classification of your accident may change the statute of limitations that applies to your case. For generalized cases, however, you can refer to Code of Virginia §8.01-243 or the state’s statute of limitations for personal injury cases. This statute allows you to take up to two years to take action against an offending party.
Does Case Classification Change Who You Hold Responsible for Your Injury?
The classification of your spinal cord injury case does change who you might hold accountable for your injury in your claim. For example, truck drivers and their parent agencies may be responsible for your spinal cord injury if you sustained your losses on the road. Medical institutions may be liable for your losses if medical malpractice caused your injury.
You need evidence of negligence if you want to bring a spinal cord injury claim against these or any other parties. Fortunately, you can work with Hampton spinal cord injury lawyers to gather the necessary data.
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Spinal Cord Injuries as Workers’ Compensation Cases
You can suffer a spinal injury on the job as readily as you can out in the world. If you do endure a spinal injury at work, you may have a right to a workers’ compensation claim. You have thirty days from the day your accident occurs to bring your intent to pursue a workers’ compensation claim forward to your employer.
After that, you need to file a Claim for Benefits Form with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Your employer may deny your workers’ compensation claim or offer you too little compensation to contend with your losses. In these cases, you can forgo a workers’ compensation claim in favor of a personal injury claim.
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You Deserve Compensation for a Spinal Cord Injury
The purpose of the complaint you file against the party responsible for your spinal cord injuries is to help you secure the financial support you need to recover from your losses. While there are some injuries so severe that you may never restore your previous quality of life, financial support from a liable party can help you find new ways to cope with your changes.
In the complaint you file with a county clerk, list the economic and non-economic losses that can be attributed to your spinal cord injury. Your economic expenses can range from the cost of your medical bills to the restoration of any property damaged in your accident. You also have the right to request damages based on lost wages or time at work.
Your non-economic spinal cord injury losses may not generate bills, but they still have an impact on your daily life. You can file for emotional distress, pain and suffering, mental healthcare, and other losses courtesy of multipliers that our team can apply to your case.
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Proving Negligence After a Spinal Cord Injury
To hold someone responsible for your spinal cord injury, you need to indicate that the party in question engaged in negligence at the time you suffered from your spinal injury. You can do this by bringing forward everything from video footage of the negligence in question to testimony regarding a liable party’s behavior.
Expert witnesses, including the professionals who helped you recover after your accident, can prove strong contributors in your case against another party. You can work with these individuals to elaborate on the extent of your injury and your related right to compensation.
For more information about what evidence might best suit your spinal cord injury case, consider scheduling a consultation with spinal cord injury attorneys in Hampton, VA. Our team can investigate your accident before bringing your claim forward, giving your complaint all the evidence it needs to make it to a county clerk’s desk.
Holding Institutions Liable for Spinal Cord Injuries
The story evidence tells about your spinal cord accident may attribute your losses to an individual. It may also, however, place the blame for your losses on a corporation. In these cases, you may find yourself going up against a corporate legal team in civil court.
These legal teams have no right to try and intimidate you out of legal action. While many may want to meet for settlement negotiations before you file your claim, you retain your right to bring a case forward even in the face of their discomfort.
If you find that a corporation tries to intimidate you or retaliate against you, let our team know. We can present evidence of these instances to a judge and take additional legal action on your behalf.
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Let’s Discuss Your Spinal Cord Injury Case
Injuries to your spinal cord can permanently change your ability to meet your daily needs. If you’re contending with an injury that’s resulted in paralysis, pain, or another form of permanent disability, you have a right to legal action. You can work with Pendleton Law to bring your spinal cord injury losses to the attention of a civil judge.
Our Hampton spinal cord injury attorneys are prepared to help you file a personal injury complaint with the applicable parties. For more information on how to begin this process, you can connect with our team online or over the phone. Let’s schedule a consultation and discuss how you can take action against the parties that wronged you.
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