Have you ever had a bruised or pinched nerve? When that nerve is your spinal cord, it can cause problems all throughout the body. Spinal cord injuries are life-threatening. They don’t repair themselves easily. You may need a spinal cord injury attorney in Norfolk from our firm to help you pay for your care.
It can take months of rehabilitation to get partial function back, and you may never fully heal. If someone else’s negligence caused your spinal cord injury, let Christina Pendleton & Associates’ Norfolk personal injury lawyers help you seek compensation through an insurance claim or a lawsuit.
How Do Spinal Cord Injuries Happen?
In most cases we see, spinal cord injuries happen because of external trauma. A blow to the spine can be strong enough to break through the protection of the spine and damage or sever the nerve.
There are also cases where medical malpractice can cause a spinal cord injury. There are many medical reasons that can happen, from infections to a doctor making a wrong cut to a botched lumbar injection or spinal tap.
Regardless of the cause, as long as it was because of someone else’s negligence you can recover damages. However, you will need the help of a spinal cord injury lawyer to get the right amount of compensation you deserve.
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How Bad Can Spinal Cord Injuries Become?
Terrible. Some spinal cord injuries cause death. Others may affect your ability to breathe freely on your own. Paralysis is also possible, whether partial or total. You could require ongoing care for the rest of your life.
Sensations through the nerves can also change dramatically. It could become harder to feel things, or you could become hypersensitive. You could feel tingling, burning, or painful sensations constantly.
Also, since the nerves control all the functions of the body, you could experience a loss of bladder or bowel control, sexual dysfunction, digestive issues, and much more. Any of these symptoms could prove you have a spinal cord injury and open up a possibility of a lawsuit.
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What Must Be Proven in My Case?
First, our Richmond spinal cord injury lawyers must prove that the other party was wholly liable for your injury. In Virginia, if you contribute to your own injury, you cannot seek damages in court. You can’t split the responsibility like most other states. Virginia’s rule is called contributory negligence.
To do this, we need to prove the other party had a duty of care toward you, broke that duty, and that breach caused your injury. Most times, especially vehicle accidents, this is simple to prove. In a medical malpractice case, it can become much harder.
Once we’ve proven they caused your injury, we then calculate all the consequences of the injury (damages) and fight to get you that amount. Sadly, spinal injuries often come with long-term costs. But we are not afraid of taking insurers to court to get what you deserve. And with a spinal cord injury, you may need to go all-out.
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What Kinds of Damages Could I Receive?
When you make a claim for a spinal cord injury, any consequence caused by your injury could be grounds for seeking compensation. This includes economic consequences as well as non-economic consequences. Some common damages in these cases include:
- Medical and rehab expenses
- Home renovations to accommodate your disability
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Some of these don’t have a dollar value, but there are standard ways of calculating the value of so-called non-economic damages. Our spinal cord injury attorneys in Norfolk will add up all your damages and project those expenses into the future. Your injury could be worth much more than you think.
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How Long Do I Have to Make a Claim?
According to Virginia Code § 8.01-243(A), you have a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims. This means that your case must reach the court within two years or you lose your right to pursue damages through the court.
Therefore, it’s so important to contact a spinal cord injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Starting early gives your lawyer more time to work on your case before this crucial deadline.
Also, the insurance companies will try to get you to settle quickly and for less than you truly deserve. Don’t fall for it. Do not agree to give a statement, sign anything, or accept a settlement without speaking to us first. Your compensation is at serious risk if you do these things!
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Spinal cord injuries deserve maximum compensation, and Pendleton Law Team is ready to help you get it. Let us handle the law and the insurance while you focus on recovery. Contact our firm for a free consultation and case evaluation with a trusted Norfolk spinal cord injury lawyer.
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