Learning that you have a spinal cord injury is life-changing. From there on, your daily mobility, pain, and workability shift forever. If someone else caused your injury, you must take legal action to secure your future.
If you or someone you know suffered a brain or spinal cord injury in Louisiana, you must act quickly with the help of a qualified brain injury lawyer to secure the financial and medical support you will need. Louisiana law protects injured victims. But, you must file a legal claim with the insurance company or the court to recover compensation.
What is a Traumatic Head Injury?
Traumatic head injuries commonly occur from a strike or blow to the head. Head injuries often generate severe psychological and physical effects. The most common symptoms of these conditions include nausea, vomiting, headaches, confusion, speech problems, memory loss, and sensory issues.
Any sudden and significant movement can cause a traumatic head injury. Often, a person’s head hits something hard or at a fast speed. Car accidents where someone strikes their head on the glass window or the steering wheel are common examples of sudden events that usually result in a head injury.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury involves damage to any part of the nerves or spinal cord located at the end of your spinal canal. Most frequently, this shows up as sensation changes, impacts body functions below the injury site, and permanent changes in your strength. Although there are plenty of studies and some advancements made in spinal cord injury treatments, it is also the case that scientists are still working towards a better understanding of how to treat these conditions.
As a result, many spinal cord injury victims have lifelong medical treatments and changes to their life. There are two broad categories of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete. A complete injury refers to the loss of all feeling and movement control below the injury site, whereas an incomplete injury means the patient might still have some control and feeling, even if limited.
National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center Study Reveals Accidents Cause Many Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries
There are over 17,000 new spinal cord injury cases every year. Spinal cord injuries cause ripple effects for the victim and their immediate family members. Many of these victims will never fully recover. Instead, they will face dramatic changes in their life. Furthermore, nearly 80% of new spinal cord injury victims are male.
The evidence is clear. Most spinal cord injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents and falls.
Have You Sustained a Brain or Spinal Cord Injury in Louisiana Due to Someone Else’s Negligence?
You need to do a few things as soon as possible after the incident that caused your injuries. First, continue with your medical care and take notes after each doctor’s appointment. Your notes will help you track the overall impact of your injury on your life and match up your medical records’ timelines in the future. Second, gather any evidence from the accident that caused the injuries since this can become the foundation of a personal injury claim. Photographs are an excellent source of evidence. Finally, schedule a time to meet with a trusted Louisiana personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney protects your right to file a claim and gives you the information you need to understand the legal process and your rights within it.
What Kind of Compensation Can You Receive for a Brain or Spinal Cord Injury in Louisiana?
When another party acted recklessly and caused you severe injuries like the spinal cord or brain damage, you could be legally entitled to compensation in many ways. Because each case is unique, set aside time to speak with a personal injury lawyer in Louisiana to discuss your case.
In general, the kinds of damage compensation available to you includes:
- Compensation for your medical bills
- Compensation for lost wages
- Property damage payments
- Long term disability status
- Past and future pain/suffering
- Lost earning capacity
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Mental anguish
- And more.
Because your life has been forever changed in the wake of a severe brain or spinal cord injury, you deserve to know and fully understand your right to receive compensation for treatment of your injuries and to help your family financially adjust to this new way of life. Working with an attorney experienced in handling brain and spinal cord injury cases prepares you to thoroughly understand the full scope of financial l compensation and the strategic legal methods for fighting to get it.
A Louisiana Personal Injuries Lawyer Will Be By Your Side
If you’ve been hurt in an accident or are currently taking care of a loved one with a spinal or brain cord injury, you need support from a lawyer experienced with these specific injuries. Hiring a Louisiana personal injury lawyer is one of the most critical steps you can take towards successful financial recovery.
The long-term impact of the brain or spinal injuries is profound. You deserve to know how these cases work and what you can expect. I am Louisiana personal injury attorney Gordon T. Herrin. I will meet with you to discuss your case at absolutely no cost to you. If you cannot travel to my office because of the severity of your injuries, I will travel to your home or schedule a Zoom video meeting. Contact me at Herrin Kervin Injury Attorneys at 985-244-3667 to schedule your consultation.
As a personal injury firm, Herrin Kervin Injury Attorneys works on a contingency fee basis. This means you will never pay attorney fees unless you receive compensation for your injuries. Ever! Please know, there are time limits for how long after an accident you can file a claim. Do not wait to get help from a lawyer.
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