Spinal cord injuries are life-changing. Whether you have been the victim of a car or motorcycle accident, or have been thrown by a horse, if your spinal cord has been injured you are most likely faced with an extremely challenging future. Unbelievable as it may seem, an accident that takes only seconds to occur may disable you permanently.
If you have received a spinal cord injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, California law entitles you to substantial compensation. Your recent trauma has put you are in urgent need of a highly competent personal injury attorney, one who has a track record of winning lawsuits and obtaining maximum settlements. Compass Law Group, LLP is a premium spinal cord injury legal firm that serves clients up and down California. Our personal injury lawyers are well-respected throughout the state and have received national recognition.
Los Angeles Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
You are no doubt shocked and overwhelmed by recent events, but we are here to support you and defend your rights. From the moment you contact us for a free consultation, you will feel a sense of relief and renewed control. Also, you should keep in mind that Compass Law Group will charge you no attorneys’ fees until we win you a settlement.
Damages We Routinely Win for Victims of Spinal Cord Injury
Because most spinal cord injuries leave patients with limited mobility or even complete paralysis, most victims lose their source of income at the same time that their medical and rehabilitative costs skyrocket. Compass Law Group’s skilled and knowledgeable spinal cord injury attorneys are regularly called upon to fight vigorously for the substantial settlements their clients will need to:
- Pay medical, surgical, and rehabilitation costs
- Pay for psychological counseling
- Replace lost income, present and future
- Repair or replace lost property
- Pay for nursing and homecare services
- Compensate for pain and suffering
- Compensate for loss of consortium
- Compensate for permanent disability
- Compensate for loss of enjoyment of life
If the accident that injured your spinal cord was the result of egregious misconduct — such as the erratic driving of an impaired motorist — you may also be entitled to punitive damages as well.
Types of Injuries
The spinal cord runs the entire length of the torso and is a kind of clearing house for sensory and motor nerve activity so injuries to it have severe consequences. Much depends on the location of the spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries may be complete or incomplete, causing partial or total damage to the region below. The location and severity of the injury will determine how much sensation and/or mobility will be lost. Spinal cord injuries are classified according to the region of the spine in which they occur as:
- Cervical spinal cord injuries — affecting the head and neck
- Thoracic spinal cord injuries – affecting the upper chest, mid-back and abdomen
- Lumbar spinal cord injuries — affecting the hips and legs
- Sacral spinal cord injuries — affecting the thighs, buttocks and pelvic organs
What makes spinal cord injuries catastrophic is that the spine, unlike many other body parts, is incapable of self-healing. Though there are experimental treatments using stem cells and robotic innovations now underway, currently most patients with spinal cord injuries continue to suffer extensive disabilities that require long-term care.
This is why Compass Law Group is dedicated to providing excellent legal counsel to those whose spinal cord injuries have been caused by someone else’s negligence. We know how devastating such trauma is, not only for the victim, but for the loved ones whose lives also have to adjust to a new normal. We want to make sure that you and your family have all the resources you will need to support you in your new life.
The Problems Caused by Spinal Cord Injuries
To understand how large a settlement for a spinal cord injury has to be in order to be of practical use, it is necessary to be aware of the broad range of ongoing symptoms spinal cord injuries cause, including, but not limited to:
- Bed sores, obesity, and depression from inactivity
- Circulatory problems such as high blood pressure and blood clots (DVTs)
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Loss of skin sensation — inability to perceive heat, cold, pressure, pain
- Loss of muscle tone — uncontrolled tightening (spasticity) or limp muscles (flaccidity)
- Pins and needles sensations on areas of the skin
- Respiratory problems due to affected abdominal and chest muscles
- Sexual dysfunction
Spinal cord injuries often result in long-term complications and changes in lifestyle. Sadly, for most patients, aging only makes them more dependent.
Contact Our Los Angeles Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
The lead attorneys of Compass Law Group, Simon Esfandi, Esq. and Joseph Shirazi, Esq., are more than high power spinal cord injury attorneys. They are also compassionate human beings who understand the enormous trauma you are presently facing. From the moment you become our client we will go to work for you — investigating the accident scene, interviewing witnesses, examining both the police report and your medical records, filing necessary documents in a timely fashion, and consulting experts who may be helpful to your case.
Because there is a 2-year statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits in California, and because the wheels of justice turn slowly, it is important that you contact our office as soon as you can. The sooner we begin looking into the accident that harmed you, the more accurate and credible witnesses are likely to be and the more likely it is that the accident site will remain unchanged. Also, police and medical data are more likely to be accessible.
More than this, the sooner you reach our attorneys, the sooner you will be able to adjust and restart your life. Knowing that you have put your financial future, and the financial future of your loved ones, into capable, trustworthy hands, you will more readily be able to make peace with the situation. Contact us now for a consultation.