Whether it was the result of medical malpractice, a tractor-trailer accident, or a slip and fall, a spinal cord injury in Phoenix changes the life of the victim as well as the lives of family and friends. At Knapp & Roberts, we work hard at getting to know our clients and the impact an injury has had on their life. Call a Phoenix spinal cord injury lawyer immediately to understand your options.
By getting to know you, a spinal cord injury lawyer can explain to a jury how the injury has changed your life. Here are some things the attorneys at Knapp & Roberts will
Because our law firm focuses on serious, catastrophic injuries, we have a network of experts who work with us to assure we have the information we need about your current and future needs.
Our experienced Phoenix personal injury lawyers will get to know you and the story of your injury well. We will tell the jury how your life has changed since your injury — and what you need to ensure your future.
The spinal cord can sustain an injury from traumatic and nontraumatic events. A traumatic event is one that stems from external forces, such as a blow or hit to the spine. A nontraumatic force is something that occurs internally, such as a disease or an infection. Any damage to the spinal cord or its surrounding nerves could cause a serious and permanent personal injury. Determining what caused your spinal cord could help you identify the at-fault person or entity.
Human negligence often causes spinal cord injuries in Phoenix. A drunk driver, incompetent surgeon, negligent property owner or malicious criminal could lead to someone else’s permanent paralysis. If you believe someone else caused your SCI, you may be eligible for financial compensation from the at-fault party. A spinal cord injury claim could let you fight for fair financial recovery from one or more defendants. A lawyer from Knapp & Roberts can help you identify the cause of your SCI.
The spinal cord is one of the most complex body parts. It houses thousands of nerve fibers that transmit signals from the brain to the muscles. The complexity of the spinal cord means it can suffer many different types and levels of injury. The degree of injury will determine the amount of disability, if any, as well as the patient’s prognosis for recovery.
The higher up the injury occurs on the spinal cord, the worse its effects on the patient will most likely be. Cervical spinal cord injuries are the most seriously debilitating, while sacral spine injuries may not cause any permanent paralysis at all. The strength of the patient and the severity of the injury can determine the patient’s prognosis. The outcome for recovery can vary greatly from patient to patient.
Spinal cord injuries often cause permanent damage. People living with SCIs will have to pay for lifelong doctor visits, specialists, treatments, medications, assistive devices and therapies. They will also have to deal with the costs of a disability, including home and vehicle modifications. The average lifetime cost of a spinal cord injury can reach almost $5 million in medical care and living expenses, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. This amount will depend on the age of the patient and type of injury.
Even at the lowest level of disability, the costs of a spinal cord injury could reach $1 million over a patient’s lifetime. This amount may not include lost wages and lost earning capacity due to a permanent disability, which can also total $1 million or more. They may also not include the value of intangible losses, such as emotional pain, physical suffering and lost quality of life. A jury could award a significant amount in noneconomic damages for a permanently disabling spine injury.
Spinal cord injuries are expensive. It is critical to hire a Phoenix personal injury lawyer to help you get a fair and full settlement for your lifelong injury. Otherwise, you may not have the financial means to pay for the care you require. An attorney will be able to accurately evaluate your injury claim and calculate its fair value. Then, your lawyer can engage in settlement negotiations with an insurance company on your behalf. Hiring an attorney can prevent an insurance company from taking advantage of you. Finally, a lawyer could take the defendant to trial if necessary for a full recovery.
The value of an SCI case can differ significantly depending on the extent of the injury. Someone with permanent paralysis, for example, will most likely be eligible for greater compensation than someone who will fully recover. The type and severity of the injury will change the value of damages such as medical costs and lost wages. Other facts related to the case could also affect its total value.
Many different things could impact the value of your spinal cord injury claim. You and your family could be eligible for enough money to guarantee the financial stability of your future. The only way to get a fair and honest evaluation of your case is by consulting with an attorney. Trusting a lawyer to represent you during insurance settlement negotiations or an injury trial could help you maximize your award amount. The attorneys at Knapp & Roberts have extensive experience handling complex spinal cord injury claims.
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The personal injury attorneys in Phoenix, Arizona at Knapp & Roberts have the compassion and trial lawyer skills to tell your story to a jury. We will get to know you and your family so that we can help the jury understand what has happened to you and your family and how it has changed your lives. Obtain the compensation necessary for the injuries and losses you have suffered.