Spinal cord injuries can force you to take on a new lifestyle. This adjustment may require extensive medical treatment, take you away from working, and restrict your mobility. Although nothing can fix what happened, you may be entitled to go after compensation for your damages.
A Long Beach spinal cord injury lawyer at Morelli Law Firm can help you hold the liable party accountable. They can serve you for a contingency fee, so you won’t pay us unless and until we procure a financial award for you.
Determining Liability in a Long Beach Spinal Cord Injury Case
Establishing liability for a spinal cord injury can be challenging. There are cases, however, in which liability can be fairly clear-cut and definitive. In any event, we would need to prove that these four things exist in your case:
- The other party was to provide you with a duty of care.
- They did not uphold this duty and acted negligently.
- This negligence caused an accident and your spinal cord injury.
- Your spinal cord injury has led to financial, emotional, and physical hardships.
Evidence, like photographs, an incident report, witness statements, and medical documentation, can all work to support each of these claims for negligence.
Damages in Spinal Cord Injury Cases
Damages are typically divided into economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages refer to the kinds of costs that can be easily calculated and proven. Non-economic damages are more subjective and difficult to quantify.
Damages in a spinal cord injury case may include:
- Past and future medical care costs
- Home modifications
- Diminished future earning capacity
- Loss of quality of life
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Mental anguish
- Household assistance
You may be entitled to collect other forms of compensation that are not mentioned here.
Having a Long Beach Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer at Our Firm Advocate for You
If you or your loved one sustained a spinal cord injury after an accident in the Long Beach area, you may want to consider hiring a lawyer from Morelli Law Firm to represent you.
While you’re treatment, they can:
- Put together an evidence file
- Consult your doctors
- Prove the responsible party’s negligence
- Enter into settlement negotiations
- Manage correspondence with other parties involved with your case
- Take your injury case to trial if need be
Your lawyer will also be there for you whenever you have a question or concern about the status of your case. You can count on them to keep you in the loop.
Our Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys Will Fight for the Compensation You Deserve
Morelli Law Firm has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in financial recovery for our clients. In addition to pursuing just compensation for them, we want to make sure that they feel at ease throughout the claims process.
Check out some of their testimonials:
“I remember crying when she called to say Jennie would review all the records to see if there was a case. Well fast forward 4 years later and…you all have won a settlement for us. We both feel so thankful to have ended up at your firm…” – Carol E.
“One thing is for sure, we were incredibly lucky and truly blessed. Throughout the process you have been amazing” – Janine B.
Our attorneys are ready to listen to what happened to you so that we can get to work on your case immediately.
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Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that between 250,000 and 500,000 people worldwide suffer spinal cord injuries every year. Most spinal cord injuries occur because of a person’s spine or neck bending or compressing.
Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Slip and falls
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Work injuries
- Medical malpractice
Our team can represent you if you or a loved one suffered your spinal cord injury in any of these accidents.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
According to Mayo Clinic, spinal cord injuries are usually classified into two types of severities:
- A complete spinal cord injury is when all of the victim’s movement and sensation is lost under the site of injury.
- An incomplete spinal cord injury is when some of the victim’s movement and sensation is lost under the site of injury.
Spinal cord injuries can also be classified as follows:
- Cervical spinal cord injuries – The cervical portion of the spinal cord includes the top portion of the spinal cord, comprising the seven vertebrae labeled C-1 to C-7 in the neck. This is the most severe level of spinal cord injury since these vertebrae are closest to the brain.
- Thoracic spinal cord injuries – The thoracic spine is in the upper and middle part of the back with 12 vertebrae numbered T-1 to T-12. These injuries affect the upper chest, mid-back, and abdominal muscles.
- Lumbar spinal cord injuries – The lumbar spine is the lowest portion of the spinal cord, with the five vertebrae numbered L1-L5 below the thoracic section. Lumbar spinal cord injuries affect the hips and legs.
- Sacral spinal cord injuries – The sacral spine (or sacrum) is below the lumbar spine and above the tailbone (or coccyx). Five bones make up the sacrum and are numbered S-1 to S-5. Sacral spinal cord injuries affect the hips, back of the thighs, buttocks, and pelvic organs.
Reach Out to Morelli Law Firm to Get Started on Your Spinal Cord Injury Case
If you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury in Long Beach, now is the time to hold the at-fault party responsible.
Call (212) 751-9800 for a free consultation with the Morelli Law Firm right now. It’s important not to delay since NJ Rev State § 2A:14-2 limits how much time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit.