The human spine transmits messages to and from the brain to every other area of the body. While we still have much to learn about the human brain and how it works, we have a fairly solid understanding of the spine, its functions, and its health.
Although we do have a fairly good understanding of how the spine functions, treating injuries to the spine is another matter. Many spinal cord injuries can be permanent, and require expensive and life-long treatment. Considering that more than 11,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries each year, it is important that you understand your options when it comes to recovering compensation for a spinal cord injury.
At The Law Office of Fredson Statmore Bitterman, our catastrophic injury attorneys have extensive experience helping clients suffering from spine and back injuries to recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Contact our firm today to discuss your options for recovering compensation in a free and confidential consultation with a Bloomfield spinal cord injury lawyer.
Common Causes of Spine Injuries
Most spinal cord injuries are caused by a sudden blow or impact to the spine. By far the most common type of trauma which causes spinal cord injuries are car and motor vehicle accidents, accounting for nearly 47% of spinal cord injuries nationwide. Slip and falls account for an estimated 23%, while violence and incidents of assault account for 14%, with sports injuries accounting for 9%.
This means that any time you are involved in a physically traumatic incident, whether it be a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, pedestrian accident, or a violent encounter, it is critical that you seek medical attention as quickly as possible.
Many injuries to the spine are not discovered until some time after the accident, at which point not only do the long-term implications of a spinal cord injury become more serious and difficult to treat, it also becomes much more difficult to directly link your traumatic accident to the spine injury in question. This in turn can make it much more difficult to recover financial compensation if your back injuries were caused by another party.
The bottom line is that if you are involved in any kind of traumatic physical incident, seek medical attention as quickly as possible, and advise them of your concern regarding a spinal cord injury. After this, you should seek representation from a Bloomfield spinal cord injury attorney.
Recovering Compensation for Back and Spine Injuries
If you believe your spinal cord injury was the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another party, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering with the help of a Bloomfield attorney.
This claim may be filed with your own insurance company, or with the insurance company of the responsible party(s) depending on the exact circumstances and the total amount of damages sought.
Especially when it comes to injuries to the spine, recovering compensation can not only be a complicated process, but also critical to the financial future of your and your family, so it is highly recommended that you retain experienced legal counsel to help you through the entire process, and ensure that the compensation you recover is full and fair.
Important Considerations During a Spinal Cord Injury Claim
As soon as you accept any settlement for your spinal cord injury, your case will be closed and final regardless of the fairness of that settlement. For this reason, it is critical that you accurately value the full extent of your spinal cord injuries and its impacts on your life the first time you file your claim, as New Jersey law will not allow a second claim, or a modification of your original settlement once it has been concluded.
Many spinal cord injuries can result in permanent or long-term damage, which not only require rehabilitation but also can affect your employment status or ability to secure future employment.
For this reason your Bloomfield spinal cord injury attorney will most likely wish to consult with medical experts as well as financial experts. Your claim will not only need to account for past medical expenses and lost income, but for future medical costs and lost earning potential as well.
Speak with a Bloomfield Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
At The Law Office of Fredson Statmore Bitterman, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients to recover the compensation they need and deserve for their spinal cord injuries.
With over 50 years of combined legal experience, and millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts already secured for clients, our reputation and track record of success speaks for itself. We are prepared to present your case to insurance companies and juries alike, and provide you with the effective, knowledgeable, and personal service that you need and deserve in any personal injury matter, especially when it comes to spinal cord injuries.
To speak with a Bloomfield spinal cord injury lawyer about your incident, contact our firm today.