Spinal Cord Injuries

Louisville Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys

Damage to the spinal cord often causes permanent changes in strength, sensation, and even bodily functions at the point below the injury site. Living with a spinal cord injury can be challenging in a number of ways, not only physically but financially and emotionally as well. Fair recovery of monetary damages is essential after such a serious injury, and Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC is here to help you accomplish this. Reach out to our spinal cord injury lawyers in Louisville for experienced legal support and representation. 

Contact our firm today at (502) 244-7772 for a free case evaluation. We have served all of Kentucky since 1986 and are ready to see how we can protect your interests.

Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries have various causes. All involve some sort of physical trauma, such as a blow, sudden impact, or unnatural twisting of the spine, that damages the nerves responsible for transmitting signals to and from the brain and the rest of the body. The location and severity of such trauma will dictate whether a person suffers from paraplegia (affecting the legs) or quadriplegia (the entire body below the neck), and to what degree.

According to The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the most common causes of spine injuries are:

Complete vs. Incomplete Spine Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are divided into two categories: complete or incomplete.

  • Incomplete: An incomplete spinal cord injury means there is still some function or sense of feeling below the location of the injury.
  • Complete: With complete spinal cord injuries, the individual loses all function below the level of injury, include movement and sensation.

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are categorized according the location of the injury on the spine:

  • Cervical
  • Thoracic
  • Lumbar
  • Sacral

Typically, the higher the injury is on the spinal column, the more severe the loss of function. An injury that impacts the cervical area of the spine is likely to result in paralysis from the neck down, whereas a sacral spine injury is most likely to result in paraplegia. The Louisville catastrophic injury lawyers at Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC have the skills and experience to handle complex spinal cord injury claims.

Holding The Responsible Party Liable for Your Spinal Cord Injury

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury because of another person or entity’s actions, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. Your claim for compensation may be based on negligence, tort, or strict liability.

Negligence is the most common ground for making a spinal cord injury claim. Every person or entity has a duty to avoid acting in a way that causes harm to others. That duty involves thinking about any person who could be affected by our actions. For example, if a property is not well maintained, it is reasonably foreseeable that any person who is on the property could be harmed by the condition of the property. That puts a duty on property owners to maintain their property in good condition, take precautions to protect visitors to the property from harm, or warn visitors to the property about harmful conditions that may cause them harm. This is why, for instance, when you go into a store, you sometimes see “wet floor” caution signs, warning shoppers of possible danger.  

When a person fails to meet their duty to others and that failure results in foreseeable harm to a foreseeable victim, the victim may get compensation for the injuries they suffer.

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, there may be more than one party legally responsible for your injury. It is very important that all parties responsible are identified so that a claim can be made against them. A full investigation of your case will reveal all the parties that can be held legally responsible for your injury. The Louisville spinal cord injury lawyers at Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC have the experience and resources to fully investigate your case and identify all the parties that should be held responsible for your case. Our in-house medical staff assist in investigations and case preparation to ensure that your case has the necessary evidence to prove your claim.

How Much Compensation Can I Get for a Spinal Cord Injury in Louisville?

The value of the compensation that you can get will depend on different factors, primarily, the severity of your injury and the damages you suffered as a result. Although it is not possible to predict the total value of your claim, your spinal cord injury attorney understands the law and what you are entitled to, and will ensure that your claim represents your total damages. Your spinal cord injury may be so severe that it causes a complete change in your lifestyle, your ability to work in the profession you worked in before the injury, or your ability to contribute to your household in the same way as you used to. These are all non-economic damages that can be quantified with the help of economic experts.

Should I Call a Lawyer After a Spine Injury?

If you or someone you love suffered a spinal cord injury because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the person or corporation that caused you harm. This compensation can ensure you receive the medical care and assistance you need for the rest of your life.

Our spinal cord injury attorneys in Louisville can represent you and help recover damages for your injuries including:

  • Expenses for medical treatment, including surgeries and therapy.
  • Lost wages and loss of earning potential.
  • Cost of in-home care and specialized equipment.
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Pain and suffering

Contact a Skilled Louisville Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer For Help

No matter the circumstances surrounding your or your loved one’s injuries, you can count on the knowledge and compassion of our Louisville personal injury lawyers. Our Louisville spinal cord injury attorneys pursue maximum compensation for each client with the knowledge that we are building brighter futures after the most difficult times.

Call (502) 244-7772 to speak with a Louisville spinal cord injury lawyer at Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today.

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