Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers South Florida
Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Committed to Representing Clients Suffering from Spinal Cord Injuries in Broward County, Palm Beach County, and Across South Florida
Spinal cord injuries often cause long-lasting or permanent damage that can impact all aspects of the injured party’s life, from the individual’s mobility to his or her ability to live independently. Because the spinal cord is one of the most fundamental areas of the body, injury to this area can have far-reaching consequences. Spinal cord injuries can occur in a variety of ways, including in a car accident, a slip and fall accident, a construction accident, or as a result of medical malpractice. If a third party’s actions or omissions caused a spinal cord injury to you or a loved one, it is important to seek legal advice from an attorney who you can trust.
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., our Plantation spinal cord injury lawyers have worked to successfully secure compensation for clients who have suffered spinal cord injuries because of a third party’s negligence. We understand that spinal cord injuries can result in chronic pain that can last a lifetime, even if the injury is not severe enough to cause paralysis. Clients who are paralyzed or who suffer from the painful effects of a spinal cord injury often find themselves facing significant additional expenses because of the injury, which is compounded by the fact that the injured party may be unable to return to work following the injury. Our attorneys can help you deal with the frustration of knowing that another party’s negligence caused or contributed to your spinal cord injuries, while we work tirelessly to ensure that you receive full and fair compensation from the responsible party.
Establishing Legal Liability for Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is about 18 inches long and is composed of bones called vertebrae. The spine is essentially segmented into three separate regions:
- The cervical spine, which includes the upper portion of the neck region and consists of seven vertebrae.
- The thoracic spine, which includes the middle twelve vertebrae in the back.
- The lumbar spine, which includes the lower five vertebrae in the back.
The severity of a spinal cord injury will depend upon where the injury occurred, and injuries to the higher portions of the spine tend to result in the most severe injuries. A skilled personal injury attorney with experience advocating for compensation for victims of spinal cord injuries can be necessary to establish liability when multiple parties and insurance companies attempt to disclaim responsibility. Our attorneys work to establish legal liability for a spinal cord injury by investigating the actions of:
- A negligent driver: If the injury occurred in a motor vehicle accident, a negligent driver and his or her insurance carrier may be required to compensate the injured party for expenses stemming from his or her spinal cord injury.
- A homeowner: Homeowners owe a duty of care to individuals who they have invited into their homes, including a duty to warn invited guests about known and hidden dangers. If a spinal cord injury occurred as a result of a slip and fall, or some other accident, the homeowner and his or her homeowners’ insurance carrier can be required to provide compensation.
- A business owner: Owners of stores, restaurants, and other locations that are open to the public can be held liable for spinal cord injuries sustained as a result of dangerous conditions on the property. These individuals have a legal duty to inspect their business premises to prevent potential injuries to customers.
- Medical professionals: In some cases, a spinal cord injury can be caused by the negligent actions or omissions of a medical professional.
Battle-Tested Lawyers Fight for Your Right to Fair Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries
After you have received medical attention for your spinal cord injury, consult with a skilled spinal cord injury attorney as soon as possible to begin the process of obtaining the maximum level of compensation available for your injuries. We will fight to establish the value of your claim and help you obtain compensation to offset the added costs that a spinal cord injury can cause, including:
- Inability to earn a living.
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation, potentially on a long-term basis.
- Current medical expenses.
- Future medical expenses.
- Necessary modifications to the home, which can include installation of hand bars, ramps, and modifications to the bathroom.
- In-home health assistance.
- Devices such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, or canes.
- Pain and suffering.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury and you believe that a third party’s negligence may have caused or contributed to the injury, contact our offices to schedule a free consultation today. We have our main office located at 813 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460, as well as an office in Pompano Beach, Florida. It is never too early to seek out skilled legal representation, and our Plantation attorneys are here to begin fighting for your rights today.
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Frequently Asked Questions About South Florida Spinal Cord Injuries
Yes. In many cases, injuries to the discs or ligaments in the spinal cord can cause chronic pain that gives rise to your right to compensation. If another person’s negligence caused your spinal cord injury, you still have the right to be compensated for unreimbursed medical expenses, future medical care, potential lost earnings, and other expenses that only become necessary because of the injury—even if your spinal cord injury was not the most severe type of injury possible.
There is no set amount that a spinal cord injury will cost. The costs associated with a spinal cord injury can vary, depending upon the severity of the injury, but it is possible that annual costs could reach $150,000 or more. This figure highlights the importance of getting skilled legal advice to help you anticipate potential future costs, as well as to obtain compensation for amounts that you have already spent because of the injury.