We can protect your spinal cord injury claim by 1) obtaining all necessary evidence 2) building a sufficient case and 3) advocating for your rights at trial.
What Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC Can Guarantee You!
We have represented many victims with spinal cord injuries. We provide clients with a set of services and resources that preserves and maximizes their recoveries. Here is a quick summary of what that entails:
- EXPERIENCE. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has developed a network of attorneys with a history of success in personal injury cases especially those involving catastrophic injuries like to the spinal cord. We put all of this experience and skill to use in every case we try. This speeds up and maximizes compensation from every suit.
- RESOURCES. We inject every dollar and supply necessary to get clients the award that they deserve. This is critically important when facing defendants that have a lot of power and money because they will inevitably try to delay and obfuscate.
- COMMUNICATION. Many clients find that once they sign with a law firm, they never hear from them again. This is not what you will experience with the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC. We keep attorneys and staff available around the clock so that you completely understand what is happening and why it is happening.
- COMMITMENT. Like any other profession, law is a business. So many firms take on clients from all across the spectrum. We pledge that if you hire us, we will not represent defendants who have committed similar wrongs as what was done to you.
Financial Assistance for Adaptive Life Changes
Likely, your spinal cord injury has caused significant changes in your lifestyle that has required you to adapt to a new way of living. You probably need assistive help from nurses, doctors, and caregivers to manage your health and hygiene. Many individuals who have experienced a spinal cord injury will develop adverse effects on various body functions that include:
- Bowel/Bladder Control – If your spinal cord was damaged or severed, the body might not be able to communicate with the brain efficiently to control the bowels or bladder. You may need to develop new techniques to effectively empty your bowel or bladder when necessary.
- Blood Circulation Control – The damage to your spinal cord may have created circulatory issues that result in low or high blood pressure or caused pulmonary embolus, blood clots, or another circulatory disorder.
- Skin Sensations – A separated or damaged spinal cord can cause the loss of skin sensation making it difficult to feel cold, heat, or pressure.
- Respiratory Control – The area of the spinal cord injured during the accident or event might have caused problems with the respiratory system, diaphragm, abdominal muscles, or chest muscles. These muscle problems associated with respiratory control can result in lung issues, labored breathing, or the development of pneumonia.
- Muscle Tone – Losing core muscle tone could create a loss of control of the arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers, and toes. A lack of muscle definition or tone could cause uncontrollable motion or muscle tightening.
- Sexual Function – Men and women who have experienced partial or complete spinal cord damage may notice significant changes to their sexual function.
- Mental Health – Any spinal cord damage can cause a devastating outcome to the victim's mental health. Many spinal cord accident victims must deal with ongoing depression and anxiety.
Research shows that spinal cord injury victims experiencing quadriplegia (high tetraplegia) who have lost function of their torso at all four limbs will need approximately $1 million to maintain their health and the first year. Afterward, based on the severity of their injuries, the victim might require $350,000 or more annually. The cost of maintaining quality health includes payment for:
- Necessary surgeries
- Ongoing rehabilitation
- Emergency service costs
- Long-term care
- Trauma care
- In-home caregiving with nurses, nurse's aides, and nursing assistants
- Pain management costs
- Prescription drugs
- Durable medical equipment including wheelchairs, ramps, trapeze bars, adjustable beds, and other gear
In addition to the above necessities, the injured victim will likely face hidden expenses including the cost of travel to and from their doctor, hospital, emergency room, depression therapy sessions, and associated costs including gas, food, and parking fees.
Victims of paraplegia also have extensive costs due to the loss of involuntary body functions and their inability to regulate their body temperature or blood pressure. Some paraplegic patients require a ventilator brief or need assistance to manage their bowel and bladder functions.
The injured victim is likely experiencing a loss of wages caused by time away from their previous job. The victim may need to make adaptive changes to the level of work they perform that might not pay the wages they enjoyed before the accident or event that caused their injuries occurred.
What to Know about Protecting Your Claim
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents victims of many kinds of personal injuries. Adapting to the changes of the spinal cord injury can place an enormous strain on the individual's life. Our legal team fights aggressively on behalf of our clients to ensure their legal recovery is protected. We have the skills and resources to protect yours as well. Just call us today to find out how.
Establishing Liability for Spinal Cord Injury
To successfully resolve a personal injury claim involving a spinal cord injury requires proving four basic elements in a civil lawsuit. These elements include:
- The actions or inaction of the defendants in the case because an accident or event had occurred.
- The event was the result of the defendant's negligence or intentional action.
- The defendant's negligence caused the plaintiff's injury or death.
- The plaintiff's injuries are real.
Proving liability in a spinal cord injury case is not always easy especially if there are others (third parties) who are also responsible for causing the accident or incident. The victim may need to gather evidence, record eyewitness accounts, and take photographs of what happened. Because of that, many individuals who experienced a spinal cord injury will hire a personal injury attorney to handle their case and protect their right to pursue compensation from those financially accountable for their negligence.
A lawyer working on behalf of the client can handle every aspect of the case to establish liability and ensure the victim receives adequate compensation. The law firm will review medical records, speak to the victim's doctors, and hire medical professionals who can provide expert testimony to confirm why the plaintiff needs substantial financial compensation for the remainder of their life.
Common Causes of a Spinal Cord Injury
Some of the common causes of a spinal cord injury involved motor vehicle accidents that result in serious injuries and damage. Many of these accidents involve:
- Another driver who was operating their vehicle while drunk or under the influence of drugs;
- A commercial truck collision that crushed motorists driving passenger vehicles;
- Cars that struck pedestrians and bicyclists;
- Construction accidents where the worker fell from a great height;
- Industrial accident where the victim was crushed by heavy machinery;
- Failed surgical procedures;
- Recreational sports activities;
- Acts of violence that caused stabbing and gunshot wounds.
A Negligence-Related Spinal Cord Injury
Nearly all spinal cord injury lawsuits are founded on negligence, a common legal theory that alleges that the careless actions of another caused the victim's injury or death. These cases require the victim to prove how the defendant (the other party) was at fault for the injuries because they drove recklessly, failed to maintain a safe environment, or acted violently.
A Medical Malpractice-Related Spinal Cord Injury
The doctor may have misdiagnosed an injury to the patient's spinal cord that became worse because the medical team failed to immobilize the patient to take x-rays, MRI scans, or perform other imaging tests that would identify spinal cord damage. A surgeon making a medical mistake during a surgical procedure might cause severe injuries by damaging the patient's spinal cord. These cases and others may constitute medical malpractice and give the patient the right to seek financial compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.
A Defective Product-Related Spinal Cord Injury
A faulty seatbelt, defective airbag, or other dangerous product could have caused the victim's spinal cord injury. The product designer, manufacturer, distributor, and others who sold the product could be held legally responsible and financially accountable to the victim to ensure they receive adequate compensation for their injuries to pay for:
- Care to treat your immediate symptoms including the need for feeding tubes and ventilators;
- Palliative care to help make you more comfortable when dealing with chronic pain or insomnia;
- Changes in your lifestyle to accommodate your new needs;
- Physical therapy that will be necessary to retrain the body and brain and improve your mobility;
- Counseling for you and your family to help in coping with the many stresses of life associated with your injuries;
- All corrective surgeries required to improve your health.
Getting Legal Help
Resolving a spinal cord injury claim for compensation is extremely complex and deals with complicated medical and legal issues. Because of that, you may wish to talk with an attorney who specializes in medical malpractice, vehicle accident, and product liability litigation.
Our legal team uses every necessary resource to help our clients who suffer from quadriplegia and paraplegia. We work with life care planners to ensure our clients have adequate compensation for all of your future care. Once we have obtained your monetary recovery, we can ensure you receive professional monetary management help to guarantee that you will have a lifetime of sufficient funds to meet all your needs.
We will ensure that we file all the necessary documentation before the state statute of limitations expires concerning your case. We work hard to protect your rights while pursuing maximum lifetime compensation on your behalf.
Retaining an Attorney
Living a spinal cord injury cannot be easy. You are likely facing astronomical medical expenses and no longer able to return to your previous job. You are likely experiencing psychological and emotional trauma that will require ongoing counseling in the years ahead. We know if you receive the compensation you deserve, you are more likely to improve the quality of your life and be relieved of the financial burden that was caused by the negligent actions of another.
The spinal cord injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC understand it was a neglectful action of another who caused your injury. We have successfully obtained millions on behalf of the victims and their family members to ensure they were adequately compensated to cover their medical expenses, household bills, lost wages, loss of future earnings, pain, suffering, and emotional damage and we can help your family too.
Our legal team encourages you to contact our attorneys today to schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation to discuss the merits of your monetary recovery claim. We accept all personal injury cases, wrongful death lawsuits, and spinal cord injury claims through contingency fee arrangements. This legal contract postpones the payment of legal services until after we have successfully completed your case through a negotiated settlement or a jury verdict.
Our law firm gets results quickly because we understand you need money now. We proudly offer every client a “No Win/No-Fee” Guarantee, meaning if we are unable to secure financial compensation on your behalf you owe us nothing. All information you share with our law office will stay confidential.
For additional information see the following pages:
- Do I Have a Spinal Cord Injury Case?
- How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit Related to Spinal Cord Injuries In Illinois?
- How Much Have Other Victims Of Spinal Cord Injuries Recovered?
- What Are Statistics About Spinal Cord Injuries?
- What Compensation Can I Recover From a Party Who Caused My Spinal Cord Injuries?
- What Legal Theories Can Be Used to Pursue a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit?
- Who Are Common Defendants In Spinal Cord Injury Cases?