Have you or someone close to you suffered a spinal injury accident in Los Angeles or surrounding areas? If so, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Dealing with a devastating injury can be stressful and life-changing. If someone else’s negligence caused your accident, you might be able to file a claim to obtain justice.
KJT Law Group helps clients like you pursue justice for their personal injuries. Our Los Angeles spinal injury attorney can help you seek damages for your losses. Receiving a payout for your lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering can help relieve some of the stress you may be experiencing. You can start exploring your legal options today during a free consultation with our team.
How Insurance Companies Respond to Many Los Angeles Spinal Cord Accidents
After your serious injury, you may hope the insurance company representing the individual or entity will do the right thing and compensate you fairly for your troubles. But insurance companies are just like any other business. They exist to make profits. If they can find a way to deny your claim, they will keep more money in their bank accounts.
Insurance representatives may approach you not long after your accident. They may try to take advantage of your worry, fear, and frustrations. Because you might be wondering how you will pay your medical bills and provide for your family, you may be tempted to accept their offer. In most cases, they will try to get you to accept a settlement award that is far less than your case’s true value.
How a Spinal Injury Attorney in Los Angeles Can Help With Your Case
A Los Angeles spinal cord injury attorney from our team can help you with your insurance claim or lawsuit, saving you time so that you can focus on healing from your injury. Our team will do the following for you:
Thoroughly Investigate Your Case
To build a successful claim, you need data. At KJT Law Group, we believe in using facts to build a solid foundation for any case. We can investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident. We can use your medical records to prove the significance of your injuries and establish a connection between your trauma and the other party’s negligence.
Part of the investigation is looking at the circumstances surrounding your injury. For example, if you were hurt in a car crash, we would investigate the accident scene, review the official report of the responding police officer, seek traffic camera footage, witnesses, and more.
Negotiate a Settlement
After the investigation, our Los Angeles spinal cord injury attorney can negotiate on your behalf. Many personal injury cases are settled without going to trial. If both sides can walk away with an agreement that they are happy with, we can avoid the additional time and expense of a courtroom trial.
Represent You in Court
Sometimes during settlement negotiations, both sides cannot come to an agreement. At this point, you may choose to move forward with a trial.
A Los Angeles trial attorney can handle the complicated legal procedures necessary to properly present a case.
Damages You Could Recover in a Los Angeles Spinal Cord Injury Case
You can recover economic (financial) and non-economic (non-financial) damages in your spinal injury case.
Economic damages are the direct impact your injuries have on your finances. Most commonly, economic damages are tied to your medical expenses.
Any medical bills stemming from the following may be eligible for economic damages:
- Emergency medical treatment, including surgeries
- Emergency transport to a hospital or healthcare facility
- Physical therapy
- Follow-up appointments
- Psychological counseling
- Transportation to and from your medical appointments
While the above list should not be considered complete, it does give you an idea of the kind of medical expenses economic damages can encompass. Economic damages may also include lost income, including tips and bonuses. If you cannot return to work because of your injuries, you will be losing your salary and possibly any benefits tied to your job.
If your situation prevents you from ever returning to work, your economic damages may also include compensation for future lost wages or the money you could have earned but no longer can because of your injuries.
As the name implies, non-economic damages are those that do not have a specific dollar amount. While “pain and suffering” is the most common phrase people are familiar with, non-economic damages can include:
- Psychological trauma
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Disability and disfigurement
- Loss of companionship
Types of Los Angeles Spinal Cord Injuries
When your spine is injured in an accident, it can be either an incomplete or complete spine injury.
Car Accident Whiplash Injuries
A common spinal cord injury is whiplash, which also occurs in traffic accidents. Whiplash traffic injuries most often happen when another vehicle rear-ends the vehicle you are in. That sudden impact causes rapid, intense hypertension, hyperflexion, or rotation of the spine. Perhaps surprisingly, this kind of whiplash happens most often at speeds under the posted speed limit.
While there are different types of whiplash, the one most often caused by car accidents is acute whiplash. Acute whiplash happens when the spine is suddenly and violently strained. Besides being very painful, whiplash can result in long-term spinal issues.
The disks in your back cushion your vertebrate, helping your back safely absorb minor impacts without injury. Without these disks, the movement would cause the bones in your vertebrae to rub against each other, causing damage and significant pain.
When a disk is herniated, some of the fluid in this cushion leaks out, leading to pain and other health issues. While herniated discs often occur gradually over time, sudden impacts such as those during a fall, car crash, or physical assault can lead to disk damage.
Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries
More than half of all spinal cord injuries are incomplete. Your brain and body communicate with each other via signals that pass through your spinal cord and central nervous system. An incomplete injury is a partial disruption of brain signals to the rest of your muscles. The signals can’t get to their intended destination, resulting in motor control difficulty and loss of sensation.
The three common types of incomplete spinal cord injuries are:
- Anterior cord syndrome
- Brown-Séquard syndrome
- Central cord syndrome
- Posterior cord syndrome
When you suffer an incomplete spinal cord injury, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Chronic pain
- Loss of sensation
- Sleep trouble
- Bowel or bladder dysfunction
- Cold extremities
- Swelling of hands and feet
Incomplete spinal cord injuries are treated with speech therapy, psychotherapy, orthotic devices, medications, and surgery. If another person or company is responsible for your injuries, our Los Angeles law firm can help you seek compensation for these spinal cord injury treatments.
Complete Spinal Cord Injuries
Complete spinal cord injuries cause you to lose all function of your body below the injury. If you suffer a complete spinal cord injury, both sides of your body are affected. Depending on where your spine is injured, you may lose the ability to control two or all four of your limbs.
Victims suffering from paralysis may or may not recover, depending on their level of injury. If you are partially or fully paralyzed due to someone else’s negligence, our Los Angeles spinal cord attorney can help you seek compensation for your suffering.
What Are Common Causes of Severe Spinal Injuries?
Many types of severe spinal cord injuries occur in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. With a city as large and busy as LA, accidents (and injuries) are bound to happen. Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries are below.
Traffic accidents may be the most common causes of whiplash, but it can also be caused by:
- Sports injuries
- Recreational accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
Regardless of the kind of spinal cord injury you have, a Los Angeles personal injury attorney can help you seek justice and compensation from those responsible for your pain and trauma.
Understanding the Statute of Limitations in California
Each U.S. state has a time limit victims can file for damages in their injury lawsuits. This deadline is called the statute of limitations, and it changes according to the state. In California, injured parties have two years to seek damages, per CCP § 335.1.
As a potential plaintiff, this means you have two years from the date of your Los Angeles accident to sue the parties responsible for your injuries. While two years may seem like plenty of time, we recommend that you file as soon as possible to protect your right to sue. Once the deadline expires, you likely will lose your right to seek recovery.
Our legal team can help you file the proper paperwork and meet your deadlines. You can read more about how we have helped many clients recover hundreds of millions in verdicts and settlement awards.
Contact Us for Help From Our Los Angeles Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
After suffering a severe spinal cord injury, you may be frustrated and angry. You also may need financial compensation to pay your medical bills and other accident-related expenses.
Call the KJT Law Group today at (818) 507-8525 for your free, no-obligation case evaluation. We can show you how our spine injury lawyer in Los Angeles can help and give you an honest assessment of your case. If you hire us, you will not pay any attorney’s fees unless or until we win your case.