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Matthew Foley

Matthew Foley

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Spinal Cord Injury Cases in Tucson and Southern Arizona

Of all injuries, spinal cord injuries are among the most serious and life-changing. Spinal cord injuries vary in severity, with the most severe types resulting in quadriplegia, paraplegia, and triplegia. Injuries to the neck and spine can occur in a number of ways, including in car accidents, slip and fall accidents, or accidents at work.  If you have sustained a spinal cord injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you have the legal right to file a personal injury claim to recover damages.

There are two types of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete injuries. Complete injuries occur when the spinal cord is completely severed, whereas incomplete injuries occur when the spinal cord is only partially severed or compressed. Some of the most common complete and incomplete injuries include anterior cord syndrome, which affects the front of the spinal cord, central cord syndrome, which affects the center of the spinal cord, and Brown-Sequard syndrome, which affects only one side of the spinal cord.

Most spinal cord injury victims will need to attend physical therapy, recreational therapy, and occupational therapy as they recover from a spinal cord injury. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for many spinal cord injuries, and the victim may have to suffer from the consequences of his injuries for the rest of his life.

Serious spinal cord injuries are incredibly difficult, and often impossible, to treat. If you are rushed to the hospital with a spinal cord injury, doctors may need to perform emergency surgery to fuse broken spinal bones, or remove any fluid or inflamed tissue that is pressing against the spinal cord. Administering a steroid within eight hours after the injury was sustained has helped some patients see improvement in their condition, but it is not effective for all spinal cord injuries.

 

How Long Does A Spinal Injury Case Take?

There’s no way to tell how long a spinal injury case will take because the answer can vary so greatly. Cases that settle out of court will not take as long as those that go to trial. If your case goes to trial, it could be months or even over a year before your case is resolved.

The complexity of the case and severity of your injuries could also affect the time it takes. If your injuries are severe, determining what you will need down the road right after the injury occurs may be challenging.

 

Hiring a Tucson Attorney for a Spinal Cord Injury

The amount that you will be able to recover will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of your injuries and the impact your injuries has had on your life.  You may be entitled to economic damages, which compensate you for past and future medical bills, lost wages or loss of earning capacity, and non-economic damages, which are awarded in cases where the plaintiff has suffered emotional pain, and punitive damages.

An attorney will be able to work with your healthcare providers to understand how much compensation you will need to cover your current and future medical expenses. He will be able to gather evidence of your injuries, identify the party that is responsible for your injuries, and negotiate with the at-fault party to help you recover the compensation that you deserve.

Understanding Attorney Fees with Spinal Cord Injury Cases

There are no upfront attorney fees.  We work on a “contingency fee basis”, which means we collect our fee as a percentage of the settlement if we win the case.  Most, if not all, personal injury firms handle these types of cases on a contingency fee basis.  Uniquely, we offer a client guarantee that our fee will be discounted if necessary to ensure our firm never receives funds disproportionate to our client’s recovery. Contact our office today for a consultation.