We at Agruss Law Firm are proud to serve the people of Milwaukee in personal injury cases, including when you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident, and we are fully committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that the other party is held legally accountable when negligence occurs. We will fight until the very end to ensure that you receive full financial compensation for all injuries and losses resulting from the accident, including medical expenses, property damage, lost income, and pain and suffering, and you won’t owe us a dime for our services. Contact a Milwaukee spinal cord injury lawyer for a free consultation today.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injury (SCI) describes any damage to the spinal cord which results in lost function, sensation, or mobility. SCIs are different from other back injuries, such as pinched nerves, ruptured discs, and spinal stenosis, and for SCIs a loss of function is possible without severing the spinal cord, which is the case for most SCI victims.
It is estimated that about 12,000 people sustain spinal cord injuries (SCIs) each year, averaging about 32 per day. Most of these are caused by falls, car or motorcycle accidents, work accidents, and athletic activities, and it’s also estimated about 60% of victims are less than thirty years of age; men make up much of this majority.
Spinal cord injuries can occur in a wide range of accidents, including:
- Aviation accidents
- Boating accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Traffic accidents
- Sports injuries
Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuits
If you’ve suffered spinal cord damage due to someone else’s negligence, such as in an accident or even medical malpractice, you may be eligible to recover compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress in a personal injury claim, and loss of consortium may be claimed for your spouse, if applicable. Speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer today.
Legal claims for severe spinal cord injuries come in many forms and may incorporate all sorts of legal issues. Here are a few common factors in a personal injury lawsuit for a spinal cord injury:
As with other personal injury claims, such as for car accidents or traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injury cases must sufficiently demonstrate that the other party’s negligence directly caused or contributed to the accident which resulted in your injury. While presenting this evidence is necessary, gathering it can be a complicated process in itself and may require witness interviews, obtaining opinions and analyses from accident-reconstruction experts, and obtaining documents such as police reports and medical records.
Comparative fault claims
In a personal injury case, the negligent party may claim you were partially responsible for the accident in order to limit his/her own liability. These are accusations of “comparative fault,” and our spinal cord injury attorneys know how to defend against them and keep the story straight.
Proving the extent of the losses you suffered ties in closely to proving you deserve the damages you are seeking. Common forms of damage include past and future lost wages and benefits, past and future medical expenses, physical and emotional suffering, emotional distress, short-term or permanent disabilities, and lost capacity for enjoyment of life. Thanks to pay statements and medical bills, calculating past financial losses is relatively simple. Calculating future losses can be more difficult, however, and may require the assistance of medical or economic experts.
How We Help
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident, you may be unsure of how you will resolve the situation. After you’ve received medical attention, consulting with our spinal cord injury lawyers will help you in many ways. Our personal injury attorneys will:
Advise you of your claim’s potential
Not all injured victims will be eligible for compensation in a spinal cord injury case, even for a serious injury; when an individual is entirely at-fault for his/her own accident, for example, no one else can be held accountable. On the other hand, if the personal injury accident was caused at least in part by the negligence of another person or entity, it is likely that you have a solid and viable claim under Illinois law. Your Milwaukee personal injury attorney may also interview witnesses or conduct certain forms of investigation to find evidence of negligence.
Review your options
Some accident victims may expect to file an immediate lawsuit, march into court, and be awarded a large chunk of money from the jury, but this is rarely how the process occurs. There are ways to earn your compensation without this type of litigation, and the few cases which do go to trial usually involve very serious injuries. Our personal injury lawyers will negotiate with the insurance company to obtain the best-possible settlement for your losses, which is likely to end in your favor without the need for a jury trial.
If or when these negotiations are ineffective for the injured party, there are always other options, such as filing personal injury claims in civil court or pursuing “alternative dispute resolutions (ADRs)” such as mediation and arbitration. Your spinal cord injury attorney will advise you regarding these potential options and what will be best for your case.
Investigate the accident and gather evidence
A legal claim will, of course, require evidence that the defendant’s negligence caused your accident and resulting personal injuries. This may involve multiple investigations, including:
Obtaining video surveillance footage of the accident, if possible;
Reviewing safety records and related documents;
Obtaining medical records and police reports;
Consulting accident-reconstruction experts;
Conducting depositions or other legal discovery methods.
Determine the value of your case
Spinal cord injury claims, as with other personal injury claims, require a specific requested amount of compensation for your injuries and losses, which must be calculated based on past losses incurred as well as estimated future losses, such as lost wages and present and future medical expenses. spinal cord injury victims may also seek to recover compensation for “non-economic” losses, such as pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Represent you in court
In the unlikely event that a reasonable settlement cannot be reached, a trial will be necessary and you simply cannot afford to do it alone. Under the attorney client relationship, our Milwaukee personal injury lawyers will fight for you until the very end to earn full and fair compensation.
Statute of Limitations
In Wisconsin, injury victims have up to three (3) years to file a personal injury claim. However, it is imperative to speak with a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following the accident to determine your case’s worth and how to earn maximum compensation.
Contact us Today!
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury or wrongful death in an accident in the Milwaukee area, you need an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC for a free case evaluation. We are a Chicago-based personal injury law firm, and helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people and not the powerful, we will take care of the insurance company, your medical bills, your property damage, and your lost wages under the attorney client relationship. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Agruss Law Firm, LLC works on a contingency fee basis and is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.