Michigan Back and Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers

Doctor explaining spinal cord injury to accident victim.A spinal cord injury can have life-altering implications for the injury victim and his or her family. Because the spinal cord serves as the “highway for communication” for our nervous system, damage to the spinal cord can cause a variety of secondary conditions for the accident victim. Some of the common complications and results from a spinal cord injury include infection, paralysis, reduced sensations, loss of muscle control, loss of bodily functions, and sensory disorders.

The Michigan spinal cord injury lawyers of The Clark Law Office want to help you and your family as you go through this very difficult experience. We aggressively pursue your claim through negotiating with the insurance provider for a fair settlement. If negotiations fail, we are prepared to file a spinal cord injury lawsuit to fight for justice and compensation.  Call 517-347-6900 to schedule a free legal consultation with a Michigan spinal cord injury attorney.

Filing a Claim for Negligence and Liability

Doctor pointing to a common spinal cord injury on a plastic modelWhen you or a loved one suffers a spinal cord injury because of another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, you have the right to seek compensation for your damages. To recover compensation for damages, you must file a claim pursuant to the personal injury laws of Michigan. Depending on the incident or accident that led to the injury, you may need to meet the legal elements required to prove liability under Michigan’s medical malpractice, premises liability, product liability, or general personal injury laws.

Our Okemos spinal cord injury attorneys have experience filing claims related to all areas of personal injury law. We believe when a person is injured because of the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, that person should recover full compensation for all damages.  However, proving fault and liability can be difficult. Therefore, we urge you to contact our Michigan personal injury law firm now for a free consultation so that we can begin investigating your claim to identify the at-fault party and gathering the evidence required to prove liability.

Who is Responsible for Damages for My Spinal Cord Injury?

The person or party responsible for your spinal cord injury depends on the specific facts in your case. One or more parties may share responsibility for the injury. It is important to begin an investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding your spinal cord injury as soon as possible after the injury. As more time passes, it can be more difficult to obtain the evidence we need to prove fault and liability.

What Are Some Of The Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries?

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents are a common cause of spinal cord injuries. The party responsible for the crash is typically the party liable for your damages. By reviewing police reports, evidence from the accident scene, and witness statements, our attorneys build a case against the at-fault party. Parties that may be liable in a motor vehicle accident claim include drivers, trucking companies, government entities, rideshare companies, construction companies, and vehicle manufacturers.

  • Medical Malpractice

Some spinal cord injuries may occur because of medical malpractice. In these cases, we must prove that the medical provider failed in the duty of care owed to the patient. In a typical case, proving malpractice involves obtaining evidence that the provider failed to act as other providers would have acted in a similar situation.

  • Slips, Trips & Falls

Falls are another common cause of spinal cord injuries. When a person falls on another person’s property, the property owner may be held liable for any injuries and damages caused by the fall under premises liability laws. If the owner knew about a dangerous condition or should have reasonably known about the condition, the owner may be held liable for falls.

  • Recreational and Sports Activities

Sports and recreational activities can also cause spinal cord injuries. Contact sports, such as football or soccer, can cause back injuries. In addition, extreme activities such as mountain biking, skydiving, rock climbing, and bungee jumping can result in an injury. Skiing, diving, trampoline parks, and horseback riding are also causes of spinal cord injuries. Even if you sign a waiver or contract, an owner or operator may still be liable for damages if negligence was involved.

  • Defective Products

In some cases, a defective product causes or contributes to the cause of a spinal cord injury. When a defective product is involved in a spinal cord injury, one or more parties may be held responsible for damages under product liability laws.

The cause of your injury determines the party liable for your damages. Our Okemos spine injury attorneys begin working immediately to determine fault and liability so that you can recover the compensation you deserve for your injury, losses, and damages.

How Much Compensation Can I Receive for My Spinal Cord Injury?

The amount of compensation you receive for your spinal cord injury depends on several factors. No two cases are alike; therefore, you cannot base your recovery on another case. In most injury claims, victims are entitled to recover compensation for their:

  • Medical expenses
  • Cost of personal care
  • Loss of income
  • Emotional and mental anguish
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Permanent disabilities, scarring, and disfigurement
  • Fractured or Broken Bones
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Other financial and non-economic damages
  • Wrongful Death

In addition, you may also receive compensation for future damages if you suffer a permanent disability. Working with an experienced Michigan spinal cord injury lawyer can help increase your chance of recovering maximum compensation for your injuries.

Money Does Not Undo the Damage Caused by a Spinal Cord Injury

Unfortunately, a personal injury settlement will not undo the damage caused by a spinal cord injury. Many victims suffer permanent impairments that significantly reduce their quality of life, ability to work, and take care of themselves. However, a spinal cord injury lawsuit can provide the funds you need to care for yourself or a family member after an injury. Some of the ways a spinal cord injury claim (depending on the severity of the injury) can help you and your family include:

  • Paying for ongoing medical treatment, including rehabilitation therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and psychological therapy
  • Providing in-home care for your loved one to help with day-to-day needs
  • Paying for someone to assist you with household chores, childcare, shopping, and other tasks
  • Provide investment income to ensure you or your loved one has the necessary resources for future support

Our Michigan spinal cord injury attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve and need when you are injured in an accident.

Contact a Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Attorney for More Information

When you work with an experienced Okemos spinal cord injury attorney with The Clark Law Office, you receive the support, guidance, and legal counsel you need as you go through the accident claims process.  Contact our office by calling 517-347-6900 to schedule a free legal consultation.

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