Spinal Injury Attorneys Serving San Antonio
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Spinal cord injuries are among the most serious catastrophic injury cases we deal with at our San Antonio law firm. In an instant, you or a loved one can lose the ability to walk or perform other routine physical activities.
Knowing what to do next can be confusing. This is especially true if the injury occurred due to an accident caused by someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior. That’s why it’s critical that you talk to an attorney as soon as possible to learn more about your legal rights.
Our experienced lawyers at Tracey Fox & Walters can help you every step of the way. We understand how the legal system works in Harris County and throughout Texas. That’s why we consistently obtain sizable settlements and verdicts for injury victims and their families. Case results truly matter here.
Types of spine injuries
Spinal cord injuries can cover a wide range. In general, there are two main types of spine injuries:
- Complete spinal injuries (spinal cord is completely severed)
- Incomplete spinal injuries (spinal cord is partially severed)
Spinal cord injuries are then categorized based on where the injury took place. There are four primary spinal injury locations:
- Between vertebrae C1 and C8 (near the neck) – These injuries are often referred to as cervical spinal cord injuries. People who sustain these injuries often cannot move their legs or arms, a medical condition known as tetraplegia or quadriplegia.
- Between vertebrae T1 and T12 (middle of the back) – These injuries often result in loss of motion in the legs and anywhere below the injury location. However, most people can move their arms. These injuries are called thoracic spinal cord injuries.
- Between vertebrae L1 and L5 (lower back) – These injuries are known as lumbar spinal cord injuries. Most people who sustain such an injury cannot move their legs, a condition known as paraplegia.
- Between vertebrae S1 and S5 (base of the spine) – These injuries are called sacral spinal cord injuries. People who sustain them often permanently lose control of their bowels or bladder function.
The severity and intensity of each injury can vary significantly from one person to another. That’s why it’s important to have a medical professional conduct the necessary tests (MRIs, X-rays, CT scans, etc.) to determine the exact nature of your injury. That way, you can receive the necessary medical treatment as soon as possible.
How much is my case worth?
The financial impact of a spinal cord injury can be staggering. Medical expenses are often very high in these cases. That’s because many people who sustain these injuries need spinal cord surgery, along with extensive follow-up medical care.
In addition, injury victims often cannot work for weeks or months or sometimes never again depending on the severity of their injury. As a result, they might need replacement income during their recovery, as well as compensation for lost future income if they cannot return to work.
If someone else caused your accident or sustained your injury on the job, you deserve to be compensated for all your expenses. Obtaining full compensation can be challenging, however, because the total value of your case can add up to thousands or even millions of dollars.
Who is responsible for paying my expenses?
The bottom line is you should not have to pay for your injury-related expenses if someone else caused your injury or accident. The at-fault party should be the one responsible for providing you with enough compensation to cover all your accident expenses, now and in the future.
Depending on how your spinal injury occurred, the at-fault party could be:
- Another driver (in cases of motor vehicle accidents)
- Your doctor (in cases involving medical malpractice)
- Your employer (workplace accidents)
In cases of construction accidents, you may need to take legal action against another company. That’s because there’s often more than one company working at the same construction site. If this situation applies to your injury, you will likely need to file a third-party lawsuit to obtain the financial compensation you rightfully deserve.
Whatever the circumstances of your injury, it’s important that you demand the compensation you’re often entitled to under the law. An experienced attorney can help you do just that. Otherwise, you could end up having to pay for your medical expenses yourself.
How much time do I have to take legal action?
Texas has very strict deadlines when it comes to filing a lawsuit or taking other legal action in response to a personal injury accident. Under state law, you often only have two years from the date of your injury to take legal action. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations.
Two years might seem like a long time, but the longer you wait to take legal action, the harder it often becomes to find the evidence you need to build a strong legal case. That’s why it’s critical that you talk to an attorney sooner rather than later.
Your lawyer can thoroughly investigate your incident and find the facts that matter. They can also negotiate directly with the at-fault party’s insurance company or file a lawsuit on your behalf if necessary. The choice is yours. You can decide what happens next.
Put your trust in San Antonio attorney who puts your needs first. Contact us.
Don’t simply assume the at-fault party’s insurance company will fairly compensate you for your injury-related expenses. Many insurance companies only care about one thing – paying you as little as possible.
It’s our job to demand the compensation you deserve. Often, insurance companies agree to negotiate a settlement with us in good faith. If not, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit against them on your behalf.
Put your trust in a law firm that puts your needs first. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation. We can meet with you wherever works best for you – our San Antonio office, your home or your hospital room. We simply want to provide the legal assistance you need and deserve.