Philadelphia Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer for Accident Victims

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More than 11,000 people sustain spinal cord injuries each year in the United States, and less than 1% recover completely, according to the American Association of Neurologic Surgeons. A spinal cord injury can profoundly affect your life, including your ability to work or engage in ordinary activities.

Damage to your spine can take months or even years to heal, or may cause a permanent condition like paralysis. As a result, you could face hundreds of thousands of dollars or more in medical bills, in addition to lost wages and other expenses.

If your spine injury was the result of the careless, negligent, or reckless actions of someone else you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.

To pursue just compensation, you need a Philadelphia spinal cord injury lawyer. Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., can help. We have extensive experience handling personal injury cases involving the spine and will help you explore your legal options.

Our attorneys do more than evaluate physical damages. We assess the full range of needs for spinal cord injury victims. These needs often include past and future medical bills, home healthcare aides, adaptive equipment, adapted living quarters, and other expenses – not to mention pain, suffering, and emotional trauma.

In this way, we work to ensure that you can maintain the best possible quality of life. In one case, our attorneys recovered $55 million for a client who suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury from a car crash when his seatbelt did not protect him in a rollover accident.

Call our Philadelphia spinal cord injury attorneys today or contact us online to discuss your legal options and get started on your case. The consultation is free.

How a Philadelphia Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Can Help You

If you have endured a spinal cord injury, your attention needs to be focused entirely on the medical treatment of these injuries. Complete recovery may be possible in some cases if you are diligent with physical therapy and rehabilitation. However, there are other practical issues to consider, including pursuing the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Entrust these often-complex issues to legal professionals who know how to handle a spinal cord injury claim. Experienced legal counsel can seek the money you need to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.

Spinal cord injuries often involve dealing with insurance companies. While insurance adjusters may pretend to be your best friend, their job is to settle claims for as little as possible – and ideally nothing, if they can get away with it. This can leave you without enough money to cover all of your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. Instead of going it alone, let an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer tackle the negotiations and stand up for your interests.

At Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., we are ready to conduct a thorough investigation and gather all the evidence needed to give your case the best chance of success. We know how to calculate the amount that you will need to cover all of your damages long term. We will fight for you to get the maximum amount in a settlement.

If a settlement offer is too low, we are prepared to take your case to court to fight for what you deserve. This aggressive support is exactly what you need by your side as you recover from serious injuries.

Compensation in a Spinal Cord Injury Claim

All claims are slightly different depending on the specific situation. Damages available to victims of spinal cord injuries typically include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Mental anguish

You should contact our Philadelphia spinal cord injury attorneys for a thorough review of the damages that may be available in your case.

Pennsylvania’s Statute of Limitations on Spinal Cord Injury Claims

Each state has enacted statute of limitations laws that impose a deadline for suing in court for personal injuries.

In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for a personal injury court case – including spinal cord injury cases – is no later than two years from the date of the accident. While two years may seem like plenty of time, time can go fast when you are in recovery. Don’t wait until the last minute to hire a lawyer.

It is also important to note that some insurance companies may require that claims be filed faster than the statute of limitations end date to receive a potential insurance settlement. Always keep all of your options available, so be sure to get moving with your claim, including prompting the necessary evidence gathering, as quickly as possible.

If you have any questions about the statute of limitations, or to get started with your claim, simply contact one of the Philadelphia spinal cord injury lawyers at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C.

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

There are two main types of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury is one that causes the total loss of feeling and movement below the spinal cord injury. An incomplete injury means that the injured victim retains some function below the injured area.

Spinal cord injuries are also classified by the affected parts of the body. Paralysis of all four limbs is known as quadriplegia or tetraplegia. People sometimes refer to this as “paralyzed below the neck.” When only the legs are affected, paralysis is called paraplegia.

Symptoms and Effects of Spinal Cord Injuries

The consequences of a spinal cord injury vary depending on the severity and location of the injury. Spinal cord injuries result in varying forms of paralysis such as paraplegia or quadriplegia. Paraplegia is the paralysis of the legs and lower body, while quadriplegia is the paralysis of all four limbs.

Other spinal cord injury symptoms and results include:

  • Brain damage
  • Loss of or altered sensation
  • Limited mobility or paralysis, including paraplegia and quadriplegia
  • Impaired speech and vision
  • Breathing problems
  • Impaired bowel and bladder control
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Extreme pain due to the damage in nerves

Any time you experience any of these symptoms and you believe they are due to a spinal cord injury, seek medical help immediately.

Some of these symptoms are treatable and may even disappear altogether. After a spine injury, the damaged tissue may swell, causing temporary negative effects. As a result, your doctor may not know the full extent of your injuries right away. Surgery and physical therapy can help in some cases, but a spinal injury is often permanent, at least to some extent.

If you are near someone you believe may have sustained spinal injuries, do not attempt to move them. Call 911 immediately.

Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries typically result from direct trauma to the spine, often from a car crash, fall, or other accident. An impact of sufficient force can cause the vertebrae of the spine to fracture or become dislocated. When this happens, the nerves of the spinal cord, which are essential to the movement of the limbs, can sustain damage.

A fractured or dislocated vertebra is extremely painful and can require surgery and extensive rehabilitation. However, the effects of damage to the spinal cord itself are often worse.

Almost any accident can result in spinal cord injury, even a seemingly minor accident. The most common causes of spinal cord injury include:

  • Vehicular accidents. Motor vehicle accidents that cause spinal cord injuries are not limited to car crashes. Other vehicles that also cause accidents resulting in spine injuries include trucks, buses, bicycles, airplanes, snowmobiles, boats, tractors, bulldozers and trains. Roughly half of all types of spinal cord injuries result from vehicle accidents.
  • Slip and fall accidents. Property owners have a responsibility to ensure that guests and invitees are reasonably safe from these kinds of accidents. However, falls resulting from unsafe stairs, steps, ladders, trees or scaffolding are among the most common causes of spine injuries. Slip and fall spinal injuries may also result from ice and snow, falls from playground equipment, falls into water, swimming pool, falls at work sites.
  • Construction site accidents. Employers of construction workers have a duty to ensure that safety precautions are followed to protect employees from injury. Often, spinal cord injuries are the result of unsafe working conditions. A slip and fall accident may result from unsafe working conditions, and these falls can occur at great heights. Workers may also suffer injuries from equipment due to improper training or failure to follow safety protocols. Other times, construction spinal cord injuries can result from defective equipment.
  • Acts of violence. Gunshot wounds, assault with blunt objects, falls that result from being pushed, explosions, stabbings, and impalements can all cause spinal injuries.
  • Recreational and sports accidents. Many spinal injuries and accidents occur through participation in athletic events or recreational activities. Diving injuries are the most common sports-related spinal cord injuries, but contact and winter sports accidents are also common causes.
  • Medical malpractice. If a doctor makes a mistake while performing spine surgery, or any other procedure, a spinal cord injury is a possible result. Blood clots and infections caused by incorrect medications or dosages can also affect the spine.

Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries

Treatment for a spinal cord injury varies depending on the specific condition. Every situation is unique. All spinal cord injuries should be diagnosed by a physician right away so that you can be treated by specialists who can give you the best possible chances to make a full recovery.

Healthcare professionals take spinal injuries very seriously. For diagnostic purposes, imaging (including X-rays, CT scans and MRIs) are usually taken of the victim immediately after an accident. Based on those findings, doctors may continue with further examinations to arrive at a treatment plan.

While spinal damage cannot be reversed, there are a number of treatments that can help nerves and cells heal to help an injured person maintain maximum mobility and a productive life. Additional protocols focus on preventing further damage to the spine while maintaining as active and normal of a life as possible.

Key Facts About Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries typically result from direct trauma to the spine, often from a car crash or other accident. An impact of sufficient force can cause the vertebrae of the spine to fracture or become dislocated. When this happens, the nerves of the spinal cord, which are essential to movement of the limbs and other bodily functions, can sustain damage.

A fractured or dislocated vertebra is extremely painful and can require surgery and extensive rehabilitation. However, the effects of damage to the spinal cord itself are often worse.

Key facts about spinal cord injury, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of spinal cord injuries.
  • On average, more than 11,000 people in the U.S. sustain spinal cord injuries every year.
  • 2 percent of spinal cord injury victims are male.
  • Less than 1 percent of people who suffer a spinal cord injury recover completely.
  • Up to 450,000 people in America currently live with a spinal cord injury.

Talk to a Philadelphia Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Today

If you have been affected by a spine injury due to the negligence of another party, it is important that you pursue compensation that reflects your immediate treatment as well as your future needs.

A spinal cord injury attorney from Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., can help you plan for the future and determine what you will need going forward. We will work tirelessly to ensure you have the financial resources you need to pay your bills and lead a fulfilling life.

Call us  or contact us online today, including via 24/7 live chat, to schedule an appointment with a knowledgeable and compassionate spinal cord injury lawyer. We offer a free initial consultation and handle cases on a contingency fee basis. You pay nothing unless we get results for you.