Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
Dedicated spinal trauma lawyers in Lexington and Louisville
Spinal cord injuries can be some of the most severe types of injuries a person can experience. Not only can you suffer from temporary or permanent paralysis, but the financial and emotional damage of such an injury could leave you in ruin. Fortunately, you have the right to hold the liable party accountable for their recklessness. Doing so could make a significant difference in your life, physically and financially.
When you seek help from a Kentucky spinal cord injury lawyer at Wilt and Associates, PLLC, you can begin to take control of your life. We are dedicated to helping injury victims hold those responsible for their injuries accountable. When you work with us, you can rest easier knowing a team of experienced legal professionals are advocating for your right to maximum compensation. Call us in Louisville or Lexington today.
How can we help today?
- What is a spinal cord injury?
- What types of Kentucky accidents cause spinal cord injuries?
- What are the long-term complications of an SCI?
- Who is liable for my Kentucky spinal cord injury?
- Do I need an attorney for my Kentucky spinal cord injury claim?
- What is the value of my spinal cord injury case?
- Do you have a spinal cord injury attorney near me?
What is a spinal cord injury?
The National Institute of Health defines a spinal cord injury (SCI) as follows:
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to the tight bundle of cells and nerves that sends and receives signals from the brain to and from the rest of the body. SCI can be caused by direct injury to the spinal cord itself or from damage to the tissue and bones (vertebrae) that surround the spinal cord. This damage can result in temporary or permanent changes in sensation, movement, strength, and body functions below the site of injury.
SCIs can be either complete or incomplete:
- A complete SCI means there is no function or nerve communication below the site of the injury.
- An incomplete SCI means there is still some communication and functionality below the site of the injury.
Whether an SCI is complete or incomplete, spinal cord injuries are almost always considered a catastrophic injury, meaning it is a life-altering, disabling, and permanent injury. Further, when an SCI results in paralysis, patients can experience one of two types:
- Paraplegia, meaning part or all of the trunk, pelvis, and legs are affected.
- Tetraplegia, (also known as quadriplegia) where the arms, hands, trunk, pelvis, and legs are affected.
A spinal cord injury often results from a traumatic accident caused by another’s recklessness or negligence.
What types of Kentucky accidents cause spinal cord injuries?
There are seemingly endless ways a person can suffer a spinal cord injury. Some of the most common types of accidents include:
What are the long-term complications of an SCI?
A spinal cord injury is permanent and irreversible, meaning the SCI patient will live with their injury for the rest of their life. Some of the lifetime effects and complications of a spinal cord injury include:
- Loss of ability to move arms and legs
- Loss of sensation and feeling
- Respiratory and breathing issues
- Loss of bladder control
- Muscle and reflex spasms
- Loss of or changes in sexual function
- Chronic pain
Patients must also deal with the massive financial burden of an SCI. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center reports that the average lifetime cost of a spinal cord injury can run upward of five million dollars. However, every patient and every injury is unique, which is why it is crucial to work with an experienced Kentucky attorney to ensure you secure proper compensation for your SCI – to pay for your medical expenses now and in the future.
Who is liable for my spinal cord injury?
The party or parties liable for your injuries will largely depend on the type of accident you were involved in. For example, if a medical error caused your SCI, your physician, surgeon, or even the hospital could be liable for your losses. If negligent care in a nursing home was to blame, a staff member, the nursing home, or both could be at fault.
If you were involved in a car accident that caused a back injury, the driver of the other vehicle, defective parts manufacturers, or even Kentucky transportation authorities could have played a part in the injuries you sustained.
Your Kentucky lawyer will need to carefully examine the details of your case to determine who is to blame, what evidence supports your case, and whether we should proceed to court with your claim or begin negotiations with the insurance company.
In any event, you will always have a legal professional by your side, ready to handle these complex legal matters on your behalf.
Do I need an attorney for my Kentucky spinal cord injury claim?
Before you can sue for a spinal injury in Kentucky, you should consider getting help from a lawyer. Although legal representation is not required, when you are still recuperating from your injuries, this help will be invaluable to the success of your case, especially as you may not thoroughly understand the personal injury claims process.
Once you have a lawyer, you can focus on your recovery while your lawyer investigates the accident, gathers evidence, deals with the insurance company, calculates the value of your lawsuit, and files your claim.
From there, you can expect to go through negotiations with the insurance company. If the insurer fails to fairly compensate you, your lawyer may recommend you bring your case to court so you can get the most out of your claim. You can learn more about what to expect from your case when you meet with an experienced SCI lawyer.
What is the value of my spinal cord injury case?
After an accident and injury that was not your fault, you are entitled to bring a legal claim against the liable party or parties for your losses. Some of the damages our Lexington and Louisville-based attorneys seek on your behalf include:
- Loss of income
- Emotional distress
- Diminished earning capacity
- Lost quality of life
- Medical expenses and equipment
- Property damage
- Loss of household services
We carefully examine the specific circumstances of your accident and injuries, speaking with your personal physicians and medical team, to determine how much you may be entitled to in your Kentucky SCI claim.
Do you have a spinal cord injury attorney near me?
Wilt & Associates has offices in Louisville and Lexington:
If you or your loved one are too injured or ill to travel to us, we can arrange a phone or video conference. We also make hospital visits.
Talk to a compassionate Kentucky spinal cord injury attorney today
To learn more about how a spinal cord injury lawyer at Wilt and Associates can help you move through this difficult time in your life, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Our firm is proud to represent individuals with serious injuries across the state. Please call 502-253-9110 or fill out our contact form to schedule a meeting with a member of our legal team today. We maintain offices in Lexington and Louisville, and proudly serve clients throughout Kentucky.