There are approximately 282,000 people living with a spinal cord injury in the United States, and every year doctors diagnose an estimated 17,000 new cases. If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of people living with a serious spine injury, a Lanham spinal cord injury lawyer can help you assert and protect your rights.
GDH Law is a boutique office focused on providing results-driven legal representation to members of our community. Every attorney at our firm has the background, expertise, and knowledge needed to handle even the most complex personal injury cases. This includes claims involving some of the most severe and life-altering injuries—spinal cord injuries.
We are proud to be a hub of knowledge in Prince George’s County. And we believe that access to knowledge about your legal situation should never come with a price tag. That’s why we offer completely free case evaluations to injury victims and their families.
Call or contact us online so we can schedule you for this free informational meeting.
I Have a Spinal Cord Injury—Do I Have a Legal Case?
You’re living with a life-altering spinal cord injury, and you need to know what help you’re entitled to and how to get it. But where do you start?
Anyone who has suffered an injury caused by another person’s negligent, reckless, or wrongful actions or omissions has the right to recover compensation for the entirety of their related losses. In the U.S., auto accidents and fall accidents are the most common causes of spinal cord injuries (SCIs). Acts of violence, surgical errors, and sports injuries also frequently cause these types of injuries.
If another person’s negligence contributed to your accident or injury, you could be entitled to financial recourse. The most common way victims secure this compensation is through filing an injury claim, such as a personal injury, premises liability, or medical malpractice claim.
So do you have a case? That depends on whether the at-fault party was acting negligently. Negligence is a legal concept that must be proven in order to recover compensation. Your Lanham spinal cord injury lawyer will work diligently to build a case that meets all four elements of negligence.
Life After a Spinal Cord Injury: Breaking Down the Impact and Medical Costs
Spinal cord injuries are among the most traumatizing and life-altering injuries that any person can suffer. For many victims, life is forever split into two periods—before the injury, and after.
Even with treatment, many SCI patients experience life-long complications, including:
- Full or partial paralysis
- Decreased sensations
- Inability to regulate blood pressure
- Trouble regulating body temperature
- Breathing problems
- Bradycardia (slower than normal heart rate)
- Chronic pain
- Loss of control over bladder or bowels
- Recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Spasticity (rigid or stiff muscles)
- Bedsores (pressure ulcers)
- Sexual dysfunction
- And more
You may not experience every one of the complications listed above. But even just one or two SCI-related medical conditions can be enough to completely change your life. You may require regular and ongoing medical care, which can be costly. You may need to renovate or upgrade everything from your home to your vehicle.
And if another person caused your spinal cord injury, you deserve to be fully and fairly compensated for your damages.
In addition to compensation for financial losses like lost wages, loss of benefits, and property damage, a personal injury claim can also help you successfully recover recourse for all related medical care. This can include:
- Ambulance or transportation fees
- Emergency room bills
- Prescription medications
- Surgical fees
- Diagnostic testing bills (such as for MRIs and X-rays)
- Doctor’s appointment copays
- Specialist fees or bills
- In-home nursing care
- Physical rehabilitation
- Adaptive medical equipment
It is important that you and your Lanham spinal cord injury lawyer calculate not just your past and current medical bills, but your anticipated future cost of care, too.
Your Lanham Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
You deserve to have someone on your side. Because when you file an injury claim, you’re not just asking the at-fault party to take responsibility—you’re filing a legal claim against the liable party’s insurance company.
And insurance companies don’t like to play fair.
By working with a Lanham spinal cord injury lawyer, you are sending a powerful message to the insurance company. You are saying, “I know what my rights are, and I’m not afraid to fight for what I’m owed.”
You’ll have someone on your side who won’t let the big insurance company push you around. An attorney from GDH Law can:
- Identify all at-fault parties responsible for your spinal cord injury
- Build the strongest possible case based on the evidence available
- Accurately value the total worth of your claim based on damages
- Negotiate with the insurance company for a full and fair settlement
And we don’t give up if the insurance company refuses to play fair. If the insurer continually offers lowball settlements that don’t fully address the totality of your losses, we won’t hesitate to elevate matters to court.
Empathetic and Hassle-Free Legal Representation
If you suffered a serious spinal injury and are ready to learn about your legal options, we’re here to talk.
In everything that we do here at GDH Law, we are committed above all else to the injury victims and families that we represent. So let a Lanham spinal cord injury lawyer advocate for you.
Your free consultation is just a call or click away.