Did you or a loved one recently sustain a spinal cord injury in an accident? If you were hurt due to the negligence or recklessness of another, these life-changing injuries will make it hard for you to continue with life as you know it. It's important to take action swiftly and protect your rights as an accident victim. A typical personal injury case will include mounting medical bills and harassing phone calls from creditors. There will be no end in sight when all you want is to focus on your recovery. It's normal to feel overwhelmed by the accident and to want justice for yourself and your family. In particular, a spinal cord injury can be life changing.

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Typically, spinal cord injuries lead to the accident victim experiencing loss of feeling, pain, discomfort, partial paralysis (i.e. paraplegia), or full paralysis (i.e. quadriplegia). Your injuries may include trauma to these areas of the spine:

  • Cervical (neck area)
  • Thoracic (area between the shoulders)
  • Lumbar (lower back)
  • Sacral (tailbone area)

There are two types of spinal cord injuries that can be devastating and will permanently change your life and make it difficult to perform many types of work:

  • Complete spinal cord injury - This injury results in permanent damage to the affected part of the spinal cord, which connects the brain to all the nerves in the body, including the arms and legs.
  • Incomplete spinal cord injury - This injury involves partial damage to the spinal cord. Patients can experience difficulty with movement and loss of feeling in each affected area. More severe injuries cause more damage.

Hiring an Orange County Personal Injury Attorney

A licensed Orange County personal injury attorney offers many services to his or her clients including the following:

  • Collecting medical records
  • Investigating the crash
  • Handling all communications with insurance companies
  • Getting medical bill collectors to stop calling you
  • Calculating the cost of your claim
  • Negotiating a settlement offer
  • Taking the case to a jury trial

Remember, only a lawyer with an active California Bar number is qualified to provide legal advice and represent your case in court. Anyone can try to negotiate with insurance companies over the phone, but they aren't inclined to pay more for your claim than is absolutely necessary. Expect insurance carriers to offer pennies on the dollar for your medical bills, prescriptions, lost wages, and pain and suffering. They may even trick you into giving a recorded statement and then misinterpret what you said in order to refute your claim.

Don't Rush to Hire Representation

You are not alone. You can turn to your loved ones for support and discuss the possibility of hiring a personal injury lawyer. Give yourself time to get better and normalize your life. Chances are that permanent injuries will require making drastic adjustments to your lifestyle. Speak to an accident attorney like the professionals at the Law Offices of Scott D. Hughes. Mr. Hughes and his team have vast experience in aggressively defending the rights of spinal cord victims just like you.

Take Action By Filing a Claim

There are different effects of spinal cord injuries that could affect your ability to work and maintain an acceptable standard of living. As a personal injury lawyer who was named to the Top 40 Under 40 by National Trial Lawyers, Scott D. Hughes is passionate about representing your injuries and seeking the maximum recovery possible in each case. Hughes and his professional staff work together to help spinal cord victims file a claim for their injuries. It is important to demonstrate how serious you are about this case by determining early on if a lawsuit is necessary. Filing a claim usually begins with presenting a demand letter to the at-fault's insurance company, which states the value of your claim and demands a settlement. If the defendant had minimal insurance, it could be necessary to file a claim with your own insurance carrier and collect damages from your Uninsured Motorist coverage benefits.

Please contact us for a free case evaluation. We believe that Orange County accident victims deserve justice under the law!

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