Montgomery County Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Helping Those In The Woodlands, Conroe, and Houston
Spinal cord injuries are among the most catastrophic personal injuries, often resulting in partial or complete paralysis or even death. Tragically, many people suffer spinal cord injuries during falls, sports activities, traffic or industrial accidents, or as the result of being shot or stabbed. Clearly, if you receive a spinal cord injury during an assault, another person is culpable, but someone else may also be to blame for your fall, sports injury, or other accident. If you have sustained a spinal cord injury because of an unmarked or unprotected slippery floor, a defective piece of industrial equipment, or a serious mistake during surgery, you may be eligible for substantial compensation from the one who caused you harm.
If you reside or need an attorney in The Woodlands, Houston or Conroe, or in the surrounding areas, and have suffered a spinal cord injury for which another person or entity is at fault, you should contact Adams Law Firm, a highly esteemed personal injury law firm. While you spend your time recovering from your physical and emotional trauma, we will dedicate ourselves to accumulating the necessary evidence to hold the responsible parties accountable and to obtain the substantial compensation you and your family so richly deserve. We work on a contingency basis so you will not be charged a fee unless you obtain a recovery in your case through a settlement or judgment.
Do Spinal Cord Injuries Always Cause Permanent Damage?
A spinal cord injury is one in which the spinal cord or the nerves at the end of the spinal canal, are damaged. Although spinal cord injuries do not always result in paralysis, they are always very serious, requiring a prolonged recovery period. While in some cases it is possible for an individual — through surgery, physical therapy, and other treatment — to recover enough to regain independence and full function, this is rare. In most cases, those who have endured a spinal cord injury will suffer life-altering impairment.
Because medical and healthcare related expenses are likely to be profound after a spinal cord injury, and because you will probably be unable to work after the accident, your family may use up all available resources and fall into an abyss of debt. This is where Adams Law Firm comes in. Our competent and compassionate personal injury attorneys will fight vigorously to ensure that are fully compensated for your injuries so your family will not have to sustain a terrible financial hit in addition to the primary trauma.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Traffic accidents are the most common cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States. Car, truck, motorcycle and pedestrian accidents account for almost half of the new spinal cord injuries recorded each year. Other common causes of spinal cord injuries are:
- Falls, which account for 15 percent of spinal cord injuries and occur most often among individuals over 65 years of age
- Violent attacks involving gunshots and knife wounds (about 12 percent)
- Diving into shallow water and contact sports like football and hockey
- Industrial accidents in which machinery malfunctions or building materials fall
Despite risk factors for those over the age of 65, such as diseases or medical conditions that cause weakness, dizziness, balance issues or fragile bones, making a fall more likely, anyone whose negligence, recklessness or malice contributed to the accident can be sued for liability. Similarly, in spite of the fact that many spinal cord injury victims are drunk at the time of the accident, or are young males (16 to 30 years of age) who have a tendency to engage in risky behavior, they may still be able to receive a reasonable amount of compensation for the other party’s negligence. It should also be remembered that a personal injury lawsuit is civil, not criminal. This means that if someone has assaulted you, even if the criminal justice system finds that person innocent, we may still be able to recover substantial damages in a civil case.
Comparative Negligence for Spinal Cord Injuries in Texas
Texas, like most of the other states, uses the Modified Comparative Fault Rule. This means that the court will decide which party bears what percent of fault for the accident. If you bear a portion of the responsibility (50 percent or less) for your own injury, the damages awarded to you will be cut by the percentage of your perceived responsibility. For instance, if you are found to be 20 percent responsible in the accident and the court awards you $100,000 in damages, you will receive $80,000. If you are found to bear more than 50 percent responsibility for your spinal cord injury, you won’t receive any compensation at all. Fortunately, if our experienced spinal cord injury attorneys are representing you, we know the best strategies to use in presenting your case to the court, strategies that will help us get you the highest compensation possible.
Effects of A Spinal Cord Injury
Because the spinal cord is at the core of the length of the human body, when it is damaged, nearly any type of bodily function may be impacted, including:
- Bladder control
- Bowel control
- Skin sensation: perception of heat, cold, pressure (creating susceptibility to bed sores)\
- Circulatory control: including blood pressure and the possibility of developing blood clots
- Respiration: because the abdominal and chest muscles (diaphragm) are affected
- Muscle tone: either uncontrolled tightening (spasticity) or limp muscles (flaccidity)
- Sexual function: decreased lubrication, sensation and fertility in women; problems with erections and ejaculations in men
The extent and type of dysfunction resulting from a spinal cord injury depends not only on the severity of the injury but on which part of the spinal cord was damaged.
The Importance of Taking Action Promptly
There is a 2-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Texas, and the wheels of justice turn slowly, so it is best to get the legal ball rolling as quickly as possible. In addition, our well-trained personal injury attorneys will be better able to accumulate evidence, re-create the scene of the accident, obtain medical data, and interview potential witnesses more effectively when less time has elapsed. The sooner you contact Adams Law Firm, the sooner we can begin fighting for justice for you and your loved ones.
Damages You Are Entitled to Obtain if We Win Your Case
The costs associated with a spinal cord injury can be enormous. If another is responsible for an injury that will negatively, and often permanently, affect your quality of life, you are entitled to be compensated for:
- Medical bills
- Surgical, pharmaceutical and rehabilitative costsPsychological therapy to cope with the injury
- Loss of income, present, and future
- Alterations to the home to make it accessible
- Household help to perform chores you can no longer do
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
- Property damage
- Long-term disability
- Necessary long-term healthcare
- Loss of consortium (loss of ability to be as intimate as previously with loved ones)
Because our personal injury attorneys are so familiar with spinal cord injuries, we are able to project and realistically calculate your future expenses. This will help us negotiate a fair settlement that will see you through your lifetime in comfort and safety, even if you have complications later as a result of your spinal cord injury.
In addition to the compensatory damages listed above, if the person, institution or company responsible for your spinal cord injury has behaved in an especially reckless or irresponsible way, we may be able to obtain punitive damages in addition to the compensatory ones. Punitive damages are intended to both punish and discourage egregious conduct.
Contact Our Montgomery County Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you are dealing with overwhelming questions: How will I adjust to my new self? How will my injury affect my relationships? Will I ever be able to contribute economic support to my family again? At Adams Law Firm we are aware of the burden you are carrying and will help you in any way we can. Call us for a free consultation or fill out the information on one of the contact forms on our website.