Did you sustain a spinal injury in Marietta because of someone else’s negligent actions? If so, you could hold them accountable by seeking compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and other damages. You could also get the legal guidance and support you need by hiring an attorney from our firm.
The Marietta spinal injury lawyers from Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group are here to help you. We have handled many spinal injury cases, and we know what it takes to fully investigate an accident and seek financial compensation for a client’s losses. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about your legal options and the benefits of working with our firm.
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How Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group Helps Spinal Injury Victims
Spinal cord injuries can impact everything you do for months, years, or the rest of your life. You could suffer financially for several reasons. Losing the ability to work could leave you with few ways to earn an income. On top of that, you could also have substantial medical bills. By hiring a spinal injury attorney, you can get the help you need to seek compensation for your losses.
At Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group, we know the steps we must take to file a successful claim against the opposing party. When you work with our team, you can expect us to use our many resources to build the strongest possible case. Many past clients have given glowing testimonials about the legal care we provide.
Strong Legal Counsel From Start to Finish
As we work together, our attorneys guide you through the legal process, navigate any legal barriers or complications, and ensure that your legal rights remain protected. Our team will manage your case from start to finish, so you can focus on your recovery.
Handling Communications With the Opposing Party
Soon after the accident, you can expect to hear from the liable party’s insurance company. They will likely want to speak to you about the accident and/or make a quick settlement offer. By speaking with an attorney before accepting any offers, you can avoid receiving less compensation than you deserve.
Our attorneys can handle communications with the insurance company to help you avoid:
- Accepting a lowball settlement offer that doesn’t cover your losses
- Saying something that could harm your case
- Experiencing more stress during an already stressful time
The legal process can add a lot of stress to your life, especially when you’re also dealing with a life-changing injury. We want to take that stress off you by handling communications on your behalf.
Investigating the Accident
Investigating the accident is an essential part of any personal injury case. Whether you sustained your spinal injury in a car accident or slip and fall, our team can take the necessary steps to determine the cause. Determining the cause is what helps us identify the liable party another essential step in building your case.
As we investigate your case, we can:
- Review the accident or police report
- Determine if any surveillance cameras caught the accident on video
- Gather any photographic evidence
- Interview eyewitnesses
- Consult accident scene reconstructionists
Taking steps like these helps paint a much clearer picture of what happened, so we can build the strongest possible case.
Building a Case Based on Negligence
Once our team collects the necessary evidence, we can begin building a case that proves the liable party’s negligence caused your spinal injury.
To do so, we must satisfy the four legal elements of negligence:
- Duty of care: The defendant owed you a duty of care to act in a safe and reasonable manner that wouldn’t cause harm.
- Breach of duty: The defendant breached their duty by acting carelessly or recklessly.
- Causation: You sustained injuries because the defendant breached their duty. We must prove that you wouldn’t have sustained injuries if the defendant did not breach their duty of care.
- Damages: You suffered harm, such as economic and non-economic damages, because of their breach of duty.
Building a solid case based on evidence is crucial to reaching a successful outcome. The Marietta spinal injury attorneys at Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group will work hard to help prove the other party’s negligence.
Identifying the Value of Your Losses to the Fullest Extent
Another crucial step after sustaining a spinal injury is determining the value of your losses—and therefore, the value of your case. Knowing this value helps significantly during negotiations, so you do not accept a lower settlement than you deserve.
Our team can provide evidence that you sustained damages and calculate their total value.
For example, your spinal injury damages may include:
- Medical expenses: You could require extensive medical treatment after a spinal injury. Our attorneys can gather hospital bills and other documentation to prove that you incurred these expenses.
- Future medical expenses: Our team can prove if your injuries will require future medical care by speaking to medical professionals and other experts. We can also provide estimated costs for your future medical expenses.
- Lost income: A spinal injury could prevent you from working as you heal. We can provide documentation, such as pay stubs and medical records, to prove that you incurred this loss and why.
- Future lost income: Your spinal injury could prevent you from returning to work for quite some time or at all. Our attorneys can review your past income and raises to determine your estimated loss of future income.
- Pain and suffering: Our team can speak with your medical team to confirm the level of pain you experienced because of your spinal injury and then add these damages to your claim. Pain and suffering damages do not have a set financial value. Therefore, we must use our legal knowledge and other tools to determine the value of this loss.
By adding up all your damages, our attorneys can determine how much compensation to seek in your case.
Our spinal injury lawyers serving Marietta are prepared to fight for you, even against large insurance companies.
Ensuring That You Meet All Legal Deadlines
After a spinal injury, state law generally gives you two years from the accident date to file a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party. Our attorneys can ensure you meet this deadline (also known as the statute of limitations) and all others if a lawsuit becomes necessary.
During negotiations, we will try to settle your case outside of court. However, we want to ensure that we have enough time if we need to file a lawsuit—even if we only use it as a negotiation tactic. We recommend contacting us as soon as possible after your accident to give us ample time to build your case.
Common Causes of Spinal Injuries
There are many types of accidents that could cause a spinal injury. Determining the cause of your accident can help our attorneys identify the liable party (or parties).
Common causes of spinal injuries in Marietta include:
- Motor vehicle accidents: Currently, motor vehicle accidents are the nation’s leading cause of spinal injuries.
- Slips and falls: When someone slips and falls on wet or icy ground, they could sustain a spinal injury. Elderly people tend to slip and fall most frequently, but it can happen at any age.
- Violent acts: You could sustain a spinal injury if someone commits an act of violence against you, such as assault or firing a weapon. A knife wound could also cause damage to the spine.
Accidents of all kinds are usually caused by someone’s negligence or purposeful actions. During our investigation, we will work to determine the cause of your injury and then identify the liable party who potentially owes you compensation.
Complications You Could Face After a Spinal Injury
Spinal injuries can impact every aspect of your life. Holding the liable party accountable for the complications you face won’t make your injury go away, but it could help you financially. Taking away the financial stressors of your injury could also alleviate some of your stress.
Because of spinal injury complications like the ones listed below, you could require extensive rehabilitative treatments all the more reason to have an aggressive legal advocate fighting for you to recover compensation.
The spinal cord carries messages from your brain to your bladder. Therefore, if you sustain a spinal injury, your brain could have trouble sending messages to your bladder, causing bladder control issues.
You risk experiencing a number of issues if your bladder control is weakened, such as:
- Kidney infection
- Kidney stones
- Urinary tract infection
These issues could cause a lot of pain. You may also require medical intervention to treat them.
Some spinal injuries prevent movement, feeling, or sensation below the injury site. If you sit or lay in the same position for a long period of time, pressure could start to build on your skin. If you’re unable to feel certain parts of your body, the pain could continue and a pressure sore could develop.
Pressure sores are more common for those confined to a chair or bed, but they can cause infection and other issues.
Among the life-threatening complications you could face because of a spinal injury are circulatory issues, which could cause:
- Swelling in your extremities
- Low blood pressure
- Raised blood pressure
- Increased risk of developing blood clots
After a spinal injury, rehabilitative treatment could possibly prevent circulatory issues from occurring.
Depending on what parts of your body are affected by your spinal injury, you could develop respiratory issues that make it difficult to breathe. You could also have a higher risk of developing pneumonia and other lung problems.
Low Muscle Tone and Bone Density Issues
Some people experience muscle tone and bone density issues after a spinal injury.
Examples of muscle tone issues include:
- Spasticity: Uncontrolled tightening or motion of the muscles
- Flaccidity: Soft or limp muscles that lack muscle tone
Your muscles may also begin to atrophy, especially if you cannot use your limbs.
On top of muscle tone issues, spinal injuries can also impact your bones. If your bone density lessens, your risk of fracturing your bones or developing osteoporosis increases, especially as you age.
While many people with spinal injuries cannot feel pain in the area of their injury, others still experience significant pain.
Examples of pain after a spinal injury include:
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Nerve pain
- Pressure sores (see above)
If you sustain an incomplete spinal injury, you have a higher likelihood of experiencing pain.
Contact a Spinal Injury Lawyer Serving Marietta for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one sustained a spinal injury, you could likely use help from an experienced spinal injury attorney. At Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group, we have helped clients recover millions of dollars in settlements. We know how to identify the liable party and prove that our client suffered damages, and we come prepared for negotiations with solid evidence and strong negotiation tactics. Our attorneys won’t back down from a fight.
For your free consultation, contact us online or call (678) 235-3861. today. A team member from Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group is waiting to hear about your accident and how your spinal injury has impacted your life. As soon as you choose to work with our team, we can start working on your case immediately.
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