Over a lifetime, severe back injuries often trigger over $4 million in medical expenses. The sheer size of these claims often makes them quite complex. If a truck accident caused the injury, as is often the case, these matters are even more complex. Truck accidents usually involve out-of-state drivers and shipping companies.
The energetic Brainerd spinal cord injury lawyers at Carlson & Jones get to work quickly on these matters. We collect evidence that supports your claim for damages. Because we carefully lay a strong foundation, we are normally able to obtain substantial compensation for victims.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Acute Spinal Cord Injury: It can result from a car accident or a slip-and-fall, regardless of the extent of impact. The pain and suffering is often permanent. It can also result in herniated disc, which requires surgery, or paralysis in the lower or upper body.
Complete Spinal Cord Injury: It results in total paraplegia, which leads to complete loss of motor and nerve function, along with lost sensation and movement.
Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: In this injury, the victim retains some degree of movement and sensation. It can be classified as anterior cord syndrome, central cord syndrome, posterior cord syndrome, Brown-Sequard syndrome, or cauda equina lesion.
Spinal Contusions/Nerve Damage: it is the most common type of spinal cord injury, but is usually temporary and the recovery is quick.
What Causes Spinal Cord Injuries?
Truck accidents cause many back injuries partially because of the massive force involved in these wrecks. A fully loaded large truck weighs about 80,000 pounds. Additionally, many of these victims are pinned under the truck until emergency responders arrive. The fragile human spine cannot stand up to such massive trauma.
High-speed car wrecks cause many spine injuries as well. Frequently, the sudden, violent motion tosses victims around, and this motion almost literally snaps their spines. Fall victims often sustain serious spine injuries. These victims have no seatbelts, airbags, or other restraint systems to protect them.
Resolving a Brainerd Spinal Cord Injury Claim
Once medical treatment is at least substantially complete, a Brainerd spinal cord injury lawyer typically sends a demand letter to the insurance company. This letter demands compensation for medical bills and a reasonable amount for pain and suffering.
If liability is relatively clear, the insurance company must settle the claim in a few weeks. But there is almost always at least some question as to liability. Therefore, an attorney files legal paperwork to put pressure on the insurance company.
At this point, most Crow Wing County judges refer contested claims to mediation. A third-party mediator works with both sides to help them forge a settlement. Assuming the parties are not light-years apart on a settlement figure, mediation is usually successful.
Discuss Your Case with Brainerd Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
Spinal cord or back injuries can cause serious life disruptions for the long and short terms. Victims are advised to seek legal help as soon as they discover their injury. Back injury victims might be entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced Brainerd spinal cord injury lawyer, contact Carlson & Jones, P.A. at (218) 736-9429. We routinely handle matters in Crow Wing County and nearby jurisdictions.
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