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Spinal Cord Injury

If you are involved in an accident that causes a spinal cord injury, it may be a life-threatening event for you (the victim), as well as your family. Most injuries to the spine involve extensive treatment along with years of rehabilitation. For some, long-term care may be needed. All these consequences of the accident can be financially devastating to you and your family.

After you receive medical care for your injury, it’s time to evaluate your situation. If the accident was caused by someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you should contact our personal injury attorneys as soon as possible.

The Potential Impact of Accident Caused Spinal Cord Injuries

As mentioned above, if you suffer a spinal cord injury during an accident, it can impact all aspects of your life. This includes the ability you have to perform day-to-day activities and to care for your family. You may find your life’s savings is quickly drained to cover the medical care services needed for recovery. For many, this means several surgeries, years of physical therapy, modifications to your home and vehicle, costly medications, and others.

Important Information About Spinal Cord Injuries

If you suffer a spinal injury, it can block the communication between your brain and the rest of your body. This blockage may cause the loss of feeling and muscle control, paralysis, and other issues. A general rule of thumb is that the higher an injury has occurred on your spinal cord, the more issues it will cause. However, any spinal injury, even one that seems minor can affect your sensory, reflex, and motor functions and result in lasting disabilities.

There are several common causes of spinal cord injuries. These include things like acts of violence, alcohol use, and athletic activities. However, in the U.S., including in the state of Florida, we have found that the most common causes of these injuries include:

  • Falls: For individuals over the age of 65, a spinal cord injury will typically occur after a fall. In fact, among all victims, over 25% of spinal cord injuries result from a fall.
  • Auto Accidents: Vehicle and motorcycle accidents make up 35% of new spine injuries each year and considered the leading cause of these injuries.

Keep in mind, these are just two of the potential causes of a spinal cord injury. These types of injuries are also seen on worksites, in your home or while visiting a store. They may occur if a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, too. Regardless of the cause of your injury, our legal team the accident was the result of someone else’s negligence or careless behavior.

Get What You Deserve for Your Injuries

The lifetime expenses that are associated with the care you will require for a spinal cord injury can exceed a million dollars. Some of the sources of the expenses you may have to pay include:

  • Surgery to repair your spine
  • Mental health counseling
  • Long-term care and aides
  • Modifications to your home or vehicle
  • Medications
  • Occupational therapy (depending on the area of the spine affected)

If you are like most people, you don’t have the funds or resources to cover these costs out of your own pocket. This is why it is so important to file a lawsuit against the responsible party.

By hiring our legal services, you can feel confident you will have a team of professionals who are dedicated to helping you recover the compensation you deserve. We don’t receive payment until your case is settled, which means we will ensure you are able to cover your present and future expenses related to the accident.

Remember, the insurance company isn’t on your side, but we are. We can help ensure we collect the evidence needed to prove your case and help you get the funds needed to take care of yourself and your family in the coming years. If you need assistance with your legal situation or if an accident due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness has resulted in a spinal cord injury, contact Zimmet & Zimmet by calling (386) 255-6400. We are here to help you with compassionate and experienced legal services you can count on.

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