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A spinal cord injury can have a devastating impact on a person’s life. Victims can suffer permanent changes in strength, sensation, and other bodily functions below the site of the injury. If you have recently experienced a spinal cord injury, it is likely that almost every aspect of your life will be affected. Most of these injuries require comprehensive medical treatment, leave you unable to work for a period of time, and decrease your quality of life. The Augusta personal injury attorneys at Nicholson Revell LLP work with our injury clients to ensure they receive the full compensation they are due.

Why Choose Our Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys?

  • We are committed to the pursuit of justice on behalf of our clients.
  • Our attorneys provide in-depth personal care to each client.
  • We don’t give up until we have obtained the best possible outcome.
  • We have recovered over $140 million in awards for past clients.
  • Combined, our lawyers have more than 100 years of experience in personal injury law.

When to Contact an Attorney in Augusta, Georgia

If you believe someone else is to blame for your spinal cord injury, discuss your legal rights with a personal injury attorney. An attorney has the information and knowledge you need to answer your legal questions. A lawyer can review your case for signs of fault in connection with your injury. Then, your lawyer can take care of many legal processes on your behalf in pursuit of compensation, such as to:

  • Set you up with the right doctors
  • Investigate your accident
  • Preserve and gather evidence
  • Identify the defendant
  • Fill out paperwork for you
  • File your claim before Georgia’s deadline
  • Negotiate with an insurance company
  • Take your case to trial, if necessary

From dealing with insurance companies and properly assessing the value of your claim to reducing your stress by handling complex legal matters for you, an attorney can make the legal process easier so you can focus on recovering. Our attorneys at Nicholson Revell LLP will make sure you have what you need to obtain justice.

Spinal Cord Injury Facts

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), there are an estimated 17,000 new spinal cord injury cases in the U.S. each year. Men account for approximately 80 percent of new cases, with vehicle accidents being the leading cause of injuries followed by falls, acts of violence, and sports/recreational activities.

The spinal cord is a tube of nerve tissue and cells extending from the brainstem sending singles to and from the brain throughout the rest of the body. Despite being surrounded by a column of protective bone, it can be severely injured due to several types of personal injury accidents, such as:

Many of these accidents and incidents are preventable. They occur because one or more people are careless or reckless. If you believe someone else had the power to prevent you or a loved one’s spinal cord injury, yet carelessly failed to do so, this person may be legally responsible for your economic and noneconomic losses.

Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury

Depending on the area and severity of damage a spinal cord injury can result in minor back pain to quadriplegia (partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso) or paraplegia (partial or complete loss of the lower limbs and possibly the trunk). Besides paralysis, other symptoms of spinal cord injuries can also include, but are not limited to:

  • Weakness
  • Loss of control of bladder and bowels
  • Loss of motor control
  • Changes in sexual function
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain or tingling
  • Loss of sensation

If you get into an accident and experience any of these symptoms, go to a hospital immediately. If you have a mild to moderate spinal cord injury, failing to obtain proper medical care could make it worse and cause paralysis. Symptoms can last for a lifetime in a serious spine injury case. However, modern treatments are available to help reduce a patient’s pain and increase quality of life.

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

There are two main types of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete. With a complete spinal cord injury, the spine has been fully severed or compressed. This eliminates the connection between the brain and body, making the brain unable to send signals below the point of injury. A complete spinal cord injury will result in paralysis.

An incomplete spinal cord injury means the compression or severance of the spine is not complete; therefore, the patient retains some feeling or function below the site of injury. A patient with an incomplete spinal cord injury may only experience mild muscle weakness, for example, rather than full disability.

Elements of a Spinal Cord Injury Claim

If you were not at fault for the incident that caused your spinal cord injury, you shouldn’t be the one who has to pay for medical care. Someone else may be responsible through his or her insurance. In Georgia, you have the right to file a claim against an at-fault party in pursuit of justice and financial compensation. You will file this claim in the civil courts in the county where your injury took place.

The civil justice system in Georgia permits injured accident victims to seek compensation to make them whole again. A personal injury claim centers on the legal theory of negligence. Someone is negligent when that person does not use an appropriate level of care, causing injury or harm to others. Negligence consists of four elements:

  1. Duty of care owed. The person or party allegedly at fault for the injury (the defendant) must have owed the victim (the plaintiff) a duty of care. This is an amount of care a reasonably prudent person would have used in the same circumstances.
  2. Duty of care breached. The defendant must have breached, or carelessly failed to fulfill, the duty of care. In other words, the defendant must have been negligent. The defendant must be guilty of a careless action or omission.
  3. Causation for the injury. The defendant’s breach of the duty of care must have been a substantial factor in causing the plaintiff’s spinal cord injury.
  4. Damages suffered. The plaintiff must have suffered compensable damages in the accident, such as medical expenses or lost wages. These damages give the plaintiff grounds on which to base a personal injury claim.

It is necessary to prove these four elements based on a preponderance of the evidence to obtain financial compensation for a spinal cord injury. This means enough proof to demonstrate that the defendant’s negligence more likely than not caused your injury. A lawyer can help you preserve and present evidence to prove these four elements.

Who Is Liable?

In personal injury law, liability means legal and financial responsibility for an injury. Before you can file a personal injury claim for a spinal cord injury in Georgia, you or your lawyer must identify the liable party. This is the party that had the ability to prevent your spinal cord injury but failed to do so. Many parties could be liable for your injury depending on the circumstances of the case:

  • A motor vehicle driver
  • A property owner
  • A product manufacturer
  • A business or company
  • An employer
  • A doctor or hospital
  • The government
  • Multiple parties

A spinal cord injury attorney can identify the liable party in your injury claim through an investigation of your accident. Then, your attorney can let you know if that defendant has the insurance or resources to pay out a settlement or jury verdict. If not, your attorney can search for other liable parties who may have better insurance. Hiring an attorney from the beginning of your case can help you hold the correct party responsible.

What Compensation Is Available?

If your lawyer succeeds in holding someone accountable for you or a loved one’s spinal cord injury, your family could obtain financial compensation for several past and future losses:

  • Medical bills
  • Surgeries and treatments
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Permanent disability
  • Lost wages and capacity to earn
  • Lost quality or enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Wrongful death damages

An attorney can help you pursue maximum compensation for the full extent of your losses suffered, even if that means taking your personal injury case to trial in Augusta.

Contact Our Augusta, CA Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys Today

Between investigating the circumstances resulting in your spinal cord injury, dealing with insurance companies, and handling other legal complications, an experienced personal injury attorney can sort through your legal options for monetary recovery.

Nicholson Revell LLP will put to full use our years of experience with personal injury law to investigate the full extent of your damages so you obtain full compensation. Our goal is to force the wrongdoer to fully compensate you so you can focus on recovering from your spinal cord injury. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.