Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down the back, carrying signals between the brain and the body. When the spine is harmed, the injury disrupts these signals. Spinal cord injuries typically start with a blow to the spine, which fractures vertebrae. Pieces of vertebrae or disc material may tear the tissue of the cord or affect the nerves that transmit signals. Rarely is the cord actually severed. These injuries may be complete, such that the cord cannot send signals below the level of the injury, or they may be incomplete, in which case there may still be some movement below the site. If you suffer harm to your spinal cord because of an accident in Dallas or the surrounding cities, knowledgeable injury attorney Nick Feizy can help you investigate your options.Holding a Negligent Party Accountable for Damages
Immediate treatment of a spinal cord injury can reduce the long-term impact of the harm. Whether you are in a car accident or a slip and fall, it is important to go to the emergency room as soon as possible and follow the advice of the physician.
Under the doctrine of mitigation, an accident victim has a duty to "mitigate" his or her damages. This means the plaintiff must minimize damages by seeking appropriate treatment and following the physician's advice with regard to treatment. If a victim is not properly treated or does not go to therapy sessions as prescribed by his or her health care provider, and as a result the harm is worse than it would have been had the plaintiff gone to therapy, the defendant may ask that the court not award the full range of damages. Treatment for spinal cord injuries may include medicine, braces, mobility aids, traction, and rehabilitation therapy.
Many spinal cord injuries arise out of someone else's negligence. If you are walking in a crosswalk and get run over by a driver who is texting, and then sue the driver that ran over you for negligence, for example, you would have to prove the driver owed you a duty of care, the driver breached the duty, the breach caused your accident, and you incurred actual damages. All drivers in Texas have a duty to watch out for pedestrians and drive safely for the conditions. A person who is texting while driving is breaching the duty to use reasonable care.
If you are able to successfully establish negligence, you likely will be able to recover compensatory damages, designed to make you "whole." The amount of damages depends in part on the severity of the injury. The severity and prognosis of a spinal cord injury can be determined by using MRI scans.
Often, spinal cord injuries cause a lifelong disability that requires long-term care. You may be able to recover damages for past and future medical expenses, rehabilitative services, in-home medical care, the cost of assisted devices, the cost of getting modifications made to your home, lost wages, lost earning capacity if you are no longer able to work, and pain and suffering.Enlist a Dallas Attorney When Seeking Compensation for Your Injuries
Spinal cord damage may change your entire life. An accurate prognosis may not be possible right away, and the full scope of your damages can take time to assess. It is important not to talk to the insurer for an at-fault driver or property owner before consulting your own lawyer. Victims of car accidents or other preventable events in the Dallas area can call Feizy Law Office at (214) 651-8686 or contact us via our online form for a free consultation. We also represent accident victims in Fort Worth, Irving, Arlington, Garland, and Plano, among other cities in Texas.