Louisiana Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Spine Injury Claims & Lawsuits
Injuries to the spine and spinal cord are some of the most catastrophic injuries a person can sustain. Even a relatively “mild” spine injury can have significant, long-lasting implications, ranging from chronic pain and impairment to partial or total paralysis.
If you or someone you love suffered a spine injury in an accident or otherwise due to another person or party’s negligent, reckless, or wrongful conduct, reach out to Jones & Hill right away. You could have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party, and our Louisiana spinal cord injury lawyers can help.
For over 35 years, our firm has been fighting on behalf of injured individuals and their families in Lake Charles, Alexandria, Oakdale, Oberlin, and all of Louisiana. We are proud to serve the communities where we live and work and strive to not only help our individual clients get back on their feet but also to hold negligent parties accountable and send the message that such conduct will not be tolerated.
Complete vs. Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries
While there are a variety of different types of spine injuries, they are typically classified as either complete or incomplete spinal cord injuries.
The primary differences between complete and incomplete spinal injuries are listed below:
- Complete Spinal Cord Injuries: Complete spinal cord injuries result in a complete cessation of communication between the brain and the body below the point of injury. Because of this, complete spinal cord injuries tend to result in more significant and lasting effects and are generally considered more serious than incomplete spinal cord injuries.
- Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries: Incomplete spinal cord injuries result in partial retention of communication between the brain and the body below the point of injury. Incomplete spinal cord injuries can range in severity and may result in partial paralysis, impairment, loss of function, mobility issues, and other effects.
Some of the most common complete spinal cord injuries include paraplegia and quadriplegia/tetraplegia, which are paralysis from the waist down and paralysis from the neck down, respectively. Incomplete spinal cord injuries include anterior cord syndrome, Brown-Sequard syndrome, and more.
Another common spine injury is a herniated disc. Also known as a “slipped” or “ruptured” disc, this is a condition in which the interior of the spinal disc, which sits between the vertebrae, pushes through a hole or rupture in the exterior. This is an extremely painful condition that can also lead to nerve injury and damage, along with numbness, weakness, and other complications.
What Are the Common Causes of Spinal Injuries?
Most spine injuries result from negligent and/or wrongful conduct. In other words, most spine injuries are entirely preventable.
The leading causes of spinal cord injuries in the U.S. include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Falls, including slip and falls
- Violence and criminal activity
- Sports and recreation accidents
- Work-related accidents
Alcohol is a contributing or key factor in many spine injuries, as drunk driving accidents, alcohol-related diseases, and accidents caused by intoxication are among the leading contributors to these injuries.
Fighting for Your Maximum Recovery
When another person, company, or entity acts carelessly, recklessly, or wrongfully, and you are injured as a result, you have the right to take legal action. If you believe your spine injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be eligible for financial compensation.
At Jones & Hill, our Louisiana spinal cord injury attorneys can help you seek fair compensation for all your damages, including but not limited to:
- Emergency medical care
- Ambulance and ER costs
- Surgery and other medical treatments
- Ongoing and future medical care
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income/wages
- Lost future earnings and earning capacity
- Disfigurement and impairment
- Lost enjoyment of life
- In-home care costs
- Home modifications
- Medical equipment and devices
In some cases, we can even recover exemplary (or “punitive”) damages, which are meant to punish the liable party for egregious negligence or misconduct. These types of damages are generally only available when it can be proven that the defendant acted with willful/wanton disregard for the safety of others.
Don’t Delay—Contact Jones & Hill Now
If you believe you may have a personal injury case, it is critical that you act quickly. There is a one-year statute of limitations on most personal injury lawsuits in Louisiana, meaning you only have one year from the date of the spinal cord injury to file your claim. If you miss this deadline, your case will almost certainly be dismissed.
The sooner you reach out to our Louisiana spine injury lawyers, the sooner we can begin investigating your claim, building your case, and fighting for the fair compensation you deserve. Our team is here to guide you through the legal process, all while providing the personalized attention, care, and support you need. We are happy to discuss your potential case during a free consultation, either at one of our conveniently located offices or at your home/in the hospital.
We offer contingency fees, meaning you do not owe any out-of-pocket expenses when you work with our firm. Instead, our attorneys only collect fees if/when they recover a settlement or verdict for you. Get in touch with us today to learn more!