Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Serving Georgia
Spinal cord injuries caused by preventable accidents are far more common than many realize. Over 17,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the United States every year. Approximately 294,000 people in the United States live with a spinal cord injury. Car accidents, falls, sports accidents, medical malpractice, and many other preventable accidents can cause devastating spinal cord injuries. For many, spinal cord injuries are life-altering events. A person with a spinal cord injury may never be able to walk, sit, stand up, and return to work. Additionally, the medical expenses associated with spinal cord injuries are significant.
Discuss Your Spinal Cord Injury Case with an Experienced Attorney
If you or your loved ones have experienced a spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, pain, suffering, and more. Under Georgia law, negligent individuals and companies are financially responsible for the damages caused by their negligence, recklessness, or intentional behavior.
However, you only have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit in Georgia. Attorney James Rice has recovered millions in compensation for Atlanta personal injury victims. Contact attorney James Rice today to schedule your free case evaluation and learn more about your legal rights and options.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are two main categories of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete. Complete spinal cord injuries occur when a traumatic event makes it impossible for a person’s brain to send signals below the injured location on the spinal cord. When this happens, a person can experience paraplegia – paralysis of the lower half of the body. They can experience tetraplegia, which involves paralysis of all limbs on both sides of the body, or triplegia, which consists of a process of one arm and both legs. Incomplete spinal cord injuries happen when the injury limits the brain’s ability to send signals below the injured area.
Common Accidents That Result in Spinal Cord Injuries
Unfortunately, the majority of spinal cord injuries are preventable. Many spinal cord injuries are caused by another person or company’s negligence or recklessness. One person’s negligence can cause a lifetime of pain, medical expenses, and suffering for an accident victim.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States. When Atlanta residents are involved in auto accidents, they frequently suffer trauma to their spinal cord. The force of the collision may cause a fracture in their spinal cord, or a piece of debris could sever a part of their spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries are even more likely when car accident victims are in rollover accidents and head-on collisions. However, spinal cord injuries can occur in nearly every type of car accident.
Similarly, motorcycle accidents are a common cause of spinal cord injuries. Even when motorcyclists wear all of the necessary safety gear, they can still be thrown into walls, vehicles, and onto hard asphalt in a collision. Motorcyclists do not benefit from a steel frame to protect them and are more vulnerable to suffering severe, life-altering spinal cord injuries.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Every year, Georgia residents suffer spinal cord injuries in preventable slip-and-fall accidents. The severity of a person’s injury depends on the distance and location of the spinal cord in relation to the ground at the time of the fall.
Property owners have a legal responsibility to ensure their property is reasonably safe for guests and customers. Premises liability accidents in the form of slips, trips, and falls commonly occur as a result of the following:
- Loose cables on the ground
- Broken tiles
- Poorly lit stairways
- Stairways that are overly narrow, steep, or that lack guardrails
- Broken railings
- Ripped or uneven carpeting
- Slippery steps due to rain, ice, or snow
- Puddles of liquid on the ground
Anytime a heavy object falls from a height, it can cause a spinal cord injury to the victim in its path. Construction sites, warehouses, factories, and commercial kitchens are locations where these types of accidents commonly occur. Typically, the larger the falling object, the more severe the victim’s injury is likely to be.
Suppose you have suffered a spinal cord injury while at work. In that case, it’s important that you discuss your case with an attorney. You will have the right to obtain workers’ compensation benefits, but it could be more advantageous to pursue a personal injury lawsuit if your injury was caused by negligence.
How Attorney James Rice Will Help You With Your Spinal Cord Injury Case
When Atlanta residents need help recovering the compensation they need and deserve after spinal cord injury, they can count on attorney James Rice. He has helped many clients successfully pursue personal injury lawsuits in Atlanta. As soon as you begin working with Attorney James Rice, he will provide you with the skilled legal representation and counsel you need and deserve. He has the resources and experience necessary to pursue the maximum amount of compensation in your case. Your personal injury attorney can help you with the following:
- Launch an investigation into the cause of your spinal cord injury
- Identify the party or parties who are financially liable
- Determine and accurately assess all of your economic and non-economic damages
- Skillfully guide you through the complex civil justice system in Georgia
- Process all of the paperwork in your personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim
- Search for evidence to bolster your claim for compensation
- Answer all of your questions and help you understand your potential legal options
- Negotiate a favorable settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company
- Prepare to take your case to trial and argue skillfully on your behalf in civil court, if necessary
Contact Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Today
Have you recently sustained a spinal cord injury in an accident in Georgia? If so, Attorney James A. Rice is here to help you understand your legal options and fight for your rights. You may have a right to claim the compensation you need to cover all of your health care bills, protecting your financial future. Reach out to Attorney James A. Rice today to schedule a free consultation and begin your legal journey.