Spinal cord injuries are debilitating and can cause lifelong disability. Statistics show that approximately 10,000 new spinal cord injuries occur each year and many happen due to violence or vehicle impacts. If you have been harmed by someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation.
A Los Angeles Attorney from Cohen & Marzban Law Corporation, who specializes in Spinal Cord injuries can assist in presenting a case before the courts that can help you pay for your medical bills, loss of income or pain and suffering.
What Happens When a Spinal Cord Injury Occurs?
An injury to the spinal cord, which houses a group of nerves that control the body, can have catastrophic effects on a patient. The higher up the spinal cord the injury occurs, the more severe the damage. Breaks in the neck region can lead to paralysis of the lower extremities or loss of the ability to breathe altogether. Following are examples of the results of a spinal cord injury:
Loss of bowel and bladder function
Body temperature fluctuations due to lack of perspiration
These life-altering changes in bodily function contribute to a high rate of suicide amongst the spinal cord injury population and can result in a requirement for substantial financial resources. If you, or someone you know, has been injured due to someone’s negligence, a Los Angeles spinal cord injuries attorney can assist you.
What Can I Expect in a Spinal Cord Injury Case?
Spinal cord injuries can be very intricate and complex and so can the claims or legal process. The foundation for building a spinal cord injury case and for filing a claim essentially involves proving who was negligent and how. Personal injury cases involve the following elements:
Duty: Personal injury claims rely on proving the defendant had a duty to protect the plaintiff from injury.
Breach of Duty: Your attorney must show the court that the defendant breached his duty to protect you from harm.
Cause: The court must rule that the defendant’s actions were the cause of the injury.
Proximate cause: The evidence will show the range of the defendant’s responsibility in the case. In some situations, the defendant is not wholly responsible for injuries that stem from his negligence. For example, a plaintiff who suffers additional injuries, such as a fall from a wheelchair after the initial injury, is unlikely prove those injuries are the defendant’s responsibility.