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─ C.S., Rockingham, NC
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─ C.K., Chesterfield, S.C.
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─ D.S., Maxton, N.C.
A spinal cord injury can suddenly rob you of your ability to work and participate in the activities you once enjoyed. It can also leave you with medical and rehabilitation costs that destroy you financially. If you suffered this catastrophic injury due to someone else’s negligent actions, you should talk to a North Carolina personal injury lawyer about your right to compensation.
The spinal cord injury attorneys of Poisson, Poisson & Bower, PLLC have more than 40 years of experience serving accident victims throughout North Carolina. Our dedicated legal team can help you pursue the financial recovery you deserve. We will handle every step of your spine injury case, so you can focus on getting the treatment you need. Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation to get answers to your questions.
When Can You File a Personal Injury Claim After a Spinal Cord Injury?
Not every accident will result in a personal injury claim. However, if you are able to answer “yes” to the following questions, you may have the right to pursue compensation in a spine injury claim:
- Was your spinal cord injury caused by the negligence of another person or entity? Many spinal cord injuries are caused by car accidents, medical errors, and other situations involving negligent people or entities. If your injury was caused by a negligent party, you may be able to pursue compensation.
- Did the negligent party have a legal responsibility to avoid causing you injury or harm? This could be another motorist who was responsible for driving safely or a medical provider who owed you a certain standard of care.
- Did you suffer actual financial or personal losses due to your spinal cord injury? If your injury caused you to suffer financial losses such as medical expenses or lost income from missed time at work, or personal losses such as reduced quality of life, you can seek compensation.
Common Causes of Spine Injuries
Every spinal cord injury is different. But in many cases, these injuries are the result of:
Compensation for a Damaged Spinal Cord
If you can demonstrate that your spinal cord injury was caused by another negligent or reckless party, you could demand compensation for:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your spinal cord injury
- Incidental expenses you incur due to your spine injuries, such as costs of travel to and from appointments and the costs of needed medical equipment
- Lost wages from missed time at work if you are forced to take time off to recover
- Losses in your future earning capacity if you suffer long-term disability due to your spinal cord injury
- Physical pain, mental anguish, and psychological suffering related to the injury
If your spinal cord injury causes you to develop a long-term disability, our dedicated attorneys can also help you seek benefits with a Social Security Disability claim.
Time Limit for Filing a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit in North Carolina
If you plan to file a spinal cord injury lawsuit, you should be aware of state laws that govern the amount of time you have to take legal action. In North Carolina, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims provides injured victims with a three-year time limit to file a lawsuit.
If you fail to file your spinal cord injury lawsuit before this three-year deadline expires, your case will likely be thrown out by the court. This would mean you will lose your right to demand compensation from the at-fault parties.
Symptoms of Spinal Trauma
Depending on the nature and severity of the trauma, a spinal cord injury can be serious or even life-threatening. Symptoms of a spine injury include:
- Loss of sensation or movement
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Exaggerated reflexes or muscle spasms
- Changes in sexual function, sensitivity, or fertility
- Intense pain or stinging sensations
- Difficulty breathing or coughing
- Extreme pressure and/or pain in the back, neck, or head
- Weakness, paralysis, or loss of coordination
- Numbness or loss of sensation in limbs or extremities
- An unnaturally positioned or twisted neck or back
Treatment for Spine Damage
There’s usually no way to reverse any serious damage to the spinal cord. However, healthcare providers can treat spinal cord injury patients and improve their ability to function and heal by:
- Immobilizing the neck and back to prevent further trauma to the spinal cord
- Maintaining respiratory function by helping the patient breathe normally
- Providing intravenous (IV) medications to help with pain and avoid dangerous side effects like blood clots or pneumonia
- Conducting surgical interventions to remove bone fragments, foreign objects, or herniated discs or to stabilize the spine
- Attempting experimental treatments to control potentially damaging inflammation or promote nerve regeneration
- Using new technologies such as electrical stimulation devices and robotic gait trainers for physical rehabilitation
Talk to a North Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Today
For more than 40 years, the back injury lawyers at Poisson, Poisson & Bower, PLLC have stood strong for individuals and families who are struggling to recover from life-changing accidents. We represent clients with no upfront costs, and our initial case reviews are free. So there is no risk to you when you reach out to our team for help. Contact us now to get started with your free consultation.