Virgin Islands Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
Filing a Spinal Cord Injury Claim
A spinal cord injury is a catastrophic injury that, in most cases, completely changes your life. Often, severe spine damage leads to significant, chronic pain, as well as partial or total paralysis, loss of bodily function, and permanent impairments.
At Fischer Redavid PLLC, we understand how devastating these injuries are, which is why we provide compassionate and aggressive legal representation to victims of spinal cord injuries and their families. If someone else was to blame for the incident that caused your injury, you should not have to suffer the immense physical, financial, and emotional consequences on your own. By filing a personal injury claim, you can seek financial compensation for your injury-related losses, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, lost earning ability, and more.
Our firm represents clients throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands, including residents and tourists who have suffered devastating, life-altering injuries through no fault of their own. If you believe you may have a case, reach out to our team right away for a free consultation.
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Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are characterized by where they occur along the spine. For example, a cervical spinal cord injury occurs along the cervical vertebra, which are located in the neck. A spinal cord injury occurring along the center of the spinal cord is known as a thoracic spinal cord injury, one that occurs along the lower part of the spinal cord is called a lumbar spinal cord injury, and a sacral spinal cord injury occurs when the sacral vertebra, which are located near the pelvis, are damaged.
There are many different types of spinal cord injuries, but these injuries are generally classified into the following two categories:
- Complete: A complete spinal cord injury occurs when the damage is so severe, it results in a total loss of bodily function below the point of injury.
- Incomplete: An incomplete spinal cord injury occurs when some bodily function is retained below the point of injury.
While incomplete spinal cord injuries are generally considered to be “less severe” than complete spinal cord injuries, both incomplete and complete spinal cord injuries can have significant and even life-changing effects, ranging from partial to total paralysis, severe pain, and loss of motor function.
The Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are among the most severe injuries a person can sustain. Their effects are devastating and far-reaching, impacting everything from the victim’s physical and mental wellbeing to their financial security.
Some of the physical and mental effects of a spinal cord injury include:
- Loss of sensation
- Paralysis, including quadriplegia, paraplegia, and triplegia
- Pain, including chronic pain
- A feeling of pressure in the head or neck
- Breathing problems
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Sexual dysfunction
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
In many cases, spinal cord injuries can also lead to death.
Financially, a spinal cord injury can easily cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages, and other financial losses. Victims may be unable to return to work for extended periods of time—or at all—as a result of their injuries. They are likely to face exorbitant medical care costs associated with treating the injury and managing ongoing symptoms. They may require around-the-clock care and assistance around the house with things like laundry, cooking, cleaning, and transportation.
At Fischer Redavid PLLC, we fight to help spinal cord injury victims and their families recover fair compensation for their economic and noneconomic losses. Our goal is to maximize your recovery so that you can manage unexpected financial burdens and begin to move forward with your life.
Compensation for Spinal Cord Injury Victims
Because the damages associated with spinal cord injuries are so high, it is important that victims and/or their families work with an attorney when seeking compensation from the insurance company or another liable party. These cases are very complex, and insurance companies will do whatever they can to dispute liability or even deny claims. They do not want to pay for your damages, but our Virgin Islands spinal cord injury lawyers can help you fight back.
We seek full, fair compensation for our clients’ damages, including but not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income/wages
- Loss of earning ability
- Future medical care costs
- Future lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost or reduced quality of life
- In-home assistance and care
In some cases, we may also seek punitive damages, which are meant to punish the defendant for acts of gross negligence, willful or wanton misconduct, and intentional infliction of injury or harm upon another.
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The liable party—or the one legally responsible for paying your damages—is typically the one who caused the incident that led to your injuries (or their insurance company). For example, if you were injured after a serious fall that occurred as a result of a dangerous condition on someone else’s property, you could hold the property owner liable for your resulting damages. If you suffered a spinal cord injury in a motor vehicle accident, the at-fault driver’s insurance company could be liable.
The first step is determining what type of accident or incident caused your injury, then identifying who was to blame.
Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Car, truck, and other motor vehicle accidents
- Serious slips, trips, and falls
- Defective products
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Recreational accidents
- Violence, including assault
- Workplace accidents
The team at Fischer Redavid PLLC can carefully review your accident case to determine what happened and, most importantly, who was at fault. Then, we can identify the liable party and begin building a strong, evidence-based case on your behalf.
The aftermath of a serious injury, such as a spine injury, can be overwhelming. You shouldn’t have to worry about fighting with the insurance company or another liable party for the fair settlement you are owed. Instead, allow our team to handle the legal aspects of your case while you focus on healing.
We represent clients throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands, including residents, tourists, employees, and others involved in serious accidents on Saint Croix, Saint John, Saint Thomas, and other surrounding islands. Our firm has extensive experience navigating personal injury cases on behalf of the catastrophically injured, and we have secured millions in compensation on their behalf.