The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 11,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries in the United States each year. Spinal cord injuries are common in a broad range of accidents and incidents, including car accident, slip and falls, falls from heights, sports injuries, and assaults. The symptoms of a spinal injury will depend on the location and severity of the injury. Symptoms can include loss of motion, feeling, and other permanent disabilities that significantly affect your life. If the accident or incident was caused by another person’s negligence, you may be able to recover for your injuries by filing a personal injury claim. An experienced Coweta County PI attorney can help determine whether you have a case or not.
To help your chances of winning a spinal injury case, there are certain steps you should take following the injury. Some of these steps include:
- Seek proper medical treatment as soon as possible. Timely stabilization is extremely important to limit the effects and symptoms of a spinal cord injury and try to avoid paralysis. Medical attention, diagnosis, and treatment should be your first priority following an accident. Furthermore, your doctor’s diagnosis and notes will serve as documentation of the severity and full effects of your injury to be used in a lawsuit.
- Gather information. If possible, you should gather the maximum amount of information regarding your accident as possible. Find out if there were any witnesses or other parties involved, document your version of the accident, and take photos if possible.
- Contact a personal injury attorney. Even if your spinal injury is not severe, insurance companies will try to avoid paying in full for your treatment and medical care. They may try to get you to admit fault in the accident or otherwise take advantage of your situation. An attorney knows how to deal with insurance companies and other parties in order to get you fair treatment and the settlement you deserve, no matter what your injury is.
Whether you have suffered a major or minor spinal injury, you deserve compensation from the responsible party. Contact an experienced PI lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999 for help.