When to hire a lawyer for a spinal cord injury?
Spinal Injury Attorney in Waco Texas
If you or a loved one has a spinal cord injury, an attorney can help you receive financial compensation to cover the many expenses involved. Although every case is different, our attorneys have recovered millions for those suffering from spinal cord injuries. Call our spinal cord injury attorneys at 254-753-6437 to discuss your matter.
Damages in a Spinal Cord Injury Case?
Numerous expenses occur while caring for a spinal cord-injured person, some of which you may not even realize at first. Financial compensation awarded in a court focuses on costs like:
- Medical care throughout the person’s life
- Caregivers at home
- Counseling and Psychiatric care
- Lost wages
- Expenses not covered by existing health insurance
- Travel expenses for medical care
- Various support services for the injured person’s family
- Funeral expenses
A qualified spinal cord injury lawyer will help you get compensation for these expenses, and others related to your injury. If you are considering seeking compensation, be sure to keep all receipts for expenses related to your injury, as well as all of your medical records.
Many people worry that they will have to spend hours in court if they file a personal injury or wrongful death suit, but the lawyer will take care of most of this. Your prime role when you file such a lawsuit is to provide detailed, accurate information to your attorney. He or she will handle the rest of the case.
We will work with medical experts, certified life care planners, and economists to determine the exact nature of your spinal cord injury and the anticipated lifetime costs. Then we will aggressively pursue full compensation for the damages you have suffered, including pain and suffering; current and future medical expenses; physical, occupational and vocational rehabilitation; lost income and loss of future earning capacity; property damage, and more.
Spinal Cord Injury in Waco, Temple or Killeen
Spinal cord injury involves damage to the nerves within the spinal canal; most SCIs are caused by trauma to the vertebral column, thereby affecting the spinal cord’s ability to send and receive messages from the brain to the body’s systems that control sensory, motor and autonomic function below the level of injury.
After an injury, nerve cells, or neurons, of the peripheral nervous system (PNS), which carry signals to the limbs, torso, and other parts of the body, can repair themselves. Injured nerves in the CNS, however, are not able to regenerate.
Nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord respond to trauma and damage differently than most other cells of the body, including those in the PNS. The brain and spinal cord are confined within bony cavities that protect them, but this also renders them vulnerable to compression damage caused by swelling or forceful injury. Cells of the CNS have a very high rate of metabolism and rely upon blood glucose for energy – these cells require a full blood supply for healthy functioning. CNS cells are particularly vulnerable to reductions in blood flow (ischemia).
Treatment for spinal cord injuries in Waco, Temple & Killeen?
Treatment for spinal cord injuries can be divided into two stages: acute and rehabilitation. The acute phase begins at the time of injury and lasts until the person is stabilized. The rehabilitation phase begins as soon as the person has secured and is ready to start working toward his or her independence.
The Acute Phase
During the acute phase, the person must receive prompt medical care. The faster the person accesses treatment, the better his or her chances are at having the least amount of impairment possible.
The first few days of the acute stage are accompanied by spinal shock, in which the person’s reflexes don’t work. During this stage, it’s challenging to determine an exact prognosis, as some function beyond what is currently being seen may occur later. At this stage, other complications from the accident or injury will also be present, such as brain injury, broken bones, or bruising.
The Rehabilitation Phase
Once the acute phase is over, and the person has been stabilized, he or she enters the rehabilitation stage of treatment. Treatment during this phase has the goal of returning as much function as possible to the person. Because all spinal cord injuries are different, a unique plan designed to help the person function and succeed in everyday life is created. The program often includes:
- Helping the person understand his or her injuries
- Helping the person understand the details regarding his or her care
- Assisting the person to become as independent as possible in everyday activities such as bathing, eating, dressing, grooming, and wheelchair use
- Helping the person learn to accept a new lifestyle, especially about sexual, recreational, and housing options
- Helping the person learn how to instruct caregivers in how to assist them
- Preparing them for vocational rehabilitation
- In most cases, rehabilitation occurs at an approved and accredited spinal cord injury treatment center.
Results in Personal Injury Matters
- $27 million settlement in matter involving the close head injury of a two-week-old child. Read about this case as reported by the Waco Tribune Herald, KCEN-TV, Meat & Poultry Magazine and Topverdict.com.
- $15 million settlement in matter involving the injuries of an ATF agent in the Branch Davidian raid. Read about this case on Justia.com.
- $1.5 million settlement for the injuries caused by a straw purchase of a gun at a pawn shop. Read about this case as reported by the Waco Tribune Herald, and MoreLaw.com.
- $800 thousand verdict for motorcycle driver with broken femur involved in collision with a car.
We are proud of our results reported above, but please note that prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Each matter depends on the facts of the case.
Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in Waco, Temple & Killeen
Dunnam & Dunnam personal injury lawyers are experienced in handling claims involving spinal cord injuries. Our Waco personal injury lawyers have represented accident victims in Waco since 1925. We are here to get you through this together. Our goals are the same—to make sure you can get on with your life and that your legal interests are protected. Although every case is different, we have recovered millions for Waco injury victims. We are here to answer questions about your case. In the meantime, you can read a few of the general frequently asked questions about personal injury claims while you wait to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our Waco attorneys. Waco, Temple & Killeen brain injury attorneys at Dunnam & Dunnam can be contacted at 254-753-6437. The Temple, Killeen & Waco spinal cord injury attorneys at Dunnam & Dunnam include:
Vance has 60 years of experience as a lawyer in Waco, Texas handling all types of cases in both the office and the courtroom.Read More
Vance has been licensed by the State Bar of Texas since 1977 and has practiced law in Waco, Texas since 1978.Read More
Merrilee L. Harmon is a Family Law specialist, Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1985.Read More
Andrea's practice focuses primarily in Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Family Law, and General Law.Read More
Jim Dunnam is a Board Certified Specialist in both Civil Trial Law and Family Law.Read More
Eleeza's practice areas include: Personal Injury Law, Civil Trial Law, Commercial Law, Family Law and Pharmaceutical Law.Read More
Gerald R. Villarrial has practiced family law, criminal law and civil litigation for over 20 years.Read More
Mason Dunnam is the fourth generation of Dunnam attorneys at the firm since 1925Read More