Spinal Cord Injuries
The human spinal cord consists of a bundle of nerves running down the back and carrying signals between the brain and the body. Spinal cord injuries disrupt these signals and may be catastrophic, permanently changing a person's life. Often, these injuries start with a blow that dislocates the vertebrae, which then tear into the cord or press on nerves. Spinal cord injuries may be complete or incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury means that the injured individual's cord cannot send signals to the parts of the body below the injury site. If you have been injured as a result of someone else's careless actions, the Memphis spinal cord injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready to help you pursue damages. We have more than 30 attorneys and 100 staff members, making us the largest personal injury firm based in Tennessee. Our catastrophic injury lawyers represent people throughout Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Missouri.Bringing a Claim Based on a Spinal Cord Injury
People who suffer spinal cord injuries may rightfully be concerned about the costs of medical treatment, wage losses, alterations to their home, and household services. Additionally, there may be enormous emotional effects, including an impact on relationships with spouses and mental anguish. Although there have been advances made in treating spinal cord injuries, they can still be extremely expensive to treat. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you may be worried about how you will afford to make the changes necessary after the accident. For many people, bringing a personal injury lawsuit is the only way that they can shoulder the costs of a life-altering accident.
In many cases, spinal cord injuries result from someone else’s negligence. Many times, that negligence occurs in the context of a motor vehicle accident. A negligent truck driver, for example, may cause devastating spinal cord injuries through just a moment's inattention behind the wheel. You may be able to bring causes of action for negligence and negligence per se against a truck driver and the trucking company that employed him or her. In a negligence lawsuit, you will need to establish that the truck driver breached a duty to use reasonable care and thus caused your injuries and the related costs. Negligence per se may apply if the truck driver violated a safety statute or regulation, and that violation caused an accident of the type that the statute or regulation was designed to prevent. A trucking company may also be held accountable under a theory of vicarious liability or negligent hiring, supervision, or retention.
If liability is established for your spinal cord injuries, you will need to prove your economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are usually documented losses like medical expenses, household services, lost wages, and lost earning capacity. Sometimes accident victims need to change their homes after suffering spinal cord injuries, such as by adding a wheelchair ramp or changing other features. These also are economic damages. In some cases, it may be necessary to retain experts to testify on future losses or on which accommodations need to be added to the home. Noneconomic damages include pain and suffering and mental anguish. In some cases, a spouse of a person with spinal cord injuries may be entitled to loss of consortium damages.Retain a Memphis Attorney for Your Spinal Cord Injury Case
People who suffer spinal cord injuries as a result of someone else's negligence should contact the Memphis spinal cord injury lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. We assist injured individuals and families in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-LAW-4004 or by completing our online form for a free appointment with a truck accident attorney or guidance with another type of personal injury claim. Let us discuss with you why NST is the way to go.