Spinal cord injuries are life-changing injuries that hurt not just the direct victims but their entire families.
If you suffered a spinal cord injury in a preventable accident, you need help. You need an advocate on your side.
Call a Reno spinal cord injury lawyer at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC immediately for a free consultation. We serve victims in Reno, Carson City, Spark, and other areas of Northern Nevada.
For nearly two decades, we have worked hard to serve as worthy advocates for our clients. This shows in the track record of Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, where we have secured more than $215 million in settlements for victims suffering a broad range of injuries. We know there is no guarantee that our past successes mean we will be successful every time, but we also know having a proven record of securing settlements gives us some leverage we might not otherwise have.
Generally speaking, spinal cord injuries fall into two separate categories, complete and incomplete. To better understand the potential outcomes of these injuries, one must first understand how the medical field classifies these injuries and the potential outcomes for victims.
The International Standards For The Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injuries (ISNCSCI) uses a scale that ranks impairment from Class A to Class E for spinal cord injuries.
The classes are:
Within these classifications, there are specific syndromes that may affect victims:
When these types of injuries occur, the results can devastate victims and their families. A victim who suffers a complete spinal cord injury in the neck area typically loses all function in both arms and legs and may require assistance breathing. The lower on the spinal cord the injury occurs, the less devastating the potential outcome—but the consequences are still severe.
Before you can file a claim against any party for a spinal cord injury suffered in Reno, Carson City, Spark, and other areas of Northern Nevada, you must first prove the party was negligent. This can occur in various ways, depending on the circumstance of your injury.
Some of the types of accidents that result in spinal cord injuries include:
These are just a few injuries that can—and do—result in spinal cord injuries across Nevada. Your spinal cord injury attorney would speak with you to determine how your injury occurred and who may have caused it, then do their best to hold those at fault liable for their actions. You might find out you can hold more than one party liable for your spinal cord injury—a manufacturer of a defective product or part, a driver, or a business.
When you suffer a spinal cord injury, you are looking at potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical costs depending on the severity. Victims could require surgery, special adaptive equipment to get around, modifications in their home, and may never work again.
You may include some of these financial claims in a lawsuit:
Nevada does not put a cap on non-economic losses when a victim files a claim. Some of these losses may include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other similar claims. Your attorney can explain more about these types of losses and advise you which ones you should include in your claim.
There are rules about an injury sustained on the job in Reno, Carson City, Spark, and other areas of Northern Nevada. Specifically, you have a limited amount of time to advise your employer of your injury. However, few people know they may not sue their employer for their injury—the only recourse available is worker’s compensation, with a few exceptions.
If another person or entity caused the injury—like vendors or manufacturers of failed equipment—you may file a third-party claim. If your spinal cord injury occurred at work, you would have to talk to your injury accident attorney further about how best to proceed.
Car accident victims who suffer a spinal cord injury often believe they will file their claim and the defendant will pay it in full. This seldom occurs.
One challenge you may face as a spinal cord injury victim is that you will probably exceed the maximum coverage required under Nevada laws—since 2018, drivers must carry a minimum of $25,000 in bodily injury per person and $50,000 in bodily injury per accident. Spinal cord injury costs will typically exceed these limits. This is why involving an attorney as soon after an accident as possible could help.
The ultra-fine print no one wants to take the time to read, and the pages of information you are flooded with when you file an insurance claim are deceptive. What looks like your insurer—or the responsible person’s insurance—getting down to business can merely be their way of obtaining information that can help them minimize the overall cost of paying a claim.
Some insurance companies are not above using some of these tactics:
These are just a few ways those who are responsible for your injuries may attempt to avoid liability.
As a victim of a spinal cord injury, you must take time to focus on your recovery and rehabilitation. The last thing you need to worry about is constant calls from insurance companies, negotiating with insurers, and fighting for the compensation you may be entitled to collect. You also may have questions about your rights. This is why you should hire a Reno spinal cord injury lawyer to advocate on your behalf.
There are other reasons to hire an attorney, including:
At Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, we understand you are worried about the cost of hiring a lawyer.
Here is what you should know:
If you are in Reno, Carson City, Spark, or other areas of Northern Nevada, and you suffered a spinal cord injury, call our personal injury attorneys to understand your rights and options to secure a settlement before you talk to any insurance company. Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, is here to answer your questions during a free consultation. Contact us today at (775) 600-6000 and let us help you get the compensation you need to move forward as you face the challenges of a spinal cord injury.
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