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A Skilled Dallas Spinal Injury Lawyer Is Here to Help

If you or a close family member have been the victim of a spinal cord injury, you may be feeling frightened and confused and unsure where to turn. These feelings are not unusual when you’ve suffered a life-changing spinal injury and are experiencing the consequent physical, emotional and financial upheaval. While we can’t fix the physical pain of a devastating spinal cord injury, a skilled Dallas spinal injury lawyer from Guajardo & Marks can review your case and, if negligence was involved, work to get you the financial assistance you need to pay medical bills and other expenses after suffering this traumatic injury event.

Medical expenses for a spinal injury can be exorbitant, including everything from surgical costs to rehabilitative treatment to assistive devices and many other expenses. In the most severe cases where full or partial paralysis is involved, 24-hour nursing care may be necessary. The overwhelming financial impact doesn’t come only from the costs of medical treatment, but also through salary loss if the injured person was a breadwinner. When you can’t work anymore because of your injury or can work only in a reduced capacity for less money, your entire financial future and that of your loved ones is threatened. If your family member is the one who has been injured, you may find your life upended as you take on the role of caretaker.

Having the financial ability to pay your bills or your loved one’s bills and continue supporting the family is critical in such a situation, which is when an experienced spinal injury lawyer can help. Contact a Dallas spinal injury attorney from Guajardo & Marks for guidance about your case.

How Debilitating Spinal Cord Injuries Occur

Nearly 40 percent of spinal cord injuries occur in motor vehicle crashes, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC). Around one-third are fall-related. Sports activities account for eight percent of spinal cord injuries. Other common causes include violence and medical/surgical errors. In other words, everyone is vulnerable to these types of injuries, whether in our vehicles, in our homes, in our workplaces, when participating in recreational events, when undergoing medical treatments, or simply living our lives.

Spinal Cord Injuries in Vehicle Accidents

A number of spinal cord injuries occur as the result of major car accidents and other vehicle crashes. Injured parties could be drivers or passengers in motor vehicles, pedestrians or bicyclists. The blunt force of an impact with another vehicle or against a stationary object can lead to fractures in the spine, resulting in catastrophic injuries to the body.

Spinal Cord Injuries in the Workplace

Workplace spinal cord injuries can be the result of a fall, impact against an object or heavy lifting. Jobs that include manual labor can be especially dangerous for workers. This includes construction, manufacturing, oil and gas extraction and agriculture jobs. As is the case with so many workplace injuries, spinal cord injuries suffered on the job frequently occur due to unsafe work environments.

Spinal Cord Injuries in Sports and Recreation

While vehicle accidents and falls are the most common causes of spinal cord injuries, sports activities are also a significant contributor to injuries. Diving, skiing, snowboarding, football, hockey and horseback riding have been identified as high risk sports for spinal injuries.

Not All Spinal Cord Injuries Are “Accidental”

Sadly, accidents and incidents that can cause major spinal injuries are sometimes caused by the careless actions or behavior of others. The negligent party could be a person who causes a car accident, an employer who violates workplace safety laws or even a product manufacturer whose product malfunctions, as just a few examples.

Spinal cord injuries often have a wide range of life-altering impacts. The more serious and impactful the injuries to a person, the more complex a possible legal case will be when seeking compensation for your injuries. Catastrophic injury cases require more attention, time and preparation. The Dallas spinal injury lawyers from Guajardo & Marks have years of experience in these types of cases, and we will carefully review the facts of your case for negligence and work to make sure that you don’t have to shoulder the costs for another person’s mistakes.

If it can be proven that your spinal cord injury was the result of another person or entity’s negligence, you could be eligible to receive compensation—and justice–for your medical costs and other damages you’ve suffered. We will strive to make sure that the person or entity that caused your injury is held responsible for the possibly lifelong burden they have placed on you and your loved ones.

If you or a family member has suffered a debilitating spinal cord injury, you probably have many questions. We can help you understand your options and a potential financial path forward. Read on to learn more about:

  • The devastating true costs of a spinal cord injury
  • Damages that may be awarded for spinal cord injuries
  • Expensive complications from spinal cord injuries.

Devastating True Costs of a Spinal Cord Injury

In medical terms, spinal cord injuries fall under the category of “catastrophic” injuries. This moniker is a very appropriate description of the incredible pain and suffering that many victims face after suffering major damage to the spine. In addition to the physical pain, many people suffer emotionally as they look back at how “normal” their lives were before the spinal cord injury and how easy it was to complete routine tasks—such as eating or dressing or even breathing—that are now extremely difficult or even impossible to do without assistance. Added to the stressful knowledge that life will never be the same again is the realization that they are now facing potentially enormous expenses related to medical care and other losses.

Depending upon the seriousness and extent of your injuries, you may be facing costs for:

  • Ongoing medical care
  • Physical therapy
  • Nursing help in the home or in a skilled nursing facility
  • Rehabilitation
  • Home modifications
  • Wheelchair-accessible vehicles
  • Wheelchairs and other assistive devices.

The frightening truth is that spinal cord injuries can also result in total or partial paralysis for victims. Of all the spinal injuries a person can suffer, one severe enough to cause you to lose feeling and control in your limbs or throughout your body is the most devastating. The costs to those who suffer paralyzing injuries cannot be overstated. Victims typically face millions of dollars over the course of their lives for treatment and ongoing care.

Whatever severity of life-altering spinal injury you’re facing, if your injury was due to negligence, you may be able to receive damages to pay your medical bills and help compensate you for all you’ve lost. An experienced Dallas attorney at Guajardo & Marks will investigate your case to determine who was at fault and help you get the damages you deserve.  

Damage Awards for Spinal Cord Injuries

When it can be shown that your spinal injuries were caused by someone else’s negligent and careless actions, you may be able to receive damages through a legal claim. There are two general kinds of damages: economic and noneconomic. Economic damages compensate you for tangible things that are easier to put a price on, such as medical costs and days you’ve missed at work. Noneconomic damages are compensation for physical and mental pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment in life and other less measurable things. Depending upon your injuries and the facts of your case, you may be eligible for damages that include compensation for:

  • Past, current and future medical expenses related to your injury
  • Lost wages for time you’ve lost at work and will lose in the future if you can no longer work
  • Lost earning capacity when you can work but are not able to work at the same earning capacity
  • Property damage such as to your car, bicycle or other property
  • The physical and mental pain and suffering caused by your injury.

In especially egregious negligence cases, punitive damages intended to punish the negligent party may be awarded. Just one example of when a judge might award punitive damages is when a drunk driver who is a repeat offender causes an injury accident.

Also, if your family member unfortunately died as a result of a spinal cord injury caused by negligence, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim on their behalf. In Texas, the surviving spouse, children and parents of the deceased person may file a wrongful death claim either as individuals or collectively. Damages in such a claim include lost earning capacity, lost love and companionship, lost future inheritance and more.

It’s important to keep in mind that there is a statute of limitations on when you can file a personal injury claim for damages or a wrongful death claim. In Texas you generally have two years from the date of your injury or your family member’s death to file. If you don’t file within that time frame, you may lose your opportunity to receive compensation for your spinal injury or your loved one’s death.

When you’re facing a devastating injury, we’ll work hard to get you justly compensated for all you’ve suffered. The attorneys at Guajardo & Marks offer a free consultation to spinal injury victims. Additionally, we work on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing up front and pay us only if we secure a verdict or settlement for you.

A Positive Review from a Spinal Injury Client

 “The first time I met Mr. Mike Guajardo I knew he was the lawyer for me. We talked for about 3 hours about my injury and how it happened. He showed great interest and took my case. Mike made me feel at ease talking to him. He explained everything to me in a way in which I could understand easily. I also want to say the staff is great. You can call them anytime with questions.

-Chuck Hardaway

Devastating Impact of Spinal Cord Injuries

In the hours and days after an injury accident, your life and the lives of your family members may seem to be on hold. After the initial shock wears off, you are left dealing with serious injuries that you never dreamed of having. There is no doubt that injuries to the spinal cord are among the most devastating of all possible injuries. 

These catastrophic injuries are classified into two types – complete and incomplete. When a spinal cord injury is complete, this means that the spine can no longer send signals below the location of the injury, while with incomplete spinal cord injuries there is some movement and feeling below the injury, though it might still be inhibited.

Spinal cord damage can occur in any or all four parts of the cord – the cervical (neck), thoracic (chest), lumbar (lower back) and sacral (pelvis) regions. When paralysis is present, neurologists can often identify the region of the injury by determining where the paralysis begins.

When a person becomes tetraplegic, meaning they are paralyzed or partially paralyzed in all four limbs and their torso, first-year medical costs and living expenses range from approximately $800,000 to $1.1 million, according to recent data from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center.  In cases of paraplegia, which affects the lower limbs, first-year expenses are approximately $550,000. Even in less severe cases, if motor function is affected, costs can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.  

In addition to paralysis, spinal cord injuries, depending on their severity and location on the spine, can cause serious complications that include:

  • Loss of bowel and bladder control
  • Pressure sores
  • Extreme blood pressure changes
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Urinary tract infections.

Paralysis and other complications from spinal injuries cause major changes in everyday life—impacting overall physical and mental health and wellness and monetary wellbeing, and not just for the injured party, but for his or her family.

While we can’t change your life back to the way it was before, our firm can fight for your right to financial recourse if your spinal cord injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. The spinal cord injury attorneys at Guajardo & Marks are here to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. A personal injury Dallas accident lawyer who has handled many cases involving devastating spinal injuries can be a strong advocate for you.

A Spinal Injury Attorney Is a Strong Advocate for You

Most people haven’t faced personal injuries, so they aren’t familiar with the legal claims and insurance negotiation process when injuries occur. If you have been injured and are talking to the responsible party’s insurance company on your own, how do you know whether they are treating you fairly? If they’ve made you a settlement offer, how can you know whether it is a fair offer, especially if you are unsure of what the future holds for you as a result of your injury? Perhaps they seem to be compassionate, offering you a sum that seems very reasonable. But how can you really know?

These are important questions that a skilled spinal cord injury attorney can help you answer.  As you know all too well, in an instant an injury to the spinal cord can alter your life forever. On top of worrying about your health or the health of a loved one, thousands of dollars of medical bills start coming in. The importance of having a legal advocate on your side cannot be overstated.

The only way to know for sure that you will have enough money to cover the costs associated with your spinal cord injury is to speak with an experienced Dallas spinal injury attorney. The insurance company’s claims adjuster will come up with his or her own number, and almost without fail this number will be much lower than you need or deserve.

This is because the insurance company is in the business of making money. To do so, adjusters often drastically undervalue the cost of your injuries. If you agree to the offer only to find that it’s not enough to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and home modifications, there is usually nothing you can do to get the money you need.

Do not let the insurance company leave you without the compensation you require. Speak with a Dallas personal injury lawyer who knows how much your case is actually worth. At Guajardo & Marks, we’ll work hard to get you the money you must have to pay bills and move on with your life. Allow us to defend your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Millions of People Suffer from Spinal Injuries

As many as one in 50 people in the United States currently live with some form of paralysis. That equates to roughly 5.4 million people, which is nearly the population of Oklahoma and New Mexico combined. Spinal cord injuries account for around 27 percent of these injuries, meaning that nearly one-third of our paralyzed population is suffering from a condition that was preventable.

Spinal cord injuries have an incredible impact on sufferers. The effects reach deep into the lives of their loved ones, their workplaces and their communities. Victims can also experience a loss of work capacity, strained relationships, depression and a decrease in their quality of life. Spinal cord injuries are extremely expensive and debilitating, potentially costing millions of dollars over a lifetime of care. Don’t suffer in silence; get help for your spinal injury today.

Learn How a Spinal Injury Lawyer Can Help

If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury because of someone else’s negligence, you can seek compensation for the damages you’ve encountered due to your injury. The spinal cord injury lawyers at Guajardo & Marks have years of experience in these types of cases, and we will work to make sure that you don’t have to shoulder the costs for another person’s mistakes. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.

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