Montgomery Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
The spinal cord is a large yet delicate bundle of nerves which transmits information between the brain and body. When a person’s spinal cord is seriously damaged by a car accident, slip and fall accident, construction accident, or under other circumstances, devastating pain, medical expense, and physical impairment can result.
If you or one of your family members suffered a spinal cord injury due to the careless or negligent acts of another individual, such as a distracted driver or equipment operator, you may be able to recover compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit. With decades of experience representing injury victims in Montgomery, Alabama, the aggressive trial attorneys of the Morrison Law Firm can advise you of your legal rights, work to hold the negligent parties accountable, and fight for compensation. To discuss your Montgomery back injury claim in a free legal consultation, contact the Morrison Law Firm at (334) 523-8323.
Common Spinal Cord Injury Causes
A spinal cord injury (SCI) may result from many causes. However, while the causes of spinal cord injuries vary, many share a common theme: they involve careless, avoidable actions taken by one or more parties other than the injury victim. According to a 2015 report released by the National Spinal Cord Injury Center (NSCIC), “Recent Trends in Causes of Spinal Cord Injury,” the leading causes of SCI in the United States include the following:
Falls – 29.5%
- Falls from Heights
- Scaffolding Falls
- Slip and Fall Accidents
Vehicular Accidents – 39%
- ATV Accidents
- Boat Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
Though less common, other leading causes of spinal injuries noted in the report included:
- Machinery Accidents
- Object Strikes
- Pedestrian Accidents
This statistical information is significant to SCI survivors and their loved ones because it pertains directly to the matter of injury compensation. If an injury is caused by another party’s negligent acts or “omissions,” meaning failures to act, the victim may be entitled to substantial financial compensation.
Negligence must be proven by the plaintiff, using evidence such as medical records and photographs of injuries or accident scenes. Negligence involves four components:
Duty of Care – Individuals and businesses generally have a duty of care to refrain from causing harm to others.
Breach of Duty – There are countless ways in which a duty of care can be breached (violated), depending on the circumstances under which an accident occurs.
Causation – The other party’s acts or omissions caused the plaintiff’s accident: but for these acts, the victim’s accident would not have occurred.
Damages – The plaintiff suffered damages (harm), such as injury, impairment, and medical bills.
Spinal Cord Injury Compensation in Settlements and Lawsuits
It is statistically uncommon for personal injury claims to reach the trial stage of the legal process. It is more common for the defendant and claimant to reach a settlement agreement outside of court, prior to trial, generally following several weeks or months of negotiation. However, if the party who caused your back injury proves unwilling to settle, our respected and dedicated team of personal injury attorneys will be ready to take your lawsuit to trial, led by nationally-recognized trial attorney and founding partner Richard Morrison.
Our Alabama personal injury firm may be able to recover compensation for a range of physical, emotional, and financial hardships and losses you have sustained as a result of your spinal injury. Financial compensation may be available for:
- Diminished Earning Capacity
- Loss of Consortium
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
- Lost Earnings
- Pain and Suffering
- Permanent Scarring and Disfigurement
Alabama once placed limits known as “damages caps” on certain types of compensation in personal injury cases. However, in a legal victory for plaintiffs, these caps were later found unconstitutional by the Alabama Supreme Court. Only punitive damages, which may be awarded only in cases where the victim’s injuries were caused by willful and malicious conduct, may be capped. Compensatory damages, such as those noted on the list above, are not capped in Alabama.
The worth of every spinal cord injury claim varies, depending on the circumstances. Our law firm will review your claim in exhaustive detail, utilizing every resource available to us, to maximize the value of your personal injury claim.
Let Our Montgomery Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Help You
Unlike other attorneys or law firms that may be quick to settle prematurely, the Montgomery SCI lawyers of the Morrison Firm negotiate aggressively and persistently on each client’s behalf. We will continually work to protect your best interests as we help you and your family exercise your legal rights.
We understand the profound sense of loss, anger, grief, and deprivation that can result from a serious, disabling injury. Our Montgomery spinal injury lawyers will build a compelling, comprehensive case with two goals in mind: obtaining compensation, and, perhaps even more importantly, helping you gain the closure you need. No matter how complex or challenging the case, our mission is to see that justice is served.
Serving the Montgomery area, our Alabama spine injury attorneys are available to assist in any way we can. To speak confidentially about your Alabama SCI claim in a free legal consultation, call the offices of the Morrison Law Firm at (334) 523-8323 today.