Anyone who has suffered from back or neck pain from sitting at a desk too long, playing sports, or sleeping in the wrong position can tell you how much even a small muscle strain or pinched nerve can impact movement and activities. Spinal cord injuries, which affect the bundle of nerves running from the brain stem at the base of the skull to the bottom of the spinal column, can be debilitating.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries annually, often due to preventable causes. This can lead to extensive recovery times, and oftentimes, a lifelong disability. Unfortunately, those who suffer from a spinal cord injury are two to five times more likely to die prematurely than those who have never had a spinal cord injury.
In the meantime, such injuries can have a marked impact on your life, limiting your ability to work and earn a living, forcing you to depend on caregivers, or in some cases, making it more difficult to socialize and maintain relationships.
The Ruth Law Team has over 40 years of experience in fighting for justice in cases like yours, so we understand how physically and emotionally traumatic a debilitating spinal cord injury can be.
Our job is to make your life easier in any way that we can. This starts with coming to you where you are, whether that’s at home or in the hospital. We offer our services on contingency; we won’t get paid a dime until we win your settlement.
Our qualified and caring spinal cord lawyers are passionate about seeking justice for every client that we serve. We will work to help you secure the compensation necessary to cover your expenses and ensure your wellbeing, both now and in the future. Your focus should be on the difficult task of healing and getting your life back. Let The Ruth Law Team handle the rest.
If you need help to seek fair compensation in the aftermath of a spinal cord injury, The Ruth Law Team is available 24/7. We will deliver the guidance and support you expect and deserve. Call us at (888) 783-8378 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.
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Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
A serious spinal cord injury can leave you with complete sensory and motor function loss below the injury site, or incomplete loss, in which some feeling and movement remain. You could suffer paraplegia – paralysis of the legs and lower portion of the trunk – or quadriplegia, which is paralysis of the body below the neck.
Spinal cord injury can cause a loss of sensation and movement, but it can also affect the function of internal organs and lead to chronic pain. It can even increase risk factors for secondary conditions like infections, respiratory complications, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), muscle spasms, osteoporosis, and more. Sadly, such injuries are often preventable.
While spinal cord injuries can be caused by illnesses like arthritis, osteoporosis, and even cancer, they are more often related to traumatic incidents. There are several common causes for spinal cord injuries, which include:
- Motor vehicle accidents (automobile, motorcycle, ATV, boat, snowmobile, heavy equipment, etc.)
- Non-motor vehicle accidents (bicycle, tricycle, skateboard, etc.)
- Pedestrian accidents
- Falls or slip and trip accidents
- Trauma from falling or flying objects
- Team sports like football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, or cheerleading
- Recreational activities, like diving, surfing, skiing, parachuting, gymnastics, or horseback riding
- Gunshot wounds
- Penetrating wound (stabbing, impalement, etc.)
- Acts of violence
- Surgical or other medical complications, including medical malpractice
When you suffer from a spinal cord injury, regardless of the cause, it can upend your entire life. The last thing you need is the hassle of fighting insurance companies that are intent on delaying or denying your claim until you accept a fraction of what you deserve or give up completely.
Whether your injury requires significant rehabilitation or you suffer from a permanent disability, you have a long health battle ahead of you. You need a capable and compassionate spinal cord injury attorney to fight for a fair settlement on your behalf so that you can focus on recovery.
The Ruth Law Team will represent you and your best interests. We’ll leverage our considerable expertise in an effort to secure the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.
What Happens Next?
Whether you’re fighting to recover sensation and movement in your limbs or you’re dealing with a diagnosis of permanent disability, you might not have the energy and drive to go up against insurance companies that have the resources to tie you up in court for years. That is where the experts at The Ruth Law Team come in.
We will aggressively fight for justice on your behalf. With over 40 years of experience in negotiating settlements in cases like yours, we’ve seen it all. We have the knowledge and skill to outmaneuver every tactic designed to delay and deny your claim.
We understand that the prospect of trying to find a qualified spinal cord injury lawyer can feel overwhelming when you have so much to deal with already, so we’ve worked hard to make it as easy as possible with a simple, three-step process.
What can you expect when you choose The Ruth Law Team to guide and support you through your spinal cord injury case?
Our process begins with collecting information that pertains to the incident, including medical records and billing statements, any police reports that might be related to an accident, witness statements, and insurance information for any responsible parties. These critical documents and statements provide the basis for your claim.
Once we’ve collected the essential documents, we take our investigation to the next level to find additional evidence supporting your claim. This could include seeking out any video footage of the incident, conducting in-depth witness interviews, reviewing police records, and more.
With the right documentation and in-depth research, we can begin to build a solid case to prove medical malpractice. We leverage our knowledge, experience, and considerable resources to negotiate for the best possible settlement on your behalf as quickly as possible.
The experts at The Ruth Law Team know how to fight medical professionals and institutions, as well as insurance providers, to secure maximum compensation. As your medical malpractice lawyers, we are committed to representing your best interests.
The experienced spinal cord injury attorneys at The Ruth Law Team will take on the burden of building your case so you can focus on what matters most – your health. You won’t have to lift a finger, thanks to our simple, streamlined process that alleviates stress and delivers peace of mind.
Frequently Asked Questions about Spinal Cord Injuries
When you suffer a spinal cord injury, the road ahead may be unclear, but one thing is certain – you’re going to need help paying for medical expenses and covering losses. As your expert spinal cord injury attorneys, The Ruth Law Team is available 24/7 to address all of your questions and concerns.
To start, we’ve answered a few of the most frequently asked questions about spinal cord injury cases.
The short answer is yes, you should. The average person doesn’t have the knowledge or experience to effectively go up against behemoth insurance companies and win. Even patients who work in law themselves will need help from qualified and objective legal professionals so that they can devote their full attention to the recovery process. The Ruth Law Team has the expertise necessary to build a strong case and negotiate a speedy settlement on your behalf. You don’t need to go it alone.
Attorneys can be expensive, but at The Ruth Law Team, we make sure everyone can afford the quality legal services they deserve. We work on contingency, which means that if we don’t secure a settlement, we don’t get paid. You won’t pay a cent upfront for our comprehensive services – if and when a settlement is reached, a portion of that value will be used to pay for our services.
The first thing you need to focus on is getting the medical care you need. However, it’s wise to hang on to pertinent documentation like medical records and bills. Keeping a journal can also help you to document important details, like the names of other parties that were involved in the incident, as well as your experience in the aftermath of the injury. All of these things could be important when negotiating a fair settlement.
Of course, you also need to contact a qualified spinal cord injury lawyer at The Ruth Law Team as soon as possible. The quicker we start collecting evidence and building a case, the sooner you could receive your settlement.
Most insurance providers understand the benefit of settling out of court, but some stubbornly believe that they can scare you away by threatening to take a case to trial, so there’s always a chance your case will end up in court.
By collecting substantial evidence and building a strong case, The Ruth Law Team creates the leverage to negotiate a fast and fair settlement on your behalf. However, we’re more than ready to take your case to trial to fight to secure maximum compensation, if necessary.
The Ruth Law Team has over 40 years of experience in reaching successful settlements in cases like yours, whether we’re able to negotiate compensation out of court or take your case to trial to seek justice.
A spinal cord injury can impact your life in several ways. However, you may be eligible to seek both monetary and non-monetary damages, including:
- Medical expenses (including rehabilitation)
- Home care and equipment
- Lost wages (including future income)
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium/companionship
Laws regarding damages vary by state, but The Ruth Law Team can evaluate your case to determine which types of damages you might be entitled to claim in your case.
If you’ve lost a loved one to spinal cord injury, you may also be eligible for funeral costs or other kinds of compensation.
Statutes of limitations vary from state to state. Depending on the specific circumstances of your injury, you will generally have beween two and four years to file a claim. To fully understand how the statute of limitations will apply to your case, it’s best to speak with the experts at The Ruth Law Team as soon as possible.
Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota all observe comparative negligence rules, which means you can still file a claim for compensation, even if you are partially at fault for a spinal cord injury. However, in Georgia and Minnesota, this only applies if your fault is deemed to be less than 50%. For personal injury cases in Florida, the comparative fault rule allows for the collection of damages proportional to the level of fault assigned. It is best to speak to a qualified lawyer to fully examine and evaluate your case.
At The Ruth Law Team, our top priority and end goal is to deliver a fast and fair settlement, while minimizing your stress. This starts when we assign a talented spinal cord injury lawyer to your case. We’ll even come to you, whether it’s at home, at the hospital, or in another location.
In addition, you won’t have to pay a dime upfront. We only get paid if we successfully secure your settlement. Even better, we have the expertise to negotiate with medical providers and facilities on your behalf. We’ll fight to get you the ongoing care you need, with billing deferred until your case is settled.
The Ruth Law Team represents your best interests. Unlike insurance companies, our loyalties aren’t divided. We’re available 24/7 to offer the guidance and support you need to get through this process, so you can focus on healing and moving on with your life.
Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
For over 40 years, the talented and passionate professionals at The Ruth Law Team have successfully negotiated settlements in cases like yours. Our capable and caring team of spinal cord injury attorneys includes:
- Steven C. Ruth
- Eric D. Roslansky
- Jenna C. Ruth
- Jessica E. Shahady
- Amy A. Catledge
- Austin J. Grinder
- Alex H. Longo
Our years of expertise and our commitment to securing maximum compensation make us the ideal choice to handle spinal cord injury cases.
Contact an Experienced Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
Whether you’re facing a long road to recovery, you’ve suffered permanent disability, or you’ve lost a loved one as a result of a spinal cord injury, the last thing you need is the stress of fighting for the compensation that you’re owed. The Ruth Law Team can take this burden off your plate, negotiating with insurance companies to secure a fast and fair settlement or taking your case to trial to seek maximum compensation.
Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota
You don’t need to go it alone. The Ruth Law Team offers 24/7 guidance and support. Don’t hesitate to call us at (888) 783-8378, contact us online, or use the live chat feature on our website to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and to learn more about the ways that we can help you get maximum compensation for your spinal cord injury.Florida Georgia Minnesota