Spinal Cord Injuries

Accident Attorneys Helping Victims in Stuart and Surrounding Communities

spinal cord X-rayPeople who have suffered serious injuries like spinal cord damage, paralysis, or brain stem injuries due to the negligence of another person or entity have legal rights to assert. With the assistance of a personal injury attorney, they may be able to pursue compensation for damages such as pain and suffering, medical care, and lost earnings. The knowledgeable Stuart spinal cord injury lawyers at Donaldson & Weston can guide you through the legal process if you have been involved in a devastating accident.

Spinal cord injuries may happen in many different types of accidents, including car, truck, and motorcycle crashes, boating or swimming pool accidents, and slip and falls. Regardless of the incident that resulted in the victim’s injury, they usually must be able to provide proof of the defendant’s negligence to be successful in a claim for damages. Negligence cases have four parts, each of which must be proven by a preponderance of the evidence for the plaintiff to recover a settlement or prevail at trial. It is also essential for the plaintiff to file a timely claim against the defendant that complies with the Florida statute of limitations.

Bringing a Claim Based on a Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries are among the most severe potential consequences of an accident. Trauma may occur anywhere along the spine, from the high cervical nerves at C1-C4 down to the sacral nerves at S1-S5. The consequences of an accident that damages the spinal cord depend in part on the location of the injury. An impact to the lowest part of the spine is less likely to cause a catastrophic injury, such as paralysis, than an impact to the upper portions of the spinal cord. A spinal cord injury may lead to a loss of function in the hips or legs or even result in quadriplegia.

Most spinal cord injuries result in a need for lifelong medical care. Some patients may only need to visit a doctor occasionally, but many require around-the-clock care in a fully staffed medical facility. This may result in substantial medical bills that an accident victim and their family may struggle to pay unless compensation may be secured through a claim against the party whose reckless or careless conduct caused the harm.

Under Florida’s pure comparative fault law, the plaintiff may recover the percentage of their damages that is directly attributable to the defendant, even if the plaintiff’s own carelessness contributed to the accident. This is true even if the plaintiff shared an equal amount of fault for the accident. However, it will be important to prove that the injuries would not have occurred if the defendant had used the appropriate level of care in the situation. This causation element often requires testimony from experts and other witnesses.

Pursue Compensation with the Assistance of a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer in Stuart

The compassionate Stuart spinal cord injury attorneys at Donaldson & Weston are here to serve your family during some of the most difficult times that you may experience. We will be glad to evaluate your case without charge, and we serve people throughout St. Lucie, Palm Beach, and Martin Counties, including in Jupiter, West Palm Beach, and Port St. Lucie. We can be reached for an appointment in Stuart at 772-266-5555 or in West Palm Beach at 561-299-3999, or you can contact us online to set up your consultation. We can assist victims and their families who need a car accident attorney or representation in other personal injury claims.

Testimonials
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“The attorneys at Donaldson & Weston helped me get an amazing result on my case. Obviously I’ve been through a lot physically but I feel better now and the money really helped my family. When I was riding my bicycle I was hit by a truck that wasn't paying attention. I am not the suing type, but I would definitely hire this firm again.”
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“After my accident, i felt like I was being pulled in a bunch of different directions. I really didn't know what to do and all I wanted was someone to shoot me straight. The lawyers at the firm were so honest and definitely pointed me in the right direction. The staff was professional. I think it’s great that only attorneys work on my case, it definitely made me feel comfortable”
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“After my accident happened I waited to hear back from the insurance company for about 6 months. I just felt like they kept jerking me around. They even told me not to hire an attorney because it would mean less money in my pocket. I couldn't wait any longer because my bills were out of hand. I hired this firm and they were solid. I got a great result without having to go to court.”
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