Brain and spinal cord injuries are amongst the most painful and costly injuries somebody can endure. These injuries are usually caused by some sort of accident and can result in inhibition of motion and even paralysis. When they are suffered as a result of someone else’s negligence, it is critical to speak to an experienced brain or spinal cord injury attorney as soon as you can. At Premier Law Group, our Seattle attorneys have a wealth of experience handling serious injury cases. We know that spinal cord and brain injuries oftentimes produce medical bills and treatments that can last an entire lifetime, which is why it is important not to settle quickly for less money than you deserve. If you need any advice on your potential case, give us a call at 206-285-1743 for a free case evaluation.
Around 1.5 million Americans suffer some sort of brain injury each year. These injuries are caused by a direct blow to the head that is strong enough to break through the skull and damage the brain. The majority of brain injuries are caused by car accidents, but anything that produces a hard knock to the head (sports, slipping and falling, etc.) can as well. Spinal cord injuries occur frequently as well. It is believed that as many as 400,000 Americans are suffering from the ongoing effects of spinal cord injuries, and over 4 out of every 5 of them are male. They are caused by bruising, tearing or crushing of spinal cord tissue, and just like brain injuries, are oftentimes car accident related. These injuries are very serious, and can lead to death. If a loved one has suffered a brain or spinal cord injury due to someone else’s negligence that has led to their death, this would be considered a wrongful death case. If you would like more information about how our Seattle, Bellevue, and Renton wrongful death attorneys can help you out, click this link.
Traumatic brain injury is suffered when the head is hit in a very forceful way. This can happen when the head hits an object or something penetrates the skull. This is why brain injuries are so common in car accidents. Your head is vulnerable to hitting the side of the car forcefully, and shards of glass from the windshield or windows may penetrate the skull. Not all brain injuries are the same, though. They vary in extent, from affecting one region of the brain to affecting multiple regions of the brain. Proper treatment may be able to allow for recovery, but that is not always the case. Hiring an attorney can actually help in this process, because doctors are much more willing to work on patients for no upfront cost if they have one. This is because they know that an experienced Seattle injury attorney will have a better shot of getting you the money you need for your bills than if you tried to do it without one. It is also very important that you do not settle right away with the insurance company if you have any reason to believe that you may have suffered a brain injury. Sometimes the injury can result even without the head striking anything. In severe whiplash cases, the brain may strike the interior of the skull – causing brain injury as a result. The effects of brain injuries differ depending on the accident, but some common ones are loss of consciousness, amnesia and concussions. The medical bills will stack up if you or a family member goes through an injury as bad as these. And, if the accident was caused by someone else, Premier Law Group is here to help you recover the money you need.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are the result of a strong force that acts on the very sensitive nerve column in the back. This force, which is often caused by car accidents, falling, and sport injuries, can dislocate the vertebrae of the spine. Not only is this incredibly painful, but it can affect the spinal discs and nerves, thus causing permanent damage. This essentially cuts off the pathway between the brain and the rest of the body, thus potentially leading to paralysis. There are a large range of spinal cord injuries, but they are broken into two categories: complete and incomplete. Complete spinal cord injuries are where all feeling and ability to move is lost below the point of injury – this would be paralysis. The second type is incomplete spinal cord injuries, which is when nerve damage is less serious and most control is maintained. One has a much greater chance of recovery within six months after a spinal cord injury, so it is very important to begin rehabilitation as soon as possible.
How Premier Law Group Will Help You
First, we will help you decide whether you even need a lawyer – if you can settle your case on your own, our free book can help provide the guidance you need to do just that. For more complex cases, you will want to have an attorney to get the best settlement possible. Remember, the trauma you experience right after car accidents can be the tip of the iceberg. It is not until you have fully healed that you can know about the full nature and extent of your injuries, including, if you have any permanent damage. Insurance companies will pressure you to settle before you know the full extent of the impact of an accident. That’s not right, and we will stand up for you! We will:
- Listen carefully to your needs, questions and concerns
- Handle ALL the legal issues so you can focus on healing
- Deal with the insurance companies – sometimes there are more than one!
- Order all medical records and bills related to your injuries
- Walk you through the litigation process so you fully understand what is happening
- Communicate with you regularly so you know how your case is progressing