A spinal cord injury can be devastating, with consequences ranging from continuous pain and discomfort to paralysis and even death. If another party is in some way responsible for the fact that you or a family member has suffered such an injury, your ability to receive fair and legal damages can have a profound effect on your quality of life. You need a partner you can truly trust if you are planning to undertake a lawsuit in relation to such an injury. Due to our experience at trial, case results, and our reputation for excellence, each Las Vegas personal injury attorney at Cogburn Law Offices offers a level of legal representation you want on your side in a spinal cord injury case.
Don’t Wait to Act
If you have sustained a spinal injury in Nevada, it’s vital that you understand that you have a limited period of time in which you have the legal right to pursue compensation. According to Nevada Law, you must file your case within two years of the injury. No matter valid your case, you will never have a chance for it to be heard if it is not filed within these time restrictions.
Do You Have a Right to Compensation?
The fact that you are injured is, in itself, not enough to form the basis of a lawsuit. There are several matters that need to be established for your case to have merit. These include:
You need to be able to prove that you were, in fact, injured. This includes establishing that you did not have a pre-existing spinal condition that could explain or have contributed greatly to your current condition.
If you are seeking damages from another party, you need to be able to show that the injury from which you are suffering was caused by an act of negligence, reckless behavior or disregard for your safety. This may be straightforward in regard to events such as automobile accidents but may be less clear in other situations.
Need for Compensation
You will also need to establish the fact that due to the act of negligence, you deserve compensatory damages. This will include making the case for the value of compensation to make up for the impact of the injury on your future, both personally and financially.
The Right Evidence
Many of these issues involve medical records (or testimony) and other technical documents. The forms of evidence that an attorney who is not experienced in spinal injury litigation might consider to be adequate proof may not hold up when aggressively challenged by defense lawyers hired by the insurance company or liable party.
Each Las Vegas spinal cord injury attorney at Cogburn Law Offices has the experience to develop and present an ironclad case that your injury is real and, if another party is liable for the injury, why and how this is the case.
What Can be Compensated?
You have legal recourse to seek compensation for a variety of personal and financial consequences that are the result of a spinal cord injury. These include:
- Income or wages that have been lost due to your injury
- Medical expenses such as the doctor or hospital bills, surgical or chiropractic care, ambulance transport, nursing care, medications, etc.
- Expenses that you can legitimately expect to need in the future, from rehabilitation or wheelchairs to future surgery, the need for an attendant, etc.
- Reduced earning capacity that is a direct result of your injury
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage, if any, that is the result of the incident in which you received your injury
How Much Compensation is Realistic?
Unless you are a Las Vegas spinal cord injury attorney, it is unlikely that you will have a clear sense of the extent of the compensation that you might reasonably seek and/or achieve in Nevada.
The Las Vegas accident attorneys at Cogburn Law Offices have a deep familiarity with spinal cord injury cases. A consultation is likely to change your perspective about what is possible, and the impact of a successful lawsuit will have on your quality of life. You owe it to yourself or your loved one to get this information.
Connect with a Las Vegas Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury due to an act of negligence, call Cogburn Law Offices today for a free case consultation.