Virginia Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
You may never expect a spinal cord injury to affect your life, but statistics demonstrate that this type of trauma is common in accidents of all kinds. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) estimates that there are around 294,000 to 368,000 individuals currently living with spinal cord injuries in the US, with almost 18,000 new cases being added every year. The physical, financial, and emotional implications are devastating for victims, but entire families also endure losses when a member of the household suffers a spinal cord injury.
At the MichieHamlett Law Firm, our team is dedicated to seeking justice if you sustained spinal cord injuries in an accident that was not your fault. We are prepared to take on insurance companies, but we are equally prepared to fight for your rights in court as necessary to get the compensation you deserve. Please contact our firm to schedule a free consultation with a Virginia spinal cord injury attorney right away. You might also benefit from reviewing some important information about your rights.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Most injury-causing accidents are caused by negligence, a term that has a very specific meaning in the practice of law. You must prove that the responsible party breached the legal duty to exercise reasonable care, and this breach was the direct cause of the incident in which you were hurt. Spinal cord injuries are often the result of:
- Auto, truck, and motorcycle crashes;
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents;
- Slips, trips, and falls because of dangerous conditions on property;
- Work-related incidents; and,
- Many other accidents caused by negligent acts.
Victims’ Rights Under Virginia Law
The losses related to spinal cord injuries can be substantial, since many victims will need surgery and be hospitalized. In the long-term, a person could require at-home services, long-term care, or assistance with daily tasks. The most serious trauma often leads to permanent disability or even paralysis.
In most spinal cord injury cases, your first step in the legal process is filing a claim with the responsible party’s insurance company. Motorists, business owners, and those in control of property purchase insurance to protect against loss, so you will deal with an insurer before filing a lawsuit. It may be possible to reach an agreement, but you may receive a denial or lowball counteroffer to settle. If the insurer will not pay a fair amount, you will need to sue in civil court.
You can trust our lawyer at the MichieHamlett Law Firm to advocate on your behalf throughout the process. We will tackle such tasks as:
- In-depth investigation;
- Filling out claims forms with support documentation;
- Negotiating with the insurance company;
- Filing paperwork to initiate litigation; and,
- Representing you at trial.
Contact Our Virginia Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys to Discuss Your Options
For more additional details on your rights and remedies as the victim of a spinal cord injury, please contact the MichieHamlett Law Firm to set up a complimentary case assessment. Once we learn more about your circumstances, our lawyers can develop a strategy for seeking compensation.