Waterbury Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
Representation Backed by Years of Experience
The spinal cord is a crucial component in the communication between your body and your brain. An injury to this area of the body can result in a devastatingly lowered quality of life and significant medical expenses. If your spinal cord injury was brought on by another individual or entity’s negligence, you have every right to pursue compensation. Backed by years of experience, the Waterbury spinal cord injury lawyers at the Law Offices of James A. Welcome can thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your incident and help you determine what your best options are. Call us today at (203) 753-7300.
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The sooner you call our team, the sooner we can begin looking into your case. Contact us today and set up an appointment over the phone or at one of our conveniently located offices in Waterbury, Danbury, and Norwalk.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
All spinal cord injuries should be taken seriously. The spine is a critical part of the body. Even a minor injury, such as bruising or a pulled muscle, can lead to significant debilitation and reduced quality of life. Always see your primary care doctor or go to an emergency room after an accident in Waterbury that affects your back, neck or spinal cord.
Spinal cord injury diagnoses that are commonly related to traumatic accidents in Connecticut are:
- Spinal concussion
- Herniated disk
- Ruptured or slipped disk
- Spinal cord fracture
- Nerve damage
- Soft-tissue injury
- Paralysis (paraplegia/quadriplegia)
The symptoms of a spinal cord injury can include pain, swelling, reduced mobility, tingling, numbness, loss of feeling or function below the point of injury, loss of bowel or bladder control, and pain radiating throughout the limbs. All spinal cord injuries deserve professional medical care and may require long-term treatments.
Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury vs. Complete Spinal Cord Injury
One of the factors that will be taken into consideration in your case is the extent of your injury. There are two main categories of spinal cord injuries: incomplete and complete. Although you may be eligible for financial compensation with both types, a complete spinal cord injury is more severe.
The difference between incomplete and complete spinal cord injuries is:
- Incomplete: This form of injury involves vertebrae damage, but still allows some sensation and movement below the area of injury.
- Complete: This form of injury means that the spinal cord cannot send signals past the area of injury and the accident victim cannot feel or move that area.
The type of spinal cord injury you suffered in a preventable accident in Connecticut can impact the value of your lawsuit. If you will suffer the ramifications of your back injury for the foreseeable future—as with a complete spinal cord injury—this may make you eligible for greater financial compensation.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries in Connecticut
If you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury in an avoidable accident, the person or party that caused your accident may be financially responsible for your related losses. Many different types of preventable incidents can cause life-changing spinal cord injuries, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian collisions
- Diving accidents
- Sports accidents
- Work accidents
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Acts of violence
Find out if your recent accident gives you grounds to file a claim by talking to a Waterbury personal injury attorney from the Law Offices of James A. Welcome.
What Can I Recover in a Spinal Cord Injury Claim?
The goal of compensation is to “make you whole.” Especially in the case of a complete spinal injury, you will be facing significant expenses and potentially be unable to work. It is important to evaluate all your legal options and to resist accepting the first settlement offer you receive.
Our team can help you fight for compensation that covers the following:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of future wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
In some cases where the negligence was especially severe, the responsible party might be ordered to pay punitive fines as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
Attorney James A. Welcome can answer any questions you may have about filing a spinal cord injury lawsuit in Connecticut during a free, zero-obligation consultation. He has over 15 years of experience representing individuals during serious and catastrophic injury claims.
Before you schedule your private, personalized case evaluation, use these frequently asked questions for more information about the legal process in general:
- Is there a time limit to file? Yes. Connecticut has a law called a statute of limitations that limits your right to file to a certain number of years after the accident. The personal injury statute of limitations is two years in Connecticut, although you may have more or less time than this depending on the specific details of your case.
- How much is my case worth? This is a question that can only be answered during an in-depth evaluation by an attorney. The answer will depend on the gravity of your spinal cord injury, whether you have a permanent disability, the amount of insurance coverage available and other elements that are unique to your case. As a general rule, however, the more severe your spinal cord injury, the more your case will be worth.
- How long does it take to get a settlement? Again, the answer to this question varies on a case-by-case basis. The average settlement takes around three to six months to finish, while a personal injury lawsuit that has to go to trial in Connecticut can take one year or longer, depending on the availability of the courts. Many different factors could shorten or extend your timeline.
Create a list of all of the questions you have surrounding your recent accident and you or a loved one’s spinal cord injury. Then, bring your questions to your free initial consultation at our local law office. We can answer your questions, provide you with legal advice specific to your situation and let you know how we can help.
Call (203) 753-7300 to Fight for Just Compensation
If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury, don’t bear this burden alone. With the Law Offices of James A. Welcome on your side, you can focus on recovery and moving on while we focus on the legal details and fight to make you whole.
Get a free consultation with a Waterbury spinal cord injury attorney today! Call (203) 753-7300.