Representing Victims of Spinal Cord Injuries in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama
Spinal cord injuries present immense challenges for victims and their families. Temporary or permanent paralysis may affect some or all of a victim’s body parts, which will inevitably transform how they live their life. Spinal cord injury victims deserve justice when they were harmed because of another party’s negligence or recklessness.
At The Hamilton Firm, we offer aggressive, strategic, and ethical representation to individuals and families who suffered spinal cord injuries in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. Much of our practice is devoted to truck accidents, and our Chattanooga spinal cord injury lawyers are prepared to put our many decades of combined legal experience to work for you. With over $100 million recovered in judgments and settlements, our case results speak for themselves, and we will make it our mission to maximize what you recover. You will also benefit from our personal level of attention and service: You will work closely and directly with one of our attorneys, not a paralegal, and we will come to you if your injuries prevent you from coming to our office. Your case is important to us, and our compassionate team will be there to support you every step of the way.
Our firm charges no fees unless we prevail or obtain a favorable settlement, so do not wait to schedule a free case evaluation. Contact us online or call (423) 454-3288 today.
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A traumatic spinal cord injury occurs when a dramatic blow to the spine damages one or more of your vertebrae. These injuries can also result from a foreign object penetrating and making contact with the spinal cord.
Traumatic spinal cord injuries frequently occur during car, bus, or truck accidents. The extreme force of vehicular impact can crush, dislocate, or fracture your vertebrae, or a dislodged vehicle component can fly through the air and cut your spinal cord.
Many of the auto and commercial vehicle accidents that have been known to cause spinal cord injuries are the result of negligence. In these instances, victims have the right to sue negligent parties and seek damages. Our Chattanooga spinal cord injury attorneys can investigate the wreck and determine who is at fault.
One or more of the following parties may be liable for spinal cord injuries caused by an auto accident:
- The driver
- The driver’s employer or broker
- The owner of the vehicle
- The shipper or warehouse involved in the vehicle’s cargo loading
- The vehicle or vehicle component manufacturer
- Parties responsible for vehicle maintenance, repairs, and inspections
- A state, city, or local municipality
- Insurance companies for various parties
Consequences of Spinal Cord Injuries
Traumatic spinal cord injuries tend to have lifelong effects that require ongoing, intensive medical treatment and dramatic lifestyle changes. In many cases, symptoms will worsen over time. Many people living with spinal cord injuries are likely to be financially burdened with exorbitant medical bills and an inability to work. The precise kinds and severity of symptoms will depend on the type of spinal cord injury sustained.
Long-term impacts of traumatic spinal cord injuries may include:
- Bladder stones
- Changes in sexual function
- Difficulty breathing
- Extensive head, neck, or back pain
- Kidney infections
- Muscle spasticity
- Numbness and weakness in the extremities
- Total or partial paralysis
What Is the Deadline for Filing a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit?
How long you have to take legal action against an at-fault party will depend on where the accident took place and whether a government employee was involved. Each state enforces deadlines that limit the amount of time spinal cord injury victims get to bring a claim.
In Tennessee, you have just one year from the date you suffered your spinal cord injury to start the legal process. In Georgia and Alabama, you have two years from the date you sustained the injury to file a lawsuit. You will have considerably less time if your case involves a government employee, such as a public transit bus driver, as you must typically file a “notice of claim” with the applicable government agency much sooner than what the standard statute of limitations requires. To avoid unintentionally missing a deadline and losing your right to seek compensation, reach out to The Hamilton Firm as soon as you can after an accident.
What Damages Can I Recover for Spinal Cord Injuries?
When you suffer a spinal cord injury because of the negligence or recklessness of another party, you can seek economic and non-economic damages through a personal injury claim. The goal is to restore you to the position you were in before the injury-causing accident by awarding you monetary compensation for expenses incurred due to the accident (economic damages) and other intangible consequences linked to your injuries (non-economic damages). Punitive damages are rarely awarded but can in some cases be sought if a defendant acted maliciously, fraudulently, intentionally, or especially recklessly.
Our Chattanooga spinal cord injury attorneys will do everything possible to secure maximum compensation for all losses, including:
- Past, current, and future medical bills
- Ongoing or permanent disability
- Lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium
- Mental anguish
- Physical pain and suffering
If you or someone you love has sustained a devastating spinal cord injury in any type of vehicular accident, we have the skills and resources needed to obtain just compensation and hold responsible parties accountable. Call (423) 454-3288 or contact us online to discuss your case with one of our attorneys today.
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