Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries not only cause significant physical and emotional pain, but they also usually result in substantial costs. If you or someone you love sustained a spinal cord injury due to an accident caused by someone else’s careless behavior, it is wise to speak with an attorney regarding the actions that you can take to protect your interests. The San Mateo spinal cord injury lawyers at Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos, LLP have more than 75 years of combined experience helping injured parties fight to recover damages for their harm, and we will aggressively pursue any compensation that you may be owed. We represent people throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.Causes and Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Generally, spinal cord injuries are caused by a sudden impact. Typically, the force of the impact will cause damage to a ligament, disc, or vertebrae, which subsequently causes damage to the spinal cord. For example, car accidents frequently cause spinal cord injuries due to the force of one car hitting another. Falls and assaults often cause spinal cord injuries as well. The severity of a spinal cord injury largely depends on where the injury occurred, and whether the injury is complete or incomplete. A complete injury results in a complete loss of feeling and the ability to control movement below the point of injury. Conversely, a person with an incomplete injury retains some degree of sensory and motor function below the point of injury. Furthermore, in addition to sensory and motor dysfunction, a spinal cord injury can result in diminished functions in every part of the body. The spinal cord injury attorneys at our San Mateo firm have seen that spinal cord injuries can result in bladder or bowel incontinence, difficulties related to circulation and respiration, nerve pain, and muscle atrophy. People who sustain spinal cord injuries frequently develop mental health issues as well.Elements of a Lawsuit Seeking Damages for Spinal Cord Injuries
The majority of spinal cord injuries are caused by accidents. As a result, in most lawsuits seeking damages for spinal cord injuries, the plaintiff will assert a negligence claim against the defendant. In California, to prove negligence, a plaintiff must establish that the defendant owed a legal duty to exercise due care, that the defendant breached the duty, and that the breach proximately caused the plaintiff’s harm. In other words, the plaintiff must show both that he or she would not have suffered an injury if the defendant had acted with reasonable care and that the breach was a substantial factor in bringing about the plaintiff’s harm.
A plaintiff who successfully proves a defendant’s liability with the assistance of our San Mateo spinal cord injury attorneys may be awarded damages. Damages usually consist of compensation for the economic harm caused by the accident, such as the cost of any past medical treatment, as well as the cost of the treatment that the plaintiff will need in the future. Economic harm may also include lost earnings if the plaintiff cannot work or earns a reduced income due to his or her injuries, and it may include out of pocket expenses. Damages often include compensation for the intangible harm caused by an injury as well, such as emotional trauma, suffering, and pain.Speak with a Knowledgeable Bay Area Attorney
Spinal cord injuries often cause irreparable harm to every aspect of a person’s life, and people responsible for causing spinal cord injuries should be held accountable for the damages that resulted from their negligence. If you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury, it is prudent to speak with an attorney regarding your possible claims. The seasoned spinal cord injury lawyers at the San Mateo law firm of Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos, LLP take pride in helping injured parties seek recourse for their harm. If you engage our services, we will fight tirelessly to help you seek a just result. You can contact us to set up a confidential and free consultation via our online form or by calling (650) 345-8484.