Spinal Injury Lawyers
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Spinal cord injuries are some of the most devastating, severe, and costly injuries a person can suffer, often resulting in pain, paralysis, disability, inability to work and function in family and social settings, a need for ongoing care that could last a lifetime, or even death.

Abilene Spinal Injury Attorney

Spinal Injuries Lawyers Must Prove Negligence

Not every spinal injury is reason to file a spinal injury lawsuit. If your own carelessness or negligence caused the accident, there is no one for you to sue. Like all personal injury claims, a spinal injury case must have a few elements in place in order to move forward.

  • You must have been injured and have suffered actual damages.
  • We must prove that someone had a duty to exercise reasonable care.
  • We must prove that the person with a duty to exercise reasonable care failed in that duty.
  • We must prove that the failure to exercise reasonable care was the cause of your accident.

The spinal injuries lawyers at the Hanna Law Firm will figure out who is responsible. Examples of negligence include:

Every case is different, and your spinal injury lawyer will make sure the negligent parties are held accountable, as they all may have insurance or assets that can go toward a settlement.

Call Hanna Law today at 432-606-2378 to get started

Spinal Injury Lawyers Address Questions and Concerns

After a devastating spinal injury, you are bound to have questions and concerns. Here are some answers to questions our attorneys are often asked.

The spinal cord is made of neurons and long nerve fibers, which, combined with the brain, form the central nervous system. The cord is surrounded by the vertebrae, bones that protect the cord. When there is trauma to the vertebrae, it can lead to nerve damage and loss of functions if the spinal cord can no longer transmit messages below the injury.

Spinal cord injuries may be categorized as complete and incomplete:  

  • Complete Injury is when there is a total and complete loss of function below the injured area of the spinal cord.  With a complete injury, chances are that there will be no recovery of function to the paralyzed parts of the body

  • Incomplete Injury is when the spinal cord was not fully severed and there are still nerves that are functioning to a certain degree. With an incomplete injury, there is a greater probability of recovering some functions that were initially lost by the injury.

According to the Mayo Clinic, after a spinal cord injury, ability to control your limbs will depend on the completeness of the injury and where the injury is along the spine. Damages include:

  • Paraplegia – when damage is to the thoracic or lumbar area in the upper, middle, or lower back. This results in paralysis of the lower extremities, and all or part of the trunk, legs, and pelvic organs are affected.

  • Tetraplegia, or quadriplegia – when damage is to the cervical (neck) portion. The result is paralysis of most of the body, and arms, hands, waist, legs, and pelvic organs are all affected by the injury.

Some signs that you may have a spinal cord injury:

  • Weakness in or inability to move parts of your body

  • Loss of bowel or bladder control

  • Not being able to feel sensations such as heat or cold

  • Nerve pain, numbness or tingling

  • Changes in sexual ability

  • Breathing problems

  • Back or neck pain or pressure.

Texas uses a modified form of comparative negligence (called “proportionate responsibility”). This means that if you are found to have contributed to the accident and are partially at fault for the injury, your damage award can be reduced in proportion to the amount of blame attributed to you. An example would be if you were drunk at the time you took a fall that caused the spinal cord injury. However, as long as you are not more than 50 percent to blame for the accident, our attorneys could still get you the proportion of the award that the defendant is found to be at fault.

As you can see, the stakes are high for someone dealing with a severe spine injury. You deserve a law firm that knows these types of cases. Our experienced legal team can help.

If insurance companies are willing to negotiate, settlements can be resolved in several weeks or months. If insurance companies refuse to make a fair offer and it becomes necessary to go to trial, your case may take a year or more to resolve. Each case is different, so speak to our spinal injury lawyer to get an informed assessment of your case.

Spinal injuries can be among the most serious of all injuries. Sadly, they sometimes lead to death. When someone dies suddenly, they leave their family emotionally devastated, of course. But their loved ones may also find themselves without the deceased’s income and other contributions.

At the Hanna Law Firm, we can help survivors file a wrongful death lawsuit against the parties responsible for their family member’s death. In order to file a wrongful death lawsuit, you must be a close relative. Generally, spouses, children, and parents of the victim may file. Damages in a wrongful death case include economic and non-economic losses. For example:

  • Medical bills connected to the accident that caused death

  • Funeral expenses

  • Loss of income

  • Loss of an inheritance

  • Loss of services provided by the victim

  • Loss of companionship and consortium

Mental anguish.

Yes, there is a deadline. According to Texas law (C. P. R. TITLE 2, SUBTITLE B. CHAPTER 16, SUBCHAPTER A, Section 16.003), there is a statute of limitations, a two-year time limit, from the date of the injury or death to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim in court.  If you miss this deadline, the courts are likely to refuse to hear your case.

Maybe you don’t think hiring a lawyer is necessary. Maybe you don’t want to share any money you might get in settlement. Maybe you are just the type of person who likes to handle things on your own. But when it comes to bringing a spinal injury suit against another person or company, going it alone could end up with your leaving a lot of money on the table. An experienced lawyer will look out for your interests every step of the way and make sure you are not shortchanged.

  • A representative of the at-fault company or an insurance company may try to pressure you into accepting a settlement early on. This can be tempting, especially since you may have a lot of bills to pay and no income coming in. But these offers are “lowballs,” meant to save the company money. You should never speak or negotiate with these people without first consulting with a lawyer.

  • It is hard for a lay person to know exactly how much their injury will cost them. Not only do you have to take into account current bills, but you have to think about the long-term financial impact, as well as pain and suffering. An experienced attorney understands how to calculate the full scope of your losses.

  • It is not always easy to figure out liability. Sometimes multiple parties share fault. A good lawyer will conduct thorough research and make sure every responsible party is identified.

  • As you or your loved one heals, the last thing you need on your plate is all the work required for pursuing a lawsuit. A lawyer will do all of the legwork for you. He or she will conduct research, gather evidence, handle all communication, negotiate, and advise you along the way. All you have to do is focus on getting better.

Call the West Texas Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers at the Hanna Law Firm

If you or your loved one has suffered a spinal injury in West Texas and you believe that someone else is to blame, it is important to call an attorney to discuss your situation as soon as possible, while evidence is fresh and witnesses can be found.

At the Hanna Law Firm, our lawyers are experienced professionals and compassionate people who are dedicated to every client. We are thorough in our research and committed to fighting for every penny you deserve. We negotiate hard and will help you take the responsible parties to court, if that’s what it takes to get justice.

Call 432-606-2378 for a free, no-obligation initial consultation at the office most convenient to you. We are located in Abilene, Odessa, Sweetwater, and Midland. We don’t get paid unless you do, so you have nothing to lose.