Spinal Injury

The Law Firm of Eddie Clark & Associates represents and protects individuals in Louisiana who have suffered spinal injuries as a result of the negligent or reckless conduct of others. If you are suffering from a spinal injury, or are exhibiting symptoms of one, a Louisiana personal injury attorney at The Law Firm of Eddie Clark & Associates can help you get the compensation to which you are entitled by law.

Spinal injuries typically result from a traumatic blow to the spine that causes damage to the vertebra, ligaments, or discs. This damage can interfere with the functioning of the spinal cord and can affect the nerve fibers around and below the injury. Even if the injury does not lead to paralysis, the affected areas may suffer from impaired sensation. Injuries located higher on the spine can severely affect organ and brain functioning.

Often, spinal injuries go unnoticed and undiagnosed until well after the incident that caused them. Common symptoms of a spinal injury are: loss of movement or sensation, spasms, difficulty breathing, bowel or bladder control issues, sexual function disruption, or pain. Spinal injuries may develop into residual or chronic pain, and nerve damage may be severe or even permanent. Untreated injuries can also lead to more significant health issues and complications.

Causes and Legal Remedies for Spinal Injuries

Auto accidents account for over 30 percent of spinal injuries. Oftentimes, mild spinal injuries are not diagnosed immediately after the accident and are only discovered days, weeks, or even months afterwards. It is important to seek medical attention and legal counsel as soon as you discover these injuries because any delay could complicate your injury and prevent you from recovering the compensation you deserve.

Some individuals suffer spinal injuries in the workplace. Louisiana workers' compensation law is meant to protect employees who have suffered injuries on the job, but the process of filing a claim and pursuing it can sometimes be complex and confusing for the inexperienced. Workers' compensation cases involve insurance companies and large businesses in the negotiation process, and an experienced attorney can help you navigate the system to get compensation for your injury. The Law Firm of Eddie Clark & Associates can help you get not only proper compensation for your immediate injuries and medical costs, but also ensure that the outcome serves your long-term interests as well.

Other common causes of spinal injuries are recreational activities and acts of violence. Establishing liability for spinal injuries that occur during sports or other activities typically involves investigating whether a party acted negligently to cause the injury. Louisiana is a comparative negligence state, meaning that even if you are partially responsible for your injury, you can still receive compensation from another negligent party. The amount of compensation will be limited to the percent of responsibility as determined by the judge or jury. Furthermore, in some circumstances, you may be entitled to punitive damages, which serve to punish a particularly culpable actor for behavior that surpasses mere negligence. Blows, cuts, or gunshot wounds can all lead to spinal injuries, and even if criminal charges were not filed or successful, you may still be entitled to compensation in a civil action.

Insurance companies may also be involved in the legal process when injury is involved. In your interactions with an insurance company after a serious injury you will want to ensure you are represented by an attorney with experience in such matters. It is important to remember that insurance companies are interested in maximizing their own profits, so misspoken or incorrect statements made to an insurance representative can make recovery more difficult for you. The attorneys at The Law Firm of Eddie Clark & Associates are experienced in dealing with insurance companies and will work diligently to see that you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

The extent of damage caused by a spinal cord injury determines how much compensation you are entitled to recover. Compensation awards can include medical bills, rehabilitation bills, pain and suffering, costs associated with new lifestyle expenses, costs associated with related health issues, lost wages and other associated expenditures.

Contact a Louisiana Spinal Injury Attorney at The Law Firm of Eddie Clark & Associates

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a spinal injury or are now experiencing signs of a spinal injury after a trauma, The Law Firm of Eddie Clark & Associates can help you secure the compensation you deserve. Contact us online, or by calling (318) 361-9697, to schedule your free confidential consultation.