The spinal cord is one of two parts of your central nervous system, which works with the peripheral nervous system to allow the brain to control the body’s many different functions. These include motor functions, such as walking and talking, and sensory functions, such as sensations of temperature and pain.
An injury to the spinal cord, whether caused by a direct injury to the spinal cord itself or damage to the tissue and bones surrounding it, can be very serious. A number of these injuries are not curable, and for many spinal cord injury victims, the effects are lifelong.
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury, get in touch with us at Wendt Law Firm PLLC and let our experienced Kansas City spinal injury attorneys help you take legal action against the party responsible for your damages and recover compensation.
The attorneys at Wendt Law Firm are dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate legal support for those who have suffered and been impacted by spinal cord injuries.
We are established as one of the top law firms in the region; our excellent record of success includes litigating over 1000 cases and recovering over $100 million in total verdicts and settlements.
Our Kansas City personal injury lawyers have over 15 years of experience successfully representing clients in a wide range of cases, including spinal cord injury cases, and will work tirelessly to ensure you are awarded the financial compensation you deserve.
Wendt Law Firm operates on a contingency fee basis, so you’ll pay no upfront costs and no legal fees unless we secure a recovery for your case. If we don’t win your spinal cord injury case, you don’t pay.
We know that every case is different. For this reason, all our attorneys will start off with an in-depth consultation, so they’re able to tailor their legal strategy to the specific details of your spinal cord injury case in order to ensure the best possible outcome.
What Could a Kansas City Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Do for You?
As well as helping you to file your claim, deal with insurance companies, and navigate the legal system, there are a few other things a Kansas City spinal cord injury lawyer at Wendt Law Firm can do for you that you might not expect.
Following serious accidents, especially those that result in serious injury, police officers will most likely investigate the accident. If your attorney feels it’s appropriate or necessary, they may also decide to complete their own full-scale investigation into the accident in question. A law firm that takes matters seriously enough to conduct its own investigations will allow you peace of mind by knowing that no stone will go unturned and no details will be missed.
Our Kansas City spinal cord injury attorneys will complete their own thorough investigation to be sure that every detail is on the table when presenting your case, ensuring you receive the proper amount of compensation.
In addition to this, your spinal injury lawyer will also be able to look at your case and calculate your damages, drawing on their experience and skill to produce an accurate prediction based on all possible angles, as well as any long-term implications of your accident and injury.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
At Wendt Law Firm, we are experienced in representing clients who have suffered a range of different spinal injuries, including more mild afflictions like spinal concussions, to more long-term effects such as permanent paralysis. Our knowledgeable attorneys fully understand the dynamics of these injuries and accident claims, as well as all the laws related to them.
There are several different categorizations when it comes to spinal cord injuries.
Complete vs. Incomplete: If all feeling and motor function is lost below the site of the spinal cord injury, the injury is considered a complete spinal cord injury. If you have some of either function below the affected area, the injury is an incomplete spinal cord injury.
Quadriplegia vs. Paraplegia: This describes the varying degrees of paralysis from a spinal cord injury, referring to how the arms, hands, legs, trunk, and pelvic organs are affected by the injury.
Anterior Cord Syndrome Vs. Posterior Cord Syndrome: The former is a rare incomplete spine injury affecting the front of the spinal cord. The latter is damage caused to the back of the spinal cord.
Beyond these classifications, there are other forms of spinal cord injuries, such as spinal cord concussion, which is often considered a more mild spinal cord injury. Regardless of the degree of severity of your spinal cord injury, there is a high chance you will be entitled to compensation. A qualified spinal cord injury lawyer will be able to assess your individual case and explain the best legal approach to proceed with.
Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury
Depending on the type, a spinal cord injury can cause one or more symptoms, including loss of movement, loss of bowel and bladder control, chronic pain in your spinal cord, exaggerated reflexes or spasms, and difficulty breathing.
Emergency signs and symptoms following an accident include numbness or a tingling sensation, struggling with balance/walking, difficulty breathing, a twisted neck or back, and extreme pain or pressure in your head, back, or neck.
All spinal injuries are serious and require urgent and immediate medical attention.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries in Kansas City
There are many possible causes of spinal cord injuries. Some of the most common, all of which Wendt Law Firm is fully informed about, are:
In order to be eligible for damages, someone else must liable for the accident that caused your spinal cord injury. Parties that may be liable and who you, therefore, have a case against could include a vehicle driver, an employer, a product manufacturer, or an individual.
When filing a lawsuit against the person or party at fault for your spinal cord injury, the cause is important, as it helps to identify who this person or party is. For example, if you were in a car accident, the driver at fault may be liable for your injury. If you are unsure of the cause, our attorneys will investigate your spinal cord injury in order to pinpoint the correct defendant(s), and bring your suit against them with the goal of full compensation.
What Damages Can You Claim for in a Spinal Cord Injury Case?
Personal injury claims in Kansas City allow victims to request compensation for financial losses, medical bills, and damaged property that resulted from an accident. As well as these economic damages, it is also possible to claim for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
Economic damages that compensation can be claimed for following a spinal cord injury include all past, present, and future medical expenses incurred due to injuries, all therapy costs as well as nursing care and travel to and from healthcare providers, and all lost wages, past, present, and future.
Pain and suffering damages include long-term physical pain, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, and loss of potential to earn.
What is the Financial Value of A Spinal Cord Injury Claim?
The value of a personal injury claim can vary a lot, depending on the situation, as well as the extent of damages involved. However, cases can result in compensation sums of anywhere between hundreds and millions of dollars. Wendt Law Firm has won plenty of six and seven-figure settlements for personal injury clients, including spinal cord injury claims.
Personal injury law in Kansas City classifies most spinal cord injuries as catastrophic, which means that the injury resulted in permanent disability, disfigurement, or significant scarring. When a catastrophic injury is caused by a party’s negligence, the victim is given the opportunity by the civil court system to sue for damages. In order to prove this type of claim and receive compensation, the plaintiff must prove four distinct elements beyond a reasonable doubt: duty, breach, causation, and damage.
Duty: The plaintiff was owed a duty of care by the defendant. This may be clarified by the relationship between the two parties, such as an employer and employee.
Breach: The defendant breached their duty, meaning they acted in a way that was not up to appropriate standards of care for the situation in question. The defendant may have been negligent, reckless, or unlawful. If the cause of the spine injury is a defective product (e.g. a defective seatbelt), the plaintiff does not need to prove negligence.
Causation: The defendant’s breach is what caused the accident and injuries in question. The plaintiff’s spinal cord injury must have been a result of the defendant’s actions or failures. It may be a contributing cause; it does not have to be the only cause.
Damage: The plaintiff has suffered real damages. With spinal cord injuries, this is typically easy to prove due to the victim’s medical records and specialist witnesses explaining the impact of the injury on the victim’s life.
What To Do Following a Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are extremely serious and must be treated as such. It’s crucial to seek immediate medical attention as soon as the injury takes place. After a spinal cord injury occurs, it’s very common for victims to feel disoriented, confused, and emotional. When you’re not only recovering from an injury itself but also from the extreme stress and trauma as a result of it, it’s important to allow yourself the space and time to focus on working through whatever recovery is possible.
Our Kansas City spinal cord lawyers are well equipped to allow you the space you need from this difficult experience by removing you from the situation, representing you, and leasing on your behalf.
Putting your case in the hands of an experienced attorney allows you to feel secure in the knowledge that it will be fought with a complete understanding of the complex laws that govern Kansas City, meaning you have a high chance of winning. Spinal cord injury victims who hire attorneys are not only much more likely to win their cases but also more likely to receive a higher, fairer amount of compensation.
Contact a Kansas City Spine Injury Attorney Today
After a serious spine injury, the idea of pursuing a personal injury lawsuit and seeking legal assistance can feel overwhelming. However, choosing a qualified attorney who has huge experience working on cases just like yours means that not only will your case be in safe hands, but you have a high chance of winning and receiving fair compensation.
At Wendt Law Firm, we can help you to understand your rights and explain the best way to proceed against any and all parties at fault. An injury as serious as a spine injury requires serious legal attention, and our Kansas City spinal cord injury attorneys will work to not only make sure that you have a strong case but that they are prepared for anything that might come up during the legal proceedings.
We take a personalized approach to the attorney-client relationship and will guide you through the process from start to finish.
Contact us today at 816-542-6734 for a free consultation call, and let us help you seek the compensation you deserve.