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If you suffered a broken vertebra after a car accident, fall, workplace injury, or other incident, you should look into legal options. A negligent party can be sued in a personal injury claim to ensure that your damages are covered. Our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group, can help you with your spinal injury lawsuit. Call us today for more information.

Types of Spinal Injuries

There are a number of ways that your spine can be damaged after a car accident, workplace injury, slip and fall accident, trip and fall incident, motorcycle accident, or bike accident. You could be injured due to a car crashing into you, sending your back into a poor position. The impact could cause intense injuries. You may fall on your spine, fall down stairs, or have something fall onto your back. Spinal injuries are extremely common in motorcycle and bicycle accidents because the riders do not have protection on their backs, only their heads. Some of the types of spinal injuries can be found below:

  • Spinal Dislocation, in which ligaments in the back become overstretched and result in the vertebrae become unable to support each other

  • Spinal Instability, which can include herniated discs, slipped discs, bulging discs, degenerated discs, and more; the back will become unstable and cannot hold weight, and depending on where in the spine the instability is, the individual may not be able to walk

  • Listhesis, which is the condition in which the vertebrae slip forward and tilt towards the ribcage

  • Spondylolysis, or weakness in the facet joints of the spine

  • Retrolisthesis, a rarer form of listhesis in which the vertebrae slip backwards away from the ribcage

Some of these damages may require surgical procedures to correct them. It is highly recommended that you get numerous opinions before you make a decision, as spinal surgery often keeps you out of commission for months and can lead to many complications.

Points of Negligence

In most spinal injury cases, you will be filing a personal injury claim. This means that you must prove that the defendant was negligent in some way. You can do this by establishing these four points as true:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the other individual or party

  • El deber de diligencia se ha incumplido de algún modo

  • The breach of care led to an incident or accident

  • El accidente provocó lesiones físicas

Often, drivers who make errors can be held accountable in this manner, but you could also hold a property owner accountable or a boss accountable if they meet these criteria as well.

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How to File a Claim for a Spinal Injury

Drivers need to always be alert when they are on the road. They are surrounded by numerous other individuals who may not be paying attention, and it is crucial that you practice defensive driving at every opportunity. It is possible to get involved in an accident even when you did nothing wrong, and it is possible for you to suffer serious injuries because of another driver’s negligence.

In there are some premises that are inherently unsafe. You could easily suffer spinal injuries from trip and fall accidents or similar incidents. It is crucial that you always examine the area you are in so that you do not fall down the stairs, slip on materials, and more. The same can be said of an unsafe workplace – always evaluate the premises and determine how safe it is.

It is important that you follow these steps to ensure that you have enough proof for a claim, but also that your health is not compromised:

  • Go to the doctor for medical attention if you suffered any kind of damages; you may need to go to the hospital in an ambulance at the scene of the accident, or you could go to the doctor yourself later on

  • Do not hesitate to get medical treatment, as a delay can sufficiently worsen your injuries and cause long lasting damages; it can also be a detriment to your claim, as the insurance agent will doubt that you were seriously hurt at all, or he will claim that you were injured in another accident and you were merely trying to lay blame on the specific crash

  • Make copies of all medical records, insurance billing statements, nurse and doctor statements, medication and prescriptions that were written for you, MRI and X-ray results, and more

  • Take numerous photos of your injuries to show how severe they were, as you may heal quickly and not be able to adequately illustrate the extent of the damages

  • Take pictures of any damage done to the interior and exterior of your vehicle, as well as photos of the scene of the accident

  • If there were security cameras somewhere at the scene of the accident, as in cases where you crashed in a parking lot or complex, you should ask for the video footage; you can also utilize dashboard camera footage

  • Interview any nearby eyewitnesses for their statements and testimonies to add to your evidence; there may have been pedestrians or passengers who can provide you with their version of the events

  • Write down necessary contact information and insurance details from any other party that was involved in the incident, which may include the driver’s license number of the other driver, his license plate number, his phone number, and more

  • The police might have showed up to the scene of the accident if there were injuries to anyone, and they would have filed a report; you can add this completed police report to your case after it has been filed at the precinct

If you were hurt on someone’s property, you will need to get the property owner’s information. If it were a store, you can file an incident report to alert them to the accident and your intent to sue. Finally, if you were injured in a workplace accident, it is in your best interest to alert your boss immediately so that options for worker’s compensation and other protections can go into effect.

It is in your best interest if you reach out to a skilled attorney with experience in spinal injury lawsuits. We will be able to answer all your inquiries, help you gather necessary proof, write your demand letter for compensation, and negotiate a fair deal with the insurance agent. We will file your claim for you so that you do not have to overexert yourself in the claim. Your only goal should be on recovering from your injuries. It can be very difficult to take legal action if you are injured or if you have never filed a lawsuit before, and it is in your best interest to let an experienced attorney fight for your rights.

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Average Case Value of a Spinal Injury Claim

The average value of a spinal injury claim is largely dependent on your case. There is no way to know how much you will earn, and every case is different. Your case may be worth more than $1,000,000 if you were hurt because of gross negligence or if you suffered numerous injuries. Your case could also be worth only a few thousand dollars if you were partially responsible for the incident. It is crucial that you have an attorney look over your case details so that you can have the best chance of success.

Our goal will be to win you the maximum compensation for your claim, which can include coverage for medical expenses, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering damages, and much more.

Deadline to File a Spinal Injury Lawsuit

In California, personal injury claims have a statute of limitations of 2 years from the date of the injury. If you fail to file a claim within that time, you will not be able to collect any compensation at all. There are some exceptions to the statute of limitations, though. You may be able to qualify, depending on the circumstances of your case. Some examples include:

  • Minors involved in accidents can wait until they turn 18 years old to sue

  • Incapacitated victims can wait until they return to health to take legal action

  • Cases with absent defendants can wait until they return to California before filing a lawsuit

Workplace injuries may have greatly reduced statutes of limitations. Speak with our lawyers today and we’ll give you the accurate amount of time left on your claim. If you hire us to represent you, we’ll also ensure that your case is a success.

Por qué elegirnos

The Downtown LA Law Group is one of the premier law firms in Los Angeles. We have handled many types of accident lawsuits over the years, and we have worked with numerous victims who have suffered spinal cord injuries. Our attorneys are aggressive and will not give up on your claim until we have won you the maximum settlement available under the law.

For a free legal consultation, don’t hesitate to call our law offices. We’ll help you understand the legal process and answer all of your questions. If you wish to hire us, we’ll also give you our zero fee guarantee. This means that you will pay no out of pocket expenses for our services. We will only get paid if we win, and if we lose, we take no payment whatsoever.

Don’t proceed with your spinal cord injury lawsuit until you contact an attorney at the Downtown LA Law Group.


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