Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury can leave you with temporary or permanent paralysis. Medical costs are often enormous and can last a lifetime.
To pay for these costs, spinal cord injury lawyer Joey Chiaf can help you pursue legal compensation at his law firm in Oklahoma City, OK.
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Was Your Injury Preventable?
Breach of Duty
In order to prove a personal injury lawsuit, you will need to demonstrate that the defendant acted with negligence. In other words, they failed to act with a reasonable amount of care.
Once you have proven that the defendant did not act with reasonable care, you will need to show that this failure directly led to your spinal cord being injured.
Finally, you will need to provide evidence that these injuries to your spine have directly affected your life. Examples include lost wages, documented medical expenses, and a decreased ability to work.
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Are There Different Kinds of Spinal Cord Injuries?
Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are usually categorized based on what part of the body they affect and how severe the damage is. The higher on the spinal cord the injury occurs, the more severe the effects. For example, injury near the bottom of the spinal cord can result in paralysis of the legs, while damage higher up can lead to paralysis in all four extremities.
A lawsuit will also take into consideration whether the injury is complete or incomplete – in other words, whether you have lost all feeling and ability to move or if the loss is partial.
How the Cause Affects Your Lawsuit
While the specific cause of your injury will not affect the basic proceedings of the case, it does play an important role. For a successful verdict, your lawyer must prove that the defending party owed you a duty of care and failed to provide it. Whether that duty was as a doctor who failed to ensure adequate care or as a fellow driver who failed to behave in a safe way, their negligence must have directly caused your injury.