A Dedicated Lawyer Can Help You and Your Family Recover From a Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries typically have a severe and lasting impact. If you suffer from paraplegia, quadriplegia, or related conditions, a spinal cord injury lawyer at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC, in Salt Lake City, UT, can help seek compensation for financial and non-financial losses stemming from your accident. Our personal injury attorneys, Norman J. Younker, Ashton J. Hyde, and John Macfarlane are dedicated to helping all of our clients. Call (801) 335-6467 or contact us online to learn more.
You can trust that we will work diligently on your behalf. We never aim for a quick settlement, and we never accept anything less than maximum recovery.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
While an incomplete spinal cord injury may have no effect on the patient, a complete spinal cord injury can result in paralysis (paraplegia or quadriplegia), incontinence, and full loss of control over bodily functions.
The degree of injury is highly dependent on the part of the spine that is injured.
An injury to the cervical spine typically results in quadriplegia, or complete or partial paralysis in all four limbs. An injury to the thoracic spine may result in paraplegia, or paralysis of the legs. An injury to the bottom portion of the spine, or the lumbosacral or lumbar region, can cause decreased control in the limbs and of the bowels. Injury results from severing or damaging of the nervous system, and repair of the affected area is typically impossible.
Undiagnosed Spinal Cord Injuries Can Cause Significant Issues
Spinal Cord Injuries and Medical Malpractice
Spinal cord injuries can occur as a result of automobile accidents, injuries in contact sports, and during surgical procedures. If an injury to the spinal cord is not quickly recognized, diagnosed, and treated, the patient can suffer debilitating and permanent damage. In many of our spinal cord injury cases, we represent patients who went to the doctor complaining of numbness or tingling in their extremities, and the symptoms were incorrectly attributed to a less severe injury.
If a computer tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine is not ordered in a timely manner, issues such as bleeding, fractured vertebrae or ruptured discs can be completely missed. After patients return home, they may go days or weeks without proper treatment, often exacerbating the injury and increasing the risk of paralysis.
Compensation for Immediate and Long-Term Costs
If you have suffered spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to financial compensation for both financial and non-financial losses. Though every case is unique, victims of spinal cord injury can typically recover damages for loss of wages, loss of future wages, inhibited earning capacity should the victim still be able to work, medical expenses, future medical expenses, future care costs, and pain and suffering. Our attorneys work with economists and medical experts to accurately predict what these costs will be so that we can recover damages sufficient to provide for a lifetime of care costs. A spinal cord injury is a lifelong affliction and so your compensation should last a lifetime.
Younker Hyde Macfarlane has helped numerous victims of spinal cord injury recover damages that help eliminate their financial burdens and bring some semblance of comfort to their lives.
Fault and Liability
With a network of more than 1,000 expert witnesses throughout the country, Younker Hyde Macfarlane has the resources to take on any defendant and prepare any case for trial
A spinal cord injury can result from any trauma to the spine that causes lateral bending, dislocation, compression, hyper extension, or axial loading. In some cases, the cause of the accident makes it easy to attribute fault - in the case of a violent act, for example. However, in some cases, such as those involving slip-and-fall accidents, determining fault may be more difficult. In a slip-and-fall accident, it must be shown that the premises contributed directly to your injury and the contributing factor could have or should have been prevented, both of which can make establishing fault more difficult.
In order to successfully recover damages, our team must first establish liability. In order to determine fault, we work with experts in the fields of medicine, forensics, and accident reconstruction to analyze the contributing factors and determine cause.
Benefit From Tireless Representation
Younker Hyde Macfarlane has helped numerous victims of spinal cord injury recover damages that help eliminate their financial burdens and bring about some semblance of comfort to their lives. Our personal injury group specializes in cases involving catastrophic injury and these cases account for most of the claims that we file on behalf of our clients. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury and now require expensive medical treatment and constant care, we can provide you with sound legal counsel so that you can explore your options and make an informed decision. We serve clients throughout Utah and the surrounding areas. Contact our practice online or call (801) 335-6467 to discuss your case today.