Austin Spinal Injury Lawyer
Providing the Advice and Counsel You Need
If you have suffered an injury to your back, spine, or neck, then you know how traumatizing these events can be. Without a doubt, they can have a significant impact on the quality of your life. Actions and activities that were once second nature may be restricted, if not impossible. You may even be unable to work in the same capacity or to participate in the hobbies you once enjoyed. These injuries are life-changing.
Compounding your physical and emotional pain are the monetary costs associated with injuries of this type.
In addition to emergency medical bills, the cost of long-term treatment and rehabilitative care can wipe out your entire family’s savings, ruining your plans for the future.
In situations where a loved one has suffered a debilitating back, neck, or spinal cord injury, family dynamics change as people step into the role of caregiver. What makes these situations even more unfortunate is that those who cause these types of accidents often suffer only minor consequences or no consequences at all.
The negligent behaviors or lack of behaviors of irresponsible property owners, reckless drivers, and other careless individuals are to blame for a large number of severe accidents where the victims suffer neck and/or back injuries. If your injuries (or those of a family member) were the fault of another person’s or organization’s negligence, we may be able to help you.
Contact us today at (512) 732-2727 to speak with one of our spinal cord injury lawyers and learn more about what we can do for your specific situation.
Evans & Herlihy Are Experienced Spinal Injury Attorneys
Protecting Your Rights
If you’ve suffered a back injury due to a workplace accident, a slip, and fall, a car accident, or some other situation resulting from another party’s negligence, you might be entitled to compensation that could help you cover your medical costs and continue living life as normally as possible.
Insurance companies know that many people who have suffered from accident-related injuries aren’t aware of their own rights and will often accept the first settlement they’re offered. Insurance companies are businesses; they are always focused on their bottom line. This means convincing you to settle for the lowest amount possible.
When you have legal representation, insurers are more likely to offer the settlement you deserve.
Additionally, the counsel of an experienced back injury lawyer is invaluable. At Evans & Herlihy, we know that the costs associated with injuries of this type are multi-faceted. We leverage our experience in quantifying past, present, and future costs when determining appropriate settlements.
Our Austin Back Injury Lawyer Will Manage Your Case
If you are recovering from an injury or helping to care for a loved one who has been hurt, without a doubt you have your hands full. You may be in pain and exhausted. Medical and rehabilitation appointments are time-consuming. Emotionally, you are likely devastated and frustrated and find that managing your life is all-consuming. The idea of negotiating with insurance companies and pursuing legal action can be overwhelming.
When you work with our experienced back injury lawyers, you can focus 100 percent of your energy on your recovery. We will handle the rest. We will negotiate aggressively on your behalf and, if necessary, litigate your case. We are seasoned professionals well-versed in Texas law; our reputation speaks for itself.
Frequently Asked Questions
Austin Spinal Injury Attorney Addresses Your Concern
If you or someone you love was the victim of an accident caused by another person, you probably have many questions. Our clients always do. At Evans & Herlihy, we appreciate how overwhelming this process can be. While each case is unique, with specific situations, there are some questions that are commonly asked. Our Austin back injury lawyer responds to some of them below.
The answer is yes. Anyone who suffers a neck, back, or spinal cord injury because of the negligence of another person can file suit in the state of Texas.
The statute of limitations in Texas with regard to personal injury is two years. This means that you must file your lawsuit within two years from the date of your accident. Work with an experienced Austin spinal injury lawyer to assure all of your documents are filed correctly and in a timely manner. You must adhere to the deadlines established by law in order for your case to move forward.
Everything is not always black and white. And, quite often, multiple people can be at fault for an accident. Texas is a modified comparative fault state. This means that it looks carefully at how much responsibility each person bears for an accident. If you were injured as a result of comparative negligence, and another party was 51% responsible for the incident, you can recover damages. This is also known as proportionate responsibility.
If you have suffered a neck, back, or spine injury, your first priority should be to obtain appropriate medical care. Then, if you believe your injury was the result of the negligence of another person or organization, you should contact a back injury lawyer as soon as possible. With injuries of this type, it is critical to begin an investigation into the accident as quickly as possible, while evidence is still available. Quite often, there is more than one responsible party, and it is important that each is held accountable for their actions.
In a Texas personal injury case, under which spine, neck, and back injuries fall, you can sue for your medical expenses (which alone can be astronomical), mental suffering, loss of earning capacity, loss of consortium, loss of services, physical impairment, and disfigurement. The amount of your settlement is dependent upon your costs, estimated cost of future care, the extent of your injury, and the degree of negligence, as well as other factors.
Each case is specific, based on its own unique circumstances. While our goal is to settle with the insurance companies, this is not always possible. And, with spinal injuries, it is wise to be conservative. You want to be sure you have a complete understanding of your situation, including accurate projections of future expenses. These often take a while to determine. Rushing can be a mistake. You want to work with an attorney who is efficient, yet appreciates the importance of certain information and understands that it may take time to gather all necessary data.
These are just a few of the most common concerns of those who have suffered back, neck, and spine injuries. Contact the spinal cord injury lawyers at Evans & Herlihy at (512) 732-2727 for answers.
Injuries in Austin
What Can Cause Back, Neck, and Spine Injuries?
Any number of incidents can result in an injury to your back, neck, or spine. These include, but are not limited to:
- Workplace accidents (lifting heavy objects, equipment failure, falling from a ladder, etc.)
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Vehicular accidents (automobile, truck, and motorcycle).
Some injuries may resolve in a few days, while others may cause chronic pain. In some cases, surgery and medical treatments are not effective; they don’t alleviate pain or return full function, leaving sufferers with a diminished quality of life.
The Financial Impact of Spinal Injuries Can Be Devastating
Back, neck, and spinal injuries can be life-changing. In addition to the fact that your ability to function as you once did may be altered and you may suffer intense physical pain, you will also have to manage the financial impact of your accident.
These injuries often require extensive medical care lasting for years, sometimes for the rest of your life.
These services can be costly, even if you have insurance. Your costs may include:
- Emergency Care
- Doctor and Surgeon Bills
- Hospital Bills
- Physical and Rehabilitation Therapy
- Home and Vehicle Modifications
- Long Term Care/Home Care
- Lost Wages
To further illustrate, an injury to any of the top four vertebrae can cost an average of $1,064,716 in the first year, and $184,891 for every subsequent year. That means a person who is 25 years old at the time of his or her injury could pay approximately $4.7 million in medical costs alone over the course of their lifetime.
Costs can be a factor even when the injury experienced is not particularly serious. A back injury that’s severe enough to interfere with one’s daily routine – walking, sleeping, sitting upright, working – may require extensive physical therapy before a normal range of motion can be achieved. A person who can’t work but also has to pay for doctors’ visits and physical therapy can end up in a perilous financial situation rather quickly.
Our Back Injury Lawyer is Knowledgeable
We Know that Spine Injuries Are Common
Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries are not an anomaly — they happen quite often and are caused by everyday accidents. In fact, over 17,000 spinal cord injuries occur each year. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center reports that in one study 39.3 percent were caused by vehicle accidents and 31.8 percent were caused by falls. Quite often, the mitigating factor in these accidents is negligence.
Types of Neck, Back, and Spine Injuries
Not All Injuries Are Alike
Injuries to the neck, back, and spine vary greatly. While all can be incredibly painful, some are more concerning than others. You cannot tell, on your own, how serious your injury may be. If you are involved in any type of incident, you should visit your physician as soon as possible. Often the adrenaline from an accident can mask pain, and some injuries don’t present immediately. It is critical to get appropriate care to prevent injuries from worsening.
Have you ever experienced a painful “crick in the neck” after turning your head too quickly? This is usually a symptom of a cervical neck sprain or strain, an injury that commonly occurs when the head moves too suddenly or in an unnatural way.
Whiplash is a more serious type of neck injury that involves the muscles, tendons, nerves, and discs. Often referred to as cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) syndrome, this injury may be attributed to rear-end collisions. When one car strikes another from behind, the driver of the forward car absorbs much of the energy from that crash. A shockwave travels the length of the spine to the head, causing a forward-and-backward snapping motion that injures the neck.
Back injuries are painful and can limit your movement. The lower back is the most common place where back injuries occur, including herniated disks, strains, sprains, and fractures.
Depending upon the type of injury you sustained, you may have difficulty walking and completing everyday tasks. Often even sitting or lying down can be painful. These injuries can be diagnosed through X-rays, CT Scans, and MRIs.
Acute spinal cord injuries may result in the bruising of or a tear in the spinal cord. The severity of these injuries as well as their impact depends to some degree upon where on the spinal cord they occurred. For example, injuries in the lower part of the spine may interfere with bladder function, and injuries closer to the neck may disrupt lung function.
Additionally, spinal injuries may cause widespread or localized paralysis, loss of sensation in parts of the body, and even death. People with severe spinal cord injuries may suffer from other ailments related to their injury – such as circulatory diseases and digestive disorders – that require subsequent hospitalization.
Survivors of spinal cord injuries face a long and difficult rehabilitation that may or may not result in improvement.
Because of the many healthcare professionals (neurosurgeons, physical therapists, speech therapists, psychiatrists, respiratory therapists, and more) involved in the care for someone who experiences a spinal injury, the costs can be considerable. Average first-year expenses for someone who becomes paraplegic exceed $550,000.
Contact Our Spinal Injury Lawyer Today
The Evans & Herlihy Law Firm has successfully represented many Texans who have suffered from accident-related injuries, and we offer no-obligation consultations for personal injury victims.
Our attorneys are well-known for their ability to actively listen to your experience, thoroughly investigate your accident, effectively manage your case, and negotiate and/or litigate in order to get you the settlement you need and deserve.
We strongly believe that individuals and organizations must be held liable for their negligent actions or inactions and those who are injured must be provided restitution.
For additional information on how we can best serve you, complete the online form, or call your Austin spinal injury attorney today at (512) 732-2727.