October 7, 2014

What Should I Do if I Sustain a Spinal Cord Injury?

spinal cord injurySpinal cord injuries can result from a wide variety of accidents, and can result in serious long term medical complications. According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions, about 11,000 Americans sustain spinal cord injuries each year. Among the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries, and violent assaults. When spinal cord accidents are negligently caused, victims may be able to recover by filing a Pennsylvania personal injury lawsuit. The best way to determine whether you have a spinal cord injury claim is to consult with an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident.

Because spinal injuries can have such serious consequences, it is important for victims to take appropriate measures to ensure that their rights are protected. These include the following:

  • Seek medical attention immediately – Spinal injuries are an extremely serious matter, and can result in paralysis and may even be fatal. Anyone who suspects that an accident has resulted in a spinal injury should seek immediate medical attention. In addition to making sure you are properly treated, seeking medical care will also officially document your injuries. This can make it significantly easier to establish legal liability in the event of a lawsuit.
  • Gather information – It is important to gather as much information as possible about the circumstances of your accident. This can include facts like the place it occurred, the names of other people who were involved, any conditions that may have contributed to your accident, and contact information for any witnesses to the accident.
  • Retain legal counsel – After an accident, insurance companies or other parties may try and pressure you into admitting fault or accepting an unreasonably low settlement offer. Hiring a personal injury lawyer can help ensure that you are treated fairly and you receive the compensation you deserve.

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