If you have a back or spinal cord injury, you may be in a lot of pain and facing an uncertain future. Your medical expenses from tests, surgeries, medications, therapies, and other care may be adding up, leaving you to wonder how you will pay your bills, especially if you had to miss work because of time spent in the hospital.
If someone else’s negligence caused your back or spinal cord injury, you might be able to pursue legal action to recover damages from the liable party in your accident. A New Orleans back and spinal cord injury lawyer with Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers understands how life-changing these injuries are and wants to help you get the compensation you need to manage your recovery on all fronts.
Call us today at (504) 777-7777 for a free consultation about your accident with our client intake team.
Spinal Cord and Back Injuries Are Serious Enough for a Doctor’s Visit
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), motor vehicle accidents, falls, violent acts, and sports and recreational activities are the leading causes of spinal cord injuries.
Trauma to the spine, which is harm that occurs to any area of the spinal cord or the nerves located at the spinal canal’s end, can affect a person’s mobility and other bodily functions. Mayo Clinic writes that a spinal cord injury can bring about a loss of movement. A person may experience a loss of or change in sensations due to this type of injury, such as their ability to feel heat, cold, and touch. A spinal cord injury can also cause pain due to a strong stinging sensation from damaged nerve fibers and other complications.
A back injury is different from a spinal cord injury, and it can cause discomfort and force significant changes in a person’s ability to move around. Common back injuries include herniated discs, vertebral fractures, muscle sprains, and muscle strains. Any of these are possible after being in an accident. Some signs of a back injury are:
- Sharp or pulsating pain
- Numbness, tingling
- Muscle spasms
- Sciatica (nerve pain stemming from an irritated sciatic nerve)
If you have experienced back pain after sitting, standing, or walking, or if you have had increased pain over time, these are signs that your back injury may require a doctor’s visit for a closer look. Other signs include limited mobility or sharp pain in the neck, upper back, or lower back.
For a free legal consultation with a back and spinal cord injury lawyer serving New Orleans, call (504) 777-7777
Pursuing Damages for Expensive, Long-Term Medical Care
Whether you have a spinal cord injury or a back injury, you may need extensive care to help you manage chronic pain. Having your primary care provider examine you and perform or order tests to diagnose your condition will likely cost you money.
You may have to see other specialists, such as a physical therapist, a neurosurgeon, or an orthopedic surgeon, to help you recover and plan your aftercare treatment. There likely will be costs for medications, additional diagnostic imaging tests, and other expenses. You may have to stay in a rehabilitation center before returning home, and you may require lifelong care to help you adjust to living with your injury.
A New Orleans back and spinal cord injury lawyer with Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to help you recover the expenses that are sure to come with long-term medical care. We can review these expenses and help you build a case for compensation from the liable party whose negligence caused your injuries.
Our legal team can investigate how your accident happened and determine who is responsible for it. You also may be able to recover compensation for reduced or lost wages, pain and suffering, permanently reduced mobility, and mental anguish. If you have insomnia, difficulty concentrating, and other challenges since your accident, you may be able to pursue awards for mental health treatment as well.
If you would like to learn more about your legal options, give Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers a call today at (504) 777-7777. A member of our team can discuss your accident how we may be able to help you during your free initial consultation.
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Louisiana Typically Allows One Year to Sue for Damages
An attorney with Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can manage your entire injury case, allowing you to take care of your legal matters and focus on your recovery at the same time. If you are thinking about seeking legal recovery via a lawsuit in Louisiana, the state generally gives you one year to file your personal injury lawsuit, per CC Art. 3492.
If you miss this deadline, you risk losing your chance to pursue financial recovery from the party responsible for your accident and injury. That does not have to happen. We can handle all essential paperwork for you, making sure to file your civil action with the court promptly.
We advise you to start working with us on your case as early as possible. If you hire us, we will need time to collect and review all evidence to prove liability in your case. We can also handle all communications with all involved parties, including insurers who may not want to give you a fair settlement. We can opt to go to trial to seek a court award for you if negotiations with insurers do not work out.
You do not have to handle your injury claim or lawsuit alone, and you should not consider taking on a heavy load of medical debt for an accident you did not cause. We invite you to learn more about how a New Orleans back and spinal cord injury lawyer from our firm may be able to help you move forward with your case. Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (504) 777-7777 for a risk-free consultation with our personal injury team.