Seeking Damages For A Louisiana Spinal Injury
Whether in a vehicle crash or another incident, sustaining a spinal injury can change someone’s life. Even if the harm suffered does not result in tetraplegia (losing the use of all four limbs), it may still leave someone with a disability, lifelong trauma, or both – and if the incident allegedly happened because of another person’s negligence, it can feel like rubbing salt in the proverbial wound. You have the right to seek damages for what you have been through.
A Shreveport spinal injury attorney can help you determine the best path forward for you and your family. We can access your records and make the legal process a bit smoother while giving you the best possible odds of success.
Countless Causes & Effects
Spinal injuries can be devastating for both children and adults. Statistics from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) estimate that approximately 18,000 new SCI cases occur every year, of which roughly 75 percent are male. There are a host of different causes for these injuries, though some of the most common include vehicle crashes, falls (particularly among the elderly, but anyone may experience an accidental fall), and being a victim of a crime of violence.
Everyone who has sustained any kind of spinal injury will experience significantly different levels of physical functioning. Statistics show that nearly half of new SCI cases result in incomplete tetraplegia, which means that all four limbs are affected, but one still retains some degree of nerve function in the body itself. Compare this to paraplegia, where only two limbs are affected, and complete para- or tetraplegia, where there is no nerve functioning of any kind within the affected area of the body.
Regardless of how extensive your spinal injury may be, you have the right to seek money damages if you believe it was caused by someone else’s negligence. In Louisiana, you may seek not only economic damages like medical bills and lost wages, but also some intangible damages such as pain and suffering – for example, depression is much more common in people with spinal injuries than in people without them. Such conditions can be actionable.
If you decide to file a lawsuit against the person who allegedly caused your spinal injury, know that it is very difficult to do so alone. One thing that is crucial to be aware of is that Louisiana law only permits a “liberative prescription” (roughly equivalent to a statute of limitations) of one year from the date of the incident. Given that it is not uncommon for spinal injuries to only manifest weeks or months after physical trauma to the body, this can make your time frame for filing suit very, very tight.
No matter how long your time frame may feel, it is important to act quickly. Rice & Kendig has experience with these matters, and we are ready to shoulder the legal load for you while you focus on recovery. Contact us today via our website, or on the phone at 318-222-2772 for a free consultation.