Shreveport Spine Injury Lawyer
Nearly half a million people in the United States are living with a spinal injury, and every year around 17,000 new cases are added. Auto accidents are the leading cause of spinal injury, followed closely by falls, which together account for more than two-thirds of all spinal injury cases. When the spinal cord is damaged, the injury is nearly always permanent; less than one percent of persons experiencing a spinal cord injury leave the hospital with a complete neurological recovery.
The lifetime costs associated with a spinal injury are enormous. A quick settlement that covers hospital bills and lost work time will do nothing to compensate for a lifetime of expenses, medical complications, and challenges with daily living. At Rice & Kendig, our injury lawyers have over 40 years of experience helping people who suffered a catastrophic personal injury. We understand the costs involved and the importance of creating a comprehensive life care plan to persuade an insurance company or jury about how much compensation is needed and justified to deal with the damage done. Our Shreveport spine injury lawyers are committed to seeing you get the care and compensation you need and deserve after another’s negligent behavior has injured you for life. Rice & Kendig handles the full range of personal injury and wrongful death matters in Shreveport-Bossier City and North Louisiana, including all of the following incidents that can potentially cause a spinal injury:
- Car Crashes
- Motorcycle Accidents
- 18-Wheeler Truck Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Slip and Falls
- Oilfield Injuries
- Boating Accidents
- Plane Crashes
A Spinal Injury Can Require an Extensive Hospital Stay and a Lifetime of Additional Care
A spinal cord injury victim often requires emergency medical treatment at the scene of the accident and transportation to the hospital for stabilization and critical, life-saving care. Surgery is often necessary, followed by a lengthy period of rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and counseling.
Hospital bills are enormous, but they are nothing compared to the lifetime costs of living with a spinal injury that follow. Depending on the extent of the injury, persons living with a spinal injury may require round-the-clock care in a skilled nursing facility or a home health aide and caregiver to assist with basic tasks of daily living. Assistive technology and adaptive devices might be required to gain the maximum in mobility, independent living and self-care. Homes and cars may need modifications, and occupational support may be necessary as well.
Additionally, a spinal injury also exposes the individual to a host of medical complications throughout his or her lifetime, including:
- Urinary tract infections
- Respiratory infections
Damage to the spinal cord can result in paraplegia (paralysis of the legs) or quadriplegia/tetraplegia (paralysis of the arms and legs). A spinal cord injury can be defined as complete or incomplete, depending on the loss of feeling and function below the level of injury. Damage to the spinal cord interrupts communication between the brain and all nerves below the point of injury, affecting not only sensation and motor function but also bowel and bladder control and sexual functioning. An injury higher up along the spine can impact other organ functioning as well, including vital functions such as swallowing and breathing.
Effective Legal Representation is Crucial to Getting an Appropriate Financial Settlement
Insurance company adjusters are experienced in dealing with catastrophic injury victims, and they are aware of the extensive costs and challenges of living with a permanent spinal injury. Insurance companies take many approaches to limit their exposure to these expensive claims, including denying their insured is liable for causing the accident, blaming the accident on the victim, or disputing the medical evidence supporting the nature of the injury. Insurers might try to quickly settle a claim before your true costs are known, or they might fight against a full and fair settlement.
Our goal at Rice & Kendig is to see that you get the level of compensation you need and deserve. We want you to get the quality health care you need now and in the future, and we want to make sure you can afford the costs of adapting your life for the greatest mobility, independence and quality of life you can achieve. You deserve the chance to recover and live life to the fullest extent possible, and the negligent defendant’s insurance company owes it to you to give you the financial settlement that will allow you to achieve it. This is what is fair, right and just, and it’s what we commit ourselves to every day at Rice and Kendig.
Call Rice & Kendig Injury Lawyers After a Spinal Injury Accident in Shreveport-Bossier City
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal injury because of the negligence of another, call Rice & Kendig for a free consultation with our team of experienced and successful injury lawyers and dedicated staff. Call 318-222-2772 in Shreveport-Bossier City or toll-free throughout North Louisiana at 888-374-7423. We treat our clients like family and fight to see they get the level of care and compensation they need and deserve.