Compensation for Accidental Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal injuries and back injuries can result from vehicle accidents, trip and fall incidents, work accidents or assaults. In any situation in which a spine or back injury occurs as the result of someone else’s carelessness or negligent act, a back injury lawyer in Indiana can help you pursue a legal claim.
Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC has extensive experience challenging insurance companies over fair compensation for back and spinal cord injury victims and their families. We have the resources and the skill to negotiate a settlement on your behalf. And if a settlement cannot be reached, we go to trial and fight aggressively for your rights.
Handling Full Range of Spinal Cord Injury Claims
Spinal cord injuries happen when the nerves that comprise the spinal cord, or the bones and soft tissues surrounding it, are damaged. There are two types of severity of a spinal cord injury:
Complete spinal cord injury, in which a person loses all ability to feel or voluntarily move below the level of injury.
- Paraplegia usually results in loss of sensation and movement in the legs, bladder, bowels and sexual organs.
- Tetraplegia includes loss of hand and arm movement in addition to the paraplegia effects.
Incomplete spinal cord injury, in which some function is retained below the level of injury.
Life-altering injuries like these require medical care that standard medical insurance payouts are unlikely to cover. An Indiana spinal cord injury attorney work closely with you to prepare a strong personal injury case and pursue the maximum settlement possible.
Helping Clients with Back Injuries Recover Expenses
Back injuries are different than spine injuries. They can be caused by pinched nerves, torn ligaments, ruptured or herniated discs, or damaged vertebrae. Even if the initial injury seems minor, back injuries can be disabling and require ongoing care if they fail to heal properly.
Indiana spinal injury attorneys know that severe spinal and back injuries can turn your world – and your family’s lives – upside-down. In addition to the initial physical and psychological trauma, there are enormous expenses to deal with, on top of a loss of income that can devastate your family’s finances. If your spinal cord injury was caused by the carelessness or negligence of someone else, you’ll be dealing with insurance companies who have to weigh your best interests against their bottom line.
When the insurance companies come calling, back and spinal cord injury victims also need to consider more than just the initial medical bills and mobility equipment.
They need to be prepared – financially and otherwise – to deal with future issues that could arise, including:
- Potential complications due to paralysis, including bladder or bowel issues, pressure sores due to lack of sensation, respiratory infections, blood pressure and circulatory problems, etc.
- Ongoing physical and occupational therapy
- Adaptive job training and education
- Long-term counseling and emotional support
Regardless of what the insurance companies try to tell you, you have the right to a settlement that takes all of these and more into account. If it takes filing a lawsuit to get it, Craig, Kelley & Faultless, LLC is ready with the experience and resources to get maximum results for you, both now and in the future.
Spinal Cord Injuries in Children
Because the nervous system connecting the brain with the movement of the legs, feet, arms and hands (and many other functions, as well) follows an anatomical pathway through the spinal cord, spinal cord injuries can affect all functions below the neck. Of course, a spinal cord injury in any person, at any age, is tragic. But, when it happens to a child, it can alter the entire process of growing up and becoming a fully-functioning member of society. The major causes of pediatric spinal cord injury include auto accidents, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) accidents, sports injuries, falls and gunshot wounds.
According to a systematic review of multiple scientific studies reported in the Journal of Neurotrauma (August 2011), neurological recovery in children with spinal cord injuries is thought to be more likely than in adults, although absolute comparisons between age groups are difficult to document. In both age categories, recovery is dependent on the severity and location of the injury and the medical care and therapy that follow. Spinal cord injuries in pre-adolescents often result in scoliosis.
In the case of severe pediatric spinal cord injury, a life-care plan may be necessary to enable the child to have as healthy and complete a life as possible.
Through effective litigation against the parties responsible for the injury, the following can be provided:
- Appropriate evaluations on an ongoing basis to ensure effective therapies.
- All physical and psychological therapies and surgeries medical professionals may prescribe.
- Wheelchairs, orthotics, home furnishings, vehicles and other ambulatory services and home adaptations as required.
- Attendant care, where and when necessary.
Schedule a Free Consultation Today with a Skilled Indiana Spinal Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord or back injury, don’t settle for less. We level the playing field against insurance companies and fight to obtain fair compensation for you. Contact Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC online. We have several satellite offices and meeting locations. We serve clients in Batesville, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Anderson, Muncie and Lafayette, Indiana. We’ll gladly set up an appointment at a location convenient to you or in your home.