St Petersburg Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers

A spinal cord injury can alter your life in an instant. If you suffer spinal injuries in an accident, the experienced St. Petersburg spinal cord injury attorneys at Jack Bernstein, Injury Attorneys can help.

We want you to focus on your recovery. That’s why we handle the legal claim so that you can devote your energy to your medical care and your emotional health. Here’s what you need to know about recovering from a spinal cord injury in St. Petersburg.

The Right to Compensation

If you’re hurt in a spinal cord personal injury accident, you may deserve financial compensation. You may be hurt because of the actions of someone else. Florida law may allow you to bring a claim against the responsible party for your losses.

It’s only fair that the person who causes your accident pays for the damages. The law exists to help victims rebuild their lives. An experienced St. Petersburg attorney can help you harness the law and seek the recovery that you deserve.

Ways Spinal Cord Injuries Can Occur

There are a number of ways that a spinal cord injury can occur. Even what seems like a minor injury can cause devastating physical injuries. Here are some of the ways that a spinal cord injury can occur:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Accidents involving pedestrians
  • Slip and fall in a store or other place of business
  • Workplace injuries
  • A heavy falling object
  • Tripping over a sidewalk or parking lot in disrepair
  • Physical assault and battery

What Do I Have to Prove to Recover?

To win a recovery for a spinal cord injury, you must prove the elements of negligence under Florida law. The elements of negligence are duty, breach, causation, and damages. Proving duty means showing that the party that caused your injuries had a responsibility to be careful in the circumstances around them. For example, motorists must always be cautious as they drive for the benefit of everyone on the road. Likewise, a store owner has a duty to keep their store safe for their patrons.

Once you establish that the person who causes your injuries has a duty to act carefully for your benefit, you must show that they breached that duty. You must show that they weren’t sufficiently careful based on what a reasonable person should have done in the same situation. The standard is based on a reasonable person. If you can show that they weren’t reasonably careful, you’ve established that they’ve breached their duty of care.

Next, you must show that their breach of duty is the reason that you got hurt. There can’t be an intervening cause between the other person’s actions and your injuries. Their behavior must be the cause of your injuries. Finally, you must show that you have injuries. If you have spinal cord injuries, you most certainly have qualifying injuries as a result of your accident.

If all of the elements are true in your case, you have a valid claim for compensation. You may also bring a claim based on theories of recklessness or intentional conduct. In any case where the other party is legally responsible for your accident, they owe you compensation for the full extent of your losses. Even if you may share partial blame for the events leading up to the accident, you may deserve partial compensation. Our spinal cord lawyers in St. Petersburg can help you investigate your claim to determine its strengths and weakness and your rights under Florida law.

Claiming Your Damages

If you’re the victim of a spinal cord injury accident, you may claim compensation for any financial loss that occurs because of the accident. Your medical expenses qualify for compensation. In fact, it’s vital to identify your medical injuries to value your claim accurately. Your medical expenses include diagnostic tests, scans, tests, and anything else that you need to determine the extent of your injuries. Other financial losses are also eligible for compensation like your property damages, lost income, and physical therapy.

Once you value your financial losses, it’s essential to include pain and suffering and emotional distress in your claim. If can be difficult to assess your non-economic damages properly. Let a St. Petersburg spinal cord accident attorney help guide you through the investigation into your claim to value your economic and non-economic damages accurately.

Building the Evidence in Your Case

Spinal cord injuries can be challenging because the extent of your injuries may not be apparent immediately after your injury. Even when your injuries are apparent, it can be hard to know what they mean and what your short-term and long-term limitations are. You may recover from your spinal cord injuries. On the other hand, some spinal cord injuries are long-lasting or tragically permanent.

When you have medical needs and expenses that result from a spinal cord injury, it’s critically important to arrive at an accurate prognosis. Knowing the full extent of your spinal cord injuries is critically essential to arriving at a precise value of your claim. Once you know the value of your claim, you can pursue the compensation that you need to find relief and rebuild your life.

How We Build the Evidence of Your Spinal Cord Injuries

Our team of St. Petersburg spinal cord injury lawyers has experience helping accident victims identify and document their medical injuries. We work with your medical care providers to ensure that they fully explore everything necessary to diagnose your injuries and determine your prognosis for recovery accurately.

Also, we have a network of expert medical professionals that can help you evaluate your injuries to value your claim under Florida law. We review the medical records to ensure that they have the information they need to contain to prove your claim. Our experience works to your advantage so that your claim for compensation is complete.

Working With a St. Petersburg Injury Attorney

We believe that we do the critical work of helping deserving spinal cord accident victims recovery fairly when they’re hurt. No two case are alike, and we know that you’re likely living in pain and wondering where to begin to get the relief that you need and deserve.

Let’s talk about your case. We can explain how the law applies to your accident and what your options are. Contact us today for a no-obligation discussion of your case.

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