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When you suffer a back injury, the St. Petersburg spinal injury lawyers of Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner fight on your behalf by leveraging our 30 combined years of trial law experience to obtain compensation for you. Back and spinal cord injuries complicate the lives of those who suffer from them in a wide variety of ways, and many people with these ailments must stay on bed rest and miss significant work time. We give you personal attention throughout your entire case, thoroughly researching your medical history so the defense can’t claim that you are lying about your injury. Contact our St. Petersburg injury lawyers today to begin discussing your case.
Back and spinal cord injuries can result from a wide variety of causes, the most common of which include car accidents, hard falls, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, hernias, fractures and muscle tears. Many back injuries become chronic problems, meaning that the victim may require lifelong medical and therapeutic care. Victims often re-injure their backs, making the pain even worse.
Without the help of a reliable lawyer, people who suffer from spinal injuries have no choice but to work through the pain and risk exacerbating the problem. These victims tend to experience problems such as:
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) states that approximately 17,810 new cases of spinal cord injuries occur each year. Spinal cord damage can occur during multiple types of accidents, including motor vehicle collisions, slip and falls, and incidents of medical negligence. In many cases, another person’s actions are responsible for these severe injuries.
According to the NSCISC, some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include the following.
If you have developed a spinal cord injury in an accident, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Through a lawsuit or insurance claim, you can recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Your optimal legal pathway will depend on the circumstances surrounding your accident.
For example, if you slip and fall on a hazard on someone else’s property, you can file a lawsuit or homeowner’s insurance claim against the property owner. You could file a medical malpractice lawsuit against a surgeon who commits a mistake and damages your spinal cord during a procedure.
Most spinal cord injuries occur during a car accident. Florida is a no-fault insurance state, meaning that victims of car accidents must pay for their own damages through personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. However, if your injuries meet Florida’s serious injury thresholds, you can escalate your case to a third-party insurance claim or lawsuit.
In Florida, a serious injury involves one of the following.
Spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries typically meet Florida’s definition of a serious injury. As a result, it is very likely that you will be eligible for a third-party claim or lawsuit after a car accident. To determine your optimal path to compensation, speak to a St. Petersburg spinal cord injury attorney at Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner.
If you are planning on filing an insurance claim for a spinal cord injury, you will either need to prove that you are eligible for compensation under the terms of your PIP policy or that the policyholder is responsible for your accident. To secure damages in a Florida spinal cord injury lawsuit, you and your lawyer will need to gather evidence to support the following four elements.
When you suffer a spinal injury and are swamped by medical bills, our dedicated team is here to provide relief. We have a passion for trial law, and whether your case goes to trial or not, we have the ability to secure high levels of compensation for:
At Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner, the courtroom is our home, and our clients are our greatest passion. We care deeply about your health and getting you the funds you need to move forward after your injury. Contact our St. Petersburg spinal injury attorneys today to arrange a free consultation.
If you can’t get to our offices, we will come to you. Other lawyers might say that they go to trial, but we pride ourselves on being true trial lawyers, which makes a major difference in results. Trust our experience and skills to win you the care you deserve.