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Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

A spinal cord injury can be devastating, resulting in limited mobility, loss of income, medical bills, and additional stress on your family.

Rubin & Machado Ltd.'s spinal cord injury lawyers in Chicago, IL, can hold the responsible party accountable and recover compensation.

How do I know if I have a viable spinal cord injury case?

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Several Factors Need to Be Evaluated to Determine If You Have a Case:


You have a right to compensation for losses resulting from an accident that was caused by another's negligent or reckless actions. Responsible parties may include medical professionals, other drivers, and manufacturers of faulty products. 

Connection to the Injury

The other party's actions must have directly led to your spinal cord injury. While this can be difficult to prove, a thorough investigation by an attorney can establish this connection.

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Damages Sustained 

You must be able to prove that you have sustained measurable damages due to your injury. This can include medical bills, property damage, or pain and suffering. Compensation will be based on these losses.

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A C4 injury affects function from the neck down, while an L1 injury affects the function of the legs.

Your Specific Injuries  Will Play a Major Role in Your Compensation

Spinal cord injuries can be divided into two main categories: complete and incomplete. Incomplete spinal cord injuries are characterized by a cord that is only partially severed. Victims who suffer partial severance maintain some degree of function. However, if the spinal cord is fully severed, it results in a full loss of function. The extent of your injuries will directly influence the amount of compensation you receive.

Signs You May Have  Suffered a Spinal Cord Injury

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After suffering a spinal cord injury, you may experience extreme pain, pressure, or a burning sensation in the neck, head, or back.

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Weakness & Lack of Control

Many victims experience varying degrees of weakness or loss of control. This can affect your coordination, ability to control muscles, bladder, and bowel, or result in paralysis.

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Loss of Sensation

You may feel little to no sensation, including temperature or touch, in your limbs. You may also notice a tingling sensation in the hands or feet.

Take Legal Action

You do not have to face this challenge alone. Call us today at: 
(312) 327-1840

Settlements vs. Lawsuits

Under ideal circumstances, our attorneys can negotiate a settlement with the responsible party's insurance company that covers the true extent of your losses. When it comes to spine injuries, the necessary amount of restitution can amount to millions of dollars. As a result, it is not uncommon for an insurance company to try and achieve a settlement that is well below what a victim actually deserves.

Rest assured that Rubin & Machado will not hesitate to take your case to court if an appropriate settlement cannot be reached. We have the resources to create a compelling case on your behalf in order to convince a jury that you deserve a maximum award that will allow you to cope with the devastating losses that have resulted from your injury.

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Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

According to the University of Alabama at Birmingham's National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, approximately 12,000 people per year will suffer from a spinal cord injury. The most common causes of injury include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents: Most spinal cord injuries occur as a result of a car or motorcycle accident. Some injuries may be the result of another party driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, or driving recklessly.
  • Sports and recreational accidents: Participation in impact sports such as football, rugby, and wrestling is the second most common cause of spinal cord injuries in Americans 30 years of age and younger.
  • Slips and falls: Nearly 25 percent of injuries are a result of slips and falls. Injuries can be the result of unsafe conditions such as wet floors, tripping hazards, and improper safety guidelines.
  • Violent acts: A gunshot, stabbing, or violent assault can result in catastrophic damage to the spinal cord.

Importance of Seeking Legal Representation

Regardless of the severity, most people suffering from a spinal cord injury will experience staggering medical bills, extensive rehabilitation costs, and physical and emotional distress. Additionally, the injured party may have expenses that are a direct result of the disability, such as wheelchairs, housing improvements, personal care, transportation, and medical supplies.

We will work vigorously to help you receive the best treatment, obtain the compensation you deserve, and help you live as comfortably as possible during this very difficult time.

Even with good medical coverage, an injured party may be left without adequate financial resources to cover ongoing expenses. Our personal injury experts will partner with you to evaluate your case, and if warranted, file suit against a negligent or liable party. We will work vigorously to help you receive the best treatment, obtain the compensation you deserve, and help you live as comfortably as possible during this very difficult time. 

In some cases, a spinal cord injury can result in the death of a family member or loved one. If you have lost a loved one following a spinal cord injury, the attorneys at Rubin & Machado have been successful in securing settlements and will provide the representation necessary to hold the responsible party liable.

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As a leading personal injury firm in Chicago, Rubin & Machado Ltd. is affiliated with: 

  • American Association for Justice
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Hispanic Lawyers Network
  • Illinois State Bar Association

To schedule your free consultation, contact us online or call us at (312) 327-1840.

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