Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
A spinal cord injury can be devastating, resulting in limited mobility, astronomical medical bills, and immense psychological strain.
The spinal cord injury lawyers of Rubin & Machado 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?
Several Factors Need to Be Proven
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. From medical malpractice to common careless driving, our firm is versed in holding responsible parties accountable.
Connection to the Injury
The other party's actions must have directly led to your spinal injury. While this can be difficult to prove, a thorough investigation by a spinal cord injury attorney can establish this connection.
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. Personal injury compensation will be based on these losses.
Over $2,000,000 Failure to Diagnose Spinal Infection
Rubin & Machado’s attorneys settled at the time of trial a case against a local Chicago Hospital in the amount of nearly $2.2 million on behalf of a 45-year-old Hispanic man who lost partial function of his lower extremities due to the failure of the hospital staff to timely diagnose his spinal infection. The case involved several defendant doctors and a local hospital that denied any wrongdoing.
Book Your Free Case Review Now
You have two years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury claim. Our Chicago spinal cord injury attorneys offer free initial case reviews, and we collect nothing unless and until we win your case. Book your free personal injury case review by contacting us or by calling (312) 327-1840.
Spinal Injury Classifications
- A C4 injury affects function from the neck down.
- A C6 injury affects function from the chest down.
- A T6 injury affects function from the top of the abdomen down.
- An L1 injury affects the function of the legs.
The Extent of Your Injuries Will Play a Major Role in Your Compensation
Injuries affecting the spinal cord can be divided into two main categories: complete and incomplete.
Incomplete injuries are characterized by a spinal 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 to which you are entitled. In order to achieve justice, you need a legal advocate who can substantiate your losses with compelling evidence. Your injury attorney can begin gathering evidence as soon as they meet with you during your free consultation.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
According to the University of Alabama at Birmingham's National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, approximately 18,000 people per year suffer a spinal cord injury in the United States. The most common causes of injury include:
- Motor vehicle accidents: Most spinal cord injuries occur as a result of a motorcycle or car accident. Some injuries may be the result of another party causing a car accident by driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, or driving recklessly.
- Slips and falls: Nearly a third of spinal cord injuries that have occurred since 2015 are the 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: Gunshots, stabbings, and other violent assaults are the third most common cause of spinal cord injuries.
- Sports and recreational accidents: Participation in impact sports such as football, rugby, and wrestling has accounted for nearly 8% of spinal cord injuries since 2015.
Our Chicago injury attorneys are standing by to begin pursuing the restitution you are owed.
Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms
After suffering a spinal cord injury, you may experience extreme pain, pressure, or a burning sensation in the neck, head, or back.
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.
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.
Why Should I Hire Rubin & Machado?
Your Future Is in Jeopardy
Regardless of the severity, most people suffering from a spinal cord injury will have astronomical medical bills, extensive rehabilitation costs, and physical and emotional distress. The injured party will also likely have staggering ongoing expenses such as wheelchairs, personal care, psychological counseling, transportation, and medical supplies.
We Can Collect the Compensation You Need
Even what most would consider good medical coverage won't entirely cover these expenses. Our personal injury lawyers will evaluate your case and determine if a third party is responsible for your losses. We will then help you receive the best medical care, obtain maximum compensation, and live as comfortably as possible for the rest of your life.
We Can Achieve Justice for the Bereaved
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 caused by third-party negligence, you have our very deepest condolences. The attorneys at Rubin & Machado can pursue compensation for lost wages, loss of consortium, and much more through a wrongful death claim.
Settlements vs. Lawsuits We Will Take the Surest Route to Maximum Compensation
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. Still, it is common for an insurance company to offer 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 and convince a jury that you deserve a maximum award, which will allow you to cope with the devastating losses that have resulted from your injury.
You have two years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury claim. Your injury attorney can begin gathering evidence as soon as they meet with you during your free consultation.