spinal cord injuries

Charlotte Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys

Sustaining a spinal cord injury is almost always a devastating, life-altering experience. The physical, emotional, and financial tolls these injuries take on victims and their families are immeasurable. Those who suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another party have the right to seek compensation through personal injury litigation. Spinal injuries sustained at work generally entitle an employee to benefits through their employer’s workers’ compensation policy.

At Stewart Law Offices, we are well-versed in how to approach both personal injury lawsuits and workers’ compensation claims. Our team has been successfully* representing injury victims for over 25 years and has the experience, knowledge, and drive to deliver favorable outcomes. With millions recovered* for our clients, our results speak for themselves, and we are ready to put our firm’s extensive resources to work for you. We are sensitive to the impacts these injuries are almost certainly having on every aspect of your life, and our legal professionals will make every effort to relieve your burden. This starts with coming to your home or the hospital where you are receiving treatment if you cannot come to us. One of our attorneys will walk you through your legal options and what the recovery process will look like. No matter the complexity of your case, we are prepared to aggressively fight for the maximum compensation you need to move forward.

Our Charlotte spinal cord injury lawyers can provide the support and advocacy you need to help you get the coverage your condition warrants.

Long-Term Health Consequences of Spinal Cord Injuries

Even a “minor” spinal cord injury can cause permanent, damaging consequences that will affect the victim’s quality of life. Spinal cord injuries frequently prevent victims from working, living independently, or even moving. Some symptoms can be mitigated or entirely resolved through the appropriate medical treatment, but many are uncurable and could get worse as the victim grows older.

Adverse health consequences of spinal cord injuries may include:

  • Heightened susceptibility to infections
  • Mental health problems, such as depression
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness or weakness in the extremities
  • Paralysis (complete or partial)
  • Weakening of the bones (osteoporosis)
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Recovering Damages for Spinal Cord Injuries Through a North Carolina Personal Injury Claim

Did you sustain a spinal cord injury because of the negligence of another person or organization? You have the right to sue the responsible party and seek to recover economic and non-economic damages. You could have a case if you suffered spinal injuries in a car accident caused by another driver or a slip and fall that occurred due to a property owner’s negligence, for example. You will need to show the defendant owed you a legal duty of care and that their failure to honor that duty of care resulted in injury. Our Charlotte spinal cord injury attorneys understand how personal injury claims are adjudicated in North Carolina.

To recover damages, you must file a personal injury claim within three years of the date you suffered a spinal cord injury. If you wait too long, you will be barred from recovering anything, so do not wait to get in touch with our team at Stewart Law Offices.

If your spinal cord was not reasonably apparent when an act of negligence occurred, you have three years from the date you discovered the injury to take legal action. However, for cases involving medical malpractice, you cannot file a lawsuit after four years have passed from the date of the negligent act, no matter the strength of your case.

When our Charlotte personal injury lawyers represent you in a lawsuit, they will fight to get you just compensation for all losses, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium

Getting Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Spinal Cord Injuries in North Carolina

If you sustained a spinal cord injury at work or in connection with your employment, you cannot sue your employer, even if they were negligent. You may be entitled to benefits through your employer’s workers’ compensation policy, which includes coverage for medical costs and some of your lost income. You may be able to get workers’ compensation benefits for a spinal cord injury if:

  • The injury was work-related
  • You were an employee (not an independent contractor) when the injury occurred
  • Your employer has at least three employees
  • You were not intoxicated when the injury occurred
  • You were not attempting to harm yourself or anyone else when the injury occurred

To avoid losing the right to benefits, you must report a work-related injury to your employer within 30 days. You should make this report in writing as soon as you can. You will then have two years from the date you were injured (or the day you discovered your spinal cord injury may be work-related) to file a workers’ compensation claim.

You do not have to prove fault to receive benefits, but getting the benefits you deserve can still be difficult, as insurers will often look for any excuse to limit coverage or deny your claim entirely.

If you need help understanding your rights and options after suffering a spinal cord injury, do not hesitate to discuss your case with our dedicated legal professionals. Call 866-783-9278 or contact us online today.

How Spinal Cord Injuries Happen In North Carolina

A spinal cord injury will be considered “traumatic” or “nontraumatic.” Someone sustains a traumatic spinal cord injury when a foreign object or dramatic force damages vertebrae. Nontraumatic spinal cord injuries do not occur as a result of a single incident and may develop as a side effect of other conditions, such as a serious infection or cancer.

Spinal cord injuries are caused by: