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North & South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Attorney

North & South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Attorney

Bice Law is Committed to Helping Spinal Cord Injury Victims Recover Compensation for their Losses

An empty wheelchair Spinal cord injuries  (SCIs) are extremely serious and have the potential to leave victims paralyzed with little hope of recovery. In many cases, victims require ongoing medical care and assistance for the rest of their lives and are unable to work ever again. For this reason, if you or a family member has sustained a spinal cord injury in an accident, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you can.

At Bice Law, we are committed to protecting victims’ legal rights and will review the facts of your case for free. In addition, we will never collect legal fees from you unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. To schedule your free case evaluation with a North & South Carolina spinal cord injury lawyer, call Bice Law today or send us an email through our online contact form.

The Spinal Cord Injuries: An Overview

The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs from the base of the skull along the length of your back that allows your brain to communicate with the rest of your body. A spinal cord injury can be the result of damage to the spinal column (the vertebrae that make up your spine) or to the spinal cord itself. These kinds of injuries can have a permanent effect on your strength, sensation, or ability to move below the site of the injury.

The severity of a spinal cord injury can be classified as “incomplete” or “complete.” In an incomplete spinal cord injury, a person will still have some feeling and motor function below the site of the injury. In a complete spinal cord injury, on the other hand, a victim will lose all feeling and control below the site of the injury.

What Causes Spinal Cord Injuries?

Any accident that can cause physical trauma to your back can potentially result in a serious, life-altering spinal cord injury. Some examples of accidents that sometimes result in SCIs include the following:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Pool and spa accidents
  • Sports accidents
  • Recreational accidents
  • Falls from heights

Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury

If you suspect that you have injured your spine in any way, you should seek immediate medical attention. Research indicates that early medical intervention can have a significant impact on your outcome, as controlling inflammation and other forms of treatment can prevent further damage from occurring. Some of the more common signs and symptoms of a spinal cord injury include the following:

  • An inability to move part of your body
  • Extreme pain in your back, head, or neck
  • Weakness or lack of coordination
  • Numbness or tingling in your extremities
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Difficulty breathing after an injury
  • An obviously misshapen back or neck

When can SCI Victims Recover Compensation?

Spinal cord injury victims are legally entitled to compensation under North and South Carolina law when the accident that resulted in their injury was the result of someone else’s negligence. Negligence occurs when a person fails to use the degree of care that would ordinarily be used by a person in the same or similar circumstances.

Common examples of negligence that can lead to a severe spinal cord injury include violating traffic laws, failing to maintain your property in a reasonably safe condition, or defective design or manufacture of consumer products. Whether negligence occurred in any given case can be difficult to determine without significant legal training, so it’s imperative that SCI victim and their families have their case reviewed by an experienced personal injury attorney. Failing to do so could result in missing out on substantial compensation that can help compensate you and your family for your accident-related losses.

Do You Need an Attorney to Represent You in Your Spinal Cord Injury Claim?

It is highly advisable for anyone that has suffered a spinal cord injury to retain legal counsel, even if it looks like the insurance company is going to settle the case. Because spinal cord injury victims often development permanent medical issues, it’s imperative that they seek compensation for their future losses as well as the losses they have already incurred. For this reason, it’s essential to retain an attorney to represent you, either in court or in settlement negotiations with the insurance company.

As a victim, it’s important to understand that the insurance company isn’t on your side. Their job is to minimize the amount they pay out, even on completely valid claims. As a result, they often engage in underhanded tactics to get victims to settle their cases for less than they are actually worth. Some of them include the following:

  • Taking their time making a settlement offer, knowing that victims’ medical expenses are piling up
  • Making unreasonably low initial offers
  • Asking for overbroad medical authorizations in order to dig up anything that could be used to call an injury a pre-existing condition
  • Pressuring victims to provide a recorded statement about their accident, hoping that they will say something that will indicate that they were partially at fault for their accident, justifying a reduction in their settlement offer

Fortunately, when you retain an attorney, your lawyer will communicate with the insurance company on your behalf and make sure that you receive the settlement offer you deserve. If the insurance company refuses to make an adequate settlement offer, your attorney can file a lawsuit on your behalf in order to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Call Bice Law Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a North & South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury in a preventable accident, it’s critical that you retain an experienced attorney as soon as you can. At Bice law, we’re committed to helping victims get the compensation they deserve and are not afraid to stand up to large insurance companies. To schedule a free case evaluation with a spinal cord injury lawyer serving North & Carolina, call our office today at 803-639-8777 or 704-243-8778. You can also send us an email through our online contact form.