The spine is the information highway that delivers messages from the brain to the rest of the body. Disrupt that highway, and you’re dealing with more than an inconvenient traffic jam. Spinal cord injuries can make it difficult, if not impossible, for the injured party to meet their daily needs.
Should you or a loved one suffer a spinal cord injury, you deserve the opportunity to work with a Weston personal injury attorney who can investigate the causal accident for signs of negligence. If it appears your injury stemmed from someone else’s misconduct, Winston Law’s spinal cord injury attorneys in Weston can spearhead a personal injury case on your behalf.
When to Take Legal Action After a Spinal Cord Injury
You have no more than two years to bring your spinal cord injury losses and accusations of negligence before Florida’s civil courts.
This statute recently underwent a change, wherein state legislatures shortened the amount of time in which you can file from four years to two years. You can refer to Florida Statutes section 95.11(3)(a) and the National Law Review for more information.
Unfortunately, that two-year filing period can feel particularly cohort when you’re contending with the new limitations thrust upon you by a spinal cord injury. Fortunately, you don’t have to teach yourself the law or even represent your own best interests when initiating an investigation into a spinal cord injury. You can request that Winston Law’s spinal cord injury lawyers do so for you.
Determining Who Can File a Spinal Cord Injury Claim
Who has the right to file a spinal cord injury claim? Anyone who has recently suffered a negligence-based accident resulting in a long- or short-term injury to their spinal cord. That said, injured parties can also delegate responsibility for their legal action to a personal representative.
The injured party must elect their personal representative or see said representative elected by the state. Family members cannot substitute for a personal representative without being explicitly named as the injured party’s executor.
Injured parties who want to elect a personal representative can investigate this process alongside a Weston spinal cord injury attorney.
The Benefits of Filing a Spinal Cord Injury Claim
When you initiate a spinal cord injury claim, you can:
Let an Experienced Attorney Take the Lead
Attorneys throughout Florida go to law school to learn how to most effectively get you the compensation you deserve for a wrongful loss. Thanks to that diligent education, you don’t have to teach yourself Florida’s law in the wake of a traumatic loss. Instead, you can put an experienced attorney in charge of your case and focus on recovering.
In other words, calling on an attorney allows you to respond to the information that said attorney brings forward regarding your case. You do not have to return to the scene of the accident nor communicate with a liable party. You can also trust that a spinal cord injury attorney in Weston, FL, will make every effort to determine what compensation you deserve for your losses.
Secure Damages for Your Losses
Regarding compensation, filing a spinal cord injury claim gives you the right to post-accident financial support. So long as you have the evidence to prove your right to certain losses, you can argue that a liable party owes you coverage for the following:
- Emergency medical care
- Long-term spinal injury treatment
- Physical and mental therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Property damage
- Lost wages of opportunity for employment
Take Control of Your Recovery
There’s no one way to secure compensation for a spinal cord injury. If you make a point to work with a spinal cord injury lawyer, you can have more say over how your post-accident legal action progresses. You can specifically decide whether you want to enter settlement negotiations with a liable party or if you want to hand responsibility for your case over to a judge and jury.
You can enter into spinal cord injury settlement negotiations if the liable party seems to understand why they may be liable for your losses. Belligerent liable parties tend to use negotiations to stall your right to more comprehensive legal action. Cooperative parties, comparatively, can get you the funds you need to recover within months of your accident.
Spinal cord injury trials tend to resolve several months or even years after an initial accident. These cases specifically give a judge and jury the right to consider both parties’ arguments regarding fault and your subsequent right to compensation. Trials, in other words, are ideal for injured parties who don’t want to directly contend with a belligerent defendant.
How to Prove Liability in a Spinal Cord Injury Case
If you want to prove liability in a spinal cord injury case, you can work with Weston personal injury lawyers to bring forward hard data elaborating on the negligence that led to your accident. The data relevant to your case can include the following:
- Videos of your accident
- Statements from bystanders
- Social media posts describing your accident
- Photos of your accident
- Expert witness assessments of your losses
- Cell phone data
- Black box data, if applicable
You do not have to gather this data, particularly if you’re under the care of an emergency responder or otherwise unable to return to the scene of your accident. Our attorneys can bring this data forward on your behalf. We can then analyze our findings and present those findings in the format demanded by Florida’s civil courts.
Talk to Winston Law About Your Spinal Cord Injury Today
How do you pick up the pieces of your life after a spinal cord injury? You can’t ignore the bills knocking on your door any more than you can pretend that your accident didn’t happen. Fortunately, no one expects you to try and facilitate your recovery without help.
Winston Law employs experienced spinal cord injury lawyers who want to help you and your family secure damages after a debilitating spinal injury. You can contact our firm through the Winston Law website or by calling our office to learn more about how we can advocate for your right to a stress-free recovery.
Let our Weston, FL, spinal cord injury lawyers investigate your accident for signs of negligence today.