Tucson Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
The damage from a spinal cord injury is not just physical. Treatment for these injuries can be very expensive and can last a long time. The emotional effect of lost mobility on victims and their families can also be overwhelming.
The attorneys at Phillips Law Group understand how devastating these injuries can be. We have helped many victims of spinal cord injuries pursue and recover compensation for their damages. This includes a recovery of $4 million for a car accident victim who became paralyzed and $2.163 million for a crash victim who suffered a broken neck.
Our firm has obtained more than $750 million in compensation for Arizona injury victims over more than 27 years of practice. Jeffrey Phillips, our founder, is an award-winning attorney who has served as lead counsel in more than 40 jury trials and obtained verdicts in several counties in the state.
The consultation with our attorneys is free of charge and comes with no obligation on you to take legal action. If you have a case and hire us to represent you, there will be no upfront fees for our services.
We are here to answer your questions. Set up your free consultation by calling 1-800-706-3000.
How Do I Know if I Have a Case?
There are many factors to consider when determining if you may have a case against another party, such as:
- The four elements of negligence and whether there is evidence of each
- The severity of your injuries
- The at-fault party’s actions before your injury
- How long your injuries are likely to affect you
- The type of accident (car accident, truck accident, defective product accident, medical malpractice, etc.)
The details of each case are different, so it is important to talk to a licensed attorney about what happened.
Our attorneys are ready to discuss your accident in a free consultation. This is a chance for you to ask your questions and learn more about legal options that might be available. Our legal team has many years of combined experience building detailed cases for injury victims and a proven track record of recovering compensation.
Damages From a Spinal Cord Injury
The physical, financial and emotional effects of a spinal cord injury cannot be overstated. You may be eligible to pursue compensation for a number of damages. These could include:
This includes the initial treatment after the accident along with ongoing treatment to manage your condition and trying to regain lost mobility. For example, victims may need surgery, such as a spinal fusion, prescription drugs to manage pain, physical therapy, medical equipment (wheelchair, crutches, etc.), and a variety of medical tests.
Spinal cord injury victims may have limited mobility and/or be confined to a wheelchair. They may need to make changes to their homes to accommodate their wheelchairs and allow them to use the kitchen and bathroom. For example, countertops may need to be lowered and grab bars may need to be installed.
Your injury may make it physically impossible to work, either because of a loss of mobility or physical function or excessive pain. Even if you have vacation or sick time to use, you may quickly exhaust it. This can result in a significant loss of income that can create a financial crisis.
Loss of Earning Capacity
Unfortunately, severe spinal cord injuries, particularly those that cause extensive paralysis, can make it impossible for victims to continue working in the same job as before. They may need to obtain job training to work in a new industry.
Pain and Suffering
The physical pain from a spinal cord injury can be intense and long-lasting. These injuries can also be emotionally devastating to the victim, causing depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping, stress and other psychological issues that affect quality of life.
If you have a case, our attorneys may be able to pursue compensation for these and other damages you may have suffered. We are committed to pursuing maximum compensation for our clients to help in the process of their recovery.
Call Phillips Law Group at 1-800-706-3000.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
Generally, you have two years from the date of your accident to file a claim, according to Arizona’s statute of limitations. If a claim is not filed within two years, you may lose the right to file a claim or it may be dismissed in court.
There are several exceptions to this deadline in certain cases. If the victim is a minor, he or she has two years from his or her 18th birthday to file a claim. Claims against government entities must be filed within just 180 days of the accident.
This is a complex issue you can discuss with one of our Tucson spinal cord injury lawyers in a free consultation. We have extensive legal knowledge of Arizona laws affecting spinal cord injury claims.
How a Licensed Attorney May Be Able to Assist Me
Insurance companies quickly get involved in injury claims and like to contact victims shortly after the accident. This is not done out of concern or a desire to make sure you are quickly and fairly compensated for your damages. Insurance companies are looking for any way to avoid paying fair compensation to injury victims.
That is why you should be very cautious if you are contacted by an insurance company. If you do decide to talk to them, stick to the facts about the accident.
You are not required to provide a recorded statement. The insurance company is hoping you agree to this because you may say something that limits the value of your claim or something that hurts your credibility.
You can refuse to answer the insurance company’s questions until consulting an attorney. Phillips Law Group’s Tucson spinal cord injury lawyers manage the entire legal process for their clients, including inquiries from insurers. This includes:
- Gathering medical documentation
- Reviewing the cost of treatment
- Reviewing insurance policies
- Obtaining and reviewing police reports
- Conducting an investigation of the accident
Accident victims often do not have the time or resources to fully investigate an accident and begin building a case against the negligent party. If you have a case, we are prepared to handle this on your behalf so you can focus on your treatment and recovery.
We are very familiar with how insurance companies attempt to devalue claims. We know how to protect cases from these tactics. We are also prepared to take cases to trial, if necessary, to obtain maximum compensation.
Call for a free, no-obligation legal consultation. 1-800-706-3000.
What Are the Different Types of Spinal Cord Injuries?
Many spinal cord injuries are due to on incident where a victim suffered some sort of blunt trauma to the spinal cord. Examples of these incidents could include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Diving accidents
- Slip and falls
- Sports injury (such as an injury in a contact sport like football)
- Falls from heights, such as falls from scaffolding
When these situations occur, victims can suffer everything from fractures and disc injuries to sprains and strains. Fractures can be divided into two categories:
- Complete spinal cord injuries – Victims lose feeling and sensation below the site of the injury. People with paraplegia lose feeling in their legs, trunk and pelvic organs. Those with tetraplegia have paralysis in all four limbs, along with the trunk and pelvic organs.
- Incomplete spinal cord injuries – These can range in severity. Some people have incomplete tetraplegia where they still have some level of feeling below the site of the injury.
The injuries above are known as acute injuries. The other type of spinal cord injury is an overuse injury. These are common in jobs where workers do repetitive activities that put a strain on their back and spinal cord.
For example, workers who often lift heavy things could suffer an overuse injury to the spine. Workers who must bend over or crouch down on a regular basis could also suffer spinal cord damage. These individuals may suffer back spasms, tightness or stiffness, and limited mobility.
They could also experience bulging or herniated discs. These occur when a joint in the vertebrae applies pressure to the spinal nerves. People may feel burning and shooting pain.
Contact a Tucson Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident that may have been caused by negligence, you can discuss the situation in a free consultation with a Tucson spinal cord injury lawyer from Phillips Law Group. You may have the basis for a claim for compensation for your damages.
Our experienced attorneys understand how spinal cord injuries can affect victims and their families for years to come. We have a proven track record of obtaining fair compensation for victims of accidents caused by negligence – more than $750 million recovered on behalf of over 155,000 consumer clients.
Founder Jeffrey Phillips is a member of the National Trial Lawyers Association – Top 100 and has obtained verdicts in Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Mojave, Navajo and Yavapai counties.
We offer a free initial consultation so victims can discuss what happened and the damages they are experiencing. We also do not charge upfront fees if we take a case.
Our office in Tucson is a 20-minute drive from Arizona Chiropractic & Spine Rehabilitation.
Call Phillips Law Group at 1-800-706-3000.