Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Injuries to the spinal cord are incredibly devastating and can be life-altering. Along with physical and emotional trauma, injuries of this type can have a severe financial impact. If you were in an accident that resulted in a spinal cord injury, you might be facing prolonged economic challenges such as rehabilitation, therapy, and medical bills. Changes like these can be stressful for the injured party and their family. Adaptation to lifestyle changes from your injuries can be challenging and costly. If your injury was caused through no fault of your own, contact the spinal cord injury attorneys of Chandler McNulty LLP as soon as you are able.
Working with a lawyer can help alleviate much of the stress that those who’ve been injured often face after an accident. Your lawyer will advise you of all of your legal options, collect evidence and build a solid injury claim, handle communications with insurers, and will do everything in their power to get you fair compensation for the harm you’ve suffered. People who hire a lawyer are (on average) awarded three and a half times more compensation than those who try to handle an injury claim on their own.
While you and your loved ones are focusing on your physical and emotional recovery, let our team at Chandler McNulty LLP fight for your rights. Our firm is dedicated to serving the community and can help you through your toughest days. To begin working with a spinal cord injury lawyer, call us today at (713) 997-8310 or fill out one of our online forms.
Why do I Need a Lawyer?
After an accident that has left you with a spinal cord injury, recovery can become a full-time job. Your energy needs to be focused on getting well, physically, and emotionally. A lawyer can take on the nitty-gritty logistical side of your recovery to work toward gaining compensation on your behalf. A seasoned firm will have seen it all and be able to guide you to the proper resources you need to recover. An experienced lawyer can refer you to experts, including doctors, specialists, counselors, and any other advocate you may need. Working with the right firm can allow you to recover in peace because you’ll know that an experienced legal team is handling your case.
An attorney is a great resource to help guide you through your recovery, and they can work to gain the most favorable outcome possible from your case. The legal system is complicated and requires experience to navigate successfully. A skilled attorney will be able to guide you through these difficulties and pursue the compensation that you deserve.
Why Should I Choose Chandler McNulty LLP?
At Chandler McNulty LLP, our mission is to advocate for innocent people who have been injured through no fault of their own, especially those in our community. We firmly believe in seeking justice and ensuring that those who act negligently are held responsible. Our firm has a strong track record of success, and we can help you recover the damages you and your loved ones deserve.
Our founding partners Troy Chandler and Devin McNulty, have both consistently been selected as Texas Super Lawyers, and they received this recognition for their outstanding service and ability to get results. Chandler McNulty LLP has the best team in place to help you through your injury and recover compensation.
Along with our client advocacy, we believe strongly in supporting our community. Our firm has taken a special interest in local students who wish to fight for justice in the future. We offer a scholarship for college-bound high school seniors and students who have been accepted to an ABA-accredited law school. These scholarships not only open the door for local students to pursue legal education—they are an investment in the future of our community. Our firm believes in bolstering our community through both our legal representation and our local outreach programs. We have the ethical and experienced legal advocates you need to guide you on your journey to justice.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you are likely facing significant physical and mental challenges. These injuries also have high medical costs associated with them that can be incredibly difficult to overcome without compensation. While a variety of accidents can cause damage to the spinal cord, common causes according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slips or falls
- Violence, including gunshot wounds
- Recreational activities and sports
No matter the cause, if your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence, pursuing compensation for your injuries and losses is your legal right. If you believe your injury was the result of negligence, contact our firm as soon as you are able. We can help guide you to the recovery resources you need while we pursue the compensation you need to heal completely.
What Compensation Might I Recover from a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit?
The potential amount and types of compensation victims are entitled to can vary widely in personal injury cases. Recovering compensation after your spinal cord injury is crucial due to its drastic impact on your physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing. Compensation in spinal cord injury cases can be quite substantial and is designed to help cover the costs related to your injuries, such as lost wages, pain and suffering, and any home or vehicle modifications that may become necessary. Other types of compensation you could recover in your spinal cord injury case include:
- Medical costs (current or future expenses)
- Emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of consortium (impacts on spouses and loved ones)
- Wrongful death
Under Texas law, the ability to pursue punitive damages is also available in some cases. Punitive damages are awarded in cases of gross negligence or intentional harm. These damages are used to punish the negligent party and warn others in the community that engaging in similar actions is morally reprehensible, and that they will be punished if they do so. An attorney can help you determine if this is an option and provide you the guidance you need if pursuing punitive damages is a possibility for you.
Do I Have a Defective Product or Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Your lawsuit may fall under the category of a defective product or personal injury based upon the cause of your injury. Each type of suit will require different legal strategies and evidence to prove fault. The complex nature of proving that someone else’s negligence caused your injury is why obtaining legal representation is critical in recovering full and fair compensation. A seasoned lawyer will be able to determine the appropriate strategy your case requires to be successful.
If your injury was caused by a faulty product, such as a defective seatbelt or airbag, it might be appropriate to pursue a defective product lawsuit. Several parties may be held liable if a defective product caused your injury, and our experienced attorneys at Chandler McNulty LLP can gather the appropriate evidence to determine those parties. There are several types of defects which can lead to a spinal injury, including:
- Design Defects: Faulty designs that can lead to the product not meeting requirements and causing injuries
- Manufacturing Defects: Flaws that can occur during production
- Marketing Defects: Flawed marketing or advertising practices that can deceive consumers
If someone’s negligence caused you harm, a personal injury lawsuit is likely appropriate. To recover compensation, your attorney must be able to prove that the person who caused your injury was somehow negligent in their actions. To prove negligence, your attorney must establish the following four elements:
- Duty: For example, if your accident occurred on the road, the driver who caused your injury had a duty to uphold reasonable safety standards.
- Breach: A breach would mean the driver failed in upholding their duty to act reasonably.
- Causation: You would need proof that the breach caused your injury.
- Injury: You would also need proof that your injury resulted from the negligent parties’ actions and was not pre-existing.
Working with a knowledgeable attorney can ensure that the proper plan is formed is used to recover the damages you deserve. You have the right to seek compensation if a defective product or negligent party caused your spinal cord injury.
What if I am Partially Responsible for My Injury?
If you believe your actions contributed to your injury in some way, you still have hope for recovering compensation. Texas follows comparative fault laws, which account for situations where two parties may share blame for an injury.
The court will assign each party a level of fault as a percentage, and the amount of compensation you will receive is tied to that percentage. If the court awards you $100,000 but deems that you were 20% responsible, you would be able to recover $80,000, potentially. If you are found to be more than 50% liable for your injury, you cannot recover compensation under Texas law.
Contact a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer today
If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury, our team at Chandler McNulty LLP is here to help. We know that you have experienced a great deal of pain and frustration from your catastrophic injury. Working with our firm can allow you to focus on your recovery while we fight for your rights. Call us today at (713) 997-8310 or fill out one of our online forms for a consultation.