Suffered a Spinal Cord or Brain Injury?
Contact Our Experienced and Effective Dallas Injury Attorneys
One of the largest challenges faced when determining the appropriate level of compensation for an injured person is future expenses. When someone has a brain or spine injury, their entire life changes:
- Injury victims may not be able to continue their current jobs due to mental or physical limitations.
- Injury victims may require extensive modifications to their home, cars and work places
- Injury victims may need extensive and on-going rehabilitation or other medical treatments
- Injury victims very likely will have limited opportunities for recreation and general quality of life.
For these, and several other reasons, it is critical that analysis on future financial needs of an injury victim is done by an experienced professional. Insurance companies who are responsible have legal teams in place aggressively protecting the financial interests of their company. It is critical that you do not sign or agree to anything without first speaking to an injury lawyer who is focused solely on your best interests.
At the Law Office of Carmen S. Mitchell, LLP, we have extensive experience working with the victims of injuries caused by accidents. We understand that most people are hesitant to pursue a personal injury claim and only want to get their lives back on track. The reality is that you typically only get one chance to pursue compensation for your injuries, so it is critical that it is done correctly. Missed work time, past and present medical expenses and loss of ability to earn in the future can make an enormous impact on your financial and emotional well being. Our goal is to make sure you have the resources you are entitled to now and for years to come.
Frequency of Spinal Cord Injuries
According to the government’s Centers for Disease Control, each year there are approximately 11,000 spinal cord injuries.
- Around 80% of victims are male (often, the sole provider for the family)
- Over half are between the ages of 15 and 29
- There are around one quarter of a million people living with spinal cord injuries
Additionally, the CDC reports there are 1.7 million cases of traumatic brain injuries, annually.
- 52,000 cases result in the loss of the life of the victim
- 275,000 are hospitalized
- Majority of the victims are male
- Traumatic brain injury is a contributing factor in about 1/3 of all injury-related accidents
Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries
35.2% of traumatic brain injuries are the result of falls, according to the CDC website. Another 17.3% are the effect of motor vehicle accidents, with 16.5% struck by a moving object or colliding with a stationary object.
At the Law Office of Carmen S. Mitchell, LLP, our law firm’s focus is on those cases involving falls and/or other serious injuries in the workplace environment, and motor vehicle accidents involving commercial vehicles, such as tractor/trailers. Workplace injuries can include those occurring on construction sites, or other industrial settings. A catastrophic injury attorney can help you to receive the compensation you deserve.
Costs of Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury
Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) result in the expenditure of tens of billions of dollars in medical costs, each year. First year costs can exceed $800,000, and subsequent costs may approach $200,000, annually. These estimates do not include the loss of future financial support and benefits, which affects the entire family, long after the initial impact. It is difficult to quantify the future medical costs, as life expectancy varies greatly, dependent upon several factors, including the age at the time of the injury and the severity of the injury. However, any spinal cord injury has the potential to cause a dramatic change in the quality of life of the victim and of the family. Time is essential. Contact our spinal cord injury attorney, immediately.
Symptoms and Diagnosis of Catastrophic Injuries
Typically, spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury are immediately suspected whenever there is a loss of function or mobility, below the level of the injury. However, a significant reason to seek the aid of qualified medical professionals, as well as a leading Dallas spinal cord injury attorney, such as those in The Law Office of Carmen S. Mitchell, LLP, is that symptoms of spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury are not always immediately obvious. The seriousness of the possibility of hidden injuries is evident in the extra caution Emergency Medical Services personnel take in immobilizing patients, though they may not exhibit any symptoms at the time of the accident. Nevertheless, do keep in mind some easily recognizable symptoms:
- Extreme pain
- Tingling and/or loss of feeling in the extremities (hands, feet, fingers, toes)
- Any loss of control of extremities or bodily functions
- Loss of balance or difficulty walking
To increase the possibility of recovery and rehabilitation, in cases of SCI and TBI, immediate medical attention and treatment is an absolute necessity. After medical attention has been secured, you should obtain legal representation, as prompt action is essential. Contact our catastrophic injury attorney immediately.
Why Choose the Law Office of Carmen S. Mitchell, LLP?
When searching for a Dallas brain injury attorney, know that Carmen S. Mitchell, and Nolan McConville understand the intricacies of the preceding information. Our combined experience will provide clarity and guidance, when you, as the victim of a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury, or the family of a victim, are overwhelmed with decisions. We represent the interests of people from varied occupations and have bilingual staff members to aid Spanish-speaking victims. The goal is the pursuit of justice for you: the victims of negligence and wrongful death.
We handle personal injury litigation cases on a contingency basis. What does this mean to you? Simply, if the firm agrees to represent you, there is no cost to you until we are successful. We are that confident in our catastrophic injury attorney team.
Measuring an Injury...
When you are going through the process of being compensated for an injury, the insurance company makes an attempt to measure the severity of the injury, and estimate what it will cost to treat the injury both now and in the future.
During this process, making sure that you have independent medical evaluations with doctors who are not affiliated in any way with the insurance companies. The Texas personal injury lawyers at The Law Office of Carmen S. Mitchell, LLP we can assist you with independent medical evaluations when needed, as well guiding you through the entire personal injury recovery process. Call 214-651-8218 for a free initial consultation.