Spinal Cord Injuries – How Do You Proceed?
Spinal cord injuries can certainly be life-altering events, and the first thing you should know is that they do not always present symptoms immediately after sustaining an injury. If you suffer a head, neck, or back injury, even if you feel that it’s minor, get the opinion of a qualified health care professional immediately. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord or traumatic brain injury, you should know what steps to take to ensure that you’ll receive the best medical care and rehabilitation efforts.
All spinal cord injuries and injuries to the brain are potentially dangerous. They can cause excruciating pain, take away your freedom of movement, speech, or hearing, and can even result in death. If you suffer an injury to the spinal cord due to an accident, on the job or elsewhere, you’ll not only need excellent medical attention but also the counsel of a skilled personal injury attorney. More often than not, there will be an intimidating maze of legalities that must be dealt with before you can get on with your treatment and recovery.
Things to Keep in Mind
After you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a spinal cord injury, take the following steps to ensure that you won’t be left without help and without the means to ensure your best possible recovery.
- While it’s fresh on your mind, write down how the accident or injury happened. If you’re doing this for a friend or family member, get as much information as you can from medical responders, doctors, witnesses or anyone who may be able to provide valuable information.
- Consult with several doctors about the severity of the spinal cord injury and the long-term prognosis of the patient.
- Say nothing to insurance adjusters that may show up immediately after the accident. These adjusters are specifically trained to keep as much money as possible for the insurance company. Let a trained personal injury attorney deal with insurance adjusters.
- Select a personal injury attorney that has dealt with the complexities of spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries in the state of California
- There will be mountains of paper work – some legal and some dealing with medical issues. Don’t sign or submit any statements or legal papers until you consult a qualified personal injury attorney.
- Realize that spinal cord injuries can be life-changing and you must be sure that you’re receiving the best advice possible from your health care providers as well as your legal counsel.
A Difficult Path
An injury to the spinal cord or a brain injury can lead to paralysis and/or prolonged rehabilitation. Unfortunately, justice isn’t always a swift and sure thing – even when it’s clear that extensive medical care is needed to regain even a semblance of an injured person’s former life.
The road to rehabilitation can result in thousands of dollars spent on doctors, rehabilitation experts, hospitals and rehab facilities, as well as equipment to aid in your recovery. All of this is in addition to the days, weeks, and even months it may take to reclaim your life. Don’t take a chance that your needs won’t be met. Consult the health care and legal experts who can help you through each stage of this painful and emotional process.
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Laurence Mandell is Experienced in Spinal Cord Injuries
Laurence Mandell is the managing partner of The Mandell Law Firm, an aggressive personal injury and wrongful death law firm in Woodland Hills, California serving clients throughout the San Fernando Valley, the Greater Los Angeles area and Southern California. Experienced and reputable, our attorneys provide hands-on care and sincere commitment to victims of personal injury of all kinds, including auto accidents and third party negligence. If you’re considering filing a personal injury claim, contact Laurence Mandell for a free consultation at 818.886.6600.