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Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys

Once you or a loved one has received a spinal cord injury, life might never be the same. As a result of this serious injury, a person might experience intense pain, spasms, paralysis, sexual dysfunction, respiratory problems, or situational depression. All of these conditions can significantly affect your ability to live your life as you did before.

Spinal cord injuries can be among the most devastating of injuries because your spinal cord is your body’s nerve superhighway. The cord is made up of a bundle of nerves that starts at the base of your skull and extends all the way down to your pelvis, with other nerve channels branching off to the major parts of your body.

The spinal cord communicates messages back and forth from your brain to your appendages, allowing you to move your muscles and to sense touch. If you receive a blow or impact that breaks the protective vertebrae casing around this bundle of nerves, the transfer of information can be stopped, resulting in all sorts of serious problems.

What can make a spinal cord injury even more devastating is knowing that it was due to the negligence or ill will of someone else. If you or a loved one has experienced a spinal cord injury in Arizona at the hands of someone negligent or malicious, The Bourassa Law Group wants to hear your story.

You deserve significant compensation for what you’ve gone through, and the spinal cord injury attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group want to be the ones to bring you justice. Call our firm today at (480) 867-7177 to start the process of healing and putting your life back in order.

Why Do I Need a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer?

Because there are so many effects of spinal cord injuries, some of which might be difficult to prove, you need a legal professional to help build an ironclad case and to fight for the compensation you are entitled to.

Your life has been turned upside down because of your injury. Going up against a team of opposing lawyers by all by yourself is the last thing you need to try to do in your condition. Leave the battle in the capable hands of the experienced spinal cord injury attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group while you focus on healing.

Why Choose The Bourassa Law Group to Represent Me?

To reduce your stress during the legal process as much as possible, The Bourassa Law Group offers a relaxed office environment and an unwavering commitment to help you by recovering the full damages owed to you as a result of your spinal cord injury.

Our prestigious team has won millions of dollars for our personal injury clients. Become part of the The Bourassa Law Group family—we take your settlement personally. Experience our commitment to compassion and excellence for yourself by scheduling an initial consultation today at (480) 867-7177.

Types of Spinal Cord Injury Cases We Handle

We cover traumatic spinal cord injury cases due to the following causes, among others:

  • Unintentional slips and falls
  • Accidents at the workplace
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Defective products
  • Medical malpractice
  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • Violence/assault/abuse
  • Sports-related accidents
  • Military combat

Generally, the higher in the spinal cord the injury occurred, the more severe the repercussions. To classify different types of spinal cord injury, your vertebrae are divided into four categories, starting with the closest to your skull: cervical vertebrae (designated “C1” – “C7”), thoracic vertebrae (“T1” – “T12”), lumbar vertebrae (“L1” – “L5”), and the sacrum (“S1” – “S5”).

Below are the common types of symptoms associated with injuries in each location:

  • Higher cervical injuries (in vertebrae C1 – C4)
    • Most severe injuries/cause the most damage
    • Can cause quadriplegia (arm, hand, leg and trunk paralysis)
    • Might require breathing assistance
    • Might not be able to speak or breathe without help
    • Might not have bowel/bladder control
  • Lower cervical injuries (in vertebrae C5 – C8)
    • The nerves near C5 – C8 control arms and hands
    • Trunk, hands, wrists, and legs might be in some or total paralysis
    • Tingling or pain
    • Should be able to speak and breathe without help, but it might be difficult
    • Might not have bowel/bladder control
  • Thoracic injuries (in vertebrae T1 – T5)
    • The nerves near T1 – T5 control the upper chest, mid-back and abdominal region
    • Arms and hands are usually unaffected, but victim might have paraplegia in trunk and legs
  • Thoracic injuries (in vertebrae T6 – T12)
    • The nerves near T6 – T12 control the lower body
    • Upper body will probably be normal
    • Usually paraplegia in the lower body
    • Little to no control of bowels/bladder
  • Lumbar injuries (in vertebrae L1-L5)
    • Loss of hip and leg function
    • Little to no control of bowels/bladder
  • Sacral injuries (S1-S5)
    • Loss of hip and leg function
    • Little to no control of bowels/bladder
    • Most patients are still able to walk

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I or someone I know has received a spinal cord injury?

You will need medical attention as soon as possible. Directly after receiving the injury, do not move any part of your body until you can get professional help, as this can worsen your condition. Once you are in a medical care facility, make sure you report all pain and symptoms to the doctor so they can be officially recorded on a medical report.

The many manifestations of spinal cord injury can be difficult to prove in court without the proper medical records. Also, if you wait too long before seeking medical attention, it’s possible that the insurance company won’t accept your claim.

If possible, also collect any other evidence of your injuries, such as photographs, license plate numbers, and the contact info of any witnesses.

Then, as soon as you can, get in contact with a knowledgeable spinal cord injury attorney. Do not speak with any insurance company representatives until you are accompanied by your attorney. It’s essential to do this quickly since you have a limited time to file a claim, and the evidence needed to prove your claim will be harder to find the longer you wait.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit after receiving a spinal cord injury?

In Arizona, the Statute of Limitations gives you one year after the date of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit.

How much compensation will I be able to recover?

Arizona accepts lawsuits that charge for three kinds of damages:

Economic damages are the financial impact on you from your injury. Economic damages include:

  • Medical bills (doctor’s appointments, surgeries, medication, and other treatment)
  • Lost income and lost future income
  • Court and attorney fees

Non-economic damages are for non-monetary impacts on your quality of life. Non-economic damages include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress, such as depression caused by your injury
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of reputation
  • Wrongful death and loss of companionship

Punitive damages are not likely to be charged in a personal injury claim unless you can prove that the injury was the result of either gross negligence or an “evil mind,” meaning that the injury was intentional.

If either of these reasons can be proven, you might be able to include additional fees in your settlement as punishment for outrageous misconduct or to make a public example. In Arizona, punitive damages cannot exceed a 1:4 ratio compared to the rest of the damages.

In Arizona, damages are calculated according to the pure comparative fault rule. This rule states that the defendant only pays you damages to the degree that they were at fault, and that they can owe you damages even if you were mostly at fault.

For example, if your spinal cord injury resulted in compensation of $440,000 and the injury was 25% your fault, the defendant would owe you 75% of the compensation amount, which would be $330,000. Other comparative fault rules in other states do not allow you to file a claim if the accident was 50% or more your fault.

Written out, this is what the formula looks like:

(percentage of defendant’s fault) x [(economic + non-economic damages) x (1-5 depending on the severity) + lost income] + punitive damages = total damages

Since spinal cord injuries have such a dramatic effect on a person’s life, the factor multiplied by the economic and non-economic damages might easily be between 3.5 and 5.

How much does it cost to hire an attorney from The Bourassa Law Group?

The Bourassa Law Group operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you do not pay us anything until we win your case. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

You can’t afford not to hire a seasoned spinal cord injury lawyer.  An experienced attorney knows how to efficiently navigate the legal process without wasting time and money and usually has the negotiating and evidence-collecting skills to substantially increase the amount of money you can recover. In cases as serious and as potentially complicated as a spinal cord injury, it becomes even more important to have an attorney on your side.

Contact a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney in Arizona

If you or someone you love has received a spinal cord injury that was caused by someone else’s actions or negligence, don’t wait any longer to make the situation better. You have been seriously wronged and you could be eligible to receive significant compensation for the damages done to you.

Let The Bourassa Law Group take you under our wing and help you during this trying time. We will work hard to get the compensation you deserve. We consider you a part of our family and will do everything in our power to get you justice.

To get started, call us at (480) 867-7177 today for your free initial consultation.

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