Waterloo Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
Standing Up for the Rights of Clients with Catastrophic Spinal Injuries
Have you or a loved one suffered a serious spinal cord injury? If you need help fighting for the fair and just compensation you deserve, the law firm of Ball, Kirk & Holm is here to help. Our team of dedicated and resourceful spinal cord injury attorneys in Waterloo has years of experience standing up for the rights of victims of paraplegia, anterior cord syndrome, Brown-Sequard syndrome, and other spinal cord injuries.
The spine adds form, structure, and strength to the body’s trunk. Any severe injury here can limit the range of motion or even cause the loss of sensation to certain extremities. If you or a loved one has suffered serious spinal injuries, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with a lawyer at our firm. Whether your spinal injury involves fractured vertebrae or damage to the actual spinal cord, you might suffer lifelong consequences. In order to avoid financial peril and ensure that you have the ability to afford medical treatment in the future, you need to hold the at-fault parties responsible for your injuries. Our team can carefully examine your accident to determine liability and immediately begin negotiating with the proper insurance carriers. Trust us to explore every legal avenue possible to recover your full and fair monetary compensation.
If you or a loved one suffered spinal injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence, Ball, Kirk & Holm can help. Call our spinal cord injury lawyers in Waterloo at (319) 220-0416 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.
Types of Spinal Injuries
Injuries to the spinal cord and spinal column are serious and can have devastating effects on an individual’s entire life. One of the most devastating spinal injuries is paralysis. Paralysis is an injury that not only causes severe pain and suffering but also hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. It can cause severe stress on the victim and their family, as well as a lifetime impact on the victim’s career and personal relationships.
Paralysis typically occurs after a spinal cord injury, where trauma damages the vertebrae or the spinal cord and makes it impossible for the brain to communicate with parts of the body.
There are two main types of paralysis:
- Paraplegia, where there is impairment of the motor and/or sensory functions of the lower extremities, and
- Quadriplegia, where there is impairment of the motor and/or sensory functions in all four extremities.
Generally, the higher in the spinal column the trauma occurs, the more dysfunction a person will experience. Paralysis is extremely devastating, both financially and emotionally, and those impacted need protection so that those burdens are not increased.
How Do Most Spinal Cord Injuries Occur?
The primary causes of spinal cord injuries in the United States include:
- Traffic accidents
- Falls from heights
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents
- Construction accidents
- Acts of violence (physical assault, gunshots, knife wounds, etc.)
- Sport and recreational injuries
If your spinal cord injury was caused by another’s negligence, you should have grounds for a personal injury claim regardless of how you were injured.
What Kind of Compensation Can You Get for a Spinal Cord Injury?
Spinal cord injuries can cause significant damage to the body and may even result in permanent disabilities. When seeking compensation after suffering such a serious injury, it is imperative that you calculate the losses you have already experienced, but those which may come up in the future as well. Since spine and spinal cord injuries typically require ongoing physical therapy or care, the expenses can significantly add up.
You may be eligible to receive compensation for:
- All medical expenses related to your spinal cord injury (including future expenses)
- Lost wages/loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other non-economic damages
- Property damage repair and replacement costs
- Other expenses deemed reasonable and necessary
If Your Loved One Is Paralyzed, Can You Hire a Lawyer on Their Behalf?
In most cases, if someone isn’t able to file their own claim due to a disability, someone else may file on their behalf. You can also file on behalf of a minor or someone with cognitive or developmental conditions. As long as you can prove you are closely related to the claimant, you should be able to file on their behalf.
How Our Firm Can Help
It is critical to receive full and fair compensation if you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury in a car crash or another type of accident. You might be entitled to recover damages for lost wages, future lost earning capacity, medical bills, future medical treatment, property damage, and pain and suffering. We can discuss your options for compensation during a consultation at our firm.
If you or a loved one has suffered a loss in range of motion, loss of sensation, paralysis, or bulging disks, contact our office today. At Ball, Kirk & Holm, our Waterloo spinal cord injury lawyers have significant experience helping accident victims throughout Iowa.