Spinal cord injuries can interfere with your ability to think, move, speak, and participate in normal activities. If you have suffered such catastrophic injuries, an Asheville spinal injury lawyer can potentially help you recover significant compensation.
The money you receive can’t change what has happened in the past. But it can make a big difference in the quality of your life and the lives of your family members. To speak with an Asheville spinal injury lawyer who cares, call 828-333-5996.
Why Choose Lakota R. Denton as Your Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer?
Our Experience Matters
Attorney Lakota R. Denton has dedicated his career to fighting for those who suffer injury at the hands of others. For over ten years, he has represented members of the Asheville community and clients throughout the state in settlement negotiations and trials, winning them millions of dollars.
Choosing Lakota R. Denton to represent you means choosing an attorney with the following:
- Over a decade of experience representing injury victims
- Millions of dollars of settlements and verdicts recovered for clients
- Industry recognition and respect.
As an active and respected member of the local, state, and national legal communities, attorney Lakota R. Denton has earned a reputation for excellence and results.
If you or a loved one has suffered spinal cord injuries, our firm may be able to help. Call our office at 828-333-5996 to discuss your case with an Asheville spinal injury attorney today.
What Causes Spinal Cord Injuries?
You Can Hold Negligent Parties Responsible for Your Injuries
The lion’s share of spinal cord injury cases are based on negligence. They typically allege that the negligence of one actor caused someone else to be injured. Intentional acts may also form the basis of a spinal cord injury lawsuit.
Some of the most common contexts for these intentional and negligent acts include:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: Car accidents cause numerous spinal cord injuries every year, particularly those involving drunk drivers, distracted drivers, speeding, and other types of negligence.
- Workplace Accidents: Workplace and construction site accidents can cause this type of catastrophic injury
- Sports: Contact sports and sports involving high speeds, such as bicycling
- Slip and Fall: Dangerous areas on a property leading to slip and fall accidents
- Violence: Shootings and other acts of violence.
In each situation, claimants must point to specific negligent or intentional actions that led to their injury. For more complex cases, proving liability can be more complex; in other cases, such as gunshot wounds, liability is more straightforward.
What Damages Can Spinal Cord Injury Victims Recover?
Victims of spinal cord injuries often experience significant difficulties and changes in their lives. They are often forced out of the workplace and their communities and into isolation. The resources needed to care for many spinal injury victims add up to a small fortune over the years.
Fortunately, economic and non-economic damages are available in spine injury cases. Economic damages are forms of compensation directly tied to your finances, such as compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Medical-related travel expenses.
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, cover the intangible losses injury victims feel, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
In some cases, punitive damages come into play. They are a form of penalty against the defendant for fraudulent, malicious, willful, or wanton conduct. For example, a person who violently attacks another and causes spinal cord injury could face punitive damages for their willful conduct.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
In general, the amount of compensation you can obtain depends on the severity of the injury and your long-term prognosis. A spinal cord injury usually begins with a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that breaks or dislocates vertebrae. The severity and location of the injury on the spinal cord can significantly affect the symptom scope and recovery potential. Spinal cord injuries can be categorized into two primary types.
- Complete Spinal Cord Injuries: This type results in a total loss of sensation and function below the point of injury. Examples of complete spinal cord injuries include paraplegia and tetraplegia (or quadriplegia), which affect the lower and all four limbs, respectively.
- Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries: In an incomplete spinal cord injury, there is partial damage to the spinal cord, allowing the injured individual to retain some function below the level of injury. The amount of function retained can vary widely, depending on the specifics of the injury.
Spinal cord injuries can be sustained in different regions of the spinal cord, including the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral regions. These specific injury locations can result in different symptoms and levels of impairment. Regardless of what type of spinal cord injury occurs, the associated costs are very high. For these reasons, accident victims should seize the opportunity to seek financial compensation for their medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and other long-term needs with the help of an attorney.
How to Pursue a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit
If your spinal cord injury caused by someone else’s negligent actions has caused you losses, you are legally entitled to hold them accountable. However, this can be an intimidating and challenging process for accident victims struggling with serious injuries.
When Asheville personal injury attorney Lakota R. Denton takes your case, you never have to worry about what comes next. Our team will manage every aspect of your claim, including:
- Claims paperwork and documents
- Settlement negotiations
- Discovery and depositions.
Don’t go through the claims process alone. Meet insurance companies on equal ground with an Asheville spinal injury lawyer representing you. Call Lakota R. Denton for a free consultation and case review today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Peruse the following questions and answers about spinal injuries and compensation claims. For answers beyond what you find here, please call our office at your convenience.
Should I accept the insurance company’s offer?
You should not accept an offer from an insurance company until you have spoken to an Asheville spinal injury lawyer. You need to make sure you are getting maximum compensation, and an insurance company will typically try to pay less than you deserve. However, an Asheville spinal injury attorney will know how much you are truly entitled to.
Do I need to hire an Asheville spinal injury lawyer?
To get maximum compensation, you need to have an experienced Asheville spinal injury attorney representing you. Insurance adjusters know that claimants with attorneys understand the value of their claims and will not accept subpar offers.
Can I Afford an Asheville Spinal Injury Attorney?
Yes. The attorney’s fees for your claim will come from the compensation that your attorney collects for you. If your attorney collects zero, then you owe zero. Additionally, payment comes at the end of the case.
How long do I have to file a spinal injury lawsuit?
In North Carolina, victims of spinal cord injuries have three years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. There are some exceptions to this deadline, such as in the case of minors. Contact our office for more information.
How long will my spinal injury claim take?
It depends on many factors. If your case is not too complex, it could be resolved within a few months. However, if there are complexities with your case, it will take longer. For the most complex spinal injury cases, trials are sometimes necessary.
Contact us at any time for more answers and information.
Speak with a Spinal Injury Attorney in Asheville Today
You Don’t Have to Go Through This Alone
Asheville spinal injury lawyer Lakota R. Denton is ready to explore your options for compensation with you. As an award-winning trial attorney, Mr. Denton has represented numerous clients in court and in negotiations with insurance companies, recovering millions of dollars in compensation.
Call 828-333-5996 to set up a free initial consultation and take the next step toward compensation for your losses.
Lakota R. Denton, P.A. – Asheville Office
36 Orchard St, Asheville, NC 28801