Pay close attention to the symptoms you experience in your neck, back and extremities immediately after the incident, as well as several days after the incident.
If you experience any pain in your neck or back or any of the symptoms mentioned in this article, seek immediate medical attention from a physician experience in handling neck and back injuries.
Call Easton & Easton, LLP as soon as possible so we can advise you what to do next.
Cervical Fusion Caused By Rear-End Auto Accident
In 2015, Easton & Easton acquired $1,250,000 for a client who had been t-boned and suffered a 2 centimeter (20mm) disc herniation at C5-6, requiring a Cervical Fusion. After the first 3 months of positive recovery post-Fusion, our client began smoking again (as she had strictly been told not to do by her physician) and soon thereafter began to experience pain and radicular complaints. She was diagnosed with Pseudoarthrosis and loosening of the prior Fusion hardware and was advised to undergo a revision of the Cervical Fusion.
At the time of attending a mediation shortly before trial, our client had incurred $48,965.03 in medical bills related to the accident, but still had not undergone the repeat Fusion Surgery. Not surprisingly, the Defendants argued that our client was responsible for the need for the revision surgery because she had resumed smoking, which potentially caused the Fusion to fail. Nonetheless, we were able to convince them that a jury would disagree and we negotiated a mediated settlement of $1,250,000 for our client.
This is just one example of the types of cases our firm regularly handles in Orange County. We have the experience needed to not only assist you in firmly establishing liability for your damages but also in maximizing your recovery. With our assistance, you will be more likely to win your case and enhance your final case award as much as state law allows.
You have a relatively short time in which to pursue recovery from your losses, and the sooner you connect with an attorney you can trust, the more likely you will be to succeed with your recovery efforts. The attorneys at Easton & Easton can provide comprehensive and compassionate legal counsel for all stages of legal recourse you must pursue to recover full compensation for your losses. We can answer your most pressing legal questions so you can approach your case with peace of mind.
Q: Are All Spinal Cord Injuries Permanent?
A: Yes. Any injury to the spinal cord is permanent as this structure of the body cannot repair itself. The scope and severity of a spinal cord injury generally depend on the location of the injury on the victim’s spine. An injury higher on the spine will negatively affect the body more than an injury lower on the spine. Loss of sensation, reduced mobility, and paralysis are common long-term effects of spinal cord injuries.
Q: How Do I Prove Fault for a Personal Injury?
A: Success with your personal injury claim will require evidence showing exactly how your injury occurred and identifying the party or parties responsible for causing it. Your Orange County spinal cord injury lawyer can help gather crucial evidence and witness testimony to support your claim. They can also assist you in proving the full extent of the damages you can claim from the party who caused the injury.
Q: How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Case in Orange County, CA?
A: If you plan to file any type of personal injury claim in Orange County, California, you must file your case with the court within two years of the injury. This statute of limitations applies to almost all personal injury cases with few exceptions. If you are not able to immediately determine the exact cause of an injury, then this changes to some degree. Your statute of limitations begins when you discovered that someone else is responsible for causing you harm.
Q: Will I Win More Compensation if I Hire an Attorney for My Case?
A: Hiring an experienced Orange County spinal cord injury lawyer is one of the most effective ways to enhance your final case award to the fullest possible extent. Your attorney can not only streamline your proceedings and reduce the time it takes for you to receive compensation, but they may also uncover avenues of recovery you did not realize were available to you. They will also know how to maximize the pain and suffering compensation you secure with your claim.
Q: What Happens If I Partially Caused My Personal Injury?
A: It is possible for an investigation into a personal injury claim to reveal that the plaintiff shares fault with the defendant for causing the damages cited in the claim. If this applies to your case, your compensation could be affected to reflect your shared liability. Under the state’s pure comparative fault rule, there is no fault threshold that bars a plaintiff from recovering compensation for their damages.
Ultimately, a spinal cord injury is one of the worst injuries anyone can suffer, and virtually every spinal cord injury entails some level of long-term or permanent damage. If you are unsure how to recover your losses after another party has caused a spinal cord injury, we can help. Contact Easton & Easton today to arrange your free consultation with an Orange County spinal cord injury lawyer to learn more about the legal services we provide.