Los Angeles Lawyers For Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are some of the most serious types of injuries anyone can sustain. Often, these injuries have catastrophic, lasting and even life-long consequences, including paralysis. Even relatively less serious spinal cord injuries will typically require extensive – and costly – medical treatment and time off work to heal. In severe cases, victims may never be able to return to work or enjoy other activities.
If you or your loved one suffered an on-the-job spinal cord injury, the Law Offices of Hinden & Breslavsky, APC, can help you recover the fair compensation you are owed. We have been representing injured workers throughout California since 1974; we understand the workers’ compensation system and we know how to help you navigate the process from start to finish.
What Are The Effects Of A Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury is an injury that damages the tight bundle of cells and nerves located on the spinal cord that both sends and receives signals from the brain to the body. A spinal cord injury can result in permanent or temporary damage and can be categorized as either an incomplete or a complete injury.
An incomplete injury means the spinal cord is still able to send and receive some signals from the brain to the rest of the body. A complete injury is where no messages are able to be sent or received. Depending on the type of injury you have suffered you may experience these symptoms:
- Loss of movement
- Numbness or tingling
- Unnatural positions of the spine or head
- Problems walking
- Difficulty breathing
Common Causes Of Work-Related Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can and do occur due to a variety of work-related accidents and situations. Typically, trauma is a key factor in spinal cord injuries, but repetitive injuries can also lead to spinal cord injuries. Some of the most common causes of work-related spinal cord injuries include:
- Commercial vehicle and truck accidents
- Construction site injuries and accidents
- Sports-related injuries
- Falls from heights
- Violence (assaults, etc.)
Regardless of how your injury occurred, if you suffered a spinal cord injury while at work in the state of California, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. You do not need to show that your employer was negligent. However, if you believe that a third party was negligent or reckless (such as another automobile driver or an individual who attacked you), you may be able to pursue additional compensation via a personal injury lawsuit. We will let you know if this is a possibility in your case.
Recovering Compensation For Spinal Cord Injury Victims
In California, workers’ compensation covers your medical expenses and your lost wages/income from time taken off work to heal and/or receive treatment. Depending on the nature of your injuries, as well as other factors, you may be entitled to temporary disability benefits (either temporary total disability benefits or temporary partial disability benefits) or permanent disability benefits.
Additionally, California workers’ compensation law allows eligible catastrophic injury victims to receive compensation for handicap-accessible vehicles and retrofits to the home, as well as attendant care costs. However, workers’ compensation does not cover noneconomic damages, otherwise known as “pain and suffering.” It may be possible to recover compensation for pain, suffering, trauma and other noneconomic damages by bringing a personal injury action.
Contact Hinden & Breslavsky Today
Our Los Angeles spinal cord injury attorneys offer personalized legal representation; our attorneys will look at the various unique factors involved in your case and help you determine the best course of action. We have been “The Injured Workers’ Attorneys” since 1974, and we are prepared to fight tirelessly for you and your family.