The most common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Car accidents and motorcycle accidents (40 percent)
- Falls (25 percent)
- Violence (15 percent)
- Sports-related activities (8 percent)
The impact of a spinal injury on the lives of injury victims and families can be devastating. Lifetime costs associated with spinal injuries can be potentially enormous. For over 20 years, Boca Raton spinal cord injury attorney Gregg Hollander and The Hollander Law Firm have helped victims of spinal cord injuries and their families in Fort Lauderdale pursue compensation for economic loss stemming from their injuries.
Mr. Hollander brings over 20 years of experience to his legal practice, handling cases throughout South Florida and across the country. Our firm works collaboratively with a team of medical and legal experts to aggressively pursue compensation on our clients’ behalf. In addition to our office in Boca Raton, we maintain offices in Fort Lauderdale, Naples, West Palm Beach, and Fort Myers.
Pursue a Negligence Claim Following Your Spinal Cord Injuries
A broad range of permanent and serious health problems result from spinal cord injuries because the spinal cord is responsible for a range of bodily functions. Some victims lose full or partial motor control, as well as sensation. Some victims are paralyzed in the lower part of their bodies, or all four limbs. If you or a loved has suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another individual, there may be a legal basis to bring a personal injury lawsuit with the assistance of a spinal cord injury lawyer in Boca Raton.
To bring a negligence claim against the defendant responsible for your injuries, you must show there was a duty owed, a breach of this duty, causation, and damages. Medical malpractice is a type of negligence. If the victim of a spinal injury pursues a medical malpractice claim, for example, as the plaintiff they would show that the physician failed to provide an accepted standard of care. In a medical malpractice lawsuit, the standard of care is that of a healthcare professional with similar training and experience. A breach of the standard of care might include failing to properly diagnose or treat the patient’s medical condition
To show causation, there must be a direct harm from the defendant’s act or failure to act. In the medical malpractice example, the patient must have suffered harm from the provider’s negligence. In many medical malpractice lawsuits, the plaintiff presents expert testimony to support their claims, and to show the treatment fell below the standard of care.
Monetary awards for spinal cord injuries serve to compensation the victim for their losses from the accident. Damages in a spinal cord injury case include more than typical medical expenses. Because a spinal cord injury often has permanent and life-changing effects, damages include the cost of ongoing health care, medications and assistive devices.
Following a spinal cord injury, it may not be possible to earn a living or pursue a certain career path. As a result, damages often include not only medical bills and lost income but also the costs of future treatment, lost earning capacity, and loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life. Victims also may be able to seek compensation for damages such as mental anguish and the pain and suffering that they endured.
Consult a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney in Boca Raton
As a veteran trial lawyer with over two decades of experience, Boca Raton spinal cord injury lawyer Gregg Hollander represents people throughout South Florida, including in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Pompano Beach, Hollywood, Miramar, Coral Springs, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Coconut Creek, Wellington, and Deerfield Beach.
We have helped individuals throughout Palm Beach and Broward Counties, as well as South Florida. Our office provides individualized attention and provides a free, no-obligation consultation to people who need a car accident lawyer or representation in another personal injury claim. We can be reached online or by calling (561) 347-7770 and conveniently have offices located in Naples, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, and West Palm Beach, as well as our main office in Boca Raton.