Van Wey, Metzler & Williams

Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer in Dallas

Have you or a loved one suffered a severe injury to your spinal cord, or died as the result of a spinal cord injury? We are accepting certain cases involving patients who have suffered serious injuries or death due to spinal cord injuries. To discuss the specifics of your potential spinal cord injury lawsuit, please contact us for a free and confidential consultation.

Spinal Cord Injuries Can Be Devastating: Don’t Be Left Helpless.

If you are reading this, you or a loved one has likely suffered a spinal cord injury. As you know, there really isn’t any such thing as a minor spinal cord injury. They are usually devastating and life-altering. Sometimes, spinal cord injuries occur and no one is at fault but, when a spinal cord injury is caused by the negligence of another person, we are equipped to spring into action to help.

Spinal cord injuries can occur in a number of ways but, in the legal world, there are two primary types. Spinal injuries caused by medical malpractice or a defective medical device and traumatic spinal cord injuries, like those caused by an accident. By the very nature of its description, spinal cord injuries result from a fracture or injury to the spinal cord and/or the nerves in the spinal cord or spinal canal.

Traumatic spinal cord injuries can occur in just about any way that any other injury could occur. This includes passenger, commercial, and truck wrecks, on the job falls, torque injuries, and blunt force trauma, among others.

In medical malpractice cases, the injury is the result of medical treatment or surgery. It is important to distinguish that nerve damage is a known and accepted risk of certain procedures and resulting injury is not always negligence. However, if a mistake was made or the doctor failed to recognize a complication or failed to properly treat a complication, there may be negligence. This is especially true if the patient did not consent to the risk and if the patient ended up with permanent injuries.

Our lawyers have handled devastating spinal cord injuries arising from all kinds of different circumstances, and they all stand out because of the absolutely devastating nature of their injuries:

  • A gentleman who was up on a very tall ladder painting a commercial building when his paint sprayer wand made contact with an electrical wire. He was knocked off of the ladder and paralyzed from the neck down.
  • A gentleman working on a roof and the employer did not provide any harnesses or other fall protection. He fell off of the roof and sustained a devastating broken back with resulting neurologic damage.
  • A gentleman who went in to have a spinal cord stimulator implanted and it was done incorrectly causing damage to his spine which paralyzed him from about the chest down.
  • A doctor doing a routine back surgery sutured up one or more nerves, tethering them together, and then failed to recognize it. The patient, my client, ended up with permanent and severe spinal nerve injuries.
  • A spine surgeon injured the spinal cord in the process of doing a routine neck surgery for a herniated disc. The patient was unable to resume his previous work because it required labor and climbing on tall ladders.
  • A patient was severely injured during a cervical epidural steroid injection because she was overly sedated and the surgeon injected the needle full of steroids

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Do I Have a Case?

If you are still unsure as to whether you have a case, there are a couple of things that cases like these have in common:

  • The injuries are always severe;
  • The injuries are almost always permanent;
  • Patients almost always require ongoing medical treatment such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, pain medication, home health care;
  • Ongoing therapy usually requires durable medical equipment and devices and may also require home modifications such as installing a wheel chair ramp, widening the doors to bedrooms and bathrooms, lowering cabinets, and other accessibility designs;
  • The injuries offer affect the person’s ability to work at all or in the same way as before. This determination may require the evaluation of a vocational expert.

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What Kind of Compensation Can I Get?

You only get one shot at resolving your case! Whether you accept a settlement or go to trial, its very important that your case be examined by legal, medical, and vocational experts because, once the case is over, you can’t come back and ask for more money.  This is why we roll up our sleeves, deep dive in, meet with all of the treating doctors, get an understanding of what happened, and retain the experts we need to get a true picture of the lifetime economic impact of the injury before settlement or trial. Some common experts in these cases include:

  • Life care planners, which include doctors, nurses, and other medically trained experts, who are able to look at the victim’s condition before and after their injury to see what that person may need to care for them for the rest of their life. This can include things like motorized wheelchairs, modified vehicles, modified home accessibility, home health care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, ongoing treatment, medications, and the permanency of the condition over the life expectancy of the victim.
  • Vocational experts will analyze the effect of the injury on a person’s ability to work. They will administer testing and analyze history and other data to determine whether the victim is able to work, or if they must be retrained to do a different type of work.
  • Economists put dollar values on both the lifetime future medical expenses as well as the loss of wages and loss of wage-earning capacity.  The loss of wage-earning capacity means either you can’t work at all or maybe you could go back to school and retrain for something and we would figure in the cost of that.  But let’s say for example you were working and you were getting paid $30.00 an hour for something that you could no longer do and you could retrain to do something but it would only pay you $10.00 then you’ve suffered a $20.00 per hour loss of wage-earning capacity.

Don’t try to go it alone. At Van Wey, Metzler & Williams, we have handled many cases like yours and we know exactly what to do to fully and accurately evaluate what has happened to you or someone you love. Lawsuits to recover for a spinal cord injury are complex and may vary, not only in the amount of compensation, but also in who you may be seeking compensation from. Amounts received from a manufacturer or a doctor may be different from those possible from an individual or insurance company. However, the types of damages that are usually recoverable in these cases include:

  • Medical expenses after the injury;
  • Future medical expenses when additional care is required, including home health care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, ongoing treatment, medications, and medical equipment;
  • Loss of wages and loss of earning capacity;
  • Costs resulting from permanent injury, including long term or lifelong care;
  • Pain and suffering, including mental and emotional anguish in some cases;
  • Funeral and burial expenses (if any), including any additional grief, mental anguished, and loss of companionship of a deceased loved one.

How Do I Find a Lawyer?

Who can you trust? Who has the level of experience needed for a case as serious as yours? Van Wey, Metzler & Williams is dedicated to severe personal injury cases, including medical malpractice and those facing severe, permanent, and debilitating injuries. Whether your spinal cord injury was caused by a negligent doctor, employer, or someone else, Van Wey, Metzler & Williams will fight with you to receive the compensation you need to take care of you and your family. We have handled many cases involving spinal cord injuries and we will give you the same level of personal dedication we are known for.

If you or a family member suffered a serious spinal cord injury because of someone else’s negligence, we advise you to contact us right away. We’ll help you determine if what you experienced constitutes a medical malpractice or serious personal injury case and talk about what next steps we can take towards the justice you deserve.

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