New Castle Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
Filing a Spinal Cord Injury Claim in Pennsylvania
Few injuries are as devastating as those to the spine. There really is no such thing as a “minor” spinal cord injury; even less-serious spinal cord injuries can result in significant, chronic pain and lasting disability. More serious spinal cord injuries may lead to partial or total paralysis, coma, and death.
If you or someone you love suffered a spinal cord injury due to acar accident, slip and fall, or similar incident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, lost quality of life, and other damages. At Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George, we represent victims of negligence and misconduct, including those who have sustained serious spine injuries as a result of someone else’s wrongful actions or inactions. Our attorneys are aggressive when it comes to pursuing maximum compensation for our clients, an approach that has helped us recover hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. When it comes to helping our clients navigate the legal system, we genuinely strive to develop meaningful relationships with the people we serve.
Types of Spine Injuries & Their Effects
There are two main types of spinal cord injuries:
- Complete: A complete spinal cord injury refers to an injury that causes a complete loss of communication between the brain and the body below the point of injury. Examples include quadriplegia/tetraplegia, paraplegia, and other forms of partial or total permanent paralysis.
- Incomplete: An incomplete spinal cord injury occurs when some communication between the brain and the body below the point of injury is retained. Incomplete spinal cord injuries may result in temporary paralysis, chronic pain, reduced mobility, and other complications.
In addition to spinal cord injuries, which affect the actual spinal column, spine injuries include injuries to the vertebrae and discs housed within the spinal cord. Examples include slipped or herniated (also known as “ruptured”) discs, bulging discs, bruised tailbones, and vertebral fractures.
Nearly all spine injuries have significant effects. These injuries often lead to ongoing pain, which can be severe. Although paralysis is often associated with loss of sensation, victims may experience significant chronic pain, as well as a range of other issues. Loss of mobility, incontinence, sexual dysfunction, and other problems can all lead to devastating hardships and permanent loss of one’s enjoyment of life.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Any serious accident or traumatic event could result in permanent damage to the spine or spinal cord. However, some types of incidents more often result in spinal cord injuries than others.
Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Falls from heights
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Swimming and diving accidents
- Sports accidents, including youth sports accidents
- ATV, boating, and other recreation accidents
- Airplane and other aircraft accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Assault, battery, and other acts of violence
- Birth injuries
One of the most common factors in spinal cord injuries is negligence. A significant percentage of spinal cord injuries result from preventable accidents and events that only occur because someone else has acted recklessly, carelessly, or negligently.
When this is the case, victims are often entitled to financial compensation for economic and non-economic damages resulting from their injuries. It is important to consult an experienced attorney, like those at Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George, if you suspect that someone else may be responsible for your spine injury. The same is true if your loved one died due to a spinal cord injury; you could have a wrongful death lawsuit, and our attorneys can help.
Helping You Cope After a Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury may leave someone permanently disabled and unable to work. Our injured clients are often wondering how the bills will get paid and what they will do after sustaining a serious spine injury.
Our New Castle spinal cord injury lawyers strive to recover compensation for past, present, and future damages related to your injury. This includes:
- Medical expenses
- Future care costs
- Medical devices, such as wheelchairs
- Lost wages, income, and/or employment benefits
- Lost earning capacity
- Loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Compensation may also be available for additional out-of-pocket expenses related to the injury, such as the money that needs to be spent in order to retrofit a home to accommodate a wheelchair, supportive device, or the disability itself. Sometimes, punitive damages are also available. Rather than compensate the victim for specific tangible and intangible losses, punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant. They are typically available in cases involving egregious negligence, wanton or willful misconduct, or intentional infliction of injury.
At Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George, our New Castle spinal cord injury lawyers work with accident reconstructionists, medical professionals, economists, and other industry experts to evaluate the full extent of your damages and how your injury has impacted your life. We use this information to aggressively pursue the maximum compensation you are owed, including fair compensation for all of your past, current, and future losses.
Trust Your Recovery to Our Board-Certified Civil Trial Specialists
Two of our attorneys, Charles Garbett and Lawrence Kelly, are Board-Certified Civil Trial Specialists by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. To achieve this distinction, attorneys must be in good standing with the bar and demonstrate a high level of skill, experience, and knowledge of the law, as well as pass a rigorous examination. Currently, there are only about 2,000 attorneys in the U.S. who are Board-Certified Civil Trial Specialists by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Serious injuries require a serious legal team, one that has the resources, expertise, and ability to effectively advocate for you. At Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George, we have a proven track record of taking on tough cases, going up against powerful opponents—and winning. Insurance companies know that we will actually try our clients’ cases if necessary. What’s more, we truly care about our clients. We don’t just say it; we back it up with everything we do, from building meaningful personal relationships with the people we serve to our commitment to tirelessly pursuing the maximum compensation they are owed.
With several offices located throughout Western Pennsylvania, we proudly serve individuals and families throughout the region. We provide our legal services on a contingency fee basis, so you do not owe any upfront or out-of-pocket legal fees when you hire our firm. Instead, we only get paid if you do.
We've been designated Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for over 15 years, and we have Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethics as determined by peers in the legal community.
We have been a staple in this community for over 80 years representing our friends and neighbors.
We have recovered over $200 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
At LGKG, we do what we say we are going to do. Earning your trust is paramount to us, and we've been keeping our promises for over 80 years.
Our team has over 100 years of combined legal experience.
At LGKG, it's not about us, it's about you.