The brain may act as the human body’s control center — but without a healthy spinal cord, the brain and body cannot communicate effectively. When the spinal cord is injured or damaged, virtually every aspect of anatomical function can be negatively impacted. Spinal cord injury (SCI) can cause devastating physical effects across virtually every body system, and can even interfere with involuntary functions like blood pressure and temperature regulation.
Debilitating as they are, the physical effects of a spinal cord injury are not the only consequences to the victims of SCI. People who have been hurt by SCI frequently suffer from emotional injuries, and may endure depression, insomnia, or anxiety as they acclimate to their new condition. To make matters worse, SCI victims who are coping with emotional and physical trauma are also forced to deal with massive medical expenses — all at a time when they cannot work. Depending on the type and extent of treatments which are needed, the medical costs of SCI can hound injury victims for months or even years as they struggle to recover.
While all serious injuries are physically and emotionally painful, such injuries can be particularly hard to bear when they were caused by somebody else. If your SCI was forced upon you by the recklessness, incompetence, or negligence of an outside party, you may be able to file a lawsuit to help recover your losses. Reiff & Bily can help.
Why Choose a Reiff & Bily Delaware County Spinal Cord Injury Attorney?
If you are living with SCI in Delaware County, you do not have to struggle alone with damages resulting from somebody else’s poor decisions. You have a right to see that justice is done for the hardships you have wrongfully suffered. At the law offices of Reiff & Bily, we are highly seasoned personal injury attorneys with more than 34 years of legal experience representing the people of Delaware County. We are aggressive litigators who are committed to achieving favorable results for our clients — and it shows in our track record. We have won multiple awards of over $1 million, and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in damages during our many years practicing spinal cord injury litigation. We have been admitted to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which includes fewer than 1% of all U.S. attorneys, and have been consistently named SuperLawyers since 2005.
We understand the frustration of your situation. We know that terrible physical, emotional, and financial hardship has been imposed upon you through no fault of your own. We can help you make a financial recovery, hold the guilty party accountable for their wrongdoing, and ensure that other people are not victimized by the same behavior in the future.
Is Someone Liable for My Spinal Cord Injury?
Spinal cord injury has many causes. SCI can be traumatic (caused by an injury), or non-traumatic (caused by a health condition) — but in either case, an outside party may possibly be liable. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading causes of SCI are automotive accidents, falls, acts of violence, and sporting accidents. If your SCI was caused by an auto accident where the other person was driving under the influence, driving while distracted, asleep at the wheel, or any number of other factors, he or she may be held liable for the resulting damages. If your SCI was caused by a fall, which was in turn caused by negligent property maintenance, the property owner may be considered liable. For example, if you slipped on a wet surface or tripped over an unsecured cable, and your fall led to SCI, you may have a strong case for premises liability.
Non-traumatic SCI can also involve matters of liability. For example, if a doctor fails to note, diagnose, and treat an infection, and the unmanaged infection consequently leads to SCI, the doctor may be liable for medical malpractice because he or she failed to meet the industry’s reasonable standard of care.
If you have questions about liability and SCI, or if you would like to schedule a free and confidential legal consultation with an experienced Delaware County spinal cord injury lawyer, we’re here to help. Call the law offices of Reiff & Bily at (215) 274-0072, or contact us online today.