Spinal cord injuries are among the most traumatic, costly, and life-altering injuries a person can sustain. Spinal cord injury (SCI) can have debilitating effects on multiple organ systems, and often leaves its victims temporarily or permanently robbed of their ability to earn an income and enjoy the same leisure activities they used to. In many cases, people living with SCI must endure years of grueling physical therapy, and may have to be accompanied by a caretaker. SCI doesn’t just affect its victim: it affects the entire family.
If you or someone you love has experienced a spinal cord injury because of another party’s careless or willfully negligent mistake, you may be entitled to compensation. If you and your family are not at fault for your injuries, then you should not be forced to live with the financial consequences of your accident, plain and simple. If you’re thinking about filing a claim, the personal injury firm of Reiff & Bily is here to advise you and to help you fight for justice. Call our law offices today at (215) 274-0072 to schedule your free consultation.
Reiff & Bily: Montgomery County Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
At Reiff & Bily, we feel that the innocent victims of negligence, recklessness, and malpractice should not be held financially accountable for wrongful, avoidable accidents. Our Montgomery County spinal cord injury lawyers have been providing aggressive representation to Pennsylvania’s accident victims for more than 34 years, and our legal team is armed with decades of experience when it comes to SCI litigation. The highly skilled attorneys of Reiff & Bily have made multiple recoveries in excess of $1 million, and have recovered hundreds of millions for thousands of clients since 1979.
While a lawsuit cannot undo your accident, financial compensation can help to lift some of the hardship during this challenging time. Legal action also offers many injury survivors something equally if not more valuable than a financial award: priceless peace of mind that justice has been served. We won’t charge any fees unless you win, so call us today to see how our firm can help.
Who is Liable for My Spinal Cord Injury?
The short answer to this question is that it depends on the circumstances. Spinal cord injury may be caused by negligence, recklessness, substandard property maintenance, medical malpractice, or other factors. Depending on what caused your SCI, different parties may be held liable. According to the CDC, the four leading causes of SCI are:
- Auto Accidents (46%)
- Fall Accidents (22%)
- Acts of Violence (16%)
- Sports Injuries (12%)
Auto accidents, for example, can cause SCI in different ways. The driver at fault may have been driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, driving recklessly, driving while distracted by their phone, or violating road safety laws in some other way. If you incurred SCI because of another motorist’s dangerous actions, he or she may be considered liable for your injuries.
Falls are another major source of SCI, and the factors which can lead to slip and fall accidents are virtually limitless. To name just a few, common examples include slippery surfaces, unsecured wires and trip hazards, loose debris, holey or cracked flooring, and uneven walkways. Property owners and operators are responsible for keeping their premises reasonably safe for patrons, residents, visitors, and others, and if an owner fails to address a known safety hazard, you may have a strong premises liability case.
While less statistically likely, medical malpractice is another cause of SCI where legal liability comes into play. If a doctor, surgeon, or other healthcare professional fails to meet the industry standards for competent care, they may be liable for your SCI. Examples might include surgical errors, or failure to diagnose an underlying condition which leads to SCI (e.g. an untreated infection).
If you or a loved one has been hurt by SCI in Pennsylvania, you may be entitled to financial compensation for all the suffering you have endured. To speak privately with a personal injury lawyer, call Reiff & Bily at (215) 274-0072, or contact us online today.