Las Vegas Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
Legal advocacy for victims of spine injuries and paralysis
Spine injuries are catastrophic injuries that almost always result in permanent disability. Our spines can’t heal from serious injuries, such as a severed vertebrae. Instead, survivors of spine and spinal cord injuries (SCIs) must live with loss of movement and sensation below the point of injury. And, living with a spinal cord injury is difficult. It often requires lifelong medical costs, live-in care, and home and vehicle modifications.
If someone else is responsible for causing your or your loved one’s injury, you have the right to take legal action. With help from the Las Vegas injury attorneys at Claggett & Sykes Law Firm, you may be able to recover for all your damages and more. With over $800 million won for clients through trial work, appellate work, and consulting services, and over 150 cases tried to verdict, we’re the lawyers you want on your side when you’re dealing with serious injury and damages. Let us evaluate your case and help you figure out your options.
“After my daughter's accident I contacted Claggett & Sykes to represent her. They made it very easy and took care of all the details, from dealing with the auto insurance and health insurance, and making sure all bills were paid. It was a pleasure working with them.” – Kris E.
What are the types of spinal cord injuries?
There are several different types of spinal cord injuries, each with unique symptoms, effects and prognoses for victims. All spinal cord injuries are serious and should be treated as such. You may be eligible for compensation with any type of spine injury after a preventable accident, including:
- Complete spinal cord injury
- Incomplete spinal cord injury
- Paralysis (quadriplegia, paraplegia, etc.)
- Spinal concussion
The location of the spinal cord injury, type of injury, and injury severity are all factors that will determine the symptoms experienced and whether the spinal cord injury is treatable.
It’s important to remember that a spinal cord injury and a spine injury are different. The spinal column, bones, and vertebrae can all suffer damage as well. These injuries may or may not heal over time, but can cause pain, decreased mobility, or loss of sensation.
- Fractured vertebra
- Herniated or slipped disk
- Ruptured disk
- Weakened vertebrae (subluxation)
No matter what type of spinal injury you were diagnosed with after an accident in Las Vegas, the team at Claggett & Sykes Law Firm can help you determine your options.
What are the long-term complications of spine injuries?
Damage to any part of the spinal cord can result in an injury with significant and lasting effects. A complete spinal cord injury, for example, can cause paralysis, or the loss of feeling and function below the point of injury. Paralysis is irreversible, for the most part. If paralysis impacts the upper half of the body, it can affect the victim’s ability to breathe and communicate. If it impacts the lower half of the body, paralysis can result in incontinence, impotence and loss of spousal consortium.
Even a less serious spinal cord injury can result in issues such as chronic back pain or nerve damage. A spine injury can also cause psychological and emotional distress for a victim, including diminished enjoyment of life and depression.
Who’s liable for my Las Vegas spinal cord injury?
Most spine injuries can trace back to a single act of negligence or breach of duty of care. Just a few common examples include: a product manufacturer choosing not to recall a seatbelt with known defects, an employer failing to provide personal fall protection gear at a construction site, or a driver reading a text message and causing a collision. All these are examples that could ultimately lead to someone else’s spinal cord injury.
At Claggett & Sykes, we make it our mission to bring these parties to justice and demand fair compensation. Common incidents that can lead to spine injuries include:
- Car accidents: Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. Because the spine can’t always withstand the tremendous forces that a vehicle collision asserts upon it, it may fracture from a major impact or crushing motion or sever from a defective restraint system.
- Slips and falls: Falls from heights, such as down a flight of stairs or from a scaffold, can break the back or neck. Falls are the second-leading cause of all spinal cord injuries. Fall-related spine injuries can occur due to employer negligence, defective products, or unsafe properties. Therefore, these cases may abide by the laws of negligence, product liability, or premises liability.
- Motorcycle accidents: Spine injuries are common after a motorcycle accident; driving relatively unprotected at high speeds can result in serious SCIs. If you believe your crash was caused by someone else’s negligence, a problem with the road, or a defective motorcycle part, you may be entitled to compensation.
- Workplace accidents: The workplace can pose serious spine injury threats, such as heights, ladders, and heavy machinery. Workers who get caught in or between pieces of equipment could suffer traumatic spine injuries. Fall without proper protection devices can also lead to this type of spinal trauma.
- Acts of violence: Gunshot wounds, stabbings, and other acts of violence account for about 14% of all spine injuries. You may pursue a civil claim during ongoing criminal charges in Nevada. The victim or surviving family members files the personal injury claim, while the city or county will prosecute the attacker.
No matter the circumstances of your spine injury, consider your legal options. Depending on the extent of your injury, you may face myriad challenges after your accident. You may be partially or fully paralyzed, and experience complications like respiratory issues and loss of bowel function. Our attorneys handle all catastrophic injury cases, winning millions for our clients over the past decade. We have what it takes to help spine injury victims in Las Vegas.
How can a spine injury attorney help my case?
Working with a spinal cord injury attorney at Claggett & Sykes can be important for the success and outcome of your case. An attorney will have the knowledge, experience and resources to guide you through the claims process from start to finish. Your lawyer can negotiate with insurance claims adjusters for a fair settlement, for example, or go up against a defendant at trial on your behalf.
Our experienced attorneys can provide many key services, such as:
- Connecting you to top physicians in Las Vegas
- Investigating your accident
- Gathering evidence of fault to prove liability
- Explaining your legal rights and options
- Creating a customized legal strategy
- Providing legal advice that you can trust
- Going up against a powerful defendant
- Fighting for justice while you heal
Our legal team takes care of the important tasks while you focus on your medical care or rehabilitation for your spinal cord injury. A lawyer can protect your legal rights and use aggressive strategies to fight for the financial compensation that you deserve.
Contact our Las Vegas spinal cord injury attorneys today
If you or someone you love suffered a spinal cord injury in any type of accident, don’t hesitate to contact Claggett & Sykes Law Firm to learn about your options. We are passionate about representing injured accident victims, especially after serious injuries that will impact them for the foreseeable future. We can help you with every phase of your insurance claim or injury lawsuit. To set up a free consultation with a member of our Las Vegas team, call 702-333-7777 or fill out our contact form today.