Spinal Cord Lawyer in Michigan
Spinal cord injuries (SCI) are one of the most severe injuries one can sustain. Because they affect the spine, they often come with life-altering consequences, including paralysis, speech problems, and memory loss.
The major causes of spinal cord injuries in the United States are sports injuries, falls, and motor vehicle accidents, but many patients have also suffered a spinal cord injury due to medical negligence or malpractice.
Regardless of the cause of your spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injury. If you or a loved one suffered an injury that has left you drowning in debt, contact the Michigan spinal cord injury lawyers at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., to learn more about how you can receive the compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Injuries to the spinal cord can result from a sudden blow or penetration. Car accidents, gunshots, knife injuries, or a fall from a high distance can all cause serious damage to your spine.
The cause of your spinal cord injury will determine the type of lawsuit you can file. An experienced lawyer at our law firm can ensure you receive the full compensation you deserve. When choosing your lawyer, specify the degree of SCI you suffered and what caused the injury.
If your injuries occurred in a car accident with an at-fault driver, your lawyer could pursue a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. In Michigan, they will need to prove that the other party was more than 50% at fault and that they injured you due to negligence.
In a personal injury lawsuit, you can sue for economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include compensation for medical care, property damages, and lost wages if you cannot work. Because damage to the spine usually results in a catastrophic injury, your lawyer may also sue for non-economic damages to compensate you for your emotional pain and suffering.
Some workers are more likely to receive an injury than others. In particular, construction workers may fall from a ladder or receive an injury from a falling piece of equipment.
If your injury occurs on the job, the experienced workers’ compensation lawyers at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. can ensure that your employer pays all the medical expenses and lost wages required by law. Some workers’ compensation insurance companies will fight any claim, so it’s essential that you prove your injury occurred at work.
Senior partner Eileen Kroll was a registered nurse for over 20 years before becoming an attorney. She specializes in medical malpractice cases, an incredibly complicated legal practice area.
If your spine was injured during a recent operation, you might have a case for medical malpractice. These types of cases can be extremely challenging to prove, and you will increase your chances of success by working with the talented medical malpractice attorneys at Cochran, Kroll & Associates.
Working With a Lawyer
Because spinal cord injuries can affect all areas of your life, a successful claim will require speaking with expert witnesses, proof of negligence if necessary, and a large amount of paperwork.
Dealing with all the stress of a lawsuit while recovering from a serious injury can cause additional pressure on you. Hiring an experienced and skilled spinal cord injury attorney like the professionals at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. will give you space to rest and ensure your case proceeds and meets all the required statutes of limitations.
Successful injury claims require extensive research and have multiple essential deadlines. Your lawyer will ensure that all paperwork is correctly filed on time and can use their background in spinal cord injury law to ensure your case is successful.
Contact a Spinal Cord Lawyer in Michigan
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in Grand Rapids, Detroit, or anywhere in Michigan, call Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. at 866-MICH-LAW today to schedule a free consultation. We will fight for your right to receive compensation for your spinal cord injury while you focus on your recovery journey.
The science of the human brain
The brain is about five pounds, a little less in weight than a gallon of milk. The brain consists of a soft, spongy material inside, almost like firm gelatin, and is surrounded by four lobes. The frontal lobe is what distinguishes man from the animal kingdom, as it is the portion that allows us to make judgments, execute thought, think, perceive and make subtle distinctions.
The brain is encased by a bone skull that acts like a helmet to protect the brain. The brain itself is covered by a fluid net that helps hold the brain inside the skull. If the skull is bumped hard and pieces of the skull enter the brain, the result is what is called a fractured skull.
What is a traumatic brain injury?
The head can be hit hard enough to throw the head forward or backward so hard that the brain strikes the skull, causing a shearing, bruising or tears, much like a torn ligament. The motion of the brain bouncing forward and then back is known as coup and contra-coup. This type of damage is known as a traumatic brain injury.
A penetrating injury, or open wound, involves an actual penetration of the skull and brain tissue is clearly visible. The most common traumatic brain injury, known as a closed head injury, can be a temporary concussion or a more serious injury resulting in permanent disability, loss of learning ability, or death.
Brain injury side effects
A traumatic brain injury can cause dizziness, loss of consciousness or an alarmed state of consciousness, a momentary sensation of “being out of it,” a feeling of being dazed, a coma, or severe headache. No two brain injuries are alike but are as distinct as our fingerprints. Each traumatic brain injury is as different and distinct as our individual personalities. Some victims will suffer a loss of memory, others aggressive behavior.
In most cases a traumatic brain injury will not show up in an MRI. Medical professionals used by Cochran, Kroll & Associates, PC, use a Neurological Psychological Evaluation (NPE) which is a battery of tests administered for 6-8 hours by a certified neuro-psychologist. An NPE tests different functions of the brain as well as basic intelligence, and will determine the area of the brain that is not functioning as it should.
Terry Cochran, senior partner, says it is important for the public to understand that mild to moderate traumatic brain injury can produce highly significant results but often is misunderstood and misdiagnosed because the symptoms are not initially clearly visible. The victim can appear to resume a normal functional life and then experience serious problems months later.
Both Terry Cochran, a board member of and activist with the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, and partner Eileen Kroll, also a Registered Nurse and expert on medical issues, should be consulted by anyone who believes they have sustained a traumatic brain injury.
The special knowledge Terry Cochran and Eileen Kroll possess make them uniquely qualified as attorneys to counsel brain injury victims and family members. Because physicians fail to diagnose a traumatic brain injury, and because such injuries are misunderstood by insurance companies, getting the financial help you need without an attorney can be very challenging.
Let us help
Cochran, Kroll & Associates will gather all the documentation needed, and order any necessary tests, to make a determination on whether a traumatic brain injury exists, what type it is, and how it specifically will be manifested. We will then file the appropriate claim so you can be financially reimbursed for actual expenses, and sometimes for punitive damage.
The Law Offices of Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. is dedicated to representing individuals and families who have suffered catastrophic losses as a result of injuries, disabilities and death. The firm does not represent insurance companies or corporations but instead bases its practice upon representing individuals and families.