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Springfield Brain & Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
Representing Brain & Spinal Cord Injury Victims in Missouri
Victims of brain and spinal cord injuries often require lifelong medical treatment and personal care. At Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC, we have the experience, knowledge, and skill to address the unique challenges you face. As one of the largest law firms in Springfield, we have the resources to pursue these often complex cases and obtain full recovery of damages for our clients.
Understanding Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden physical assault on the head causes damage to the brain. Closed head injuries involve a jarring of the brain against the skull while penetrating or open head injuries involve skull fracture. Concussions are the mildest and most common form of TBI.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1.7 million Americans sustain a TBI every year, resulting in 52,000 fatalities and 275,000 hospitalizations. TBI is a contributing factor to a third of all injury-related deaths in the United States.
The diagnosis and treatment of TBI can be a long and difficult process for injury victims and their loved ones. Serious brain injuries can lead to long-lasting and even permanent cognitive, emotional, and functional impairments. Frontal lobe injuries can lead to behavioral changes and attention deficits, while temporal lobe injuries can interfere with language, memory, learning, and behavior. In some cases, these conditions require extensive rehabilitation or permanent care.
Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injury often occurs following trauma to the vertebrae that make up the spinal column. Because the spinal column is responsible for transmitting signals between the brain and the rest of the body, damage can result in temporary or permanent neurologic impairments, including paraplegia.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,000 Americans are currently living with spinal cord injuries. An estimated 12,000 to 20,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Common back and neck injuries include spinal burst fractures, spinal wedge fractures, and whiplash.
Spinal cord injuries often have long-term health consequences. Neurologic impairments can impact nearly every part of the body, including the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal systems. Victims who suffer quadriplegia, which involves the loss of physical ability in both the arms and legs, may lose the ability to care for themselves independently and face costly health care and living expenses.
Common Causes of Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries
Brain and spinal cord injuries are often caused by severe trauma to the body. Many occur on Missouri roadways, including motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, and auto accidents. Other common causes of head and back injuries include slip and fall accidents, sports injuries, medical malpractice, violence, construction falls, and other work-related accidents.
When a brain injury or spinal injury is caused by someone else’s wrongful or negligent conduct, you need qualified legal representation. At Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC, our catastrophic injury lawyers are equipped to investigate your claim, file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, and aggressively protect your best interests every step of the way.
What Damages Could Be Recovered in a Brain & Spinal Cord Injury Claim?
Serious brain and spinal cord injuries can last a lifetime. Our personal injury attorneys work diligently to obtain the best compensation. Potential damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Cost of future medical care, rehabilitation, and personal care
- Lost wages and future income
- Pain and suffering
- Disability and loss of quality of life
To calculate the full extent of the damages, we retain reliable experts to develop a comprehensive life-care plan that documents the full extent of the financial and emotional losses. Whether negotiating with the insurance company or pursuing your case at trial, we aggressively fight for your right to full and fair compensation.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Brain & Spinal Cord Injury Claims in Missouri?
In the state of Missouri, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits, including those related to brain and spinal cord injuries, is generally five years. This means that you typically have five years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit.
However, it's essential to be aware that there may be exceptions or nuances that could affect the time limit in your case. Additionally, the discovery rule may come into play, which can extend the time limit if the injury was not immediately apparent or if the injured party could not have reasonably known about the injury. Failure to file a claim within that time frame could lead to a missed opportunity to seek legal action.
Why Hire Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC
There are many personal injury law firms in the Springfield area, but not all of them are equipped to handle the complexities that come with very serious injury cases. Catastrophic injuries are life-changing in nature, which means there are many, many considerations that need to be taken into account when calculating damages. For example, an injured person may need years of physical therapy or around-the-clock care. They may be unable to work to support themselves and their families, either temporarily or permanently, so lost wages (present and future) will need to be calculated. There are tangible things like medical bills to consider, as well as intangible but still very real concerns like pain and suffering and mental anguish that also demand compensation.
In order to stand the best chance of collecting maximum compensation, you need to work with a firm that is highly familiar with catastrophic injury cases and that has the time and resources to fully investigate your case. Our firm is backed by a history of results, having secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for the injured since 1975.
Contact Our Springfield Brain & Spinal Injury Lawyer Today
If you or your loved one suffered a serious brain or spinal cord injury, Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC is equipped to investigate your claim and fight aggressively on your behalf. Our Springfield office is conveniently located on the 20th floor of the Hammons Tower, across from the federal courthouse and Springfield Cardinals stadium.
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