08 Mar The Steps to Take After a Spinal Cord Injury
It’s vitally important to know what steps to take after sustaining a spinal cord injury. Gruenberg Kelly Della sees many cases involving serious traumatic injuries, some of which result from accidents where someone is at fault for the occurrence. Since these kinds of injuries can result in severe pain, disabilities, loss of mobility, and even paralysis, it’s imperative to approach the accident scene carefully.
Steps to Take After a Spinal Cord Injury
The process for handling spinal cord injuries is similar to what you would do in many other accident scenarios.
Check on the victim and seek medical attention.
Victim safety is the paramount concern. If you’re the victim, the only thing you may be able to do after an accident is to see a doctor immediately. If, on the other hand, you’re a bystander or fellow passenger in a car, you’ll want to prioritize helping anybody who appears to be suffering a spinal cord injury. These injuries, however minor, can worsen quickly without treatment. If insurance claims become possible and the insurance company discovers you did not report the incident or seek medical care, it could stymie any effort to recover damages.
Report the accident to local authorities.
The next step is to report the accident to local authorities, so that they may secure the area and begin investigating the cause. If this spinal injury results from a slip-and-fall incident, then you should also notify the property owner. Sometimes they may be held accountable if it becomes clear that the fall happened due to negligence.
Carefully collect and document all evidence and witness accounts.
The facts matter a lot in personal injury litigation. Therefore, you’ll want to be sure to ascertain all eyewitness accounts of the accident, but also keep track of any X-rays, MRIs, or medical proof of a spinal cord injury. It further helps to gather all medical bills and photographic evidence of the incident.
Speak with an attorney for further legal guidance.
It costs you nothing to at least contact a reputable legal firm like Gruenberg Kelly Della to see if your accident and spinal cord injury involve an opportunity for restitution. If you’re able to determine there is a possibility of negligence, one of our representatives can help you find out how much you can expect to receive. Don’t hesitate to contact us soon if you experience any kind of serious accident.
Gruenberg Kelly Della is a New York-based law firm dedicated to assisting and defending victims of personal injury trauma resulting from accidents. We handle everything from motorcycle accidents to slip-and-fall accidents to traumatic brain injury cases. If you’ve had the misfortune of experiencing any of these, we’re here to help. Call us to learn more at 631-737-4110.