Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in Lakeland
Fighting for the Maximum Recovery You Deserve
Spinal cord injuries are incredibly traumatic; in many cases, an injury to the spine will lead to partial or total paralysis. Victims are left facing mounting medical bills compounded by a loss of income as they are left unable to return to work. In many cases, family members must also alter their lives to begin taking care of their loved one. The physical, emotional, and financial toll of these injuries is immense.
At Dismuke Law, we understand what you are currently going through, and we are committed to helping you meet—and overcome—the challenges that still lay ahead. Our Lakeland spinal cord injury lawyers can help you take legal action to seek fair compensation for your damages if your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence. In our years in practice, we have successfully recovered millions of dollars for our clients; our team stands ready to fight for you, too.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
While there is really no such thing as a “mild” spinal cord injury—nearly all injuries to the spine are serious and require medical attention—some are more severe than others. The effects of a spinal cord injury will depend on various factors, including the location, nature, and severity of the injury.
Generally speaking, there are two main types of spinal cord injury:
- Complete: A complete spinal cord injury occurs when there is total loss of function below the point of injury, meaning communication between the brain and the nerves below the injury point is completely severed. A complete spinal cord injury results in partial or total paralysis, depending on the location of the injury.
- Incomplete: With an incomplete spinal cord injury, the victim retains some functioning and sensation below the point of injury, meaning there is still some communication occurring between the spinal cord and the brain. Victims may suffer temporary or permanent partial paralysis, but will still maintain some ability to move and function.
In addition to whether it is a complete or incomplete spinal cord injury, the location of the injury will play a large role in its effects. An injury to the lumbar (lower) spine can result in partial or total loss of sensation and function in the lower half, rendering the victim unable to walk and resulting in additional complications such as incontinence and sexual dysfunction. Damage to the cervical spine can lead to weakness or total loss of function (paralysis) of the arms and legs, otherwise known as tetraplegia or quadriplegia. Victims will be unable to move without outside assistance and may experience difficulty breathing, speaking, and regulating body temperature.
When a Spinal Cord Injury Is the Result of Negligence
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of spinal cord injuries, along with slip and fall accidents, sports accidents, and acts of violence. Sadly, many of these accidents could have—and should have—been prevented.
When a spinal cord injury is the result of negligence, victims and/or their loved ones can take legal action against the at-fault party. If you were hit by a drunk or distracted driver, leading to a devastating crash and a life-altering spinal cord injury, you can file a personal injury claim and seek restitution for your damages. The same is true if you were injured in a motorcycle crash, truck collision, boating accident, or any traumatic incident or event caused by another person’s careless or reckless behavior.
Put a Powerful Legal Team on Your Side
Pursuing these types of catastrophic injury claims is not always easy; it’s important that you work with a knowledgeable attorney who understands how to calculate the full lifetime costs associated with your injury. At Dismuke Law, our Lakeland spinal cord injury lawyers not only understand how to navigate the system, but they also know how to aggressively fight for the maximum compensation you are owed for your current and future medical bills, lost wages, lost quality of life, and pain and suffering. With a proven track record of results, we have earned a reputation as formidable trial lawyers and dedicated advocates for the injured.
Most of all, we truly care about our clients and their continued well-being. We know that, right now, the future can seem uncertain. With our attorneys on your side, you can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing a skilled, experienced, and time-tested team is fighting tirelessly for you and your recovery.
Extremely professional lawyer!- Kathleen J.
I highly recommend their services.- Travis S.
Always professional and very helpful.- Christine H.
Dave is very caring and attentive to his clients.- Erica C.
There is no praise high enough for Dave Dismuke.- HMP.
$10 Million Judgment - Polk County
Judgment of $10 million for a client due to injuries sustained in an auto accident.
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Polk County jury awards judgment for wrongful death case.
$1.1 Million Settlement - Hillsborough County
Wrongful death auto accident settlement for $1,100,000.
$800 Thousand Auto Accident Settlement - Hillsborough County
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