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Whether you slip and fall or are injured in a car accident, spinal cord injuries can lead to chronic pain and numbness, and they can severely limit mobility. Read more to learn how spinal cord injury attorneys can help you get your life back after an injury.

Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys can get Justice for Your Injury

Spinal cord injury lawyers understand that these injuries can be devastating to a victim and his or her family. Serious damage to the spine can affect a victim’s ability to work and earn an income, as well as lead to chronic pain, health problems, and mobility issues for years after the injury occurred. In many cases, the damage is permanent and untreatable.

In addition to being familiar with the long-term issues that come from these injuries, spinal cord injury attorneys can explain your legal rights and options. Due to states’ statutes of limitations for filing claims, the need for paperwork and medical reports, and the victim’s need for compensation, legal experts recommended reaching out to an experienced spinal cord injury attorney as soon as possible after the injury occurs.

What Types of Injuries do Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys Fight for?

Many different types of accidents cause spinal cord damage. Men and women under age 65 suffer spinal cord damage most often in highway accidents. Falls most commonly cause these injuries when suffered by senior citizens. However, spinal injuries can occur in just about any situation, and these injuries can be long-lasting or even permanent.

Spinal cord injury attorneys often see spinal cord injury cases from causes like these:

  • Falls due to dangerous or negligent conditions;
  • Accidents involving dangerous or defective products;
  • Motor vehicle collisions;
  • Motorcycle collisions;
  • Sports injuries/recreational accidents;
  • Swimming/diving accidents;
  • Medical malpractice incidents;
  • Accidents involving unsafe property conditions;
  • Physical assault;
  • Workplace accidents including construction accidents; and
  • Severe electric shock.

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries vary a great deal, but they are always caused by trauma to the cells in the spinal cord or an injury or separation of the nerve tracts in the spinal cord.

Types of spinal cord injuries include these:

  • Spinal cord bruising or contusion;
  • Extreme pressure on the spinal cord causing compression;
  • Injury to the corticospinal tracts, found in the section of the spinal cord nearest the cervix – this is called “central cord syndrome”; and
  • Laceration of nerve fibers.

Damage to the spinal cord can cause paralysis, or loss of feeling or numbness in certain parts of the body. Even the most basic actions, such as breathing and bladder control, can be negatively impacted. Victims may feel severe pain, experience muscle spasms, and develop secondary problems such as bed sores and infections if mobility is seriously affected or the victim is bed-ridden.

If you or a loved one suffered spinal cord damage through no fault of your own, you deserve quality medical care and financial security. The expert team of spinal cord injury attorneys at Nemeroff Law can work with you through this difficult time to ensure you get the settlement you deserve. Call the Nemeroff Law Firm today to speak with an experienced spinal cord lawyer about your injury at (866)342-1929 and schedule a free consultation.

The nationally recognized Nemeroff Law Firm won a major victory for victims of occupational diseases in Pennsylvania. In a landmark decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed a Superior Court decision and recognized an employee’s right to bring a civil action against an employer for a latent occupational disease.

In Landis v. A.W. Chesterton, et al. and Tooey v. A.K. Steel Corp., plaintiffs developed mesothelioma from years of work-related asbestos exposure. Under prior interpretations of the Workers Compensation Act in Pennsylvania, however, Landis and Tooey were unable to seek workers compensation benefits, or file civil action against their employer, because their mesothelioma did not manifest within 300 weeks of the date of last exposure.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the Act did not apply to latent occupational diseases, or diseases that might take years to develop and be diagnosed, and therefore victims were not prohibited from filing a common law claim against an employer.

In its written opinion, the court stated that interpretations should be “consistent with the humanitarian purposes of the Act,” and “resolve in favor of the employee.”

“It is inconceivable that the legislature, in enacting a statute specifically designed to benefit employees, intended to leave a certain class of employees who have suffered the most serious of work-related injuries without any redress under the Act or at common law,” the court wrote.

“This is a major victory for our clients and for victims of occupational diseases,” said Rick Nemeroff, president and founder of The Nemeroff Law Firm. “Mr. Landis and Mr. Tooey, like many employees diagnosed with latent occupational diseases, had no chance for relief from the employers that had exposed them to occupational toxins. This opinion goes a long way toward protecting their rights, and the rights of other employees and their families, who have suffered from negligence or wrong-doing by an employer.”

John Tooey worked as an industrial salesman from 1964 until 1982 and during his employment sold asbestos containing products, which caused him to be exposed to asbestos dust. In December 2007, Tooey developed mesothelioma and died less than one year later. Spurgeon Landis worked for a manufacturer of welding rods from 1946 until 1992 and, during his employment, he too was exposed to asbestos dust. Mr. Landis was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2007 and died in 2012.

“Virtually every other state, except for the state of Louisiana, restricts the rights of victims in these cases,” Nemeroff said. “We hope this humanitarian decision in Pennsylvania will influence other states to take action to protect the rights of those have suffered due to employer neglect or misconduct.”

The appeal was briefed by Roderick S. Marshall of The Nemeroff Law Firm and Brent M. Rosenthal of The Law Offices of Brent Rosenthal, and argued by Robert F. Daley of Robert N. Peirce & Associates.