If you or a loved one was injured or know someone who died following a catastrophic spinal cord injury in Long Beach, you need to understand that in order to maximize your settlement you must prove negligence by the other party.

At MKP Law Group, LLP, we know the physical, emotional, and financial hardships that can result from injury accidents and work hard to ensure victims understand their rights as we help them with their spinal cord injury claim. Having an experienced Long Beach car accident lawyer by your side is important to navigate the legal process and recover damages.

Here at MKP Law Group, LLP we always work on what is known as a contingency fee basis, meaning WE DON’T GET PAID UNLESS WE WIN. There are no upfront, out-of-pocket costs to our clients. Feel free to call us today at 310-285-5353 to schedule your 100% free consultation.

Why Hire a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer?

Because the spinal cord controls the body’s nervous system, which is the center of all mental activity, any injury to the spinal cord can be catastrophic and lead to permanent disabilities.

The consequences of spinal cord injuries are often life-changing for both the victim and their loved ones. Oftentimes, victims of spinal cord injuries are either fully or partially paralyzed and require round-the-clock medical care and supervision. These complex injuries result in complicated insurance claims, and so an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer should be retained to provide legal help and guidance.

The spinal injury lawyers at MKP Law Group, LLP understand the devastating impact spinal cord injuries can have on victims and their families. Our Long Beach spinal cord injury attorneys, understand that victims face a long road to recovery and are here to help.

What are the Risks of Sustaining a Spinal Cord Injury in Long Beach?

Because the spinal cord controls the body’s nervous system, which is the center of all mental activity, any injury to the spinal cord can be catastrophic and lead to permanent disabilities. The consequences of spinal cord injuries are often life-changing for both the victim and their loved ones.

Oftentimes, accident victims suffering from spinal cord injuries are either fully or partially paralyzed and require round-the-clock medical care, supervision, and medical expenses. These complex injuries result in complicated insurance claims. An experienced spinal cord injury lawyer can help you provide legal help and guidance through this difficult time.

To better understand the risks of getting a spinal cord injury, the National SCI Statistical Center (NSCISC) has complied a data-sheet revealing some of the primary causes of spinal cord damage.

Keep reading for the top two culprits: vehicle accidents and falls.

Car Accidents and Potential Spinal Cord Injuries in Long Beach

According to the NSCISC, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury. Their data finds that 39.3% of recorded spinal cord injuries are caused by vehicle accidents such as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and more.

In Long Beach, it is well known that drivers on these roads face dangerous speeding situations. Out of 111 cities, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ranked Long Beach the 17th worst. Furthermore, nearly 40% of the city’s traffic deaths involved a speeding violation, which is well above the national average of 27.75%.

Long Beach recognizes the need for safe streets and has been looking more closely at its accident statistics for ways to improve its roadways. For example, it determined that motor vehicle drivers had the highest percentage of “fatal and serious injury victims” by 35% with pedestrians a close second of 34%.

To prepare you to avoid the worst situations which may result in you managing not just a Long Beach car accident but facing a potential spinal cord injury case, officials have narrowed down the most dangerous roads. These include:

  • Anaheim Street
  • Orange Avenue
  • Atlantic Avenue
  • Pacific Avenue

Steer clear or take extreme caution when it comes to these dangerous areas.

Determining Your Risk of Falls in Long Beach

A close 2nd, the NSCISC found that the proportion of spinal cord injuries attributed to falls makes up just over 30% of cases.

While the Mayo Clinic specialists identify the age of 65 at the onset of the highest risk for suffering a spinal cord injury after a fall, it can happen to anyone. Even still, it is always important to keep an eye out for any loved ones who are elderly or prone to falls and may find themselves a victim of this catastrophic injury.

In a separate report from the NSCISC honing in on specific details surrounding causes of spinal cord injuries, their trend data reveals “slipping, tripping, and stumbling” as the most common reason for fall-related spinal cord injuries. The next risk factors, in descending order, are falls from stairs, structures, bathtubs, ladders, and the bed.

There are no official statistics explaining where these falls occur. However, it is important to note that these cases frequently come to our attention as premises liability issues or third-party negligence. For instance, if you have an elderly loved one at a nursing home where they had a fall accident and didn’t receive the proper care, this may be a case of nursing home abuse or negligence. A bad fall often causes micro-injuries that may be difficult to detect but can result in serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries and often traumatic brain injuries.

Once again, it makes sense to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer who not only understands the intricacies of personal injury law but also can provide support and guidance for the spinal cord injury victim. For instance, our team at MKP Law Group, LLP has years of experience handling spinal injury claims and knows how to get the absolute best spinal cord injury settlement possible. We are also able to assist injury victims by connecting them with local medical professionals and often we work with clients who may be suffering from other subsequent injuries such as a brain injury.

There is No Guarantee That Treatment Will Work

Experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham explain that although there are several treatment options for spinal cord injuries, there is no guarantee that they will lead to a full recovery of function. What makes this even harder to accept is the fact that it may take months to determine if a treatment had the desired effect. And, if it did not, the next big question is: how much function did the treatment restore, if any?

It is this sort of situation that presents complications for determining just how much an accident victim’s settlement should be because there will likely be medical costs and medical bills that need to be paid indefinitely. Working with a personal injury attorney can help ensure you receive a financial settlement that factors in reimbursement not only for current treatments but also for future treatment and medical support.

The same goes for a loved one. If you are filing a claim on behalf of someone who is not able to do so, do not be afraid to think long-term. If one treatment does not bring the relief and restore the ability you had hoped for, there may be a chance of doing so in the future with new technologies. Having the necessary funds now to take advantage of this opportunity can bring great peace of mind.

Choose MKP Law Group, LLP for Your Long Beach Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer 

MKP Law Group, LLP’s, accident attorneys work with clients who are assault and battery victims, as well as with those who suffered sports, falls, and vehicle accidents. So, our team is uniquely qualified to assist you with all types of spinal cord injury cases arising from these incidents and any other situation where negligence is involved.

Besides that, our team helps victims of work-related injuries whose conditions involve spinal cord problems. As a result, we help you navigate the rules of filing paperwork, detailing the types of injuries you sustained, and following up on each one of them to help arrive at a compensation claim that makes sense and protects your rights.

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