For spine injury victims, the stakes are high, and the consequences can be life-changing. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in Dallas, you are entitled to compensation. In fact, depending on what happened and what caused your injury, you may be able to seek punitive damages, too.
Hundreds of new spinal cord injuries (SCI) impact the lives of Texans in Dallas every year. The worst part about it is this: most SCIs are caused by preventable accidents. So, due to someone else’s negligence, another person suffers a spinal cord injury and, statistically speaking, is at high risk for death within the first year after the accident.
At Crain Brogdon, LLP, our Dallas spinal cord injury attorney will treat you like a family member, and we always want the best for our family members. We use our resources, creative minds, and legal skills to pursue your claim and to maximize the compensation you receive.
Get help today from our experienced spinal cord injury attorney. Call us at 214-522-9404.
There’s no doubt about it, spinal and back injuries are serious. A spinal injury impacts the bundle of nerves in the backbone, and these nerves carry messages to the brain. When those nerves are impaired, the injured person loses partial or full muscle control and sensation. Even the most minor of spinal injuries can be distressing and impact the quality of your life.
Spinal cord injuries are also expensive to treat. Mortality rates are high for those who suffer from one. And most SCI victims do not regain employment. We do not say these things to scare you, but merely to recognize the toll that spinal and back injuries can take. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCSC) provides regular reports on SCI facts; as recently as 2021, it claims that the…
Those are harsh numbers, and that’s why our spinal cord injury lawyer does everything in their power to get the compensation you need. We at Crain Brodgon, LLP, aim high and work hard to obtain maximum compensation that the law will allow. That takes putting together a strong team, including expert witnesses like:
Because our spinal cord injury attorneys in Dallas care, we take on the hard cases, even when a successful outcome may not be as easily attainable. We have a combined 125+ years of experience, and we use it to your benefit.
Our focus is on the compensation because we know that’s what our clients need. We never settle unless it is in your best interest and produces maximum results.
In any personal injury or wrongful death claim, you have the right to seek economic and non-economic damages. In rare cases, you may be able to seek punitive damages, but, pursuant to Tex. C.P.R. § 41.008, punitive damages are limited. Keep in mind, too, that regardless of what you seek in terms of compensation and/or punitive damages, the insurance company or any other defendant will do what they can to reduce or avoid a payout.
Economic damages are compensatory damages for actual costs. (Tex. C.P.R. § 41.001). Actual costs include but are not limited to:
Spinal cord injury claims are costly in many ways. To consider the economic damages, we look at all your expenses and losses to date, but we also consider future expenses and losses. You can easily spend hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of your life in medical bills related to the injury. You also have a high risk of not being able to work––and if you can work, chances are you will not be able to do or make what you would have if you had never been injured. We also consider expenses in day-to-day living, like continued assistance at home or the need to install a wheelchair ramp and other modifications in the home.
A spinal injury isn’t a broken arm where it heals and you return to life as usual. With a spinal injury, life may never return to usual.
That’s why non-economic damages are critical in these types of personal injury cases, simply because quality of life can be severely and detrimentally impacted. Non-economic damages refer to intangible losses that are not easily monetarily quantified. According to Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code § 41.001, noneconomic damages include:
A precise test or calculation to determine the value of non-economic damages does not exist. There are factors that help determine a value, and these factors include but are not limited to:
Insurance companies, however, will fight to lower the value of compensatory damages. We at Crain Brogdon, LLP, use our network of experts and our legal experience to fight back and make sure you get maximum compensation.
Insurance companies are well-equipped with experienced, well-paid attorneys who have the company’s profit margins as their priority. They use Texas’ modified comparative negligence law to blame the victim for their injury.
As a modified comparative negligence state, Texas allows victims to demand compensation for injuries even when they are partially at fault. Specifically, in Texas, you can be 50% at fault or less and still recover, but anything over 50% bars you from recovery. Insurance companies work hard to persuade a judge or jury that you were more than 50% at fault.
They also try to find procedural mistakes, like the expiration of statute of limitations, jurisdiction or venue issues, or insufficient pleadings. If any of the latter three issues exist, a court can dismiss your claim.
Because of these and other tactics, you need an experienced spinal injury lawyer in Dallas to guide you through the process and to fight these insurance companies as though their own family member’s health and well-being was at stake. And that’s what we do at Crain Brogdon, LLP. Give us a call at 214-522-9404 today so we can get to work on your spinal injury case.
Our Dallas spinal cord injury attorney answers commonly asked questions about spinal cord and back injuries as they are related to personal injury and wrongful death cases.
Almost any kind of serious accident can cause severe spinal damage, some with more frequency than others. Some of the most common accidents that result in spine injuries include:
Injuries of this nature can be so catastrophic that you may require around-the-clock healthcare for the rest of your life. You might be unable to walk, eat, breathe on your own, use the bathroom without assistance, or otherwise care for yourself. For this reason, it is critical that whoever is culpable for the cause of your injuries should be compelled to repay you for the harm they have caused.
What you need to prove to win a spinal cord injury depends on the legal theory used. There are two theories: negligence and strict liability.
Personal injury claims based on negligence must identify fault; to do so, you must prove the following:
The theory of strict liability is used when a defective product is blamed for the harm. Strict liability means you do not necessarily need to prove fault. On the other hand, you do need to show that the product was defective and because of, or but for, the defect, you were harmed in some way. There are three ways to demonstrate a defect:
In rare instances, an SCI may result from an act of violence, which would involve an intentional tort. In these cases, our spinal cord injury attorney must be able to prove the mental state of the wrongdoer: that they intended to cause harm, acted with malice, or were so reckless and dangerous that they should have known an injury could result.
Knowing what to prove (i.e., causation and damages) is different from knowing how to prove it. That’s why our Dallas spinal injury lawyers partner and work with some of the best experts in the area to establish proof that, at a minimum, meets the preponderance of the evidence standard. Under this standard of proof, the evidence must indicate that, more likely than not, the defendant’s action or inaction caused the spinal injury. We, however, always aim for clear and convincing evidence, which is a higher standard of proof and shows that it is far more likely to be true than not.
To prove a spinal or back injury claim, we cover all our bases. We investigate the incident or accident. We ask the right questions. We collect the evidence, which includes but is not limited to:
We also consider all paths to recovery by working with experts. We want to make sure the compensation we seek aligns with the full extent of the damages you suffer. Essentially, our spinal cord injury attorneys connect the dots until a full picture of what happened materializes.
Bearing in mind that the process for each spinal cord injury lawsuit varies, given the facts and circumstances, five main phases exist.
The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time you have to file your claim within the Texas court system. For accidents that cause spinal damage, you will have two years from the date that the accident happened to file your claim. The time can go quickly, though, despite the fact that two years seems like plenty of time to file.
Also, keep in mind that insurance companies strategically use the statute of limitations to avoid a payout. They prolong settlement negotiations, and by stalling in this manner, they allow the statute of limitations to run its course. When that happens, you lose any leverage you had to maximize recovery.
It is of utmost importance that you file your claim before the statute of limitations expires. If time runs out, but you still file a claim, Texas courts will almost always dismiss your case. This is why it’s so important to contact our Dallas spinal injury lawyer as quickly as possible so we can get started on your case immediately.
The first thing to do after a spinal cord or back injury is seek medical attention. The longer you wait, the more damage that could be done.
Second, you need to determine what possibly caused the injury. Was someone negligent? Did the accident occur while working? Were you using a defective product? Were you the victim of assault?
Third, you should speak to our spinal injury lawyer in Dallas. Even if you do not believe anyone was at fault, our attorney can confirm the same or ask the right questions that may uncover additional information leading to fault.
Fourth, you need to focus on recovery while we, as your spinal cord attorney in Dallas, focus on your case and the recovery of maximum compensation.
If you need more detailed answers that address your unique situation, contact us using our online form or by calling us directly at 214-522-9404.
A spinal injury is one of the most difficult injuries you can be diagnosed with, and it’s quite possible that your life will be permanently altered by someone else’s reckless and irresponsible decisions. When you’re ready to bring the liable party to justice for their negligent actions, you need a qualified Dallas spinal injury lawyer by your side.
If you’re interested in claiming your complimentary case review today, you can do so by filling out the contact form below or by calling our office directly at 214-522-9404.
Quentin Brogdon has over thirty years of experience and expertise in the field of personal injury trial law. He is board certified in both personal injury trial law and civil trial advocacy. Quentin has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating. This rating reflects an attorney’s ethics and abilities according to reviews from fellow attorneys. [ Attorney Bio ]