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Aurora Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers

Empathetic Legal Advocacy for Spinal Injury Victims in Missouri

At Pettit Law Office, our dedicated team of legal professionals is committed to advocating for individuals and families affected by spinal cord injuries. We understand the impact of these injuries, both physically and emotionally, and we are passionate about pursuing justice for our clients.

With over 25 years of legal experience, our Springfield spinal cord injury attorneys possess a comprehensive understanding of this specialized area of law. We are prepared to assist you in building a solid case and representing your interests in legal proceedings as needed. Our priority is providing compassionate and personalized legal support to our clients.

Contact us today at (417) 222-6640 or connect with us online to discover how we can support you in your situation.

Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can stem from various accidents and incidents, with traumatic events being the most common culprits. Some prevalent causes include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Slip and fall incidents
  • Workplace mishaps
  • Acts of violence
  • Sports and recreational activities
  • Medical malpractice

Certain medical conditions and diseases can also contribute to spinal cord injuries, with individuals with conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis being at higher risk.

Understanding the Different Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are categorized based on their severity and the location of the damage. The primary types include:

  • Complete injuries, resulting in total loss of sensation and movement below the injury site, often accompanied by loss of bowel and bladder control.
  • Incomplete injuries are characterized by partial loss of sensation and movement below the injury site, with some residual function remaining.
  • Anterior cord syndrome, characterized by damage to the spinal cord's front portion, results in a loss of movement and sensation to pain and temperature while preserving the ability to feel light touch and sense body position.

These classifications represent only a fraction of the diverse range of spinal cord injuries, with the specifics varying based on factors such as the nature and location of the injury.

Seeking Compensation for Your Losses

If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury due to another party's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Our firm is prepared to assist you in filing a personal injury claim against the responsible party and their insurer.

Depending on your circumstances, you may seek compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Long-term care requirements

It's essential to note that Missouri adheres to a pure comparative negligence principle. This means that even if you share some blame for the incident, you can still pursue damages. However, the compensation awarded will be proportionally reduced based on your level of fault.

For example, if you were granted $100,000 in damages but found to be 20% at fault, your compensation would be adjusted to $80,000 accordingly.

Time Limit for Filing a Spinal Cord Injury Claim in Missouri

Missouri typically has a five-year window from the accident date to initiate a personal injury claim. Failing to meet this deadline may result in the forfeiture of your right to seek compensation for your injuries and losses.

However, if the spinal cord injury is discovered at a later date, you may still have an opportunity to file a claim. It is crucial to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney promptly to protect your legal rights.

Contact Our Aurora Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Today

If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury, seeking legal representation is essential. Our legal professionals can guide your rights and legal options, assisting you through filing a personal injury claim. We handle all necessary paperwork and legal intricacies, allowing you to focus on your recovery.

Contact us today at (417) 222-6640 or complete an online contact form to arrange a consultation with our team.

Why Hire Pettit Law Office

  • Committed to serving the local community in & out of court.
  • Spanish language option available for clients who need it.
  • Long track record of successful verdicts & settlements.
  • Lawyers & paralegals approach each case with compassion.
  • Direct access to the same attorney from start to finish.
  • Lawyers work closely with each client on a case-by-case basis.
  • Decades of injury law experience.
  • Southwestern Missouri Location in Aurora
  • All attorneys have trial experience & are prepared to go to trial.