The Importance of Seeking Assistance After a Spinal Cord Injury

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Flip the Switch; Lights OUT: Did you know your spinal cord is essentially the “distribution panel” (commonly known as the “breaker box”) for your entire body? It houses all the signals and electrical currents needed for your body to function properly. It plays three primary roles, including sending motor commands from your brain to your body, sending sensory information from your body to your brain, and coordinating reflexes. Losing any of these abilities can have major physical, mental, emotional, and social consequences, so it's important to be prepared for such a "lights out" situation. According to the National Institute of Health, motor vehicle accidents and catastrophic falls are the most common causes of spinal cord injuries. Unfortunately, accidents can happen during daily tasks like driving, walking, or climbing, making it essential to seek immediate help if you're involved in an accident that may have caused a spinal cord injury.

Why Seeking Immediate Assistance is Important

If you've been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else's negligence, it's crucial that you seek legal assistance right away. Delaying seeking help can harm your case and your chances of receiving compensation for your damages.

  • Medical Assistance: Significant trauma to the head and neck requires immediate medical evaluation for a potential spinal injury. Even if your spinal injury isn't immediately obvious, seeking medical help right away is crucial, as numbness or paralysis can be immediate or gradual. Treatment delays can lead to more severe complications and a reduced chance of recovery.
  • Legal Assistance: The situation can be overwhelming if you've suffered a spinal cord injury due to an accident. It's best to seek legal assistance to navigate the system rather than attempting to do it alone. At The Law Offices of Shane McClelland, we have over twenty years of experience fighting for the rights of injured clients. We understand how important it is for you to receive the medical care and attention you deserve to overcome the physical, financial, and emotional burdens that come with a spinal cord injury.

Evidence is critical in personal injury cases and tends to disappear rapidly. Witnesses forget details, surveillance footage is overwritten, and physical evidence vanishes. By seeking help immediately, you can ensure that vital evidence can be collected and preserved before they disappear.

Contact the Legal Team at the Law Office of Shane McClelland

The statute of limitations starts running as soon as the accident happens. If you wait too long, you may lose your right to file a lawsuit against the party responsible. It's best to contact a personal injury attorney soon after your accident to ensure that the statute of limitations won't bar your case. Plus, seeking prompt medical attention could save your life. Even if your injuries aren't immediately noticeable, you could be delaying vital medical care by not going to a doctor immediately, leading to more severe, long-lasting injuries and, in some cases, even death. Seeking medical attention immediately after an accident reduces the risk of complications and enhances your prospects of making a full recovery. The longer you wait to reach out to medical and legal professionals after your accident, the more difficult it will be to pursue your case. Acting immediately could help preserve crucial evidence, avoid statute of limitations issues, and ensure that you receive the best possible medical care.

Don't hesitate to contact us by calling (713) 242-1302 or visiting our website at www.hmtrial.com. Let us help you get the compensation and justice needed to live with the lights on again.

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