How Our Spinal Cord Injury Attorney in Long Island Can Help

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A spinal cord injury can lead to a drastic change in your lifestyle. If serious enough, it can leave you paralyzed, in pain, and out of work. Your quality of life can be markedly diminished by such a debilitating injury. Fortunately, with the aid of an experienced Long Island spinal cord injury attorney, victims can seek compensation for these setbacks.

Are you dealing with a spinal cord injury? Contact Tucker Lawyers, a premiere Long Island law firm that cares. Call (516) 399-2364 for a free consultation and case review — take action to get the money you deserve.

Tucker Lawyers Never Settle for Less

We Always Fight for Maximum Compensation

The attorneys at Tucker Lawyers have been representing injury victims for decades now and truly understand the financial needs of our clients. No amount of money can change the past. But victims and their families have pressing needs that can be sufficiently addressed with significant monetary compensation.

When you choose Tucker Lawyers, you get a firm that will fight to the end to recover the compensation you are entitled to. Meanwhile, you get the time you need to focus on your injuries while we take care of everything else, such as:

  • Managing claim paperwork and documents
  • Investigating your accident
  • Gathering evidence
  • Consulting with various experts as needed
  • Negotiating with insurance company adjusters
  • Filing a lawsuit if necessary
  • Conducting discovery and depositions
  • Representing you in court.

Remember that the only party on your side in a claim for compensation is your lawyer. Insurance company adjusters are beholden to the insurance companies they work for; they work hard to pay less or nothing at all. But with a Long Island spinal cord injury lawyer fighting for you, your interests will be taken into full account, as they should be.

Liability for Spinal Cord Injuries

To hold the responsible party accountable for their actions, your spinal cord injury lawyer will need to determine liability. Liability for a spinal cord accident depends heavily on the circumstances of the accident — where and when it actually took place.

Spinal Cord Injury While at Work

Spinal cord injuries that occur at work are typically covered by workers’ compensation. Workers’ comp benefits provide medical treatment coverage as well as coverage for a portion of your lost wages. But they do not cover the emotional and psychological damage that typically accompanies injuries like spinal cord injuries.

Who is responsible for paying for workers’ compensation? Your employer. Most employers in the state are required to carry sufficient policy coverage for all of their employees. And it does not usually matter who is at fault when pursuing workers’ comp benefits, because benefits are paid regardless of fault.

However, if a third party is partially or fully responsible for your spinal cord injury at work, you may potentially take legal action against said third party for full damages. Third parties to worksites typically include:

  • A company’s customers or clients
  • The general public
  • Product and equipment manufacturers
  • Employees from other businesses
  • Property owners.

In some cases, the government may be the third party.

Spinal Cord Injury Outside of Work

If your spinal cord injury occurred outside of work, you may be entitled to full compensation for your losses. Outside of work, you are not limited to the partial compensation offered by workers’ comp. Instead, you may claim full personal injury damages for your losses. But you must prove that someone was at fault for your injuries to collect compensation.

Some of the common situations and causes of spinal cord injuries include:

  • Traffic accidents due to negligent vehicle operators
  • Slip and fall accidents due to a negligent property owner
  • Defective products from companies and distributors that may be strictly liable
  • Willful violence
  • Falls from high places due to negligence on the part of a property owner
  • Sports injuries due to negligence and recklessness.

Are you suffering from a spinal cord injury? Contact Tucker Lawyers to discuss your situation. You may be entitled to significant compensation for your pain and losses. Call (516) 399-2364 to learn more about your options for justice through compensation. An experienced Long Island spinal cord injury lawyer is ready to take your call.

Available Damages in Long Island Spinal Cord Injury Cases

Spinal cord injury victims who are injured outside of the workplace can pursue full damages (economic and non-economic) instead of just partial economic compensation offered by workers’ compensation.

Economic Damages

Your financial losses directly related to your spinal cord injury are compensable and typically will include costs associated with:

  • Emergency room visits and hospital stays
  • Doctor’s appointments
  • Medication
  • Physical therapy and rehab
  • Home help expenses
  • Medical equipment, such as catheters and wheelchairs
  • Lost wages and lost future earning capacity.

You may also seek compensation for any property that was damaged or destroyed in your accident.

Non-Economic Damages

For the intangible losses that accompany spinal cord injuries, compensation for the following types of damages may be available:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost enjoyment of life
  • Permanent disability and disfigurement.

When calculating the value of non-economic damages, your attorney will fight hard to ensure that the proper values are assigned to the losses you are claiming.

Punitive Damages

Was your spinal cord injury caused by particularly egregious behavior? Was it done intentionally? If so, you may be entitled to pursue punitive damages as well, but your attorney must prove that the defendant’s actions were willful or malicious and not simply negligent. 

FAQs about Long Island Spinal Cord Injuries

Do you have more questions regarding spinal cord injuries and compensation claims? Here are answers to some of the most common questions we receive. Please call our office at any time for further explanations.

  • What are some common symptoms of a spinal cord injury?

    Spinal cord injuries often produce a variety of symptoms. Some spinal cord injuries may go undetected initially, which can lead to an exacerbation of the injury.

    Common symptoms include:

    • Back pain and/or pressure
    • Weakness of limbs or other moveable parts
    • Lack of coordination
    • Various forms of paralysis
    • Numbness
    • Tingling and prickling sensations
    • Stinging or burning sensations
    • Difficulty with breathing.

    Spinal cord injuries can also cause complications with urination and bowel movements.

  • Do I really need to hire a Long Island spinal cord injury attorney?

    If you need maximum compensation for your spinal cord injury, then you must hire a spinal cord injury lawyer to represent you. The stakes are high in spinal cord injury cases. Spinal cord injury victims need substantial resources; without maximum compensation, a victim will likely lack the financial resources they need in the future.

  • How much do Long Island spinal cord injury lawyers charge?

    Long Island spinal cord injury lawyers charge a contingency fee that is typically around 30% of your final compensation. For example, if your attorney wins $100,000 for you, their fee will be $30,000. This contingency fee is paid at the end of your case, so there is no need to pay anything initially.

  • How much compensation will I get for my spinal cord injury claim?

    It depends. Various factors affect compensation totals, including:

    • The seriousness of your injuries
    • The strength of your proof of liability
    • The presence of an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer.

    In other words, if you have serious injuries and have an experienced attorney who can demonstrate liability, you will get a higher payout. However, if any of the above-listed factors are missing or weak, you will likely get less.

  • What is the deadline for pursuing compensation for a spinal cord injury?

    There is a window of three years for spinal cord injury victims to take legal action for compensation in New York. If the victim was a minor, however, the time clock does not start ticking until the child becomes an adult. After that, the child will have three years to seek compensation.

  • Will my case go to trial?

    It is not likely that your case will need a trial. Well over 90% of cases are settled out of court. However, if a trial is necessary, you can count on our team at Tucker Lawyers to vigorously represent you until the end.

If you still have questions, call our office today and speak with a seasoned Long Island spinal cord injury lawyer who cares.

Why Choose Tucker Lawyers in Long Island?

Experience. Dedication. Skill.

Spinal cord injuries change lives forever. Those who experience them need financial resources to weather the future and cover their losses. At Tucker Lawyers, we vigorously pursue those resources so our clients can get on with their lives and rebuild for the future.

Are you facing overwhelming losses because of your spinal cord injury? Call Tucker Lawyers at (516) 399-2364 for a free consultation and case review. Let our team fight for the justice you deserve. There are no upfront costs for us to take your case, and you pay nothing if we are unsuccessful with your claim.

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Managing Attorney John. J. Tucker, Esq.

John has personally handled thousands of clients who were victims of another’s negligence and fights relentlessly for their rights. John enjoys bringing closure to a client’s matter so that the injured party can move forward with their life. His background enables him to evaluate complex liability related claims and bring resolution to claims in a record time frame. [ Attorney Bio ]

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