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Spinal Injury Lawyers in St. Louis. The effects of a spinal cord injury are often devastating and have lifelong consequences. When you or a loved one is injured because of somebody else's negligence, you deserve justice and full financial compensation so you can be made whole again and have your future protected. Call Halvorsen Klote's spinal injury lawyers in greater St. Louis and Southern Illinois at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online for a free consultation. We have dedicated our lives to ensuring that the injured and vulnerable receive the same high standard of legal representation that large corporations and insurance companies do.
Types and Levels of Spinal Injuries | St. Louis Spinal Injury Lawyers
Our spinal cords act as the messenger between our brains and the rest of our body. Spinal injuries are classified as being at one of two "levels," complete and incomplete:
Complete Spinal Cord Injuries
Complete spinal cord injuries occur when an injury results in the brain being unable to send messages to the body below the spot of the injury. A complete injury to the lumbar region, or lower region, of your spinal cord, for instance, may result in you being unable to walk or feel sensation below the injury, but you maintain use of your arms and upper body.
Complete spinal injuries have a tremendous impact on your ability to make a living and enjoy life. The St. Louis spinal injury lawyers at Halvorsen Klote will fight to get you the best possible results in your case and the full compensation you need to move on.
Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries
Incomplete spinal injuries reduce, but do not completely sever, the brain's ability to send messages to parts of your body below the injury site. Below are three of the most common types of incomplete spinal cord injuries:
- Anterior cord syndrome: This is an injury to the front of the spinal cord where you may retain some degree of sensation, but will struggle with movement.
- Central cord syndrome: This is an injury to the center of the spinal column that results in nerve damage. Symptoms include:
- Loss of fine motor skills
- Paralysis of the arms
- Partial impairment in the legs
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Loss of sexual function
- Brown-Sequard syndrome: This injury results in damage to only one side of the spinal cord, which may mean that you retain no movement on one side of your body, but still have full movement on the other side.
Full physical recovery is not possible after a spinal cord injury, but the accomplished and passionate St. Louis spinal injury lawyers at Halvosen Klote will make sure that you receive the full financial recovery you are entitled to.
Common Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuits | St. Louis Spinal Injury Lawyers
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents account for 38.2 percent of all spinal injuries, and are the most common causes, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center.
Often a negligent driver, such as a drunk or distracted driver, will be liable for your injuries. If your brakes or seatbelt did not work properly, you may be able to make a claim against the vehicle manufacturer. Trucking companies may also be found negligent in truck accidents, for example, if they overworked a driver or did not load their cargo properly. Our St. Louis-based spinal injury lawyers at HK Law will find every liable party in your car accident or other motor vehicle accident in Missouri or Illinois and hold them accountable.
Under 740 ILCS 130/ and Missouri Revised Statute §537.348, landowners and managers have a duty to repair or warn against dangerous conditions on their property that are not obvious to visitors, such as loose floorboards or black ice in parking lots. Failure to do so may cause you to slip and fall, injuring your spinal cord.
Falls, such as slip and falls account for 32.3 percent of spinal cord injuries. Falling is the most common workplace injury, and 12 percent of workplace injuries involve harm to the spinal cord.
If you or a family member fell and injured your spinal cord on a private or public property due to a hazardous condition, our spinal injury lawyers will help you receive compensation in a premises liability claim in St. Louis or elsewhere in Missouri or Illinois.
Defective auto parts are not the only products that can cause spinal cord injuries. Faulty playground equipment, construction equipment or even amusement park rides can all cause spinal cord injuries and factor into a product liability claim. Product manufacturers have a duty to consumers to ensure that their goods are reasonably safe to use and must be diligent in recalling and remedying any time they discover that a product is not safe.
If you believe that a defective product contributed to your spinal cord injuries, our St. Louis-based product liability lawyers will demand a fair settlement to compensate you for your damages.
Doctors owe you a standard of care anytime they agree to treat you. Surgical errors or failure to diagnose a spinal cord tumor, for example, could lead to injuries that would have been avoided with competent care. Your HK Law spinal injury lawyers in St. Louis will conduct a full investigation into your case to see if a doctor was negligent and guilty of medical malpractice.
No matter how you suffered your spinal cord injury, the St. Louis spinal injury lawyers at HK Law are here to win your case. Call our spinal injury lawyers today at 877-51-HKLAW.
Below are some helpful links and legal FAQs from your St. Louis spinal injury lawyers:
- How Much Is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?
- Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
- How Long Does it Take to Get a Settlement?
- Can I Sue if I Was Partially At Fault?
- Is There a Time Limit to File a Lawsuit?
How Long Do I Have to File a Spinal Cord Injury Claim? | St. Louis Spinal Injury Lawyers
Once you're injured, the clock is already ticking on how long you have to file a claim. It's important to reach out to spinal injury lawyers right away after discovering your injury. The statute of limitations in Missouri and Illinois are different:
- Generally, you have five years from the date the injury occurred or was discovered to file a personal injury claim, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120.
- In medical malpractice cases, you have two years from the date of the injury or the date the injury was discovered, but no more than 10 years total, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.105.
- If you were under 18 or were mentally incapacitated, you have three years from the date of your 18th birthday or from the date the disability ended, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.030.
- If the person you are making a claim against leaves Missouri, the time they are out of state does not count against the statute of limitations.
- In most wrongful death cases, you have three years from the date of death.
- In personal injury claims, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim, according to 735 ILCS 5/13-202.
- In medical malpractice cases, you have two years from the date of the injury or the date the injury was discovered, but no more than four years total, or eight years if you were a minor at the time of your injuries, according to 735 ILCS 5/13-212.
- If you were under 18 or had a legal disability, you have two years from the date of your 18th birthday or from the date the disability ended, according to 735 ILCS 5/13-211.
- If the person you are making a claim against leaves Illinois, the time they are out of state does not count against the statute of limitations, according to 735 ILCS 5/13-208.
If you've been injured in St. Louis or Southern Illinois, reach out to the spinal injury lawyers at Halvorsen Klote as soon as possible. Waiting too long can bring complications to your case or prevent you from filing your claim at all.
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St. Louis Spinal Injury Lawyers | Halvorsen Klote
You do not have to go through this difficult process alone. Halvorsen Klote is here to stand by your side and make sure your injuries are compensated for, and that the people who did you harm are held responsible for their actions. Call Halvorsen Klote's spinal injury lawyers in greater St. Louis and Southern Illinois at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online for a free consultation.