Spinal Cord Injuries

Workplace Accident Attorney in Georgia

The spinal cord serves as the line of communication between the brain and the rest of the body. This crucial part of the human anatomy is protected by the bones of the neck and back. If the spinal cord is impacted, the resulting physical damage can range from painful to permanently debilitating. According to the Georgia workers' compensation statute (O.C.G.A. § 34-9-200.1), injuries to the spinal cord are defined as catastrophic in nature.

A victim of spinal cord damage from a work-related accident could be eligible for lifetime workers' compensation benefits. If you or someone you love sustained trauma to the spinal cord in a workplace accident, you should speak to our firm's Atlanta workers' compensation attorney right away about how to fight for the compensation you deserve.

Recovering from a Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries can be "complete" - meaning that there is no feeling or movement below the point of impact - or "incomplete" - meaning the person has some feeling and movement below the injury. Because the spinal cord is so complex, every injury is different. Some physical complications could include:

  • Loss of feeling
  • Paralysis
  • Weakened bladder and bowel control
  • Difficulty breathing

In addition to these outward manifestations, the victim may experience severe emotional complications such as depression, anger, and grief. Tests such as a computerized tomography (CT) scan, sensory index score (SIS) exam, and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screening help doctors assess the level of damage incurred and determine what steps to take on the road to rehabilitation.

It is important to remember that everyone heals from spinal cord injuries in their own way. Healing can take a long time, and the rehabilitation process is unpredictable. No one can say exactly how or when you will recover. During this time, it is important for you to be able to focus on your recovery - not on medical espenses. That is where we come in to help.

Tenacious Advocacy for Spinal Cord Victims

Insurance companies are not interested in making sure that you get all of the benefits you are entitled to - but we are. The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gilbert is known for maximizing our clients' recovery, often resulting in payouts they never dreamed possible. If a third party is liable for your injury - such as the driver of a truck or the manufacturer of a defective machine - you could be eligible to collect personal injury damages along with your workers' compensation. We will examine your case for this possibility. Whether battling the insurance company or standing up for you in court, Attorney Jeff Gilbert is prepared to fight until he secures the compensatory package you need and deserve.

Tell us About Your Case

Injuries to the spinal cord - whether caused by a motor vehicle accident or on the job - can be painful both for the victim and his or her loved ones. Attorney Gilbert has seen firsthand the effects of serious injuries on both victims and their families. In fact, Mr. Gilbert will be the first to tell you that a catastrophic injury can be almost as difficult on family members as it is to the injured person. For this reason, and with great understanding through experience, Attorney Jeff Gilbert routinely makes it a point to follow and provide assurance to family members as well as to his clients. It is not infrequent for him to stop and ask a spouse, parent or other loved one, "How are you doing?" As the founder of the Alpine Adaptive Scholarship Program (AASP) - a Georgia non-profit organization that provides physically challenged individuals with specialized equipment and training designed to introduce to or reacquaint them with the sport of skiing - Mr. Gilbert's philanthropic work has also enhanced his understanding of catastrophic spinal cord injuries and how to handle such cases.

Jeff Gilbert has a long history of fighting tenaciously and effectively for clients who have been severely hurt in the state of Georgia - both in and out of the workplace. Call our Atlanta firm today to learn more about how we can provide you with the strong advocacy you deserve by speaking to our attorney during a free case evaluation.

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