After any accident, victims should be monitored for injuries, including head and neck injuries. Victims frequently believe they do not have any serious injuries right after their accident, only to develop pain a bit later in their neck, back or head. These injuries can be very serious. Seek prompt medical treatment. Also consider seeking legal advice if someone else may be at fault for your accident injuries.
What Are Common Types of Neck and Spinal Cord Injuries?
Any type of accident has the potential to result in neck and spinal cord injuries, including car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, accidents at construction sites where an item drops from above onto the victim below, and motorcycle accidents. The types of neck and spinal cord injuries vary depending on the severity and location of the injury. These injuries should not be ignored. Common injuries include:
- Whiplash and Soft-tissue Injuries: These injuries can be caused by all sorts of collisions including rear-end automobile collisions. These injuries can be very painful and can involve injuries to the disks in the back or the ligaments in the neck.
- Brain Injuries: Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries can be very serious, and sometimes it can take weeks after an accident to notice the symptoms. Family members and people close to the victim might notice signs of behavioral changes or the victim might notice that simple tasks have become difficult to complete.
- Spinal Injuries: Spinal cord injuries can have life-altering effects, including paralysis. Some victims could need long-term nursing care. Spinal cord injuries can be caused by nearly any kind of accident, including vehicle accidents and falls down stairs.
Why Should I Hire a Lawyer in Maine?
Most lawyers will tell you that hiring a local lawyer can help your case, because a local personal injury lawyer will know how Maine courts operate, will understand Maine personal injury law, and will have access to local medical providers and investigators to assist with your case.
When Should Someone Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
One of the primary reasons to consider hiring a Maine personal injury attorney after an accident is to document and build your case. If someone else is legally at fault for the accident that caused your injuries, it is important to establish the proof necessary to support your claim, including:
- Circumstances of the accident – Whether you were in an automobile and were struck from behind, or you were visiting a local business and fell down the stairs, you should consider getting legal advice immediately. Understanding what was going on at the time of the accident can help your attorney determine who may be responsible.
- Why you believe someone is responsible – There are some accidents where proving fault is fairly simple, for example, an accident involving a drunk driver operating erratically. Maine personal injury attorneys must prove that someone was negligent and that the person’s negligence was responsible for your injuries.
- Medical care and work – Your personal injury attorney should be told what medical care you have received, when you are expected to be able to return to work, and if you will be able to return to your normal work duties. Keep in mind that traumatic brain injuries and back injuries can sometimes cause long term disability.
Working closely with a personal injury attorney in Maine after any incident that results in neck and spinal cord injuries is important. At Fales & Fales, P.A., we are committed to ensuring that victims of any type of personal injury have the legal representation to which they are entitled after an accident involving neck and spinal cord injuries. Victims should call today at 207-786-0606 for a free consultation. Fales & Fales, P.A., does not charge any upfront fee in personal injury cases; victims pay nothing unless they receive compensation for their personal injuries.