Spinal Cord Injury
Neck, back and spinal cord injuries are some of the most serious impairments that a person can suffer, and can be caused by a wide variety of accidents. These injuries can be debilitating and often lead to paralysis. Lengthy recovery periods, long hospital stays, and extensive rehabilitation work may be necessary before the injured person can resume his or her normal life. Even then, he or she may need to continue seeking significant medical attention to treat the injury and any later complications. The Law Offices of John C. Manoog III is a personal injury law firm whose catastrophic injury attorneys represent clients in Hyannis, Plymouth, and throughout the region who have been involved in severe accidents. Whether you were hurt in a car crash, a slip and fall, or an incident of medical malpractice, we have the skills, experience, and resources to help you seek to hold those responsible for the injuries liable. We understand the pain and stress that a spinal cord injury brings to the injured person and his or her family, and we are dedicated to helping clients pursue compensation during this stressful time.Filing a Negligence Claim to Recover Damages
A personal injury lawsuit can’t undo an accident, but it can make the road to recovery easier. Filing a successful claim may allow a victim of someone else’s carelessness to get reimbursement for doctors’ bills and medical costs, as well as missed wages, pain and suffering, and emotional damages. By enlisting the assistance of a seasoned attorney, an injured person and his or her family can concentrate on recuperation while letting the legal professionals pursue those responsible for the accident.
Spinal cord injury lawsuits often proceed on the basis of negligence. This legal theory permits an injured person to recover damages from a person or entity whose careless conduct caused the accident that harmed them. To prove negligence, the victim must first show that the defendant owed the victim a duty of reasonable care and failed to meet this duty. The duty of care is usually straightforward in car accident cases, for example, because all drivers have an obligation to operate their vehicles as carefully as an ordinary person would in similar circumstances. Breaching the duty might consist of running a red light, speeding during a thunderstorm, or driving drunk. Slip and falls can become more complex because the victim must show that the property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition but failed to fix it or warn others about it.
The victim also must show that the defendant’s breach of the duty caused his or her injuries. Damage awards in Massachusetts personal injury cases are decided under a modified comparative negligence standard. This means that the victim can get compensation from a defendant even if the victim was partly at fault for the accident, unless the victim was more than 50 percent responsible for it. The size of the award will be reduced to an amount proportionate to the extent of the defendant’s responsibility for the accident. For instance, an injured person who was 35 percent at fault can get compensation for 65 percent of the damages that he or she suffered. It is critical to remember, however, that a negligence claim must be filed within a certain time after the accident giving rise to it. Victims who fail to file within this period probably cannot receive compensation.Experienced Injury Attorneys Serving Cape Cod
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, we have more than 146 years of combined experience representing clients in serious injury cases throughout the Cape Cod region. Our lawyers understand the law, and have a strong record of obtaining optimal results for victims of spinal cord injuries. We don't charge a fee in many cases unless we are successful, and we are happy to visit you if you can't make it to our offices in Hyannis or Plymouth. Call us at 888-262-6664 or contact us online to set up a free initial consultation. Nós Falamos Português