Few injuries are as scary as those involving the head or neck. At a time like this, it is important to seek treatment from your family doctor and other specialists as needed to ensure that you receive appropriate care and monitoring. An experienced attorney can help protect your right to full compensation if you have suffered an injury that has lasting effects.
At Johnstone & Gabhart, LLP, our team of lawyers brings more than half a century of experience to representing people in West Virginia, including the cities of Charleston, Huntington, Beckley, Parkersburg, Morgantown and throughout Kanawha County, who suffer serious personal injury in car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, and other types of negligence. No matter how you were injured, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
Our lawyers handle all types of head and neck injury cases, from those that affect you for a few months to those that are permanent in nature. The following are examples.
Whiplash and Soft-Tissue Injuries
Whiplash is an injury to soft tissues in the neck as a result of extreme motions. Often, these injuries occur in rear-end collisions when the head is snapped backward and forward. While most people recover from whiplash in a few months, some people suffer debilitating pain that continues much longer. In some cases, pain can be traced to damage to vertebrae, disks or ligaments of the neck.
It is important to seek prompt treatment and to continue seeking treatment until your condition improves. This is important to not only recover your health, but also to document your injury for the insurance company of the party who caused your injury.
Traumatic brain injuries can present extremely complex difficulties that other types of personal injuries do not. The major issue is that the total extent of the injury may not be evident and may have slow onsets. The full effects and damages may not be evident for weeks or even months following an accident.
Further, its effects may be subtle, and the victim may be the last to notice them. Friends, family members and others close to the victim may start to notice emotional, behavioral or cognitive changes. At a certain point, formerly routine tasks may prove impossible.
If you or someone close to you has suffered a serious brain injury due to what you believe was someone's negligent or careless conduct, it is important to reach out to a team of attorneys that can fully understand the injuries and advocate for you.
Spinal Injuries and Paralysis
A spinal cord injury usually results in a degree of paralysis. This can range from tingling or numbness to the affected areas of the body to a complete lack of sensation and movement below the area of injury. While treatment for spinal cord injuries continues to improve, paralysis is usually permanent.
Anyone who suffers an injury such as paralysis will face significant financial and medical challenges. To ensure that money is there to pay for the needs you will have, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Our lawyers work with doctors, life-care planners, economists and vocational rehabilitation experts to document your future needs. Then we will seek to recover the maximum compensation from the insurance company of the party responsible for your injury for expenses such as:
- Home modifications
- Adaptive devices such as motorized wheelchairs
- Past and future medical care
- Personal assistance
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Your life will change as the result of a spinal cord injury. The quality of your life may depend in part on the financial recovery you can make through a personal injury lawsuit. Our lawyers will work hard to ensure that the money is there to meet your needs.
Contact Our Lawyers For A Free Consultation
Our goal initially is to ensure you receive the medical care you need to achieve as full a recovery as possible. It is important not to resolve your case financially until you know how the injury will affect your life. Will you recover fully? What medical or other services will you need in the future as a result of your injury? When we know the answers to these and other questions, we will demand full compensation from the insurance company of the negligent party.
To schedule a free initial consultation with our attorneys, call 304-553-0830 or email the firm.