Rapid City Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Spine Injury Cases in South Dakota
Spinal cord injuries are incredibly serious, often leading to lifelong complications, such as chronic pain and partial or total paralysis. If you or someone you love suffered a spine injury because of another person or party’s negligence, you do not have to simply suffer the consequences on your own. You could be entitled to file a personal injury claim and seek fair financial compensation for your damages.
Since 1997, Beardsley, Jensen & Lee has been representing clients in complex catastrophic injury cases throughout South Dakota. Our Rapid City spinal cord injury lawyers are here to help you fight for the maximum compensation you are owed for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. We do not accept lowball settlements; instead, our team of trial lawyers is prepared to take your case to trial.
Complete vs. Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are categorized as either complete or incomplete, depending on the severity of the damage. Generally speaking, complete spinal cord injuries have more serious and long-lasting effects than incomplete spinal cord injuries, though both can be debilitating.
- Complete spinal cord injuries occur when the nerves are completely severed, leading to a total cessation of communication between the brain and the body below the point of injury.
- Incomplete spinal cord injuries occur when some nerve function is retained, leading to limited communication between the brain and the body below the point of injury.
Complete spinal cord injuries often result in partial or total paralysis, depending on the location of the injury. Examples of complete spinal cord injuries include paraplegia and quadriplegia/tetraplegia.
Incomplete spinal cord injuries, on the other hand, may result in temporary or partial paralysis. However, paralysis is less common with incomplete spinal cord injuries than it is with complete spinal cord injuries.
Additionally, some spine injuries do not involve the spinal cord itself but the structures surrounding it. Whiplash and slipped, herniated, or ruptured discs are examples of common spine injuries that, though extremely painful and often chronically debilitating, are generally considered less serious than other types of spinal cord injuries.
At Beardsley, Jensen & Lee, we know that any spine injury can greatly affect your life. Even when victims are expected to heal completely, they often still suffer extensive physical, emotional, and financial challenges. With this in mind, our Rapid City spine injury lawyers understand the importance of fighting for every penny you are owed.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Spine Injuries?
Unfortunately, the vast majority of spinal cord injuries are caused by negligence. When other people, companies, and entities are careless, reckless, or act wrongfully, injured victims have the right to seek justice.
Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents, including car, motorcycle, and truck crashes
- Acts of violence, such as assault or assault with a deadly weapon
- Falls, such as slip and falls and falls from heights
- Sports and recreation-related accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Workplace and work-related accidents
If you believe your spinal cord injury could have—and should have—been prevented, we encourage you to reach out to our firm. At Beardsley, Jensen & Lee, we conduct exhaustive investigations to determine exactly how the accident occurred and, most importantly, who is liable for your damages.
Holding Negligent Parties Accountable
Since 1997, Beardsley, Jensen & Lee has been committed to holding negligent and wrongful parties accountable for the pain and suffering they cause. Our Rapid City spinal cord injury lawyers know how to fight back against insurance company tactics used to dispute, devalue, or deny claims. We have a proven record of success, including numerous favorable verdicts won at trial.
When you choose our firm, you get an entire team of legal professionals with more than 100 years of combined experience. We pool our resources, knowledge, and skill to build powerful cases for our clients and aggressively advocate for the full, fair recoveries they deserve.
Learn how our team can help you with your spinal cord injury claim; call our office at (605) 250-1242 today for a free, no-obligation consultation.