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Experienced Spine Injury Lawyer
Thousands of people across the nation sustain spinal injuries every year. Causes range from car crashes and botched surgeries to serious falls and sports accidents. Whatever the cause, spinal cord injuries can have serious, and even deadly, repercussions, so if you were injured as a result of another person’s negligent or reckless behavior, it is critical to speak to an experienced spine injury lawyer who will aggressively protect your interests and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
A serious spine injury changes the victim’s life forever. Suddenly, that person is immobilized or partially paralyzed. He or she may not be able to earn a living with his or her current skills. The lives of family members change in dramatic ways too. The burden of providing care often falls on them.
Naqvi Injury Law is a firm that helps the victims of spine injuries obtain medical treatment, rehabilitation services and long-term care. But our work is about more than just money. We obtain compensation that can enhance the lives of our clients, ease the burdens they must bear and help them live richer and more meaningful lives.
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Contact our law firm by e-mail or call us to schedule a free initial consultation. We are compassionate, yet aggressive when protecting accident victims and family who lost loved ones in wrongful death accidents. Located in Las Vegas, our firm serves clients throughout the state of Nevada.
Spinal Cord Basics
The spinal cord is a collection of nerves extending from the brain through the spinal canal and allows the brain to process commands to the muscles, heart, lungs, and bowels. The spinal canal is protected by the chest, neck, and lower back vertebrae. When these vertebrae are damaged, the spinal cord is left vulnerable to further damage through trauma, loss of blood supply, or compression caused by a tumor or infection.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Many spinal cord injuries occur when the spine is pulled, compressed, or pressed sideways as is often the case in a car crash where the head, neck, or back are twisted or sustain a sudden traumatic blow. This can result in spinal fractures or dislocated vertebrae, which in turn can cause the displaced fragments to bruise or tear the spinal cord tissue. This disrupts the signals sent by the nerve cells between the brain and the rest of the body. Vertebral damage can also lead to fluid buildup, swelling, and bleeding both inside and outside the spinal cord, which can result in serious mobility and sensory problems.
Spinal cord injuries are divided into two categories. A complete injury is one that causes a complete loss of sensation and muscle function, while an incomplete injury means that a degree of function remains. Most spinal cord injuries are caused by trauma, and are often associated with car crashes. Other common causes of spinal cord injury include:
- Falls from great heights;
- Sporting accidents;
- Acts of violence;
- Compression caused by the presence of a tumor, infection, or inflammation; and
- A lack of blood supply.
Spinal cord injuries often manifest in different ways, but some of the most common symptoms include:
- Loss of muscle function;
- Muscle spasms;
- Loss of sensation;
- Other sensory changes;
- Loss of control over the bowels and bladder;
- Loss of sexual function;
- Loss of speech or difficulty speaking; and
- Difficulty breathing.
After being involved in an injury-causing accident, the injured parties should seek immediate medical attention where physicians will be able to take a medical history and perform an examination. During the examination, the doctor will ask a variety of questions about the details surrounding the incident that caused the injury. This makes it especially important for patients to obtain medical advice as quickly as possible after the accident, while the details are still fresh in their minds. The physician will also make a note of any prior injuries or surgeries, other medical conditions, and whether the patient is exhibiting any symptoms indicative of a spinal injury. The doctor will then most likely perform additional tests, including:
- An x-ray of the neck and back to identify any fractures or dislocations;
- A computed tomography (CT) scan, which is more advanced imaging test; and
- A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, which shows damage to tissue, ligaments, nerves, and intervertebral discs.
Although a doctor may prescribe steroids in an effort to reduce inflammation and swelling, many injuries are so severe that surgery is a necessity. Surgery may be needed to realign bones, remove bone fragments, or fuse broken bones. There are two main goals in spinal surgeries, including:
- Relieving pressure on the spinal cord, which may require surgeons to remove pieces of broken vertebrae in an effort to decrease compression; and
- Stabilizing the spine through the placement of screws, rods, and plates that help hold the vertebrae together so that the spinal cord is not damaged further.
Unfortunately, spinal surgery poses a variety of risks, including:
- Pressure sores;
- Urinary tract infections or urinary incontinence;
- Loss of bowel control;
- Lung infections;
- Blood clots;
- Chronic pain;
- Muscle spasms;
- Changes in blood pressure;
- Kidney disease; and
After successful surgeries, patients must focus on physical therapy and rehabilitation. Many patients are put on bedrest while their injuries heal or are required to use spinal traction, which requires the injured party to wear a harness that has metal braces attached and so keeps the spine from moving.
A Record of Success
The founder of Naqvi Injury Law, Farhan Naqvi, has handled numerous cases involving spine injuries, paralysis and other catastrophic injuries. Mr. Naqvi understands how to lead successful litigation efforts designed to maximize the compensation our client receives. Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Naqvi has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his clients.
Our firm will focus on helping the spine injury victim obtain the care and services he or she needs to recover to the fullest extent possible. We will work with the victim’s doctor, medical specialists and a life care planner to identify all of the care and services the victim will need over his or her lifetime. We will also calculate the lost earning power of the victim. Our claim will include a demand for full and complete compensation for the medical care, rehabilitation services, financial losses and suffering of the victim.
The Road Back
The aftermath of a spine injury is always uncertain. In your case, Naqvi Injury Law will strive to out-prepare and outwork the defense. We will build a strong case designed to help the victim and family get the care, services and compensation they need to recover.
The road back from a life-changing accident is long and difficult. During this time of crisis, Naqvi Injury Law will be with you all the way.
Injuries Caused by Negligence
Any type of spinal injury is devastating, but injuries caused by the negligence of another person are especially frustrating because they could have been avoided. Fortunately, in situations where someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to an injury, the injured parties can obtain compensation for their losses. To establish that another party was negligent, a plaintiff needs to show that:
- The defendant failed to exercise reasonable care;
- This failure was the cause of the injury; and
- The plaintiff suffered an injury as a result of the defendant’s actions.
In Nevada, injured parties only have a certain amount of time in which they can file a claim for compensation. Generally, those who have been injured in an accident have two years from the date of the incident to file a claim in court. A failure to file in time will most likely result in the claim being barred, which means that the plaintiff will lose the opportunity to obtain compensation for his or her losses.
Even when an injury is not totally the fault of another person, an injured party may still be able to recover a portion of the costs incurred as a result of the accident. This is because Nevada adheres to the legal theory of modified comparative fault, which means that a plaintiff’s recovery will not be barred by his or her own contribution to the accident. Instead, the amount they are able to recover will be reduced by their percentage of fault. However, if an injured party is found to be 50 percent or more at fault in causing the accident, he or she will be unable to recover any damages.
Sustaining a spinal injury can be physically and financially devastating for victims because these types of injuries usually require prolonged treatment and expensive surgeries. Injured parties may be required to pay a large amount in medical expenses for the following:
- Appointments with specialists;
- Prescription medications;
- Special medical equipment;
- Assisted living;
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy; and
These costs do not even take into account the thousands of dollars that an injured party may need to spend on a new vehicle or remodeling a home to account for wheelchair access. Spinal cord injury victims may need nursing care for the rest of their lives to help with daily functions, such as driving, bathing, and preparing meals. All of these costs can quickly add up and overwhelm a family’s finances, especially when a household is supported by a single income.
Fortunately, victims of another person’s negligence can obtain compensation for these costs from the responsible parties. This compensation may include coverage for the following economic damages:
- Medical expenses;
- Property damage;
- Lost wages; and
- Loss of future income.
Obtaining compensation for these costs can be vital to a person’s recovery because many injured parties are unable to return to work for months after the accident and in some tragic cases, may be unable to work for the rest of their lives. But these costs do not account for the emotional toll that severe injuries, such as a spinal injury, can take on victims and their families. For this reason, injured parties may also be able to receive non-economic damages that are more difficult to quantify, such as:
- Pain and suffering;
- Humiliation or mental anguish;
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement;
- Physical impairment; and
- Loss of spousal companionship.
In Nevada, there is a cap on the amount of non-economic damages that an injured party can be awarded in a medical malpractice case. This means that parties who suffered a spinal injury as a result of a surgeon’s negligence, can only recover $350,000 in non-economic damages. This rule does not affect how much a party can be awarded in economic damages in any type of injury case. Furthermore, if a party was injured as a result of any other type of accident, he or she will also not face a cap on potential non-economic damages.
Reputations Are Earned, Not Given
Our law firm’s founding attorney — Farhan Naqvi has handled hundreds of complicated auto accident cases, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Drunk driver accidents
He started his career as an insurance defense attorney many years ago and later joined one of the largest personal injury law firms in Nevada where he often litigated more than 200 cases simultaneously. His strong experience with insurance companies & accident law is the foundation of our boutique law firm. We devote ample resources & time to obtaining maximum compensation for accident victims.
Why Work with Our Firm?
Naqvi Injury Law offers many benefits to car accident victims. In terms of fees, we usually charge only 25 to 33 percent of the total compensation, versus fees of up to 50 percent at other law firms. We also advance all costs while your case is pending.
When you hire one of our skilled attorneys, you’ll never have to wonder what comes next. We’ll guide you through the steps of pursuing the best payout for your injuries, while advising you of potential problems or practices to avoid while your case is being reviewed and worked on. We are available to answer any questions you may have about the different legal processes involved in your case, so you’ll never have to guess at what comes next. Unlike some law firms, we don’t charge you any fees until you receive compensation for your case, which means you can retain our services no matter what your financial situation may be. Give us a call, contact us through our website, or send us an email.
Why Work with Our Firm?
Spinal cord injuries can have devastating consequences not only for the patient, but for his or her family as well. While nothing can replace the loss of a person’s use of his or her arms or legs, obtaining compensation from the responsible parties can go a long way towards helping families begin the road to recovery, so if you or a loved one were involved in an accident and sustained a spinal cord injury as a result, please contact Naqvi Injury Law by calling (702) 945-0558 and a member of our dedicated legal team will help you schedule a free consultation with an experienced spine injury attorney who can explain your legal options. Experience, compassionate service, and the determination to prevail are the foundations of our law firm – the choice is clear.
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DRUNK DRIVER ACCIDENTS
MULTIPLE CAR ACCIDENTS
NECK & BACK INJURY
SLIP & FALL ACCIDENTS
SPINE INJURY ACCIDENTS
SWIMMING POOL ACCIDENTS
TAXI CAB ACCIDENTS
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
TRIP & FALL ACCIDENT