Man in a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury

Steps To Take After An Accident Leading to a Spinal Cord Injury

By Jose Ceja
Managing Attorney

Experiencing a spinal cord injury can be a life-altering event, bringing with it overwhelming challenges and uncertainties. It is undoubtedly common to be in shock initially. But after you figure out your medical treatment, as well as the subsequent care that will be needed, it will become important to also consider the legal aspects of your situation. This guide aims to provide clear and practical advice on the legal steps you should take following a spinal cord injury. From understanding your rights to seeking appropriate legal counsel, it will be important to follow through on essential actions that can help protect your interests and secure the compensation you may be entitled to. This information is designed to help guide you and your loved ones during this difficult time, ensuring that you are well informed and prepared to take the necessary legal actions.

Steps To Take After A Spinal Cord Injury 

Here are some key steps you should consider:

  • Seek Immediate Medical Attention: Prioritize your health and safety. Immediate and comprehensive medical documentation is also crucial for any legal claims.
  • Report the Accident: If the injury occurred in a car accident, at work, or in a public place, report it to the relevant authorities or your employer. This creates an official record of the event.
  • Document Everything: Keep a detailed record of the accident, your injuries, medical treatments, and how the injury impacts your daily life. Include photos, medical reports, and a journal of your physical and emotional struggles.
  • Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney: Attorneys that are experienced in personal injury cases, especially spinal cord injuries Spe in spinal cord injuries, these lawyers can guide you through the complex legal process. They can help you understand your rights and the compensation you may be entitled to.
  • Avoid Early Settlement Offers: Insurance companies may offer a quick settlement. Make sure you consult with an attorney before you accept any offers. You want to make sure that the offer will cover your long-term needs as much as possible. 
  • File an Insurance Claim: File a claim with your insurance company or the at-fault party’s insurer. Your attorney can help you navigate this process.
  • Consider a Personal Injury Lawsuit: If insurance does not cover all your needs, a lawsuit against the responsible party might be necessary. This can include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
  • Comply with the Statutes of Limitations: Be aware of the time limits for filing a lawsuit. In the state of Texas, the personal injury statute of limitations is two years. That means you have no more than two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against the person or entity responsible for your injury.
  • Seek Support Services: Look into support groups, counseling, and rehabilitation services. These can help with your physical and emotional recovery.
  • Plan for Long-Term Needs: Consider the long-term implications of your injury on your lifestyle, career, and family. Your attorney and medical team can assist in planning for these changes.

Each case is unique, and the legal steps can vary based on the circumstances of the accident. An experienced personal injury attorney can help ensure that your specific needs and rights are addressed. Contact Ceja Law Firm, LLC for an initial consultation.

About the Author
Jose Ceja is the managing attorney of Ceja Law Firm. He has practiced law since 2007 and has devoted his career to the practice of criminal law. Mr. Ceja began his legal career as a felony drug prosecutor, where he prosecuted drug, gang, and violent offenses. Mr. Ceja has first or second chaired almost 100 trials, including murders, drug cases, DWIs, and assaults. In his career as a defense attorney, he has regularly obtained dismissals, not guilty verdicts, and grand jury “no bills” in a wide variety of cases.