Houston Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
Filing a Spinal Cord Injury Claim in Texas
It goes without saying that a spinal cord injury is one of the most serious, life-altering injuries a person can sustain. Often, spinal cord injuries result in permanent complications and disabilities, including paralysis. For victims and their families, recovering from these catastrophic injuries can be rife with significant physical, emotional, and financial hardships.
If you or someone you love suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of another person or party’s negligent or wrongful conduct, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, and other damages. Our Houston spinal cord injury attorneys at The Shellist Law Firm, PLLC can help you pursue the full, fair recovery you are owed. We are dedicated to helping victims of negligence get back on their feet and fight for the justice they deserve. Our attorneys bring 20 years of trial experience to their practice—we have what it takes to aggressively advocate for you, both in and out of the courtroom.
Complete vs. Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are classified into the following two categories:
- Complete Spinal Cord Injuries: A complete spinal cord injury occurs when all communication between the brain and the body below the point of injury is lost.
- Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries: An incomplete spinal cord injury occurs when some communication between the brain and the body below the point of injury is retained.
Complete spinal cord injuries are generally classified as more severe than incomplete spinal cord injuries and frequently lead to partial or total paralysis (paraplegia, quadriplegia/tetraplegia, etc.). Additionally, the outlook for recovery from incomplete spinal cord injuries is generally better than complete spinal cord injuries, though each case is unique. The outlook for a particular injury will depend on numerous factors, including the severity of the injury, its location, and the victim’s overall health.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries?
Spinal cord injuries typically result from catastrophic accidents and traumatic events. Often, these incidents are directly or indirectly caused by the negligent or wrongful conduct of others.
Some of the leading causes of spinal cord injuries in the United States include:
- Motor vehicle accidents, including car, motorcycle, and truck accidents
- Collisions between motor vehicles and pedestrians/bicyclists
- Falls, including slip and fall accidents and falls from heights
- Violence, including assault/battery, sexual assault, and other criminal acts
- Boating accidents, swimming pool accidents, and diving accidents
- Sports- and recreation-related accidents, such as ATV rollovers
- Workplace accidents, including workplace falls and construction accidents
If you believe that someone else was partially or fully at fault for your or your loved one’s spinal cord injury, reach out to The Shellist Law Firm, PLLC right away. Our Houston spinal cord injury attorneys are prepared to aggressively advocate for your maximum recovery. We understand the complex nature of these cases and know how to navigate the legal process on your behalf. Throughout our years in practice, we have earned a reputation for providing compassionate, personalized legal counsel and aggressive client advocacy, both in and out of the courtroom.
Damages in Spinal Cord Injury Cases
Victims of spinal cord injuries often require extensive medical attention, including ongoing and even lifelong care. They may never be able to return to work or engage in any form of gainful employment. To make matters worse, they are often left with considerable chronic pain, mobility issues, and other complications that can make it extremely difficult—if not impossible—to return to their once-normal daily activities.
At The Shellist Law Firm, PLLC, we seek maximum compensation for spinal cord injury victims, including compensation for the following damages:
- Emergency medical care
- Ambulance/airlift expenses
- Hospital fees
- Surgeries and other treatments
- Physical therapy
- Ongoing and future medical care
- Medical equipment, such as wheelchairs
- Pain management programs
- Lost income, wages, and benefits
- Loss of future expected earnings
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress/anguish
- In-home care costs
- Home modifications
We recognize how complex these injuries are, as well as the many varied and ongoing needs of spinal cord injury victims. Our Houston spinal cord injury attorneys are dedicated to securing a settlement that not only covers your current financial needs but also your ongoing and future economic and non-economic damages, as well.
Request a Free Consultation with Our Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
The Shellist Law Firm, PLLC is prepared to advocate for you and your maximum recovery after a spinal cord injury. Whether you are struggling with chronic back pain or your loved one has been completely paralyzed, we are ready to fight to hold the liable party accountable and seek the justice you and your family deserve.
When you choose our firm, you do not owe any upfront or out-of-pocket expenses; instead, our attorneys only get paid if/when they recover compensation for you. We prepare all cases as though they will go to trial and work tirelessly on behalf of our clients to ensure their rights are protected throughout the legal process.
Car Accident $20,000,000
Illegal Sexual Recording $800,000
Dog Attack $750,000
Car Accident $300,000
Oil Rig Settlement $2,000,000.00
Practicing Law for Two DecadesHaving practiced law for 20 years, you can be confident attorney Steve Shellist can successfully handle your case.
Extensive Trial ExperienceAs a former chief prosecutor, Mr. Shellist knows how to present a compelling case in front of a jury.
Highly Personalized RepresentationAt Shellist Law, we believe every case requires tailored representation in order to achieve the best possible outcome for the client.
Legal Analyst on ABC-13Over the years, Mr. Shellist has been called on by ABC-13 News to share his expertise on many newsworthy cases.