Houston Spinal Cord Accident Lawyer
Are you searching for a premier Houston lawyer for a spinal cord injury caused by a car, 18-wheeler truck or motorcycle accident? Voted TOP 100 Texas trial lawyers Hugh Howerton is a board certified personal injury lawyer who specializes in spinal cord injury cases.
This time in your life is overwhelming. You need help and guidance. Hugh Howerton will answer all your questions and guide you through the legal process. Let him handle everything. He knows what to do. He’s been doing it for 30 years.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in a motor vehicle crash or other injury those responsible must be brought to justice
For a confidential free consultation call us at 713.984.9848. Hugh will personally talk to you and explain your best options.
What is a spinal cord injury?
Your spinal cord is a group of nerves that runs down your spine. It carries signals back and forth between your body and your brain. A spinal cord injury stops the signal. Spinal cord injuries can happen in a car, truck or motorcycle accident when there is a blow that breaks or dislocates your neck vertebrae. These are the bones that make up your spine. The damage happens when pieces of bone tear into spinal cord and damage the nerves that carry the signal.
Spinal cord injuries can be complete or incomplete. With a complete spinal cord injury, the cord can’t send signals below the level of the injury. As a result, you are paralyzed from below the injury point.
This is a very serious injury and affects every aspect of your life. Medically, emotionally, financially and socially.
Spinal cord injuries
Your ability to move your arms and legs after a spinal cord injury depends on two things. Where on your spine your spinal cord was injured and how serious was the injury to your spinal cord.
The seriousness of the injury is often called “the completeness” and is described by doctors like this:
- Complete. If all feeling and all ability to control movement are lost below the spinal cord injury, your injury is called complete.
- Incomplete. If you have some feeling and function below the injury area, your injury is called incomplete. There are varying degrees of incomplete injury.
Spinal cord injury medical costs
According to the Dana and Christopher Reeves Foundation
- For the first year, people with high tetraplegia (injury above C-4 in the neck) can expect to pay about $1,000,000 dollars for care. Low tetraplegia costs around $770,000 in medical expenses.
- Paraplegia medical costs about $520,000. Injuries that produce incomplete motor function at any level cost an average of $347,000.
- After the first year, costs tend to go down. Those with high tetraplegia incur costs of about $184,000 annually, compared to $113,000 for people with low tetraplegia. Paraplegia costs about $69,000 each year, while incomplete motor function produces the lowest costs, of about $42,000.
Why hire a Houston spinal cord injury accident lawyer?
These are personal injury lawyers who specializes in spinal cord injuries resulting from accidents caused by negligence. They have experience in these highly specialized and serious cases. They will file a claim and or lawsuit against the responsible person or corporation to recover the enormous losses a spinal cord injury victim suffers. The damages would include the past and future costs of medical expenses, attendant care, and loss of earnings. The damages would also include past and future damages for mental anguish, physical pain and physical impairment.
Do I have to pay anything upfront to hire a spinal cord injury lawyer?
Hugh Howerton charges no retainer or upfront money but works on a contingency fee basis. That means Hugh Howerton will pay for all the costs associated with proving your case and is only paid when your case settles or a verdict/appeal is won. If Hugh does not obtain a settlement or recovery then there is no attorney’s fees or case cost reimbursement owed.
What are attorney contingency fees?
Because of the seriousness of a spinal cord injury the best option is to file a lawsuit against the responsible party or corporation. Then it can be determined the amount of liability insurance coverage available to compensate the injury victim. Hugh Howerton charges a 35% contingency fee for spinal cord injury cases. Many attorneys charge 40% contingency fee for cases involving lawsuits.
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