Austin Spinal Cord Injury Attorney

Resource for Spinal Cord Injury Accident Victims

Highlights:

  • New Braunfels Teen Faces Life with Injury
  • Compensation for Spinal Cord Injury
  • Settlements in Spinal Cord Injury Case
  • Infographic: Spinal Cord Injury Facts
  • Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

A Spinal Cord Injury Changes Life for New Braunfels Teen

Last summer you may have heard about New Braunfels teenager, Logan Longoria, who shared his story about being injured in a diving accident on the Comal River. As summer weather tempted Texans to float, swim and dive along the Comal’s windy waterways, Longoria gave a warning to those who could be injured.

In 2014, Longoria jumped into the Comal River shortly after it flooded. He says he dove into the wrong area and hit a rock. Next thing, Longoria woke up in the hospital with a broken neck as a quadriplegic. The teen was told he’d never be able to move, breathe or eat on his own again.
Now the teen is making progress beyond what was expected. Even so, hardships to the family take a toll. Longoria’s parents now act as his main caretakers because nurses and therapy are too expensive.

Now the family is raising awareness about spinal cord injury and the possibilities of recovery. You can watch Logan’s recovery progress on his Community Facebook page here. Read on for more information about spinal cord injuries.

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    The Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer’s View

    We have seen the devastating effects a spinal cord injury can have on a family. Legal action can help victims of spinal cord injury recover the compensation they need to cover medical expenses, loss of work, and damage to a victim’s quality of life.

    Jason McMinn and Justin McMinn are experienced spinal cord injury attorneys. McMinn Law Firm has successfully fought for clients facing life altering spinal cord injuries using a contingency fee system. Some critics argue that the contingency system creates a litigious environment that can cause damage to businesses. Our view is that the system provides opportunity for every spinal cord injury survivor to fight for justice when they are injured due to the gross negligence of another party. We believe businesses and individuals should be held accountable when they have a gross disregard for the safety of our Austin area community. More about damage caps in Texas.

    Compensation for Spinal Cord Injury

    A spinal cord injury can have extreme effects on a person’s wellbeing and quality of life. A year after experiencing a spinal cord injury, the employment rate for affected persons drops from 58.1% to 12.4%. A injury that is as serious as a spinal cord injury affects the well-being of the entire family in most instances.

    Damages: How Much is Spinal Cord Injury or Paralysis Case Worth?

    A spinal cord injury and paralysis injury can have lifelong effects. A good settlement will reflect damages including life care costs, pain and suffering damages, and loss of earning ability.

    • The victim of a spinal cord injury may suffer from pain each day. Additionally, depending on the severity of injury the victim will no longer be able to live out the lifestyle they previously enjoyed.Mental anguish requires experts in order to “prove.” Unlike a fracture, pain and suffering is not visible to a jury. Noneconomic damages of a spinal cord injury are not easily quantifiable. Since there is no easy way to measure noneconomic damages, only an experienced attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
    • In some cases, the victim in a personal injury case may not be able to return to work. A vocational expert or consultant will be able to determine the value of lost earnings. They may provide evidence in a trial setting or for use in negotiations.Many victims of spinal cord injury are unable to return to work for extended periods of time. A successful personal injury will advocate for past losses in earning capacity as well as future earning capacity.
    • Whether the injury is paralysis or spinal cord injury the results can be severe. A victim of spinal injury often loses capacity to care for themselves, especially in the first year following the injury. This is a list of some costs that a spinal injury victim would need in order to live with their injury: 
      • Emergency hospital visits
      • Pain and suffering
      • Ongoing medical care
      • Home assistance
      • Assistive Devices
      • Motorized wheelchair
      • Disabled persons access ramps, stairlift
      • Wheelchair accessible van

    Spinal Injuries and Structured Settlements

    People suffering from spinal cord injury typically need ongoing, daily medical care. The burden may fall on a family member who becomes the primary caregiver. Or the family may need to hire a nursing assistant. Specialized care and physical therapy may last a lifetime.
    Planning for the future is an important part of a spinal cord injury settlement. Spouses and parents of spinal cord victims often worry about what would happen if something should happen to them.  Structured Settlements can help a family plan ahead. Additionally, money paid through structured settlements is not subject to taxes and is not required to be reported to the IRS. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help you understand your options.

    A case value will also help pay for professional services provided by experts during litigation. There may be fees for independent medical experts, damage experts, and court expenses.

    Spinal Cord Injury Settlements

    Jason Mcminn and Justin McMinn are experienced spinal cord injury attorneys. Below are a few notable cases that they have resolved successfully. You can view the complete Settlements and Verdicts Page here.

    $1,950,000 Settlement; Semi-Truck & Bucket Truck Crash

    Austin man hit by 18-wheeler truck driving in the wrong lane; the truck crushed his bucket truck, which he was using to repair a traffic light. He suffered from spinal injuries.

    Policy Limits Settlement
    After spinal surgery made necessary by a severe vehicle collision, McMinn negotiated negotiated a policy-limits settlement for an Austin woman.

    Spinal Surgery
    An Austin man sought representation after sustaining severe injuries in a collision that also totaled his car. We negotiated a settlement for him that provided money needed for medical expenses including spinal surgery.

    Spinal Damage
    An Austin woman suffering permanent spinal damage from a severe collision received a cash settlement negotiated for her by McMinn personal injury lawyers.

    $165,000 Settlement in Car Accident Case
    Represented a Buda family involved in a head-on automobile collision. The husband and wife received spinal injuries from the impact of the collision. Prior to trial, the at-fault driver’s insurance company agreed to settle the case for $165,000 with a client recovery of $82,000.

    Lead, Asbestos, and Other Harmful Substance: Employer Negligence

    Some individuals also suffer workplace injuries after being exposed to harmful substances which include lead, asbestos, and other hazardous materials. Other types of injuries can come from operating heavy machinery that is faulty and defective.

    If you have been hurt in the workplace, you may file for workers’ compensation without having to go through lengthy litigation. However, this prohibits you from filing a case against your employer, even if he or she was proven to be negligent. Thus, it is best to first contact a personal injury attorney before making any decisions on the course you will be pursuing.

    Second Party in Employer Negligence Case

    Furthermore, it may be the case that there is another party who is responsible for your injuries.  You can also take action against them, while at the same time receiving your workers’ compensation.  The possible negligent parties are:

    • The owner, or the person responsible for the property where you were injured
    • An employee from another company that you were working with
    • The manufacturer, seller or distributor of the defective equipment which caused your injury

    Examples of Injuries Due to Employer Negligence

    • Traumatic brain injuries
    •  Spinal cord injuries
    • Amputation
    • Back injuries
    • Cuts, abrasions, and burns

    Recent Personal Injury Case Results

    The McMinn Law Firm has helped injured Austinites for fifteen years, winning over 100 million dollars in settlements to date.

    Uninsured Motorist Accident

    $350,000

    Drunk Driver Accident

    $1,300,000

    Truck Accident Victim

    $1,200,000

    Austin Personal Injury Lawyers Waiting To Help You

    We specialise representing clients in the following areas, we are waiting to help you on your personal injury case.

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    Austin Car Accident

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    18 Wheeler Accident

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    Employment Accident

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    Catastrophic Injuries

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    Our Awards

    Better Business Bureau (BBB) bases its ratings on information provided by the business, and on public data sources. McMinn Law Firm's A+ rating is the highest available.
    In the years 2013-2014 and 2016-2019, Justin McMinn has been selected each year as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service. Jason McMinn has been selected as a Super Lawyer in 2020.
    Expertise.com, a company that evaluates and recommends local service professionals, placed McMinn Law Firm on their list of 20 recommended car accident attorneys in Austin.

    What Past Clients Are Saying

    "Jason, Justin, and their entire support team represented me in an accident involving an 18 wheeler. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome, and maybe as importantly, the service along the way was something you would want as a client, their entire team was amazing! I can with great confidence recommend them to friends, family, and to anyone who happens to read this. Thank you McMinn Law Firm for a job well done!"

    - Charles

    "The McMinns were amazing. Within two days of my accident – and still barely able to move – I received a visit to my house for personal consultation (on a Saturday). All the initial feedback about my potential case turned out to be 100% accurate, and when it finally came time to settle they didn’t back off an inch. …If you’re hurt, make the call."

    - Harry

    "I was rear ended by a large truck. Am thankful for Justin and Jason and their team and all the hard work they put into resolving my case! I highly recommend that you contact them if you’re injured in a wreck!"

    - Lori M.

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