Virtually every aspect of human functioning — from thinking to muscle movement — is affected by the spinal cord. Any amount of spinal cord damage has the potential to have devastating ramifications. In the worst cases, a spinal cord injury could result in substantial cognitive or physical impairment. When a person suffers a spinal cord injury, whether it is in a car accident, a slip and fall accident, or in any other situation, emergency medical attention is required. Emergency medical needs always come first. Unfortunately, even with the best emergency care, a spinal cord injury can still cause permanent harm. The effects of a spinal cord injury may include:
- Extreme pain and suffering;
- Partial or total loss of muscle control;
- Changes in personality;
- Cognitive impairment;
- Reduced sexual functioning;
- Reduced bladder/bowel control; and
- Partial or total paralysis.
Beyond getting immediate medical intervention, recovering from a spinal cord injury often requires ongoing rehabilitative support and physical therapy. With the best medical services, a victim can make the maximum recovery and live the highest possible quality of life. Sadly, in some cases, a full physical recovery is not possible. In a personal injury claim, the issue of permanent impairment must be addressed. Victims need justice and full financial support.
Under Nevada law (Nev. Rev. Stat. § 11.190(4)(e)), plaintiffs have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury claim. Spinal cord injury lawsuits are typically subject to a two-year statute of limitations. If you suffered a serious spinal cord injury, you have 24 months to file a lawsuit. The failure to do so will result in a claim being automatically dismissed by a court.
Do not wait to take action. Beyond meeting the relevant procedural deadlines, your personal injury case also requires a comprehensive investigation. Every day that you wait to seek representation is another day that you may fall behind in the legal claims process. You can be sure that the insurance company is already building a legal defense. To protect your rights, contact an experienced Las Vegas, NV spinal cord injury lawyer immediately.