Brain and Spinal Injury Lawyers
Orange County Brain and Spinal Injury Attorneys
No one who has suffered a serious injury ever wants to hear anything along the lines of, “we’re just not sure how long it’s going to take for you to recover, if you ever do” from a doctor. Sadly, if you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury or a spinal cord injury, chances are that you might have heard that from a doctor already. It’s bad enough that you’ve already suffered a terrible injury because of the actions of someone else; now you’ve got to live through yet another form of uncertainty. This can make the situation all but untenable for a lot of people. It’s incredibly difficult to go from being a healthy, active person to someone who may never fully recover from sudden harm. If this describes your situation, you need to talk to a traumatic brain injury lawyer at Montevideo Law as soon as possible.
The world of medical science has come a very long way in recent years with regards to the research and treatment of brain and spinal cord injuries. Despite this progress, however, we still have a long way to go. When it comes to your injury or injuries, your primary concern is getting back on your feet – both literally and figuratively – as soon as possible. If that’s not possible, you need to do what’s necessary to recover your losses so that your family does not have to face extreme financial uncertainty on top of everything else. It’s time to act so that you can make the best of a difficult situation.
Why Montevideo Law For Your Brain or Spinal Injury Case?
Attorney John Michael Montevideo is one of the founders of Montevideo Law. While every attorney has a story about what inspired him or her to pursue a career in the legal world, Mr. Montevideo’s deals almost directly with people who have suffered injuries to their brains and/or their spinal cords. His experience instilled a passion inside of him that continues to burn to this day, and that passion involves fighting for those who have suffered injustice.
After earning his Bachelor’s degree, Mr. Montevideo spent a year working with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, or the JVC. He spent that year working in Houston, Texas, and he spent his time volunteering at Vita Living, Inc. Vita Living is a non-profit entity whose mission is to help people who are struggling with mental and physical developmental disabilities. Quite a few people who received help from Vita Living had suffered brain and/or spinal cord injuries. Mr. Montevideo saw what they had to deal with and decided to enroll in law school. Today, he fights for the rights of those forced into this position along with the rest of the team.
If someone injured you and you are dealing with trauma to your brain and/or spinal cord, through no fault of your own you suddenly find yourself with a lot of time alone with your thoughts. These are not necessarily comforting thoughts, either, as you know that times are going to be tough going forward for a lot of different reasons. Given our team’s experience in helping clients with these injuries, we’re familiar with these questions. They may include:
- How could this happen to me?
- How will I ever be able to afford all of this medical care?
- Will my life be cut short because of this?
- Will I lose my job?
- Will I lose my home if I can’t pay my mortgage?
- Will I ever walk again?
- Will I always be a burden on my loved ones?
- Should I file some sort of lawsuit?
- If so, how do I go about doing that?
- Is there any way out of this mess?
The traumatic brain injury lawyers at Montevideo Law can help you find answers to several of the questions listed above. In the meantime, obtaining legal help can also free you to focus on your physical recovery. A spinal cord injury lawyer can handle all of the red tape, the legalities, the technicalities and even the insurance companies for you.
You Are Far From Alone
While it may not be of much comfort now as you deal with the immediate aftermath of your injury, down the road it may help you a bit to know that there is a whole community of people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. They can be a valuable resource to you as you continue to take on your challenge. The University of Alabama-Birmingham is home to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, or the NSCISC. According to its data:
Nearly 300,000 Americans currently live with some form of spinal cord injury.
More than 17,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries every year.
More than 80 percent of people who suffer spinal cord injuries are males.
The average age of a person who suffers a spinal cord injury in the United States is 42.
The NSCISC also keeps track of leading causes of spinal cord injuries. These include:
- Vehicle crashes – 38.4 percent
- Falls – 30.5 percent
- Violence – 13.5 percent
- Sports – 8.9 percent
- Medical/surgical issues – 4.7 percent
- Other – 4 percent
The statistics regarding traumatic brain injuries should also tell you that there are many others out there who have faced your struggle. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, the following occurred in 2013:
- Approximately 2.5 million people in the United States reported to emergency departments because of a traumatic brain injury.
- 282,000 people were hospitalized because of this injury.
- Nearly 50,000 people died because of traumatic brain injuries.
- Between 2007 and 2013, hospitalizations for traumatic brain injuries increased by 47 percent.
The leading causes of traumatic brain injuries should look eerily similar to those related to spinal cord injuries. According to BrainLine.org, the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries in the United States include:
- Falls – 47 percent
- Struck by or against an object – 15 percent
- Traffic accidents – 14 percent
- Assault – 9 percent
- Unknown – 8 percent
A California Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Can Help
You face a difficult challenge, but one that can be overcome with the right help and support system. You need someone to help you recover damages for your losses. If you’re ready to learn more about that process, contact a California spinal cord injury lawyer at Montevideo Law today to schedule a free initial consultation.