Types of Personal Injuries
At the Law Offices of George Salinas, we represent clients who have suffered injuries because of someone else’s actions. Clients often ask if we have experience in certain types of cases: car accidents, slip-and-fall, and so forth. And, of course, we do have experience representing clients in all sorts of accident scenarios.
But, it’s equally important to find a lawyer who has experience representing clients with particular kinds of injuries. The best personal injury lawyers are those who understand the medicine and science behind their clients’ injuries, as well as the complications that can arise from them and the costs associated with them.
Here are a few of the more severe kinds of personal injuries our clients have often suffered. If you have sustained these injuries or any others because of someone else’s negligent or wrongful actions, contact us today at (210) 225-0909, or online, to schedule a free consultation.
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries rank among the most devastating conditions we commonly see in our law practice. Any damage to the spinal cord or the nerves at the end of the spinal canal qualifies as a spinal cord injury. Common causes of that damage include impacts (such as in car accidents) and penetrating injuries (such as a gunshot wound).
What makes spinal cord injuries so debilitating is that they often cause paralysis. How much of the body experiences paralysis depends upon where on the spinal cord the injury occurs. Generally speaking, the higher the spinal cord is located on the spinal cord, the more “complete” paralysis will be.
Victims of spinal cord injuries often face a lifetime of disability, requiring major adaptations of their lives and ongoing medical care. They may lose their ability to work, enjoy life, or raise a family. These injuries also take an enormous emotional toll on victims and their families.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Blows to the head or penetrating injuries can also cause traumatic brain injury (TBI), leaving victims with long-lasting, debilitating impairments. Significantly, research has begun to show that even seemingly “minor” blows to the head can lead to long-term complications. TBI symptoms can include changes to vision, speech impairment, cognitive, emotional, and motor deficits, headaches, convulsions, seizures, and coma. These symptoms can take months to resolve, and some never do.
Like spinal cord injury victims, TBI sufferers face potentially lifelong changes in their ability to work, enjoy life, and get around. They may require expensive therapy and care in order to adapt to their “new normal.” These life changes can destabilize TBI victims’ relationships and cause emotional strain throughout their families.
Traumatic Amputation and Crush Injuries
Many of our clients have had their lives changed forever by losing a limb entirely or use of it, either through traumatic amputation or by the limb being crushed. These injuries often occur on job sites, particularly construction or manufacturing, when a piece of equipment grabs and tears at victim’s limb, or a heavy object falls on or presses a limb.
Traumatic amputations and crush injuries risk taking a heavy toll on our clients’ ability to earn a living. Recovery from these injuries has become increasingly possible over the past fifteen years through enormous advances in prosthetic technologies. Still, artificial or assistive limbs are expensive, and require long transition periods. Learning to function without a limb, even when it’s been replaced by a high-tech artificial one, requires enormous emotional and physical determination.
Burns can be some of the most painful and emotionally upsetting of all injuries. Clients often come to us having suffered burns because of defective products or machinery, car accidents in which a gas tank exploded, or in an on-the-job accident involving high voltage electricity lines.
The road back from a severe burn is not easy. The pain can be excruciating. Burns also leave lasting scars on our clients’ bodies and in their emotions. Because of the long recovery period, burn victims often lose significant income while needing constant care.
Broken Bones and Soft Tissue Injury
Sometimes an injury doesn’t need to be permanently life-altering to cause the victim significant pain and difficulty. Broken bones, sprains, and contusions heal, fortunately. But they hurt when they happen, can cause major inconvenience, and often leave emotional trauma behind even after the pain (hopefully) goes away. Sadly, sometimes these injuries also introduce other negative circumstances into our clients’ lives, such as opioid addictions, financial difficulty, and marital distress. We tell our potential clients that just because they will heal doesn’t make it ok for someone’s recklessness or negligence to have hurt them in the first place.
Contact Us About Your Injury, No Matter What Kind It Is
If you have suffered an injury in the San Antonio area because of someone else’s actions, the team at the Law Offices of George Salinas wants to hear from you. We have experience representing clients with all types of injuries, from the common types described above to ones that are more unusual or unique. If someone has hurt you on purpose or by mistake, you may be entitled to compensation, and you deserve a lawyer who knows how to guide you through the process of seeking payment and protecting your rights.
Our team invests its time and resources into understanding everything we can about our clients’ injuries. We investigate how injuries happened and what kinds of care our clients need, of course, but we also listen to our clients’ stories so that we can truly appreciate the impact an injury has had on their lives. Every case is different and every client’s voice is important. Come talk to us and tell us how your injury changed your life. The initial consultation is free, and we often agree to work with for our clients on a contingent fee basis in which we only get paid if our client gets paid.
Call the Law Offices of George Salinas at (210) 225-0909, or contact us online, to schedule a meeting with a member of our experienced, compassionate team.