Buffalo Spinal Injury Lawyer
A Spinal Injury Lawyer Can Help You Get Compensation
Just like anywhere else, residents and tourists in the Niagara and Buffalo area are susceptible to back injuries. The back contains a complex, delicate system of bones, cartilage, nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons and blood vessels, and injuries to the spinal cord can severely damage the body’s functions, including the ability to use arms and legs, speak, think clearly, take care of everyday needs, and participate in daily life, social interactions, or work. Victims of severe spinal injuries often need expensive continuing care for a lifetime and may be unable to work; some spine injuries may even lead to death.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal injury due to someone else’s negligence or fault, a Buffalo spinal injury lawyer can help you get compensation for your losses through insurance or a personal injury lawsuit. While no amount of money can truly make up for your suffering, a financial settlement can help by covering the costs of medical and rehabilitative treatment and care and alleviate your financial burdens so you can focus on rebuilding your life.
New York laws regarding personal injury claims are complicated, and insurance companies and their lawyers will attempt to deny claims and pay out as little as possible. Fortunately, there is help available from a Buffalo spinal injury lawyer at Feroleto Law. We believe that when someone’s carelessness causes another person harm, the victim should not have to pay for their injuries. We have been assisting people in Buffalo and in locations across upstate New York for almost 40 years. We have a no-fee guarantee policy, so you pay no attorney fee unless and until we win your case.
We provide a free consultation to determine the best way to proceed, so don’t delay. Call us today to get started.
How Our Buffalo Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys Can Help You
We Start Working for You Right Away
Time is of the essence in spinal injury cases, as it’s important to start investigating your case while evidence is fresh and witnesses can be found. Depending on the facts of the case, when you have Feroleto Law on your side, we will:
- Discuss with you how your spinal injury happened and who might have been at fault, and determine if you have a valid case and what it may be worth
- Investigate your accident, and gather evidence such as photos and videos from surveillance cameras, and medical and police reports
- Interview witnesses and first responders
- Hire experts to reconstruct what happened and experts to testify as to what your financial losses and costs are, how your injuries affect you and your family, and the care you need into the future
- File all necessary documents and make court appearances in a timely manner
- Handle all dealings and negotiations with insurance companies and their lawyers to demand fair payment
- Build your case and take it to trial if necessary.
Insurance companies are more likely to come up with a fair offer if they know you have an attorney on your side willing to take your case to court. Feroleto Law will be there for you throughout the entire legal process, keeping you informed and answering your questions and concerns.
Damage Awards Our Spinal Injury Lawyers May Recover
Our Back Injury Lawyers Fight for Full Compensation
Spinal injuries often have immediate life-changing and expensive consequences. In a successful lawsuit, our spinal injury attorneys may recover an award, called damages, for the injuries and losses you have suffered. Your damage award should cover both your economic and non-economic losses.
Economic damages are for your monetary losses and expenses such as:
- Medical and rehabilitative expenses
- Lost wages and future earning capacity
- Property damage
- Costs of modifying your home and vehicle, such as to accommodate a wheelchair.
Non-economic damages are to compensate you for the less easily calculated costs of the injury on you and your family, including:
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium and companionship
- Permanent injury or partial disability.
Punitive damages – In some rare case, you may also be awarded punitive damages. The purpose is to punish this behavior and discourage such behavior from happening again.
Amounts of Damage Awards
There is a wide range of settlement awards you may receive in a successful spinal injury case, from the thousands to millions of dollars. The amount awarded depends on the individual situation and factors involved, such as:
- The extent and severity of your injuries and whether they will be permanent and require long-term care
- Your age, earning potential and family situation
- Whether a death is involved
- The inclination of the judge, jury, and jurisdiction where the case takes place
- The skill of your attorney to build and present your case.
While no one can guarantee a specific amount, our attorneys know how to determine what would be a reasonable settlement in your situation, and we will fight for optimum compensation.
Back Injury Attorneys Know Causes of Back Injuries
Back injuries are usually due to one of the following:
- Vehicle accidents
- Sports accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Improperly executed heavy lifting
- A forceful, sudden twisting or pulling of the torso
- Repetitive work in uncomfortable or stressful positions.
Possible consequences of a back injury include:
- Discs injuries which hinder your ability to walk, work, play sports or participate in normal daily activities
- Limited range of motion
- Chronic pain.
When another party’s negligence or fault is a cause of your back injury, we will be there to fight for compensation.
A Buffalo Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Must Prove Negligence
To win your case, our spinal cord injury attorneys must prove that the party you are suing, the defendant in the case, was negligent and caused your injury and that you suffered damages as a result. Legally, this means proving the following elements:
- Duty – The defendant owed you a duty of care.
- Breach – The defendant breached that duty.
- Cause – The breach caused your injuries.
- Damages – The injuries resulted in actual damages.
For example, if your injury occurred due to a car crash: All drivers who get behind the wheel have a duty of care to drive in a manner that a reasonably prudent person would in similar circumstances. Breaches may include speeding through a red light, or driving drunk, drowsy, or distracted. We would then have to document the losses you suffered.
In some cases, there may be multiple defendants, and we would look to name them all in your lawsuit, as they all may have insurance and assets that could go toward a settlement.
Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Answer FAQs
After a spinal cord injury, it’s natural to be fearful and have questions and concerns. Here are some answers to questions our back injury lawyers are often asked:
Yes, New York has a deadline, called a statute of limitations, for filing a legal case. According to the New York rules, (Civil Practice Laws and Rules, Section 214), you may have three years from the day of the accident to file a lawsuit or the courts are likely to refuse to hear your case. However, there are many exceptions where the time limit is shortened to one year and thirty days, or one year and ninety days. And in some cases, you may need to promptly file a legal document called a Notice of Claim, otherwise you may be prohibited from filing a lawsuit. Our attorneys will make sure all paperwork and court filings are done in a timely manner.
New York is a “pure comparative negligence” state. According to the law (CPLR Section 1411), the amount of damages you receive is diminished in proportion to the amount you were found at fault. Fortunately, you can still collect the proportion that the other parties were at fault. For example, if your settlement was $100,000, and you are found to be 20 percent at fault, our attorneys can help you recover $80,000.
No, the less you say to them the better. Insurance will try to get you to settle for as little as possible and will use anything you say against you. Tell the insurance company to talk to your lawyer and let us handle everything.
At Feroleto Law, we have a no-fee guarantee. We don’t charge legal fees unless your case is settled out of court or won in trial, and legal fees and expenses are taken out of the amount we win for you. If we don’t win, you owe us no attorney fee, so put us to work for you today.
Get Help from Back injury Lawyers in Buffalo
If you or a family member in the Niagara or Buffalo, New York, area has suffered a severe back injury due to the negligence of someone else, Feroleto Law can evaluate your case at no charge to find the best way to get you compensation. Our compassionate personal injury lawyers have the dedication and experience necessary to hold the guilty parties accountable and get you any restitution you and your family are entitled to. We understand what you are going through and are here to help make things better. You have nothing to lose, so call us now at 716-854-0700.
Attorney John Feroleto
Attorney John Feroleto understands the value of hard work. He is known in the community and by his peers for his willingness to work and go the extra mile. Other lawyers often ask John to handle their trial matters to maximize clients’ recovery. Trial lawyers know who the best trial lawyers are. He was also named Trial Attorney of the Year in 2012 by the Western New York Affiliate of New York State Trial Lawyers Association. [ Attorney Bio ]