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When a tragic accident causes injuries to the spine, the results are often long-term disability and even life-threatening, catastrophic harm. When these injuries are due to another party’s negligence or fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses through insurance or a personal injury lawsuit.

While no amount of money can make up for a severe spinal injury, a settlement can help by paying for medical treatment, modifications to the home, continuing therapy, and care, and replacing the lost wages from being unable to work.

Spinal cord injuries are among the most serious injuries that can happen and may leave victims partially or completely paralyzed, and unable to work or function. In addition, spinal cord injuries can be very costly, requiring in-home care, extensive physical therapy, expensive equipment, modifications to a home and vehicle, and continuous household and medical care. Severe injuries may result in death.

If you or a family member has sustained a spinal cord injury due to another party’s negligence or fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses through insurance or a personal injury lawsuit. While no amount of money can make up for what you are going through, a settlement can help by paying for medical treatment, modifications to the home, continuing therapy, and care, and replacing the lost wages from being unable to work.

Michigan personal injury law is complicated, and at this challenging time when you have so much to deal with, you do not have to fight for compensation alone. The Dearborn personal injury lawyers at Goodman Acker, PC, are available to help. Our skilled and experienced attorneys know the courts and the system, and how to deal with insurance companies, who will often try to deny claims, get you to settle for less than your case is worth, or trick you into saying something that makes it seem that the accident that caused your injuries was your fault.

We provide a free consultation to help you understand your rights and determine the best approach to winning your deserved settlement. We work on a contingency basis, so there are no costs to you unless we win your case, so call us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you.

For a combined 150+ years, we have helped our community members get compensation and have a 99 percent success rate to show for it.

Why Choose Our Spinal Injury Attorney in Dearborn, MI?

Spinal injury cases are especially complicated due to the massive medical and care expenses required, and also the extreme physical and mental consequences of the injuries that may last a lifetime. Spinal injury attorneys need to understand how to calculate these damages to get fair compensation as well as the medical and legal aspects of these cases.

Not every law firm is equal, so you should look for one with the experience, resources, and track record needed to win your case. Here are some very good reasons to choose Goodman Acker to represent you:

  • We have 150+ years of combined legal experience.
  • We get results and win large settlements, such as the $15.3 million judgment for a catastrophically injured woman struck by an exploding manhole cover. Founding partner Barry J. Goodman has won a $14.5-million arbitration award as well as a number of seven-figure verdicts for injured clients.
  • We have a success rate of 99% for cases we conclude. You can read testimonials from clients we have helped.
  • We are routinely featured by newsgroups, like Fox 2 News and Local 4 Detroit.
  • The achievements of our team have earned us numerous firm and individual credentials, including:
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Inclusion on the Super Lawyers® list
  • AV® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Inclusion on the Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2021 Hall of Fame list
  • We are accessible and available 24/7 for client emergencies.
  • We offer free initial consultations to get you started.
  • We take your case on a contingency basis, so you pay us nothing unless we win, and you get your money.

How Our Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Works for You

Time is of the essence when building a personal injury case. When you have our Goodman Acker legal team on your side, we will start working on your case immediately. We will:

  • Meet with you to discuss how the spinal injury accident happened, who the at-fault parties may be, and determine what your case may be worth.
  • Investigate the accident and gather and preserve evidence, such as photos and videos from the accident scene, and police and medical records and reports.
  • Interview witnesses and first responders.
  • Hire accident reconstruction experts to testify as to fault and life-care experts to estimate the costs and extent of your injuries and the effects on your life into the future.
  • Handle all communications and negotiations with insurance companies and their attorneys to reach a fair settlement.
  • Build your case and take it to court if necessary.

At Goodman Acker, we have advocates who speak your language, including Aramaic and Arabic and we are available when you need us. We have the skills, knowledge, and resources available to fight our hardest for our clients, and we do not let our clients settle for less than what they deserve.

Compensation Our Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer May Recover

Spinal cord injuries (SCI) create damage to your spinal cord or the nerves at the end of your spinal canal and may result in a wide range of symptoms including paralysis or loss of feeling below the site of the injury. In addition to the physical damage, these injuries have mental and emotional ramifications, as they affect the ability to work, socialize, and live a normal everyday life. Due to the severity of spinal cord injuries, compensation that victims may recover can be substantial.

In a successful spinal injury case, you may win an award that covers the losses you suffered, which are referred to as “damages” in legal terms. Damage awards should cover your economic or monetary losses you have received up to the present, and those you will face in the future, such as:

  • Medical, rehabilitation and ongoing care, and medical costs of devices and equipment
  • Damage to your vehicle or other property from the accident
  • Lost income and future income if you cannot work.

You may also receive compensation for your “noneconomic” damages that do not have a specific dollar value, but greatly impact your quality of life – physical and emotional pain, suffering, depression, and anxiety, as well as loss of quality of life and consortium.

Our Goodman Acker spinal injury lawyers will fight for payment that covers all damages and challenges you and your family must deal with.

Spinal Injury Attorney in Dearborn, MI, Must Prove Negligence

No matter how serious the spinal injury is, to win a settlement, your attorney must be able to prove that another party (the defendant in the case) was negligent and at fault for the accident and the injuries that resulted. This means showing the existence of the following legal elements:

  • Duty. The defendant owed you a duty of care not to cause harm.
  • Breach. The defendant breached that duty by actions or failure to act.
  • Cause. This breach caused the accident that injured you.
  • Damages. You suffered damages as a result.

Examples of negligence that may cause spinal injuries include:

  • A drunk driver that ran through a red light and crashed into your vehicle.
  • The manufacturer of a defective seat belt that did not inflate in a crash.
  • A property owner that failed to remove ice and snow from a walkway, causing you to slip and fall.

Our Dearborn spinal injury lawyers will prove negligence by the preponderance of evidence produced by our investigations and from testimony by witnesses and experts. In some cases, multiple parties may contribute to the accident, and our attorneys would seek to name them all as defendants, as they all may have assets and insurance that can go toward a settlement.

Spinal Injury Lawyers Answer Frequently Asked Questions

After a serious accidental spinal cord injury, you are bound to have questions and concerns. These are best answered at your free consultation, but to get started, here are some answers to frequent questions our personal injury attorneys are asked:

Damage award amounts for spinal injuries may vary greatly, from thousands to millions of dollars, depending on the extent of damages and other individual circumstances of your case. In general, settlements will be higher for severe spinal injuries resulting in paralysis or death, and those that require expensive treatment and continuing care. The individual judge, jury, jurisdiction where the case is heard and the skill of your attorney to negotiate a settlement or litigate your case also affect damages.

Yes, Michigan has a deadline, called a statute of limitations, for filing claims for personal injury. According to the law, (section 600.5805) you generally must file your case within three years of your accident, or three years from the time a wrongful death occurred. There are some exceptions, such as if you were mentally unwell or under the age of 18 at the time of the accident, but if you fail to file on time the courts are likely to refuse to hear your case.

If a family member dies from a spinal injury, our attorneys may be able to file a case for wrongful death. Michigan’s Wrongful Death Act is a law that permits the personal representative of the estate of a deceased person to bring a wrongful death lawsuit whenever the death of a person or injuries resulting in the death of a person have been caused by the wrongful act or negligence of another.

According to Michigan law, (section 600.2959), if you did something to contribute to the accident, your award will be reduced by the percentage of fault you are determined to have. Compensation for economic damages is available to injury victims even if they are over 50% at fault for an accident, but compensation for noneconomic damages is not available for people who are over 50% at fault.

The good news is that there are no upfront costs to hire our Dearborn spinal injury attorneys. We know that this is a challenging time for your family, so take on all costs of investigating and building your case, and there are no costs to you unless and until we win your case. Fees are then a previously agreed-upon percentage of the settlement.

When you have Goodman Acker on your side, we will be there for you throughout the entire legal process, answering any questions and keeping you informed.

Call Our Dearborn, MI, Spinal Injury Attorneys for Help

Whether you need to take legal action for yourself or for a loved one, Dearborn spinal cord injury attorneys can help you pursue the full compensation you are entitled to by law. We will review your case, determine your legal options, and protect your best interests and your rights.

With our more than 150+ combined years of experience, you can rest assured that we will provide you with reliable guidance and handle all legal hurdles and requirements needed to help get you the settlement you deserve, so you can focus on your family and rebuilding your lives.

We know what you are going through and are fully prepared to help. Call us today at 248-286-8100 for a free, no-obligation consultation with our trusted and compassionate attorneys, so we can get started working on your case while evidence is fresh, and witnesses can be found.

Attorney Barry Goodman


Barry J. Goodman has devoted his professional life to keeping courthouse doors open for victims seeking justice. Always a tireless advocate for his own clients, Goodman sees his responsibility as a Detroit personal injury attorney in a broader sense as well. [ Attorney Bio ]


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