$73.21 Million Verdict Birth Injury
The Buckingham & Vega legal team secured a $73.21 million verdict on behalf of a baby who was catastrophically injured due to the negligence of their doctor and medical team.
Record-Setting $72 Million Verdict Birth Injury
The Buckingham & Vega team obtained a $72 Million verdict in a birth injury case when an OB/ GYN failed to properly monitor the mom during pregnancy.
$16 Million Truck Accident
Buckingham & Vega obtained a $16 million settlement in a truck accident case. The truck driver was speeding and inattentive (texting) and crashed into the rear of a pickup truck stopped at a stoplight.
$14 Million Dram Shop Liability
Our team obtained a $14 million dram shop verdict on behalf of a client who was injured due to negligence.
13 Million Work Injury
Buckingham & Vega represented an oilfield worker who was killed when their company failed to properly train its employees on how to safely move waste bins. Our client was killed when he became trapped between two bins.
13 Million Truck Accident
Our team secured a 13 million settlement in a truck accident case. An eighteen-wheeler made an unsafe turn in front of a car driven by a grandmother and her family. The grandmother was killed and the family suffered severe injuries.
What Is a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury is a severe type of physical trauma that can significantly impact a person's quality of life. The spinal cord is the main pathway for transmitting information between the brain and the rest of the body. When that pathway is damaged, the flow of information can be disrupted, leading to a loss of function and sensation below the level of the injury. The severity and location of the injury can determine the extent of these disruptions.
The consequences of spinal cord injuries are frequently catastrophic. The most immediate and noticeable effects are physical. Depending on the severity of the injury, a person may experience partial or complete paralysis, resulting in difficulty or inability to move the arms or legs. Loss of sensation is also common, which means a person might not feel heat, cold, or pain.
Beyond the physical effects, spinal cord injuries can also result in a range of secondary complications. These can include respiratory and heart problems, loss of bladder and bowel control, and susceptibility to pressure sores due to limited mobility. The emotional impact is also substantial, as individuals must cope with significant changes to their daily lives and often experience feelings of depression and anxiety.
Finally, the financial burden of a spinal cord injury can be overwhelming. Medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and loss of income can create significant financial stress. This is where legal recourse can prove crucial, as a successful workers’ compensation claim or personal injury lawsuit can help alleviate some of this financial pressure. Our Farmington spinal cord injury attorneys are ready to evaluate your unique circumstances and walk you through your legal options.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries in Farmington, NM
Spinal cord injuries can stem from a variety of scenarios, each resulting in potentially devastating consequences. Some common causes are rooted in the negligence of others, while others are linked to high-risk occupations.
Common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents. Automobile accidents are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries. High-speed collisions can cause severe trauma to the spine, leading to a range of injuries from minor nerve damage to complete paralysis.
- Falls. Falls from significant heights or even slips on icy or wet surfaces can lead to traumatic spinal injuries. These incidents can result in fractures or dislocations of the vertebrae that can cause spinal cord damage. When you suffer a spinal cord injury due to a slip and fall caused by an unsafe hazard that a property owner negligently failed to address, you may have a personal injury claim under New Mexico’s premises liability laws.
- Acts of violence. Gunshots and stabbings can cause penetrating injuries to the spinal cord, leading to lasting damage. You may have a personal injury case if you were the victim of a violent crime made possible by negligent security.
- Construction accidents. The construction industry is rife with risk due to the nature of the work involved. Heavy machinery, high elevations, and hazardous materials can all contribute to serious accidents. Falls from scaffolding, being struck by falling objects, or accidents involving machinery can result in significant trauma to the spine, leading to a range of spinal cord injuries.
- Oil field accidents. Oil fields are also high-risk working environments. Heavy equipment, volatile substances, and harsh working conditions can lead to severe accidents that can potentially cause spinal cord injuries.