DEFECTIVE PRODUCT RECOVERY
HOSPITAL NEGLIGENCE VERDICT
CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT RECOVERY
SPINAL CORD INJURY VERDICT
PARALYSIS INJURY RECOVERY
TRUCK CRASH RECOVERY
Mr. Romano has recovered more than eight hundred million dollars ($800,000,000) on behalf of individual clients, including those who suffered spinal cord injuries because of trauma, premises liability, product liability, automobile accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, pool and recreational injuries, and medical malpractice.
Private health insurance companies, self-insureds, and managed care insurers can reduce, limit, or refuse to pay benefits for a spinal cord injury at any time. The trend is for health insurers to pay benefits for a limited period. Unlike most spinal cord injury attorneys, Mr. Romano will advocate and fight with his client’s health insurer, aggressively appeal health insurance benefits in the early stages of his client’s spinal cord injury to maximize their rehabilitation care and return to independence. An extensive investigation to determine what caused an individual’s spinal cord injury is needed to determine what funds will be available to pay for short-term and long-term benefits. . Lifetime expenses associated with a spinal cord injury can easily reach millions of dollars.
The Wall Street Journal wrote a profile on Mr. Romano entitled “The Patients-To Their Defense”…The author stated, “Most liability lawyers guide accident victims through the courts. Joseph Romano is a liability lawyer with a modern-day twist: He also guides his clients through the mazes of managed care”.
- $24 Million – Verdict for a woman who suffered a spinal cord injury and a head injury because of an accident in a swimming pool.
- $10.7 Million – Recovery for a man who suffered a spinal cord injury in a fall at a rehabilitation facility. Successfully filed an appeal to secure 16 hours of skilled nursing care to avoid residential placement.
- $10.5 Million – Medical malpractice recovery for a woman who suffered a spinal cord injury (quadriplegia) from a misdiagnosis.
- $10 Million – Settlement for a woman who suffered paralysis caused by a defective wheelchair.
- $8 Million – Recovery for a woman who suffered a spinal cord injury (quadriplegia) from a fall following a diagnostic procedure.
- $8 Million – Malpractice recovery for a child who sustained a spinal cord injury because of a hospital error during scoliosis surgery.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) describes a spinal cord injury as a lesion of the cord which results in paralysis of certain parts of the body and corresponding loss of sensation. Spinal cord injuries can occur at various spinal cord levels – cervical, thoracic, or lumbar areas.
Additional types of spinal cord injuries are spinal cord infarction and spinal cord stroke.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), the most frequent neurologic categories for spinal cord injury are:
- Quadriplegia, incomplete 31.2%
- Paraplegia, complete 28.2%
- Quadriplegia, complete 17.5%
- Paraplegia, incomplete 23.1%
Tetraplegia and quadriplegia are two terms that are used interchangeably and refer to paralysis of all four extremities, usually from approximately the neck down – this level of injury results when an injury occurs at or above the C-7 vertebra. Paraplegia refers to paralysis of the lower extremities, and occurs when damage occurs to the thoracic, lumbar, or sacral area of the spinal cord. Hemiplegia is a term used to refer to paralysis of one side of the body. Quadriparesis, Paraparesis, and Hemiparesis are terms used to refer to weakness and not total paralysis.
The emotional cost of a spinal cord injury can be devastating to the individual and their family. The average first year cost for someone with a spinal cord injury is between $300,000 and $400,000. However, national studies show that figure more than doubles for a person with quadriplegia to approximately $754,000 during the first year.
That makes choosing the right spinal cord injury attorney so important.
Are you wondering how to find a spinal cord injury lawyer near you?
Joseph Romano is a nationally recognized spinal cord injury lawyer. He will answer all your questions, address your concerns, promptly investigate, file a lawsuit, appeal denials of health insurance benefits, and identify funding to pay for the patient’s medical care and rehabilitation.
As with any legal claim, personal lawsuits must be initiated within a specific timeframe. This period varies depending upon the facts of the case and the state where the injury or accident occurred. If the case does not commence before the deadline, the court will refuse to hear it. If a loved one’s spinal cord injury occurred sometime in the past, you may still have a case, but the time may be running out.
Long-term rehabilitation management for a spinal cord injuries injury continues to be dictated by funding resources. It is important to stress that families need to contact an attorney or advocate who knows every aspect of the long-term care continuum to receive the best treatment, therapies, advice, and guidance. The outcome of a loved one’s recovery depends on identifying and securing all funding resources necessary to maximize recovery.
All spinal cord injury lawsuits are handled on a contingency basis, so there will not be a cost to you unless there is a financial recovery made on the case.
Mr. Romano, along with qualified co-counsel, represents spinal cord injury clients throughout the United States.