When you have a child with a spinal cord injury, your life changes forever. Because of a medical error, our son will, for the rest of his life, have to worry about the little things, like how to get around and survive day-to-day—even after we’re no longer able to care for him.
After the medical accident, everything became twice as expensive, and insurance only covers so much. You have to worry about things like wheelchairs, making modifications to your house, buying special equipment, physical therapy, and so on.
Filing our medical malpractice claim was a grueling process. We started in 2003, and it wasn’t until 2008 that we were finally done. That’s five years of depositions, interviews, motions—it’s a process that consumed us for all that time.
Thankfully, we had the lawyers of Schochor, Federico and Staton on our side.
We first went to an attorney at a small firm, and he was the one who recommended we contact SFS. From the beginning, the entire SFS team was courteous, professional and supportive. They understood what we were going through, and did all they could to make the process as easy as possible for us.
What we appreciated most was that from the beginning, they gave us a realistic view of what we were up against, and what it would take to win. I can’t tell you what a relief it was to have someone tell us the truth.
Throughout the long process, the SFS team kept us informed. Even when we moved across the country halfway through the process, we never felt like we were out of the loop. Most important, they fought hard for us every step of the way.
And the settlement they secured for us has gone a long way to help us provide the kind of quality of life we want to provide for our son, no matter what his disabilities.
In fact, the special swimming lessons we’re now able to afford helped him win the national junior disability championships. That’s the kind of thing we just can’t put a value on.