Injuries to your spinal cord can be life altering and result in extensive medical treatment and related costs. If you have experienced a spinal cord injury, it is important to know the details of your condition so that you can work with a personal injury attorney to decide if you should seek compensation for damages.
A spinal cord injury includes any type of damage to the nerves within your backbone. This incredibly important part of our bodies sends messages from the brain to allow for proper functioning. Damage to the spine may result in full or partial loss of control or feeling in the body, including paralysis. Typically, these types of injuries result from car accidents, falls, violent acts and accidents during recreational activities.
Spinal cord injury claims
When filing a claim or lawsuit for your spinal cord injury, it’s important to determine the exact cause of your accident. Typically, this type of injury is caused by the negligence of another person, dangerous premises or a defective product.
For example, if a driver ran a red light and hit your car, a spinal cord injury stemming from the crash may be due to the driver’s negligence. Defective products, such as seatbelts, airbags, brakes or other safety equipment, may also lead to a serious injury if they malfunction.
Seeking fair compensation
If you file a claim against a negligent party who caused your accident, you may be awarded compensation for damages. Because spinal cord injuries are so severe, these settlements are typically much larger than “traditional” personal injury cases. In addition to seeking compensation for medical expenses and lost income, the injured person may also seek damages for pain and suffering.
In a spinal cord injury claim, pain and suffering may include chronic pain, diminished quality of life, lifelong medical treatment and equipment, changes to the individual’s home to make it more accessible or loss of ability to work.
If you or a loved one has been critically injured in an accident, consult a skilled Bradenton personal injury attorney with Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh right away.