Severe Spinal Cord and Back Injuries
Every year, as many as 20,000 people sustain a spinal cord injury in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The majority of these injuries occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents and slip and fall accidents, and 25 percent of the time, alcohol plays a major role in the accidents, the CDC reports.
The Implications of a Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries cause a host of side effects, depending upon where the injury occurred along the spinal column and the severity of the damage.
Depending on severity and location of the injury spinal cord injuries can cause:
- pain at injury site;
- tingling and burning sensations;
- loss of sensation and motor function below point of injury;
- bowel and urinary problems;
- impaired breathing; and
- debilitating muscle spasms.
Over time, patients also often have to deal with complications such as muscle atrophy, bed sores, blood pressure problems, and increased susceptibility to respiratory problems.
Furthermore, spinal cord injury patients may be forced to alter the entire course of their lives. Their career, their family, their relationships, their finances, and their basic enjoyment in life are affected after sustaining a serious spinal cord injury that causes permanent impairment.
Compensable Damages for Negligence Cases
Spinal cord injury treatments can range from hundreds of thousands of dollars to millions of dollars over the course of a lifetime. If there was any sort of negligence involved in the accident – as is sometimes is the case with auto accidents and slip and fall accidents – victims may be able to file a negligence claim and seek a settlement award.
Compensable damages don’t just include the medical treatments; they include a wide range of both tangible and intangible losses including:
- lost wages;
- mental anguish;
- pain and suffering;
- counseling and mental health treatments;
- the effect of the injury on your relationships and marriage;
- the cost of hiring someone to do the household duties you normally would;
- expenses related to making your house disability-friendly; and
- transportation for your medical appointments.
How a Spinal Cord Lawyer Can Benefit Your Case
If you or a loved one sustained a spinal cord injury in an accident in which someone else acted negligently, discuss your case with an injury attorney straightaway.
With very small injuries, a lawyer might not be necessary. However, with serious injuries, such as a spinal cord injury, it’s often essential to have an attorney to help you through the process.
Your attorney will be able to:
- make sure that the entire impact and 100 percent of your damages are accounted for in your claim;
- prevent you from being lowballed by the insurance company;
- help effectively demonstrate your injuries to the court;
- negotiate for a fair settlement; and
- argue fault on your behalf.
Consult an Attorney at Chalik & Chalik
If you or a loved one recently suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident, call our injury lawyers to determine how we may benefit your case. Contact Chalik & Chalik today at 855-529-0269 to set up your no-obligation, no-cost consultation.
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