When you’re in an accident, whether it’s a slip and fall, a car accident or any other kind of incident that results in a spinal injury, it can have an utterly devastating impact on your life and that of your loved ones. You can end up with a recovery that takes years, or even a lifetime just to maintain or recover a semblance of normalcy.
The consequences can be everything from loss of function to brain damage and actual paralysis. How do you get compensation for such an impact? How do you value it? Learn about the types of spinal cord injury lawsuit, the process, and how the services of a personal injury lawyer are essential to collect damages.
The Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit
Spinal cord injuries result from damage to the back and can result from a broad range of causes. Over 42% of such injuries come from car accidents, while 27% occur from falls, 15% from violent acts like stabbing or gun shots, and just over 7.5% from recreational activities and sports. These injuries, as well as other spinal cord injuries, can be caused by negligence (which form the majority of such cases), those that result from defective products, and those that occur from deliberate acts.
Compensation and Damages
When you suffer a spinal cord injury and seek damages, it’s important to understand right off the bat what you can recover. The most basic damages available are designed to cover your medical bills. These include your doctor’s office and hospital visits, rehabilitation, medications, medical equipment and the like. While it’s rare that you can get ongoing payments, you can get sizable settlements based on the amount you expect to pay over the years.
Other damages include those for your inability to work—your lost wages and lost future potential earnings. You can also potentially get recompense for lost relationships, lost support, emotional damages, pain and suffering and more. In the absolute worst cases, where deliberate malicious acts are involved, you may be eligible to collect punitive damages, though this is somewhat rare.
Negligence and Defenses
The key to collecting damages from a spinal injury is proving negligence or deliberate actions on the part of another person. The idea behind negligence is that someone acted in a way that was so irresponsible that no normal, reasonable person would act that way, and that caused your injury.
Of course, insurance companies will go to great lengths to avoid paying. Common defenses are deflecting the blame onto you, tricking or bullying you into signing off on lowball offers, denying evidence or responsibility on their client’s part, and others.
West Texas Personal Injury Lawyer
If you are injured in such a way in West Texas, it’s essential to hire the services of a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer. An attorney can defeat the non-payment tactics used by insurance companies and make sure you, the victim, are protected and get the full compensation you deserve. Contact Childs, Bishop & White for a free discussion about your case, and get justice for your injuries today.