Severe injuries to the spinal column can result in permanent disabilities requiring long term expenses, including rehabilitation care, nursing and home care, transportation expenses, and future costs of medical care, including revision surgeries. According to published data, the average lifetime cost for an individual who has suffered a severe form of spinal cord injury can average between $1 Million and $2 Million dollars. Such astronomical costs can cause financial ruin for victims and their families who are already reeling from the devastating injury.
What is the Value of A Spinal Cord Injury LawsuitSeverity of the Spinal Cord Injury The overall value of a personal injury claim is primarily dependent on the severity of the injury suffered. What makes this complicated in spinal cord injury lawsuits is that you may not notice or be aware of the extent of the injury until professional neurological evaluations are conducted. While you may experience some symptoms of a head injury, it is only after a proper examination that we can have a full understanding of injuries. Brain injuries are generally categorized in minor, mild and severe types. However, regardless of the classification, each type of spinal cord injury carries its own impact. Some of the most common types of spinal cord injury are as follows
- Paralysis – The loss of the ability to move a part of or most of the body due to spinal injury.
- Quadriplegia – Loss of movement over all four limbs of the body (also known as tetraplegia).
- Paraplegia – Loss of movement and sensation of the legs and lower body.
- Partial Paralysis – Partial immobility of a limb, fingers, or toes due to spinal cord damage.
- Spinal Contusions – Bruising of the spinal column.
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Medical Malpractice or Surgical errors
- Boating Accidents
- Sports Injuries
- Skiing Accidents
- Dog bites
- Workplace Accidents
- Construction accident
Second Opinion on Your Spinal Cord InjuryMany times, clients will come to us with questions about the average value of a spinal cord injury case because they are curious if their current attorneys are misrepresenting them. Some lawyers aim to settle cases as quickly as possible for reduced amounts because it means they get quicker paychecks. The more cases they settle, the more money they make, even if they aren’t making a lot on each one. Clients may feel pressured by both their attorneys and the insurance agencies to settle quickly – in these cases, the client does not benefit at all. If you feel that you are not being offered a fair amount of compensation for your claim, contact us for a free second opinion. We’ll be glad to tell you what we think you should be earning and whether or not your current lawyer is acting in bad faith and intentionally lowballing your settlement so he can move on to the next case. Don’t let your current attorney or an insurance agency take advantage of you – let us help and bring you the compensation you deserve.
What an Attorney Can Do for You – Filing a Spinal Cord Injury CaseAlways remember that healing is the most important part of your claim. Before attorneys, insurance adjusters or any other aspect, focus on healing. Remember you have certain timelines to follow, so make sure you are educated on these matters with regards to any decision you make. Victims of severe injuries are entitled to monetary compensation for damages from all at-fault parties including recovery for
- All present and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation care and nursing home care
- Transportation expenses
- Lost Wages and future reduction of income due to disability
- Pain and Suffering including emotional grief and depression
- Punitive damages – where possible