Only in rare cases is it possible to fully recover from a spinal cord injury; however, the degree of recovery can vary tremendously from person to person. As a general rule of thumb, the higher the point of trauma is on your spinal cord, the more movement and sensation will be affected.
It generally takes around two years to reach maximum medical improvement (MMI), with the most significant healing occurring within the first six months of sustaining an injury. According to Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, the leading causes of spinal cord injuries are auto accidents and falls.
If you or a loved one suffered trauma injury to the spinal cord caused by the negligence of another party, you could be entitled to substantial compensation for your injuries and other related losses. Recovering adequate compensation for a severe injury can be complex and present many legal challenges.
It can be a good idea to seek advice from a lawyer with experience in spinal cord injury compensation claims. They can clarify your legal options and help you navigate the financial recovery process during this difficult time.
Liable Parties in Your Spinal Cord Injury Case
Recovering from a spinal cord injury requires many layers of support from multi-disciplinary teams. Treatment for a spinal cord injury can quickly become expensive––especially if you do not have health insurance coverage. According to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a spinal cord injury for a 25-year-old will cost over $4 million over the course of their lifetime. Yet, if another party was responsible for your condition, you may be able to recover compensation to cover part or all of your health care expenses.
Depending upon the unique facts and circumstances of your injury, some liable parties in your case could include:
- A motorist
- A vehicle manufacturer or repair shop
- A negligent party’s employer, if they were on the job at the time of your accident
- A property owner or manager
- A corporation
- A government department or municipality
While no amount of money can help you fully recover from a spinal cord injury, it can help ease the financial impact of your situation. Seeking legal representation from a law firm can serve your interests in a variety of ways. Your attorney could help you determine the most suitable course of action to hold those responsible for your accident accountable.
For a free legal consultation, call (212) 732-2929
Recovering Compensation Following a Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injury survivors often incur millions of dollars in health care expenses over the course of their lifetime as well as overwhelming pain, suffering, and mental anguish. When pursuing legal action, you will reasonably want to employ measures that help you recover the financial compensation you need and deserve. Our personal injury lawyers have decades of experience fighting for injury victims like you and ensuring that justice is served.
Some of the types of money damages you may be entitled to include:
- Pain and suffering for all physical and emotional injuries
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Future pain and suffering
- Current and ongoing medical bills and rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages and reduced future earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Handicap accessible accommodations to your home or vehicle
- Medical equipment, such as wheelchairs or crutches
- Loss of services around the home
- Damage to the marital relationship
- Transportation and medications
- The cost of in-home care
- Any other out of pocket expenses resulting from your injuries
Additionally, if spinal cord trauma caused a loved one’s death, you may be able to pursue compensation from the negligent party through a wrongful death claim or lawsuit. In the event of death, the law permits you to recover for funeral and burial expenses, loss of guidance and support as well as other damages.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help Your Case
Following injuries in an accident, consult our personal injuries at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates immediately. The sooner you contact our office, the sooner we can begin to investigate the unique facts of your case, secure evidence, file all claims in a timely manner, establish that your injuries were the result of fault, and build a strong case for maximum compensation. Once we identify the at-fault parties and prove the full nature of your injuries, we will begin to negotiate with the at-fault party or parties for a fair and just settlement. If the at-fault party or parties refuse to negotiate an acceptable resolution, we will proceed to trial before a jury.
A spinal cord injury can result from a wide variety of accidents. Some of the most common causes include:
- A construction accident
- A workplace accident
- A motor vehicle collision
- A bicycle accident
- A premises liability incident, such as a slip and fall
- A police or firefighter-related injury
- Nursing home abuse or neglect
- Medical malpractice
Dansker & Aspromonte Associates Is Here for You
Dansker & Aspromonte Associates understands how a spinal cord injury can affect you and your family. We work hard to support our clients in achieving the most favorable outcome that takes into consideration each and every type of damage that was sustained, both economically and non-economically. We want to help you secure financial compensation for all of your needs and suffering.
We offer a free case evaluation to help you determine the most suitable legal action for your circumstances. We also provide our representation on a contingency fee basis. This means there are no upfront costs to pay as we only require payment when we achieve a settlement or verdict on your behalf. If you feel that you or a loved one sustained a spinal cord injury, or any other injury for that matter, don’t delay. There are deadlines that limit your rights. If you fail to file your claims by the deadline, you could be prevented from receiving the financial compensation you deserve.
Find out more about getting the compensation you and your family deserve today by calling (212) 732-2929.