The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) reports that the two most common spinal cord injuries include incomplete and complete injuries. Incomplete injuries allow some movement and sensation below the point of trauma. For instance, if you suffered an incomplete injury in the lower back, you may have some feeling and sensation in your legs, although you still may be wheelchair-bound.
The Mayo Clinic explains that the most common spinal cord injury is caused by motor vehicle accidents. However, other causes of a spinal cord injury may include falls, assaults, and sports-related injuries. If you believe that your or your loved one’s injury was caused by the negligent acts of another party, then you may be able to collect compensation for your injury-related losses.
Liability Following a Spinal Cord Injury
There are many circumstances under which negligence could be the cause of a spinal cord injury. The circumstances that caused injury to you or a loved one may require a careful review of the facts and evidence in order to determine whether you have a right to bring a personal injury action claiming compensation.
The American Bar Association (ABA) explains that negligence occurs when:
- Someone departs from the behaviors that are considered reasonable, particularly from a safety standpoint
- A person takes action that could foreseeably cause injury or death to another person
Someone who is negligent does not generally intend for someone to be injured or killed due to their actions. However, intentionality does not preclude a party from liability if their actions resulted in injuries or death to another person.
When you hire a lawyer to investigate your spinal cord injury case, they will collect and review all available facts and evidence. They may then determine who is responsible for your damages and whether you have the right to bring a claim seeking money damages.
Per the ABA, negligence is not the only possible standard for liability in your case. Intentional harm and strict liability may also apply, depending on the details surrounding the accident. Additionally, there may be more than one party responsible for your injuries.
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Your Losses May Entitle You to a Substantial Financial Recovery
Whether your condition is the most common spinal cord injury or some other rare spinal condition, you could be entitled to compensation to help cover each and every type of damage you sustained including your pain and economic losses. Spinal injuries can range widely in their severity from paralysis and death to milder conditions.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) explains that paralysis is among the possible consequences of spinal cord injuries. Such serious outcomes may burden you with exorbitant health care costs, which may only be one type of loss that you experience. Every case is unique. Our lawyers will carefully review your situation, and monitor your condition over time.
Generally, however, you have a right to recover money damages from a negligent party for each and every type of damage you suffered and will continue to suffer for your lifetime. These categories of damage may include money for:
- Pain and suffering for all physical and emotional injuries
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
- Future pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost wages and diminished future earnings potential
- Loss of retirement or pension benefits
- Past and future medical expenses
- Costs associated with adaptations around your home, medical equipment, and transportation
- Personal assistance around the home
- Loss of services around the home
- Damage to the marital relationship
- Any other out of pocket expense resulting from your injuries
If a spinal cord injury contributed to a loved one’s death, then you may be entitled to other types of compensation through a wrongful death claim including funeral expenses and money for the loss of guidance and support provided by the victim. Our lawyers will explain what other damages you could be entitled to receive.
Our Injury Lawyers Will Oversee Your Case
The period following a spinal cord injury can be overwhelming. If you have sustained any type of serious injury because of someone else’s fault, contact the dedicated and experienced lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates immediately.
The sooner you consult our team, the sooner we can begin to investigate the facts and circumstances of your injury, preserve evidence, file all claims in a timely manner and protect your rights.
Don’t delay since there are deadlines that limit your rights to recover certain benefits and money damages. If you fail to file these claims within the deadline, you may be prevented from receiving the benefits and compensation you deserve.
Call us today at (212) 732-2929 for a free case consultation. If we agree to accept your case, we will conduct a careful and thorough investigation which may include:
- Obtaining all police and incident reports
- Interviewing witnesses
- Securing video footage of your accident, if available
- Conducting a site visit
- Taking photographs of the accident scene and your physical injuries
- Consulting an expert in accident reconstruction or prevention
- Demanding sworn statements of all responsible parties
- Gathering all medical and hospital records
- Retaining a medical expert
- Evaluating all economic damages such as lost earnings
- Collecting proof of all out of pocket expenses
- Negotiating with the at-fault party or parties
- Presenting your case at trial before a jury, if necessary
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Our team of attorneys will fight for the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones after an injury. Our firm has decades of experience fighting for injury victims just like you. Call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates today at (212) 732-2929 for your free consultation. You will not be required to pay upfront. We only collect a legal fee when you receive a financial recovery.