Spinal cord injuries can cause serious, long-term health issues. Depending on the severity of the injury, a person may lose most to all of their motor control and sensation below the level of the injury.
What Type of Accidents Result in Spinal Cord Injuries?
Spinal cord injuries are usually the result of a violent blow that may cause the spinal cord to be "pinched" or severed. Common types of injuries that result in spinal cord damage are:
- Automobile accidents
- Sports-related accidents
- Gunshot or knife wounds
- Heavy objects falling
How to Prove Liability for Spinal Cord Injuries
When bringing a personal injury lawsuit, you must show that the person you are suing is responsible for your injuries. In order to establish liability, you must show that the negligent or intentional actions of another caused your injuries. Then, you must demonstrate the effects of the injury, including the types of treatment that are necessary.
What Type of Damages Can Be Recovered for Spinal Cord Injuries?
Recovery is usually limited if there is complete loss of motor function and sensation below the level of the injury. This is because there is no current treatment for complete loss. If the loss is only partial, there may be recovery for additional medical bills and treatments. Spinal cord injuries may qualify you for Social Security disability payments. Nonetheless, the individual may be able to recover for the following:
- Necessary and reasonable medical expenses
- Loss of earnings (both presently and in the future)
- Any other injuries caused directly by the injury
- Pain and suffering (both physical and mental)
- Inability to enjoy life
- Exemplary or punitive damages for negligent or reckless conduct
Should I Contact an Attorney?
Spinal cord injuries usually require specialized knowledge of related cases. Hiring a personal injury attorney that specializes in spinal cord injuries will assure that you receive the right amount of damages to ensure that life will not be made more difficult than it already has as a result of the injury.