Spinal Cord Injury Claims and SettlementsLast updated on: November 30, 2022
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Spinal cord injuries are often severe and may cause the victim long-term distress and hospitalization. These medical and emotional damages will add up very quickly. In order to receive compensation for these injuries, you may need to hire an attorney with ample experience in this area.
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What are Spinal Cord Injuries and How Do They Occur?
Spinal cord injuries occur when there is damage to the spinal cord itself, or to nearby tissue or bones. Many times, these serious injuries come from a sudden and traumatic blow to the vertebrae, such as from a motor vehicle accident, sports injury, or gunshot. Spinal cord injuries may affect bladder or bowel function, breathing, muscle movement, reflexes, sensations, and more. Depending on the severity of the injury, victims may also suffer from long-term complications, including paralysis, persistent pain, and inability to regulate blood pressure or body temperature
If you have been involved in an accident and believe your spinal cord has been injured, contact an emergency medical provider as soon as possible. Next, contact Zinda Law Group to discuss your potential legal claim.
What Should I Do After a Spinal Cord Injury?
Understanding what to do following a spinal cord injury is important to protect your health and maintain your future legal claim. Although each case is different, the general steps to take include:
Seek Medical Attention. The most important step is to seek immediate medical attention. Spinal cord injuries are often very serious and may require significant amount of time in the hospital.
Write Down Everything You Can Remember. Once you have been seen by your doctor or other healthcare professional, write down everything you can remember about how the accident occurred. Your memory will likely start to fade before your case is settled or brought to court, so writing everything down may help you in the future.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney. Next, contact an attorney with experience handling spinal cord injury cases. Zinda Law Group attorneys are very knowledgeable about this topic and we can help guide you through each step of the legal process to help you pursue compensation for your injuries.
The Cost of Spinal Cord Injuries
The cost of spinal cord injuries will vary depending on the severity; however, many individuals will face extreme medical bills. For example, in the first year alone, individuals with high tetraplegia may pay close to one million dollars for care, while those suffering from paraplegia may pay approximately $518,000.
An experienced attorney at Zinda Law Group can help you pursue the maximum amount of compensation available for your medical costs.
Factors of a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit
There are many different factors that come into play during a spinal cord injury lawsuit. These factors include:
Age and Health
In general, younger victims can expect a higher settlement amount, as they have more years of life in their future. Additionally, a jury may determine that a healthy plaintiff may have lost more when compared to an older adult with deteriorating health.
The more compelling the plaintiff is will often sway a jury one way or another. If the jury is more sympathetic to the plaintiff, there may be a larger payout.
Severity of Injuries
The severity of your injuries is also significant, as you will likely receive more compensation for more substantial injuries. A medical professional will be able to properly diagnose all your injuries and provide you with documentation dictating the severity and costs.
Legal issues, such as the statute of limitations and legal precedent, will also affect your claim.
Providing sufficient evidence regarding the severity and cause of your injury is also important in a spinal cord injury case. An insurance company is unlikely to compensate you if you cannot prove you were injured in the way that you stated, for instance.
Both the plaintiff’s and defendant’s reputation may also impact the jury’s decision.
The extent of your medical bills will also be an important factor in determining compensation amounts. In general, the higher your medical bills, the more compensation you may be able to pursue.
Cause of Injury
You must also be able to show the cause of your spinal cord injury before receiving compensation.
Potential Long-Term Effects
If you are suffering from potential long-term effects from your injury, you may be able to pursue additional compensation.
If you have been involved in an accident and have suffered from a spinal cord injury, contact Zinda Law Group today. Our team can help investigate your case and determine what your claim may be worth.
What Compensation Can I Claim for a Spinal Cord Injury?
There are two main types of compensation, or damages, that you may be able to seek following an accident. These are discussed in more detail, below:
Non-Economic Damages in a Spinal Cord Injury Claim
Non-economic damages, or “general” damages, are those which reimburse victims for their non-monetary losses, which are often difficult to quantify. Examples of these types of damages may include:
- Pain and discomfort
- Disability and permanent disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress.
Economic Damages in a Spinal Cord Injury Claim
Following a spinal cord injury, you may also be able to pursue economic, or “specific,” damages. Economic damages are meant to compensate the victim for their actual, out-of-pocket expenses. These expenses are easily quantified, unlike non-economic damages, by combining bills, receipts, and other invoices relating to your accident. Examples of economic damages may include:
- Lost earnings
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost business opportunities
- Property damage
- Rehabilitation costs
- Caregiver costs.
Statutes of Limitations
The statute of limitations is the legal time limit you have to file a certain type of case. This time limit will vary depending on the state in which you are bringing your case, so it is crucial to contact an attorney in your specific state. The statute of limitations for a personal injury case in Texas is 2 years. This is important to understand, as you may be barred from receiving any kind of compensation if you do not file your claim on time.
Hiring an attorney at Zinda Law Group can help put your mind at ease by helping you file your claim on time. Contact us today to begin discussing your spinal cord injury case.
Do I Need an Attorney?
Apart from the costs for future care that a spinal cord injury entails, whenever you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury, you want to hire a personal injury lawyer in Dallas that can fully appreciate and explain the intangible damages that come with a spinal cord injury and the change that it creates in the injured party’s life.
To receive compensation, you need to be able to explain the pain, suffering, and mental anguish aspects of this injury and the way that it’s forever changed your life. If you cannot explain those items well, you will not be able to convince a jury of the direness of those injuries and the need for compensation. An attorney at Zinda Law Group can help explain these factors, and more.
If you have suffered from a spinal cord injury, contact a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney today at (800) 863 5312 to set up your free initial consultation. You do not have to worry about paying us anything unless we are able to win you compensation in your case. That is our “No Win, No Fee Guarantee.”