Spinal cord injuries can have a severe impact on a person’s everyday quality of life. Many factors can be affected, such as the individual’s health, friendships, relationships, and financial stability. Those who endure a spinal cord injury have their lifestyle entirely changed to accommodate their new diagnosis. Treatments and procedures are often administered to allow the individual to live comfortably and perform day-to-day activities. Some may need help when doing these said activities, while others are capable of doing it themselves. It all depends on how severe the injury is along with how far along the individual is in their recovery process.
Below, we will go more into detail about the life-altering experiences an individual may face after a spinal cord injury. We will also guide you through the legal process of acquiring compensation.
If your spinal cord injury was caused by a negligent party, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your losses. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our qualified spinal cord injury attorneys are readily available to offer legal assistance. We will help strengthen your claim and negotiate with insurance companies to ensure you are given a fair settlement offer.
How Spinal Cord Injuries Happen
There are many factors that can contribute to a spinal cord injury. This includes:
The Impacts of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can be life-changing. Not only is a person physically impacted, but their overall quality of life and emotional state can be directly affected, as well.
There are different levels of severity when it comes to spinal cord injuries, which range in level of impact from mobility issues to complete paralyzation. Essentially, the two larger categories of spinal cord injury are incomplete spinal cord injury and complete spinal cord injury.
Incomplete spinal cord injury is when a person still has feeling and some function in the areas beneath their wound. This means that the spinal cord is still functioning to a degree that it can send receptors to the brain. This can also be understood as partial paralysis.
Complete spinal cord injury is when a person no longer has feeling and cannot function the areas beneath their injury site. This means that the spine is no longer functioning at a capacity to which it can send receptors to the brain. This can also be understood as complete paralysis.
Whether the spinal cord injury is incomplete or complete, one thing for certain is that with these physical changes, it can really take a toll on a person’s mental and physical health. Victims of spinal cord injuries often feel out of control and mourn losing the life they had prior to the accident.
How Compensation for a Spinal Cord Injury Can Support a Victim’s Lifelong Medical Needs
If a person suffers a spinal cord injury as a result of an accident, they are entitled to compensation for their losses, which includes economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages refers to costs that can be readily calculated based on the past and future tangible financial expenses and losses related to the spinal cord injury, such as:
Non-economic damages refers to costs that are calculated on the invaluable losses that a victim of a spinal cord injury faces upon getting hurt. This can include compensation for:
These damages can be recovered by filing an insurance claim and/or lawsuit against the party at-fault for causing the accident and injury. Compensation will help relieve the victim from financial burdens caused by the negligence of the person at-fault for their injuries.
West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help
If you are a victim of spinal cord injury due to another individual’s negligence, West Coast Trial Lawyers has certified spinal cord injury attorneys with over 60 years of collective legal experience in handling personal injury cases. We will help you recover economic and non-economic damages. This includes medical expenses, emotional distress, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
No fees will be charged until your case has been settled. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation with the attorneys at our firm. Reach out to our 24/7 legal team by calling 213-927-3700 or filling out our contact form.