A spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord that results in a loss of function, such as mobility and/or feeling. Frequent causes of spinal cord injuries are trauma like a car accident, gunshot injury or falls.
Spinal cord injuries usually begin with a blow that fractures (breaks) or dislocates your vertebrae. Any party whose negligence contributes to the spinal cord injury could be held responsible for damages, including for example a driver who drove under the influence and caused an injury to a pedestrian, another driver or a passenger in the same car. If you suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident and believe your injury was caused by another person’s action or failure to act, you may be able to recover damages. We understand the impact and pain of a serious personal injury and aim to help guide you through the recovery process.
How much is a spinal cord injury lawsuit worth?
Spinal cord injuries can vary in severity significantly. Personal injury law usually categorizes these types of injuries as catastrophic injuries. Every case is unique and there is no standard value for this type of injury. Unfortunately, severe spinal cord injuries can cause lifelong pain and disabilities, meaning that they can be worth a considerable amount. Over $1 million in some cases if you have an experienced attorney on your side. It will never replace the value of your health, but it can help give you peace of mind and manage your care needs after your injury.
Frequently Asked Questions About Spinal Cord Injury
The majority of cases resolve out of court. Having a lawyer that will go to court lets the other side know there is danger ahead should the insurance company not pay a fair sum to resolve the case. There are good lawyers and bad lawyers. If you get a bad lawyer or a lawyer that …
For a spinal cord injury case the statute of limitations is one year from the date of injury IF the cause was non car crash related. If the spinal injury is related to a car crash the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the crash or two years from the date …
On a spinal cord injury case you can recover the following damages: medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future income, past/present/future emotional and physical pain and suffering, and possibly punitive damages. You prove these damages through evidence and testimony. There is no limit to the amount of recovery. It will be up to an insurance …
Will my attorney need to retain experts to prove liability and damages even though my spinal cord injury is so obvious?
Your attorney will most likely need to retain experts to prove your spinal cord injury. It depends on the judge. Some courts allow treating physicians to testify without being designated as an “expert.” Either way the lawyer will need to pay money for the medical professional’s time. That testimony will be useful in proving the …
Do I need a Kentucky personal injury attorney to represent me, or can I deal directly with the insurance company in a spinal cord injury case?
You can deal directly with an insurance company for a spinal cord injury case, but that is a mistake. You will likely walk away with less money. I have seen carriers try to pay $1,000.00 on a case that I later resolve for $60,000.00. If you are dealing with an insurance company they will …
What is the cost of caring for individuals with a spinal cord injury, and can I recoup these cost through insurance and lawsuit?
The cost of caring for an individual with a spinal cord injury varies. To get a full breakdown of the expected costs your lawyer can hire a life care planner. This cost between $5,000.00 and $10,000.00 to get an opinion in writing. Testimony from the life care planner will be an additional expense. This process …