Spinal cord injury tends to be one of the more debilitating injuries a person can suffer in their lifetime. This type of injury can result in partial or full loss of motor control and sensation.
Victims of a spinal cord injury can end up paralyzed in all four limbs (quadriplegic) or in the lower parts of the body (paraplegic). It can also impact breathing, bladder, body temperature and other serious health problems.
Spinal cord injuries come about by a traumatic injury or blow to the spine. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, car accidents are responsible for 42.1 percent of spinal cord injuries. Falls account for 26.7 percent while acts of violence make up 15.1 percent. In addition, a spinal cord injury could be the result of a surgical error.
If you ended up with a spinal cord injury because of an accident, you have the right to pursue legal action against responsible parties. On top of dealing with recovery, the medical costs associated with spinal cord injuries are not something anyone wants on their bill.
Negligence Must Be Proven For A Strong Case
Like many personal injury cases, negligence will be a key factor in your spinal cord injury lawsuit. This means you will have to prove that the person you are suing is legally responsible for your accident.
It is important to note that in these types of cases, your own conduct can also come into play. If you were negligent in your conduct, you may also be deemed responsible for the accident. This is known as contributory negligence or comparative negligence. If you were driving under the influence and ended up in an accident that left you with a spinal cord injury, your own negligence will factor in to the result of your case.
As a result, any award you are entitled to based on the injuries you suffered due to someone else’s negligence, may be undercut by any negligence that you are alleged to have committed.
The monetary award for a spinal cord injury serves several purposes. In addition to covering the immediate medical bills and expenses, any award received will be meant to cover future pain and suffering, as well as future medical care. Any award received is meant to restore the injured party to their pre-accident condition.
This can translate to payment for ongoing health care and rehabilitation. You might also be awarded payment to put towards assistive devices like wheelchairs, or to be put toward modifications to your home (like a ramp).
Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers Will Get You Compensation for your injuries
In order to make the most of your lawsuit, you will need the expertise of a skilled personal injury attorney. The New Jersey law office of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC is just the place to turn to for such a lawyer.
They will put their tools and experience to work making sure you get the proper compensation for your injury and future associated costs. All you have to do is fill out this online form and you will be on your way to recovery.
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