We are perhaps more aware than ever of the consequences of severe spinal injury. Whether it’s an athlete suffering an incident on the playing field, or damage to the spinal cord from a car accident, a fall or some other incident, the sheer consequences can utterly devastate the person who was hurt as well as their entire family.
The lifetime expenses that go hand-in-hand with a spinal cord accident make getting a settlement even more important than many other forms of injury cases. Read about what happens in a spinal cord injury lawsuit and the important role a personal injury lawyer plays in getting you compensation.
Overview of Spine Damage
Your spine is the core of your entire body function. Everything you do, from blinking your eyes to crossing the street, to keeping your heart beating relies upon electrical impulses that run to and from your brain, and all of them run through your spinal cord, the cluster of nerves that run through your backbone.
Any injury to your spine, even the smallest misalignment, can cause functional difficulties. It can result in everything from mood swings and sexual dysfunction to complete paralysis and even death, depending on the severity of the injury. Many people who suffer these kinds of injuries never fully recover, and those who do often face many years of hard recuperation and expensive medical treatments to regain their lives.
Spinal Accidents by the Numbers
The numbers surrounding these sorts of incidents are eye-opening. While we often think of sports when it comes to these sorts of injuries, in truth over 42% of these incidents are caused by accidents involving motor vehicles.
Nearly 27% result from falling. Roughly 15% result from deliberate acts of violence like stabbing or shooting, and only just over 7.5% are the result of sports. Other causes include accidents and malpractice during surgery.
Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit Compensation
As with any other injury case, damages and compensation in a spinal cord injury lawsuit revolve around demonstrating negligence. This means that the reason you got hurt was that someone was acting in a way inconsistent with the actions of a reasonable person. Their actions then directly or proximately caused you to get injured, which makes them responsible for paying the damages you suffered.
Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
When you’re injured in such a serious way, the insurance company for the defendant is going to do everything they can to reduce the amount of money they have to pay out. Your medical treatments are going to be expensive—sometimes into the millions. You no longer have the ability to earn a decent living. Your personal life has been affected. The truth is, you’re entitled to be compensated for all of this, and only a qualified personal injury lawyer like those at McConnell & Tormey can challenge the nonpayment tactics used by insurance companies and get you the damages you deserve for pain and suffering, lost wages, emotional trauma, medical expenses and more.
If you live in the Amarillo or Lubbock areas and need representation to pursue your spinal injury lawsuit, give us a call for a free consultation today!