Spinal cord injuries from a car accident have the ability to impact a victim for the rest of his or her life.
Spinal cord injuries are probably one of the most serious types of injuries that occur when physical trauma causes damage to the spinal column. These injuries affect the brain’s ability to communicate with the rest of the body, and this can lead to various problems for the victim.
Car accidents involve a tremendous amount of physical force which can cause spinal cord injuries. Unfortunately, some victims never recover completely from these injuries. In severe cases, the victim is unable to live independently and needs full-time medical care.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can be complete or incomplete. When a victim suffers an incomplete spinal cord injury, the victim still retains some motor and sensory function below the injury site. However, in case of an complete spinal cord injury, there is no sensory or motor function below the injury site. Even today, most complete spinal cord injuries are still irreversible, and they render victims paralyzed below the injury site.
Determining Losses in a Spinal Cord Injury Case
It is needless to say that most spinal cord injury victims sustain heavy losses as a result of the injury. These losses can be both economic and non-economic, and include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Cost of medical/assistive devices
- Lost income
- Cost of ongoing care
- Property damage
- Loss of quality of life
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
It is important to note that you not accept the insurance company’s first offer when it comes to a spinal cord injury. It is important to seek legal advice from an experienced Chicago car wreck lawyer, who can help determine what the case the worth.
Can I Recover for My Spinal Cord Injury?
As is the case any other type of personal injury, your ability to recover damages depends on whether the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. Negligence occurs when an individual fails to exercise the degree of care that would ordinarily be used by a reasonable person under similar circumstances. Also, a person can be considered negligent if he/she violates a law that is designed to keep others safe. Some ways in which driver negligence can cause a car accident include:
- Distracted driving
- Failure to adequately maintain a vehicle
- Following too closely
- Aggressive driving
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Ignoring stop signs or stoplights
- Failure to yield
- Driving the wrong way on a one-way road
- Impaired driving
Victim of a Spinal Cord Injury
If you or a loved one is the victim of a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another driver, it is important that you contact Willens Law Offices today. We know how to step in and take care of the details that will protect your rights and options, assuring you of the compensation you need and deserve.
Call us for your FREE consultation at (312) 957-4166 or fill out our online contact form. We do not charge for our services unless or until we collect compensation for our clients and/or their families.