Paralysis and Spinal Cord Damage After a Car Accident
Spinal cord damage and paralysis caused by a car accident are some of the most serious and debilitating injuries. If this happened to you or one of your loved ones, please immediately call (877) 776-9558 to discuss your case with a highly qualified personal injury attorney. Call the attorney for a free consultation before you talk to anyone about the accident. Anything you say, even a comment to another person or family member, may be used by the insurance company as evidence against you to reduce your claim.
Spinal Cord Damage May Not Be Immediately Apparent
Many people experience spinal cord, back, or neck injuries in a car accident. The symptoms may appear immediately or show up later after time passes. Paralysis may develop over time if an injury starts a continuing problem that gets worse. For example, a herniated disk in the spinal cord may cause swelling that builds up pressure in the spinal column. This may lead to nerve damage that causes paralysis. Moreover, an injury experienced in a car accident may predispose someone to be injured again more easily due to the weakened state caused by the first injury.
What are the symptoms of a spinal cord injury?
The Mayo Clinic gives some important advice about what to look out for if you might have a spinal cord injury. Sever injury symptoms are extreme pain or a feeling of intense pressure in your back, neck, or head. Along with intense pain or without pain, you may experience weakness, have trouble with your coordination, or get some paralysis in any part of your body. A spinal cord injury can cause numbness, a feeling of tingling/electrical shock, or a partial loss of sensations in your fingers, hands, toes, or feet.
What are the potential financial damages?
The physical damages cause financial damages. A person has a damage claim if experiencing paralysis from spinal cord damage caused by a car accident. The damages are the liability of the person or the insurance of that person, who is “at fault” (full or partially) for causing the accident. If the vehicle owner carries “no-fault” insurance, there is no need to establish fault.
Financial damages include, but are not limited to:
- Medical Expenses: This includes the initial medical care and rehabilitation.
- Loss of Income/Wages: This includes an estimate of future income/wages lost as well.
- Long-Term Disability: This considers the financial impact of lifelong paralysis or another spinal cord injury that creates a permanent disability.
- Pain and Suffering: This is an award for the physical and emotional pain and suffering on top of the actual financial expenses.
Why use an attorney?
There is no need to guess about the potential of your case when you can get a free consultation from a qualified personal injury attorney. In the initial consultation, your attorney will discuss your case’s merits and what kinds of damages are appropriate to seek from the responsible parties and their insurance.
Furthermore, dealing with insurance companies is extremely challenging. When using the representation of a personal injury attorney, the average award is higher than if you try to manage the case on your own. Insurance companies that make a settlement offer try to pay as little as possible. They may try to pressure the injured person to give away his or her rights and pay less than half of all the damages.