Common Causes of Spinal Injuries and How a Lawyer Can Help
A spinal injury can lead to devastating consequences, including a loss of mobility and quality of life. In some cases, the damage can be so extensive that it can require around-the-clock care.
This type of injury can also result in enormous medical expenses, as well as other costs associated with accommodating accessibility in and out of the home. If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic spinal injury due to the negligence of another person or company, you may be able to obtain compensation for your suffering and other damages.
Common Reasons for Spinal Cord Injuries
There are a variety of ways that a spinal cord injury can occur. It could be caused by a car accident or a workplace injury, or due to a slip-and-fall or a swimming pool accident. A spinal injury can also occur due to an assault, gunshot or another type of violent act.
Regardless of the cause, a spinal cord injury will typically require years of medical treatment and an increased risk of even further complications due to pneumonia and other illnesses. A person suffering a spinal injury may also need several surgical procedures.
Obtaining Compensation for a Spinal Cord Injury
Even if someone suffering a spinal injury has full medical insurance, he or she may find that the insurance company will not pay for necessary medical treatment. A spinal patient will also very likely need to apply for benefits such as Social Security, and the application process can be extremely complex. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that an application will even be accepted.
So where do you turn for compensation? Talking to an experienced personal injury attorney may be your best chance. An attorney can let you know your legal options, especially if you have suffered harm due to another person or entity. You may, for example, have been injured in an automobile accident caused by someone else or been hurt due to medical malpractice or a defective product.
An attorney can help you bring a claim of negligence against the party — or parties — responsible for your injury. To be successful in your case, you will need to prove you were owed a legal duty by the defendant, and that the duty was breached. You’ll also need to show that you not only suffered harm, but that the harm was caused by the defendant’s breach of the duty you were owed.
If you are able to prove the elements of your case, you may be able to obtain compensation for your “damages,” or losses. These include medical care — both now and in the future, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, pain and suffering and more.
Talk to an attorney with Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm as soon as you can to determine your best course of legal action. If you would like more information or would like to set up a consultation, contact us online or give us a call at 1-800-7500-LAW.