There is no set worth of a spinal cord injury. What a spinal cord injury insurance claim or lawsuit might be worth depends on the type and severity of injuries. It could be worth thousands of dollars or millions of dollars. It all depends on the specifics of your individual accident and injuries. Past outcomes cannot predict future results.
The worst spinal cord injuries can result in paraplegia or quadriplegia. Paraplegia is paralysis of the legs and lower body. Quadriplegia is paralysis of the entire body from at least the shoulders down. These very severe spinal injuries require ongoing medical care and assistance with day-to-day life. Even less severe spinal injuries can require extensive treatment. They can result in ongoing physical effects and a reduced ability to work. And the sad truth is that there is currently no cure for spinal cord injuries. Some people’s bodily functions may improve, but many people will need some level of care for the rest of their lives.
For many people, having the help of an experienced spinal cord injury attorney may help manage their expectations. A knowledgeable injury lawyer will have a clear understanding of the types of significant losses, or damages, people with spinal cord injuries face. They also know what kind of evidence to gather to prove negligence. Proving that the party who caused your injury behaved carelessly is key to getting any award in a spinal cord injury case.
Proving Negligence in a Spinal Cord Injury Case is Key
When someone acts carelessly and causes someone else to be injured, they may be held liable for negligence. But sometimes attorneys for the negligent party will try and argue that the injured person also contributed to their accident.
Under Texas law, if you are found to be at all responsible for causing your own injury, the worth of your spinal cord lawsuit will be reduced by the percentage you were responsible. For example, if you were 20% at fault and the award was $50,000, you would receive $40,000. However, if it’s found you were more than 50 percent at fault, you won’t receive anything.
To get the highest amount for your spinal cord injury it’s crucial to get the right evidence that will prove the other party was to blame.
How Much Compensation Will I Get for a Spinal Injury?
How much compensation you will get for a spinal injury is based on the damages or losses, you have suffered. Some of the damages you might receive based on your circumstances include:
- Current and future medical expenses – these costs can add up especially if you require long-term care or skilled nursing assistance.
- Lost income – this includes time you have missed from your job while recuperating from your injuries.
- Future lost income if you can no longer work or your work is limited – sometimes people with serious spinal injuries can no longer work at all. Other people may be able to work, but they may have to take a less strenuous and lower-paying job. Or they may only be able to work part-time.
- Pain and suffering for physical and emotional trauma.
- Loss of enjoyment in life.
The more severe your injuries and losses, the more compensation you can potentially get for a spinal injury. Additionally, if a family member has died from a spinal injury caused by negligence, you may be able to bring a wrongful death claim. The worth of a spinal injury wrongful death claim will depend upon the specific details in the case.
How Spinal Cord Injuries Happen
The most common causes of spinal cord injuries are auto and motorcycle accidents. They cause nearly half of spinal injuries, according to the Mayo Clinic website. Next are falls, which cause over 30% of total injuries and are the leading cause of spinal injuries in older adults. Sports activities and violent crimes also cause spinal injuries.
Sometimes people who experience car crashes, slips and falls, and other incidents may not realize they have hurt their spines. This is why you should be checked by a doctor as soon as possible after an accident. Most important is your health and welfare. Serious spinal injuries aren’t immediately apparent. If not treated right away, the spinal injury can become much more severe.
Seeing a doctor quickly can also be beneficial to your spinal cord injury claim. If you don’t go to the doctor right away, the insurance company or jury might not believe you were seriously injured.
Signs and Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injuries
Some of the symptoms of spinal cord injuries after an accident include:
- Severe back or neck pain, pressure, or stiffness
- Bad headache
- Numbness or tingling of your hands or feet
- Problems walking, such as feeling unbalanced
- Difficulty breathing after an accident
- Weakness, incoordination, or lack of muscle function
- Inability to move arms or legs
- Unnatural head position or tilting
- Loss of control of bladder or bowels.
If you have been in an accident, do not wait. Get checked by a doctor right away. If you have any of these symptoms, you may require emergency treatment.
Our Skilled Houston Attorneys Will Work Toward Getting You a Maximum Spinal Injury Compensation Payout
If you have a serious spinal injury, you may need some level of care or assistance for the rest of your life. When another’s negligence caused your spinal injury, you deserve a spinal injury compensation payout that will fairly cover all of your losses. Our seasoned spinal cord injury attorneys are skilled at helping people get maximum compensation for their injuries. You shouldn’t wait to speak with an attorney. Generally, Texas has a two-year statute of limitations from the time of the injury or death for filing personal injury or wrongful death claims. ***Please note: Always speak directly to an attorney to understand the exact deadline(s) that apply to your claim(s).***
Call the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant at (713) 973-8888 for a free consultation about your case. We can help you discover what your spinal cord injury might be worth. We will fight for your right to be fairly compensated for your injuries.