Any injury that affects your back, neck, or head could result in serious spinal damage, which is why it’s important to assess the potential harm, both medically and financially. Spinal injuries can result in paralysis, painful nerve damage, loss of motor function, and other serious complications. As a result, these types of injuries can affect your employability, your earning capacity, your ability to live independently, and even your personal relationships. If you find yourself considering the serious repercussions resulting from your spinal injury, you need to consider how much your case is worth so that you can take legal action accordingly.
If you or someone you love suffered a spinal injury due to someone else’s mistake or carelessness, you must know what types of damages you can claim as a result. If your claim is undervalued, you could end up without appropriate compensation for the resulting damages, which could put you and your loved ones in a state of serious financial hardship.
Spinal injuries lawsuits often claim the following damages:
- Medical expenses: including medications, surgeries, doctor visits, specialist appointments, physical therapy, etc.
- Future medical costs: ongoing physical or occupational therapies, medications, follow-up appointments, etc.
- Lost earnings: past and future lost wages, decreased earning capacity
- Transportation and home renovations: installation of ramps, stair modifications, hallway safety installations, widened doorways, driveway modifications, wheelchair-friendly vehicles, etc.
- Care costs: live-in nurse, assisted care facility, etc.
- Pain and suffering: physical pain, mental anguish, anxiety, PTSD, depression, loss of quality of life
In some cases, the court might also award punitive damages, which are intended to punish the negligent party.
Additionally, if the spinal injury is very severe and alters the mental condition of the injured person, their family may pursue compensation for loss of consortium, or loss of companionship and support associated with that relationship.
If you or someone you love suffered a spinal injury due to someone else’s negligence, our firm is here to help. We understand how devastating these types of incidents can be, and we’re here to provide you and your family with the support and guidance you need during this difficult time. We can take the guesswork out of your catastrophic injury case and help you understand the different types of damages you’re entitled to based on the circumstances of your accident.
Ready to get started? Contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC to speak with our attorney.