Someone didn’t uphold their basic duty of care on the road, whether by driving under the influence, failing to yield, or engaging in other dangerous practices like drowsy or distracted driving. That negligent behavior caused a life-altering spinal cord injury. Now that you’ve received the diagnosis, it's time to look forward to the future and determine what to do next as you come to terms with what the injury means for your daily routine.
How a Spinal Injury During a Car Accident Impacts Your Life
Depending on the severity of the injury, you may experience drastic effects on many different areas of your life. Those effects can range from reduced sensory input to difficulty with bladder and bowel control, damage to sexual function, and even permanent changes like total paralysis of limbs.
Any spinal cord injury may require lengthy and expensive rehabilitation efforts, the use of adaptive equipment like a walker or wheelchair, or even around-the-clock care. In addition to physical difficulties and medical expenses, these types of injures often take a toll on personal relationships as family and friends adapt to your new situation.
After a spinal cord injury from a vehicle collision, you have a legal right to seek compensation for:
- Ambulance or emergency room bills
- Costs for ongoing therapies, surgeries, and doctor visits
- Intangibles like pain and suffering
- Loss of wages and losing out on future earnings
- Out of pocket expenses
- Property damage
With bills piling up and physical difficulties interfering with your everyday activity, you need someone on your side to help as you deal with these potentially lifelong changes. To make sure you get the full amount you are owed, seek the help of an attorney with knowledge of spinal cord injuries who can prove negligence caused your accident. A lawyer can also be an invaluable asset in dealing with insurance companies who may try to reduce or even outright deny your claim.
Did You or a Loved One Suffer a Spinal Cord Injury?
While financial compensation won't undo the physical and emotional damage you suffered in your accident, it can be an immense help in changing your circumstances, particularly if you can’t work. Get in touch to provide the basic details of your case and set up a free consultation. We can help ensure your legal right to recover damages is protected while you recover.