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If you have been involved in a car accident, you may be suffering from serious spine trauma. The force of impact from a collision can cause your neck and back to whip violently back and forth or could even cause lacerations of the spine or other damage.
When this occurs, your spine and discs may become misaligned, which can put pressure on the nerves, discs, and spinal cord. This can cause many painful and debilitating symptoms, such as weakness, shooting pain, tingling, numbness, or even loss of bowel or bladder control.
If the injury is very severe, or if other treatments fail to control it, your doctor may recommend a laminectomy. This is a type of surgery that removes the lamina, a bony piece of the spinal cord called the vertebral arch. The purpose of the procedure is to remove pressure on the nerves and spinal cord and relieve pain.
Procedures like these are expensive, often totaling up to $15,000 or more after hospital fees. Additionally, most patients require physical therapy and medical care before and after the surgery, which adds to the cost. And a serious surgery like this can cause you to miss work while you recover, or could even permanently affect your ability to do your job.
All in all, a laminectomy can have a significant impact on your health and finances. So, if you require surgery due to injuries from an accident, it’s worth investigating whether a settlement or verdict could help you recover some of the costs. If your accident was caused by another person’s recklessness or negligence, it’s possible you could be eligible for compensation through a legal case.
Below, we’ll provide you with a guide to laminectomy injuries and answer some common legal questions.
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Medical costs are the most obvious category of damages in a laminectomy case. However, calculating past costs, as well as estimating future medical expenses, can be difficult. Additionally, there may be other damages — economic and otherwise — that you may not have thought of. Some common damages include:
There are several factors that can affect your likelihood of receiving compensation in a laminectomy injury case, including the circumstances of your accident and your actions following your injury.
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Consulting with an accident and injury attorney can be very helpful in cases where invasive procedures like surgery are required. For one, it may be difficult for you to estimate the cost of future medical care without an expert. A lawyer can also work with your doctor to document your injuries, which will serve as valuable evidence in your case.
Additionally, a lawyer can coordinate claims with insurance providers and other parties on your behalf and offer advice on how to communicate with these parties to protect your rights.
Lastly, it’s much more likely that you will receive the fullest measure of compensation available to you if you hire an experienced laminectomy injury lawyer. Evidence shows that injury cases that are handled by legal experts tend to be valued much more highly.
While it’s important to consult with an attorney after your accident, hiring a lawyer you can trust is just as important. FVF has decades of combined experience with spinal injury cases and has a record of obtaining high-value settlements for our clients. But we also adhere to ethical values to ensure that you get transparent, straightforward representation. Specifically, here’s what we strive to offer potential clients:
Our accident and injury lawyers would be happy to consult with you to help you understand your best path forward. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation.
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