A serious accident can have a significant impact on your health and well-being. That’s particularly true if the accident results in a spinal injury. Spinal injuries range from temporary conditions like minor sprains to catastrophic, life-altering injuries, such as paralysis. Within that range, there are several types of permanent, but less catastrophic, spinal injuries, such as disc injuries and facet joint injuries.
The severity of your injury and your long-term medical prognosis will often impact your case. A permanent spinal injury, even if minor, can have long-term effects on your health, quality of life, and ability to earn income. Because of this, permanent spinal injuries will justify more compensation — and a more creative and complex legal strategy — than a less serious injury.
If you have recently been injured in an auto collision or other accident and are concerned you may have sustained a spinal injury, here’s what you need to know.
If you are having any symptoms after an accident, it is important to seek medical assistance as soon as possible. This is true even if you do not believe your symptoms are serious. It may take time for some symptoms to fully manifest, and if you do not seek medical care as soon as possible after your accident, it can both impact your health and limit your legal options as you pursue compensation for your injuries.
For instance, if you experience symptoms that indicate a spinal injury — such as tingling or pain — and you have not visited a doctor after your accident, the insurance company liable for compensation may argue that you are not seriously injured. This may provide grounds for the insurance company to devalue your claim, and will dramatically increase the likelihood that you will need to file a lawsuit in order to get full compensation for your harms and losses.
A medical professional will also perform diagnostics, the results of which may provide critical evidence in your case. Your doctor or specialist can begin documenting your injury on your first visit, which can speed your case along and help you obtain compensation more quickly. Your spinal injury lawyer can begin building a case right away using these medical records.
You should also avoid relating details about your spinal injury to insurance providers until after you have spoken with a lawyer. In some cases, recorded statements and other information you provide can be used against you in order to deny or devalue your case. A spinal injury lawyer can both advise you on how to communicate with insurance agents and recommend medical professionals to help you obtain the treatment you need to recover.
The term “spinal injury” encompasses a huge range of conditions, from paralysis to minor back pain. Because of this, the medical treatment needed — and the impact to your finances and daily life — can vary greatly.
For minor spinal injury cases, common damages include:
For moderate to severe injuries, damages may also include:
Less tangible damages and losses, such as loss of quality of life, are more difficult to prove — but no less traumatic. A spinal injury lawyer can help you quantify these losses and estimate the impact of a long-term or permanent injury. He or she will also build your case in a way that proves non-monetary compensation, if applicable. This requires understanding and proving how your spinal injury has impacted your ability to perform tasks or engage in your hobbies.
A serious spinal cord injury can leave you and your loved ones with many questions. How much time will it take for the injury to heal? Will it heal at all? How will you afford mounting medical bills and other expenses? Will you be able to work again in the future — and if not, how will you handle the loss of income?
Hiring a lawyer is one way to get concrete answers to these questions. The right spinal injury lawyer will be able to make sure you receive care from medical specialists who can help you understand the full impact to your health and your chances for recovery. Lawyers will also help you collect evidence and prove damages. A good spinal injury lawyer can add tremendous value to your case beyond what an insurance company will offer you — here’s how:
Hiring a lawyer is not necessarily the best choice for every spinal injury case, but taking the time to consult with the right spinal injury lawyer is always a great idea to help ensure the best outcome for your case and minimize your frustration. At FVF, we strive to provide clients with superior counsel, sympathetic advice, and a deep commitment to each individual we work with.
Here are the values we provide to our clients:
If you have suffered a spinal injury due to a motor vehicle collision or accident, you deserve to know your rights and what you may be entitled to under the law. Contact us today to learn more about your legal options, and start recovering the compensation you need.