Spinal Cord Injuries: Causes, Effects, and Legal Claims

You deserve the maximum compensation for your spinal cord injuries. Let us help.

Explore the complexities of spinal cord injuries, including their causes, effects, and the legal options available for victims. Learn how The Dressie Law Firm can assist in your claim.

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What Are Spinal Cord Injuries?

Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are injuries to the spinal column and the nerves it houses. These injuries are typically caused by a sudden blow or forceful impact to the spine or back area.

Because the spinal cord is crucial to the human body system, the slightest damage could lead to devastating long-term health issues for those affected. Medical treatment and rehabilitation may help. However, treatment is expensive, and even with ongoing medical care, a total recovery may be unlikely, which could make it difficult for the victim to work and cater to their needs.

Thankfully, the law allows spinal cord injury victims to claim compensation for their injuries if someone else’s negligence or actions caused them. If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury, you can file a claim or lawsuit against those responsible for your injuries to recover your present and future medical expenses, lost income, and other losses you may have encountered.

However, understanding the fundamentals of the personal injury claims process in Georgia is crucial to getting the compensation you deserve. That’s why we’ve put this comprehensive guide together, where we discuss the legal claims process for spinal cord injuries.

Remember, our skilled personal injury attorneys at The Dressie Law Firm are prepared to represent you and protect your rights and interests. Do not hesitate to contact us for personalized legal advice, guidance, and answers to your burning questions about your case.

    Causes and Health Implications of Spinal Cord Injuries

    The primary cause of most spinal injuries is traumatic impact to the spine due to

    • Falls

    • Motor vehicle accidents

    • Sports accidents

    • Acts of violence.

    Regardless of the specific cause, a spinal cord injury could severely affect the quality of your life.

    Victims of severe spinal cord injuries may suffer chronic pain, respiratory complications, mobility issues, disrupted kidney functions, and loss of bowel or bladder control. They may also require the services of physical and occupational therapists throughout their lives.

    In addition to the above physical health issues, spinal cord injury victims may also suffer emotional trauma caused by their new situation, especially where there is a significant loss of bodily function.

    It would be cruel for them to have to bear the financial burden of their new health status alone, especially when their situation was caused by someone else. Hence, they are entitled to financial support from the party at fault.

    Getting Compensation as a Spinal Cord Injury Victim

    The procedure for claiming compensation as an injured person depends on the circumstances that led to your injury.

    Work-Related Spinal Cord Injuries

    If your spinal injury was a result of a work accident, you could get compensation through the workers’ compensation claims process by filing a claim with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance provider.

    Depending on the specifics of your case, workers’ compensation can cover your medical bills, rehabilitation, and lost income. You may also be entitled to disability benefits for many years or life, depending on the severity of your spinal cord injury.

    Spinal Cord Injury Due to an Auto Accident

    If your injury is the result of a motor accident caused by another, you can get compensation by filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s third-party auto insurance provider. However, if the at-fault driver is uninsured, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against them directly.

    Spinal Cord Injury Caused by an Accident on Another’s Premises

    By Georgia law, the owner or occupier of a premises must maintain their property and keep it safe for those who visit. Otherwise, they may be liable for any injury that occurs on their premises due to their negligence. If your spinal cord injury occurred in such circumstances, you may be able to recover compensation from the property owner/occupier by filing a premises liability lawsuit.

    However, there are exceptions to the general premises liability rule, which could release a property owner from liability for injuries on their premises. An experienced personal injury lawyer can assess your case and help determine whether any of the legal exceptions apply to your case. That way, you have a clearer picture of your chances of success before filing a lawsuit.

    What You Can Get From a Successful Spinal Cord Injury Claim

    Depending on the specifics of your case, you could get financial compensation (damages) after a successful lawsuit or insurance claim to cover your;

    • Economic Damages: These cover your actual financial losses or expenses due to the accident/injuries, including medical bills, lost income, and future costs of physical and occupational therapy.
    • Noneconomic Damages: To compensate for your pain and suffering or emotional distress due to your injuries.

    But whether or not you get compensated and the amount you get depends on how well you can establish your case in court or with the insurance company. Below, we share a few tips to help you build a strong case and maximize your chances of a successful outcome.

    How To Succeed With Your Spinal Cord Injury Claim: Building a Strong Case

    No one will compensate you or award you damages just because you asked. So, whether you are pursuing your case by filing a lawsuit or insurance claim, you need to prove that you deserve the compensation you are asking for. That means presenting evidence that proves

    • The negligence of the opposing party
    • That your accident/injuries were due to their actions
    • The losses or harm you suffered as a result.

    You may also need to obtain the testimony of any eyewitnesses and experts who can appraise the circumstances of your accident and give a professional opinion about how your injury occurred. That way, it becomes difficult for your claim to be denied.

    Why You Need a Personal Injury Attorney

    As you pursue your case, you’ll also benefit from the services of a capable personal injury lawyer for several reasons:

    •  Personal injury attorneys understand how insurance claims and the litigation process work. They can initiate and navigate the proceedings on your behalf, leaving you free to focus on your health and medical treatment.
    • Sometimes, insurance companies involved in personal injury cases may deny or try to downplay a person’s claim and injuries to avoid paying them what they deserve. An experienced personal injury lawyer can advocate for you in such circumstances and fight to secure your entitlements.
    • During your personal injury lawsuit, the opposing party may try to present facts and evidence to contradict your claim. Your lawyer can cross-examine their witnesses, point out any discrepancies in their claims, and argue to convince the court that their evidence is unreliable.

    The bottom line is that having a personal injury lawyer to represent you means that you have a strong and knowledgeable ally prepared to work tirelessly to help you succeed. That’s why having one could make the difference between a satisfactory and undesirable outcome.

    Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys at The Dressie Law Firm

    A serious spinal cord injury can lead to devastating health challenges that could change the course of your life forever. You can claim financial compensation if someone else caused your injuries. However, you must take steps to activate that right so you do not suffer from the financial implications of your injury alone. That’s where we come in.

    At The Dressie Law Firm, we are committed to helping personal injury victims navigate the intricacies of their compensation claims without stress and getting them the financial relief they deserve.

    With our years of experience, We understand the difficulty of pursuing a personal injury claim, especially when you are dealing with new spinal cord injuries. We are prepared to fight for you and defend your rights in court or with the liable insurance company to help you obtain the maximum compensation possible.

    No matter how difficult your case may seem, do not hesitate to contact us. Let us help guide you toward a positive outcome.

    The Dressie Law Firm Can Help You

    If you or a loved one is a victim of a reckless or negligent driver, we want you to know that the law is on your side and so is the Dressie Law Firm.

    Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!