Victims of negligent acts can suffer from very serious spinal cord injuries
which can cause physical, emotional, and financial burdens for a family.
Spinal cord injuries occur when the back vertebrae are physically intruded
and the spinal cord within suffers trauma. Much like traumatic brain injuries,
spinal cord injuries are often severe and permanent. Severe, chronic pain,
numbness, trouble breathing, quadriplegia, and paraplegia, are all too
real effects from having a spinal cord injury.
If a duty was owed to you in that foreseeable and unreasonable harm should
be avoided, and that duty was breached, then you could receive compensation
for you spinal cord injury. That is so long as the breach of duty was
the proximate cause of your injury and as long as you can prove your damages.
In addition to the pain and suffering you have endured as a result of your
injuries, the costs associated with the accident are monumental. Your
medical and rehabilitative care will require the services of surgeons,
neurosurgeons, vocational counselors, respiratory therapists, physical
therapists, social workers, occupational therapists, and your primary
physician, just to name a few. It is common for persons suffering from
spinal cord injuries to not have health insurance adequate enough to cover
the costs charged by these medical professionals.
Your injury may require all of these professional services because a spinal
cord injury can be a life changing event. You will have lost work, lost
the ability to walk, touch, taste, to work as you had in the past, and
to engage in your favorite recreational activities. Physical rehabilitation
is needed to restore your body back to normal functioning. Permanent injury
will require you to be trained on how to negotiate life with your decreased
condition. You may even need to go back to school so that you can learn
a new trade.
Obviously, this type of rehabilitation takes months if not years. You and
your loved ones may be compensated for: any and all lost income; loss
of future income; lost earning potential; pain and suffering; loss of
consortium; lost companionship; medical costs; rehabilitation costs; and
vocational training costs. This list is not exclusive and many other types
of losses can be compensable. Compensation for these types of losses are
typically referred to as compensatory damages.
In addition to compensatory damages, if the offending party’s actions
were extreme, wanton, and/or reckless, you may also be entitled to punitive
damages. They serve to punish the offender so as to prevent future negligent
conduct; compensatory damages simply try to place the injured party in
a position, as much as is possible, as he or she would have been had the
negligence not occurred.
Are you interested in learning more about serious injuries caused by personal
injury accidents? Visit our latest article here covering multiple different
types of injuries and return each day this week for more information.
To learn more on traumatic brain injuries, visit yesterday’s blog
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injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
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