Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries

Proving the Right to Compensation in SCI Lawsuits & Settlements

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury (SCI) due to another person’s negligent acts, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. The amount of compensation will depend on the individual circumstances of your case and your state’s laws. Contact an attorney in your area today to find out if you are entitled to damages for your spinal cord injury. An attorney experienced in spinal cord injury cases can determine if a lawsuit is in your best interests.

  • To recover compensation for your injury, you may be required to show:
  • That the SCI occurred due to reckless or negligent disregard for your safety by another
  • That you were injured
  • That your injury was caused by the accident and is not due to a pre-existing condition or unrelated occurrence
  • That you suffered compensable damages

In some states, under the doctrine of comparative negligence, your compensation can be decreased proportionately if it is found that you contributed to your injuries. For example, if the court finds you are 20 percent at fault, then your recovery will be decreased by that percentage. A minority of states follow the restrictive contributory negligence rule. In these states, if the court finds you contributed in any way to the injuries you suffered — even as little as 1 percent — you will be barred recovery altogether.

Available Damages

The damages you may be entitled to collect will vary by your state’s laws and may not include all of those listed here. You will want to consult with a local attorney about the compensation available in your jurisdiction for spinal cord injuries.

Medical expenses

Costs incurred by you for health care, including ambulance bills, hospital bills, and charges for surgical, medical or chiropractic care

Future medical expenses

The cost of future medical care for injuries or disabilities, including costs for rehabilitation, bioengineering equipment (wheelchairs, electrical equipment to assist breathing and eating) transportation, attendant care

Lost income

Payment for wages lost as a result of your injury

Lost future earning capacity

The sum of money that will compensate you for the earnings you would have made in the future if you had not sustained the injury

Pain and suffering

The pain, suffering, disfigurement, disability and loss of life’s pleasures you have experienced from your spinal cord injury

Property damage

Repair or replacement of any property that was damaged in the accident

Contact an Experienced California Spinal Cord Injury Lawer For a Free Consultation

Spinal cord injuries are life-changing events, forever altering the course of an individual’s life. Since most spinal cord injuries happen to young adults, they face a life-time of medical treatment, rehabilitation, and in severe cases, spending the rest of lives in a full-time care facility. The estimated costs for a person with a spinal cord injury can top over $250,000 in the first year alone.

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you have the right to seek compensation.  The law imposes a statute of limitations that varies from state to state. You have a limited period in which to pursue a legal claim. If you or a loved one have suffered health problems due to a spinal cord injury, contact our personal injury lawyers — we have experience handling spinal cord injury cases and know how to get you the compensation you deserve.

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