When you suffer a spinal cord injury, it can feel like the world has come to an end. Not only are you dealing with physical and emotional pain, but you may also be wondering how you will support yourself and your family. Fortunately, an attorney can help you navigate this delicate situation, and aid you in getting your life back on track.
You may wonder how much money you could potentially receive in damages to cover your ongoing care and lost wages. Unfortunately, there is not an easy answer to this question. Each case is unique and depends on the injury’s specific circumstances, such as how you were injured and who is at fault.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, you’ll want to do some research to find out exactly what you need to do next. We can help by providing an overview of what you can typically expect from a spinal cord injury lawsuit in California. Keep in mind that this information should not be taken as legal advice, and you should speak with an attorney directly to get more accurate information about your particular situation.
How Much Compensation Can I Claim?
The amount of compensation depends on many different variables such as what event caused the injury, the extent of injury, impacts on daily life, expected medical bills, and the expected amount of time to recover— as well as future opportunity costs related to any ongoing disability caused by the accident. With an experienced attorney on your case, it’s possible to have a claim worth over one million dollars, especially if you’ll experience lifelong disabilities.
What Factors Affect Spinal Cord Injury Compensation?
Your case is unique, and all the case facts affect what compensation you receive. Two of the main factors that may affect compensation are liability and the prognosis from your injuries if someone other than you is liable for the accident that caused your spinal cord injury, especially if they acted recklessly and without regard for others.
Your spinal injury is the main factor tied to your compensation. For example, if you should become permanently paralyzed, you would receive more compensation than someone whose injury resulted in bulging disks. Another compensation factor tied to your injuries is lifetime care or disability expenses. While everyone’s wish is for minor injuries and a quick recovery, it is important that you are aware that the severity of your injuries plays a major role in your case and compensation.
The Facts Regarding the Defendant Matter
One significant fact your attorney considers is who is liable for your injury. If another person or company acted in a way that resulted in your spinal injury, you have a higher chance of receiving a large settlement. When looking at the facts of the case, we consider whether the defendant acted intentionally, recklessly, or in any way that causes them to be liable for your sustained injury.
What Does Spinal Cord Injury Compensation Usually Include?
Compensation for a spinal injury usually covers your medical claims at the baseline, but often you will receive compensation for future medical expenses if you are not expected to recover. You may receive compensation for your lost wages, disfigurement, loss of quality of life, and pain and suffering. When you have a lawyer on your side experienced with advocating for those with spinal cord injuries, you can be sure that your future medical needs are considered in any compensation you receive.
Types of Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries
Your personal injury attorney will guide you through the process of fighting for compensation for your injury. You might face two options during this process, a settlement or trial in civil court. Listen to your attorney’s advice, and they will guide you through the best option for your unique situation. If you opt to go to trial, the jury will consider all of the facts in your case and consider awarding you a settlement. Jury awarded settlements vary widely but still depend on the extent of your injuries and the defendant’s liability.
Reach Out to an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney for Help
At Hann Law Firm, we take a personal approach from the start. Listening to our clients is at the heart of our success in the courtroom. When you work with us, we’ll address your specific challenges, prepare diligently for the best possible outcome, and create a personalized approach to help achieve your goals.
While other firms see a case number and a bottom line, we see each client as a human being who deserves to be heard. We know your case is important to you, and we’ll take it just as personally. You and your case matters to us.
Contact us for your free consultation and get quality, compassionate legal help today.