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Spine Injuries

Spinal injuries can have a devastating impact on not only the injured party, but on his or her family. In addition to pain and suffering, the consequences can include loss of income and lifelong medical expenses.

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If you or someone you care about has suffered a spine injury, an attorney can help you get compensation that will offset the financial costs, and even put a dollar value on pain and suffering.

Defining Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury is any trauma to the spinal column or the attached nerves. Spine injuries can result in partial or full paralysis. Paralysis in the lower part of the body is called paraplegia. In all four limbs, it is quadriplegia. With any spinal cord injury, various bodily functions can be adversely affected, including:

  • Breathing
  • Bladder control
  • Body temperature
  • Sexual function

The consequences of a spine injury can, in short, be catastrophic, and can last a lifetime.

Causes of Spine Injuries

Anything that causes a blow to the spine can result in injury. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center identifies the most common causes, in ascending order, as:

Any of these can be due to another party’s negligence or malice. Medical malpractice can also result in a spine injury. In all these situations, a spine injury attorney can help you to obtain compensation.

The Law

Spine injury lawsuits are based on the legal theory of negligence. For instance, if your injury was caused by a careless driver hitting you while you were riding your bicycle, if you fell on a set of stairs that was in ill repair, or if you were hurt because of defective airbag in your car, you could have a basis for a lawsuit. What you and your spine injury attorney have to do is prove that the other party (the defendant) was at fault. The defendant will, of course, argue that there was no negligence.

A Common Defense

In a case of spine injury, the attorney for the defendant will likely try to prove that you in some way contributed to your injury – you were careless, you were drunk, you were engaging in horseplay, etc. – this is called “contributory negligence,” and it’s the main defense used in personal injury cases.

Now, if you actually were drunk, careless, etc., the judge or jury hearing your case may decide that you were entirely responsible, and throw your case out. Or, it may be determined that you were in part responsible for what happened to you, and the amount of damages awarded to you will be reduced accordingly. The best possible outcome, of course, is for the judge or jury to rule that you were in no way responsible for you spine injury. Your attorney will work with you toward that outcome.

Compensation

The purpose of compensation is to reduce the impact of the injury. The judge or jury can’t put your spine back the way it used to be, so money is awarded to bring you as close to your pre-accident quality of life as is possible.

With a spine injury, your spine injury attorney will seek damages that go beyond mere medical expenses. He or she will also ask for damages for pain and suffering, rehabilitation, the cost of adaptive devices like motorized wheelchairs, and the cost of modifying your home with things like chair lifts and ramps.

See a Spine Injury Attorney

Lawsuits of this type can be complex, so if you’ve been injured, or someone you care about has been harmed due to another party’s misconduct, get help. See a lawyer who specializes in spine injury litigation.

 

Sources:

http://www.alllaw.com/articles/nolo/personal-injury/estimating-value-back-injury-claim.html

http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/spinal-cord-injury-lawsuit-32417.html

 

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