A spinal cord injury is a devastating blow. It may mean years of rehabilitation if recovery is possible. In all situations, individuals suffer pain, significant mobility limitations, and a drop in their quality of life. What makes this worse is when the problem is brought on through no fault of your own. When someone else’s negligence leads to your loss, you may have a legal case against them. Spinal cord injury lawyers can help. At Doehrman Buba Attorneys at Law, we help individuals get the best possible compensation in these situations.
What Is a Spinal Cord Injury?
The spinal cord is a large bundle of nerves that travel from the brain down the middle of the back through the spinal column. These nerves work as message ways where the brain communications with the tissues, organs, and other connective components of the body. A spinal cord injury is any type of injury or damage to these nerves.
These types of injuries can create devastating consequences. When the messages cannot move from the brain to the legs, arms, or other areas, it becomes impossible to move them. Some people may become a paraplegic, an occurrence in which it is not possible to move the lower parts of the body. A quadriplegic is a person unable to use any of his or her limbs.
What Can Cause a Spinal Cord Injury?
This type of injury can occur for many reasons. Some of the most common, according to the National Spinal Cord Statistical Center include the following:
- Vehicle accidents
- Recreational sport activities
- Acts of violence such as domestic abuse and gunshot wounds
- Surgical errors
Who Is Responsible for Your Losses?
Individuals involved in a car accident in which the other party caused the accident may benefit from contacting a spinal cord injury attorney. Another person may be responsible for your losses if certain conditions are met.
Negligence occurs when a person or business has a responsibility for creating a safe environment, fails to do so, and someone suffers financial loss as a result. Here are some examples:
- A drunk driver causes an accident, and you suffer a spinal cord injury. The driver is responsible for your injuries.
- You fall down the steps at a retail location because the step was broken. The owner knew the step was broken, had time to fix it, and did not do so.
- A doctor makes a mistake during a surgical procedure and damages your spinal column or column as a result.
Proving negligence can be challenging, which is why it is so important to work with a skilled personal injury attorney to do so.
Another type of responsibility lies in the production of products. For example, if you are in a car accident, and the seatbelt or the airbag worked, but did not work properly, and you suffered damage, the manufacturer may be responsible for your losses.
What Type of Compensation Could You Obtain?
The amount of compensation from a spinal cord injury depends on many factors. After providing someone else was at fault, you and your attorney will discuss all of the losses you have suffered as a result of the incident. Here are some examples:
- Your medical bills, including emergency room visits, surgeries, and doctor’s appointments in the days and weeks after the incident
- Your long-term rehabilitation, physical therapy, and care
- The financial loss you had from not working during this time
- In some cases, you may be unable to go back to work, especially if you have developed the inability to move your limbs
- Your loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering – and more
Because this type of injury can carry such a long term impact on your quality of life and wellbeing, it is best to work directly with an attorney when filing a claim. Avoid filing a claim with the insurance company yourself. Insurers may wish to settle the claim and close it quickly, without fully realizing what all of your losses are, especially in the long term. Your need for financial compensation is great. You may have years of medical bills and care. Some people may need long-term support in medical facilities.
For this reason, it is always best to work closely with your Indianapolis personal injury attorneys. In our law firm, we will work with you to understand your case, determine who is at fault, and determine what steps you need to take to obtain the financial support you need. This often involves negotiations and may include a trail. Yet, with the type of loss you’ve suffered, this may be critical in ensuring your family gets the compensation necessary to provide long-term care.
Contact Your Indianapolis Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Today
Even if you are unsure you have a personal injury case, we encourage you to come in for a free, no-obligation consultation with our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys. At Doehrman Buba Attorneys at Law, we work aggressively to help you get the compensation owed to you after such an event. Before you speak to the insurance company, call us at 866-658-1835 or use our online form and we’ll call you.