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Collecting Damages in Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuits

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on October 20, 2014

Animated image of a spinal cordWhen the spinal cord is damaged, it is considered to be a traumatic injury. This is because the consequences of the injury are likely to be long-lasting, with potentially lifelong effects. This type of traumatic injury is expected to have a significant impact on the victim’s daily life and the ability to perform even the most routine functions. Because spinal cord injury damages are so severe and are not likely to resolve quickly, we advise our clients to seek legal representation when a spinal cord injury has been caused by the negligent, reckless, or violent behavior of another individual or party. We help our Daytona Beach clients seek spinal cord injury lawsuit damages that will ensure the financial burdens of these injuries lie with the responsible party, rather than the injury victim.

Potential Effects of Spinal Cord Injury

The spinal cord is a vital part of the body that plays a large role in almost all of the body’s movement and functions. Unfortunately, the spinal cord is also a part of the body that is highly vulnerable to damage and injury. Unlike an injury to another part of the body that may have little impact on one’s day-to-day comfort and functionality, a spinal cord injury is likely to result in serious consequences. Some of the potential damages of a spinal cord injury include the following:

  • Intense pain and/or stinging
  • Exaggerated reflexes
  • Spasms
  • Problems with balance
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of feeling
  • Total or partial paralysis
  • Loss of bowel and bladder functions

The effects of a spinal cord injury will be unique in each incident and are based largely on the location of the injury and the extent of damage that is caused. While all cases are unique, any of these effects will greatly impact a person’s daily life.

Compensation for Damages

The physical and emotional damages of a spinal cord injury are very high, which is why our personal injury attorneys are very aggressive in seeking compensation for damages of a spinal cord injury. When seeking financial compensation in a spinal cord injury lawsuit, it is important to consider not only the damages and losses that have already occurred, but also those that are likely to occur in the future, as these injuries may be long-lasting or even lifelong. Depending on the details of each case, our attorneys may seek financial compensation for any of the following spinal cord damages:

  • Medical and hospital expenses
  • Nursing/care expenses (such as in-home care)
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Loss of wages or loss of potential wages
  • Cost of assistive devices, such as wheelchairs
  • Necessary modifications to the injury victim’s home, such as an access ramp or stair lift
  • Pain and suffering

Review your Case

At the firm of Chanfrau & Chanfrau, our attorneys are experienced in personal injury cases, including the unique circumstances of spinal cord injury lawsuits. If you or a loved one are suffering from the effects of a spinal cord injury and are interested in seeking compensation for damages suffered, contact us to review your case as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you. 

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