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What You Need to Know About Spinal Cord Injuries and the Law

Marshall M. Raucci
Spinal cord injuries are the result of traumatic events that can cause varying degrees of permanent and disabling conditions. They are almost always tragic and life-altering, leaving the victim and his or her loved ones responsible for a variety of needs, including hospitalization, rehabilitation, medical care and expenses for the remainder of the victim’s life; counseling or psychiatric care, lost wages; and much more. Medical expenses and other necessary costs incurred when a spinal cord injury is suffered are generally high, and most individuals are unable to pay for them personally.

Every year, there are approximately 12,000 cases of spinal cord injuries in this country, and more than 90% of those injuries are caused by trauma. Motor vehicle accidents account for 43% of all spinal cord injuries. Falls account for 27.1%, violence 15.3%, and sports injuries 7.4%. They can also be caused by a surgical error, although this is rarer. While some accidents are preventable, they are often due to the fault of a reckless driver or an employer’s disregard for workplace safety.

When a spinal cord injury happens, you may need the assistance of a professional and experienced lawyer to fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. If you are able to file a claim or a lawsuit after a spinal cord injury, a personal injury or negligence claim is the most common type of lawsuit. In this type of case, the injured person brings a lawsuit on his or her own behalf. These claims can also include compensation for the burden placed on a spouse because of the injury.

In many cases involving a spinal cord injury caused by another person or a product, insurance coverage is often the most critical issue. Without significant insurance coverage for a car accident, or medical malpractice insurance for a doctor’s treatment or procedure, the person who caused the injury generally doesn’t have enough money to fully compensate the victim for all of his or her injuries and needs.

If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury because of another person’s fault, an experienced attorney can help you identify all of the available types of insurance coverage for your claims and work for you to receive the financial compensation needed for your injuries and care.

If you or someone you know has suffered a spinal cord injury, we invite you to contact one of the attorneys at Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C. to discuss how we can help you to evaluate your claim and seek the compensation you may deserve.

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