A Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is a serious injury that affects the victim’s life, friends, family, co-workers, and others. SCls are also tremendously expensive. Depending on the severity of the circumstances, first year medical and increased living expenses can exceed $1 million. Thereafter, annual costs can approach $200,000 in every subsequent year. SCI victims badly need financial compensation. A personal injury lawyer can help you obtain compensation for economic and non-economic losses. Contact Abrams Trial Law today to request a free consultation.
What Causes SCls?
In a few cases, unavoidable, unforeseeable, and unpreventable accidents cause spinal cord injuries. But in most cases, negligence, or a lack of ordinary care, causes SCls. Some examples include:
Motor Vehicle Collisions: In most car crashes, the victim’s head surges forward, then violently snaps This whip-like motion almost always causes serious injury. Depending on the force of the crash and some other factors, whiplash could also be a catastrophic injury.
Falls: When many people fall, they land on their The sharp impact is more than the bones in the spinal column can absorb. Even if victims fall on their stomachs or sides, the sudden jarring motion is usually enough to damage the spine significantly.
Assaults: Most of these incidents involve knockdowns and serious Due to the intentional nature of these torts, the aforementioned damages are usually a bit higher in assault claims than in unintentional tort claims, like falls and car crashes.
Negligence, which is a lack of ordinary or statutory care, causes most car crashes. Distracted driving is a good example. It is against the law to use a cellphone while driving. Using a hands-free cell phone is not illegal, but it is still distracting. Drivers who use these devices take their eyes off the road and take their minds off driving.
Falls & Assaults
Fall and assault claims work a bit differently. The property owner is usually responsible for damages. To establish owner negligence, the victim/plaintiff must prove that the owner had a legal duty and the owner knew, or should have known, about the hazardous situation. This is known as premises liability.
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help You?
At several different points in the process, an attorney makes a big difference to you and your family:
Delay Medical Bills. SCI victims need immediate medical attention-and, as mentioned earlier, this treatment is very expensive. Health insurance companies refuse to pay these costs. Fortunately, an attorney may be able to arrange for the victim to receive treatment without paying anything upfront. Medical providers usually agree to defer payment until the case is resolved.
Medical Bill Negotiation. An attorney can also negotiate with a medical provider to lower the bill. As a result, victim/plaintiffs can keep more of their settlement money.
Evidence Collection. Attorneys know how to collect evidence in these situations. Evidence collection is essential, because the victim/plaintiff has the burden of proof. Additionally, as a general rule, the more evidence the victim/plaintiff presents, the more damages a Dallas County jury is likely to award.
Insurance & Legal Negotiations. Experienced attorneys like Warren and Joshua Abrams know how to negotiate with insurance company lawyers. Your attorney can accurately assess a claim’s financial value to help ensure you do not settle for too little. Furthermore, the insurance company knows that if it does not settle on favorable terms, the case may go to trial. In that forum, the damages could be much, much larger, especially in catastrophic SCI claims.
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Spinal cord injuries change lives forever. For a free consultation with an experienced spine injury lawyer in Dallas, TX, contact Abrams Trial Law today.
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