A spinal cord injury typically happens because of a violent blow that causes the spinal column to become severed or pinched. The injury can happen during a fall, automobile accident, sports-related accident or due to surgical errors.
When you suffer a spinal cord injury because of someone else’s negligence or carelessness, you may be eligible to receive substantial money for your injuries. Fontanella, Benevento, Galluccio & Smith is dedicated to helping you receive the compensation you may deserve.
Often, a person at fault for your injury will want to compensate you. For example, the person may want to pay your current and future medical bills. This is called an injury settlement because you agree to terms of the agreement without going to court.
When the other party refuses to pay you may have to seek legal action. Filing a claim against the person or company responsible for your spinal injury involves proving negligence. Negligence simply means you must prove your injury is the result of someone else’s fault.
To prove someone is liable for your spinal cord injury and that you are entitled to receive money, you must establish:
- You were injured because of the incident
- The spinal cord injury occurred because of negligence or recklessness of the other party
- The other party’s recklessness or negligence showed a disregard for your safety
- The injury was caused by the accident and not any pre-existing condition
- The injuries that you have suffered are serious
Establishing liability requires showing that the event caused your spinal cord injury. Compensation is based on the severity of the injury. Thus, part of proving liability is showing the impact of the injury on your life. This includes showing that you’re undergoing current medical treatment and that you will need future treatment. You can provide evidence that there were other complications from the injury, such as other medical problems. For instance, an injury to your spine may lead to paralysis, problems with your movement or speech difficulties.
To determine whether you can pursue a claim against a person or company for your spinal cord injury, requires legal assistance. Having the experienced attorneys of Fontanella, Benevento, Galluccio & Smith look at the facts of your case can help ensure you should pursue a claim against the responsible party.
Possible Spinal Cord Injury Compensation
Since your spine enables you to move, run, walk and use your hands, this injury can have a tremendous effect on your life and your loved ones’ lives. It can also have a tremendous financial effect on your life. You may be entitled to money to cover lost income, future medical expenses, lost future earnings and pain and suffering.
Having the experienced legal advice of a spinal cord injury lawyer to help prove your case can help ensure you receive financial assistance you need.