A spinal cord injury can affect every aspect of an individual’s life. On top of the physical pain and discomfort, spinal cord injuries can cost a great deal of money to treat. This can become extremely burdensome for individuals and families to deal with. If you or someone close to you has suffered a spinal cord injury, it is important to seek the help of a qualified Miami injury attorney who can assess the merits of your case.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS) estimates that there are 10,000 to 12,000 spinal cord injuries each year in the United States. NINDS also reports that 40 percent of all spinal cord injuries happen as a result of motor vehicle accidents, including car, truck, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents. Spinal cord injuries could also result from slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice, and defective products (i.e., a faulty seat belt). In each of these scenarios, you may be entitled to compensation.
In certain situations, spinal cord injuries can be the basis of a lawsuit. This is possible when your spinal cord injury was caused by the negligence of another party. Negligence is a failure to exercise reasonable care. Reasonable care is usually defined as how a prudent person would behave in the same situation. Negligence can also take place when a person fails to act when he or she had a duty to do so. In order to establish negligence, a plaintiff must show that the defendant owed him or her a duty of care, the defendant breached the duty of care, the plaintiff suffered a spinal cord injury as a direct result of the defendant’s breach, and damages were incurred.
For example, if a driver was speeding excessively and caused a car accident and your resulting harm, that driver will likely be considered negligent. This is because a driver exercising reasonable care behind the wheel would not speed excessively, realizing the danger it poses to others on the road. It is important to note that negligence cases are highly fact-intensive, so hiring a detail-oriented attorney can make all the difference in your case.
Compensation for spinal cord injuries is designed to help you deal with the costs associated with your injury and more. In many cases, spinal cord injury patients will require expensive assistive devices, such as wheelchairs. As a result, damages may include medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. The exact amount of compensation will vary based on the nature and extent of the injuries sustained.
If you or someone close to you has suffered a spinal cord injury, it is important to seek help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we have helped many South Florida residents recover the compensation they deserve for their serious injuries. You can rest assured that we will keep you informed about the status of your case at each step of the way. We take pride in keeping an open line of communication with our clients. To learn more, feel free to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.
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