Modern vehicles are designed to keep the occupants as safe as possible and avoid serious injuries and fatalities during a collision. Unfortunately, some car accidents still result in injuries that change the course of a person’s life forever.
If you or someone close to you suffered a spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis during a car crash, you may be unsure what to do next. One of the most important things to do at this time is to speak with a personal injury attorney who can help you determine whether you may have a valid claim for damages.
Spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis have a massive impact on an individual’s ability to earn a living and function on a day-to-day basis. Furthermore, the cost of medical care can be astronomical. A personal injury claim against the at-fault party may allow for the recovery of financial compensation for these and other expenses.
Types of Compensation to Which You May Be Entitled
One study found that a quarter of all traumatic spinal cord injury victims filed for bankruptcy within five years of the initial injury. Emergency medical care, hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, assistive devices, and other medical needs represent a huge financial burden. Furthermore, most paralysis sufferers cannot work for months or years after the accident. Many are never able to return to work. This loss of income only exacerbates the financial burden created by medical bills.
A personal injury claim may be the best way to recover financial compensation for medical bills and lost income. Ongoing medical care, including rehabilitative care, prescription medication, mental health care, and follow-up appointments, may also be compensable.
Of course, the consequences of a spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis are not only financial. Many people who are paralyzed in a car crash suffer from chronic pain, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal ideation, panic attacks, and insomnia. Financial compensation for these intangible consequences may also be available.
Contact our Cook County Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
If you or a family member were left paralyzed because of a car accident, you may be able to file a personal injury claim and recover compensation for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and other damages.
The knowledgeable and compassionate Chicago catastrophic injury attorneys at Schwartz Injury Law are ready to help you fight for the compensation you need and deserve.
Call Schwartz Injury Law at 708-888-2160 for a free initial consultation to learn more.