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Spine Injury in a Car Accident: Recovering Compensation

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Car accidents come with plenty of risks, but the damage done to your spinal cord can be permanently devastating. Even the less minor spinal injuries can severely impede your day-to-day life. Severe spine injuries could leave you unable to walk.

If someone caused your injuries due to reckless or careless behavior, you deserve compensation for your suffering. Although you might not be able to reverse the physical effects of a spinal injury, compensation can lessen the financial burden caused by the accident.

The damages you experienced can be complex, covering the financial, mental, and emotional aspects of your claim. Make sure you’re getting the full amount you deserve from each area of your damages before you file a claim. An experienced attorney can help you through the calculation process.

Economic Damages

One of the first damages you’ll seek, of course, is the financial losses you’ve suffered as a car crash victim. An accident can be expensive, and that doesn’t include only the damage to your vehicle.

When dealing with a spine injury, your medical expenses will add up quickly, and they can last for months or even years. If you’ve suffered a complete spinal injury, for example, meaning your spinal cord is completely severed, you generally won’t have movement or sensation below the severance point.

In this case, you’ll need medical attention to reduce the damage, but you’ll also need physical therapy to strengthen your muscles. It takes time to regain muscle strength, even with an incomplete injury, which can mean more time away from work.

When calculating damages, it’s important to remember that you’re dealing with both the cost of the initial injury as well as ongoing treatment and therapy.

Non-Economic Damages

Medical bills and physical therapy are just the beginning of the effects an accident can have on your life. You could be traumatized at the thought of getting in a vehicle, or you’re suffering from nightmares, or maybe you’re having difficulties enjoying life like you used to. Your wellbeing has suffered, but how do you seek compensation for such intangible things?

Survivors with spinal injuries can be compensated for non-economic damages, which cover the suffering you’ve experienced because of your injury, such as emotional trauma or mental anguish. These are calculated based on the relative impact they’ve had on your life.

For example, let’s say two people suffered a similar complete spine injury and paralysis. One, however, was a professional athlete who depended on his or her legs for a career. In this case, the athlete might be awarded more for their distress than a person with a more sedentary job.  

Get the Tools for Calculating Compensation

Calculating the true value of your injury can be complex, which is why having an experienced Alabama personal injury lawyer on your side can be invaluable.

Our knowledgeable attorneys at the Henry Dailey Law Firm will start with a free consultation. We understand that every claim is unique, so we’ll review your case, list all the ways your life has been affected by the accident, and then determine the total cost of your claim.

Ready to get started with your free consultation? Reach out to our lawyers by calling 205-995-2412, or by filling out the online form below.

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