If you have recently suffered a traumatic injury, you may be wondering what the expected value of a personal injury claim can be. There is no simple or one-size-fits-all answer to the question about how much a personal injury claim is worth. Because every case is different and requires the evaluation of variable factors, including the severity of the injury and the laws and regulations of the state in which the injury took place, the short answer is “it depends.”
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury (SCI) can be life-altering events. After major damage to the brain or spinal cord, there are many adjustments to make. However, making these adjustments can be incredibly difficult when you’re also trying to keep up with a court case.
A spinal cord injury is a disastrous turn of events no matter how it happens, but those that result from medical malpractice are particularly painful. It’s alarming enough when an accident of some kind causes you or someone you love to deal with the debilitating reality of a spinal cord injury. However, when a medical professional you trust to provide quality care actually winds up doing serious harm, it feels like a betrayal of the worst kind.
A diagnosis of paralysis has a life-altering effect on both the patient and his or her loved ones. However, somehow that startling reality is oftentimes made even worse when it is caused by someone that you trusted to provide nothing but the utmost care.
Following a spinal cord injury, patients are often left with an uphill battle to reclaim their life from the ravaging their body has endured. The loss of functioning and sensation that typically results from such a devastating incident may make it impossible for many patients to completely recover.
Yet, all the time we are hearing inspirational stories of strong-willed individuals who have seen dramatic improvement as well as promising medical breakthroughs that bode well for the future research and treatment of spinal cord injuries. However, even for those who have the access and determination to find their way back, there’s still one major obstacle standing in the way of those affected by severe spinal cord damage: the overwhelming medical expenses.
A personal injury lawsuit may seem like a scenario that you will never have to face, but the fact that 250,000 people are dealing with a spinal cord injury -- many of which led to subsequent litigation -- puts it into perspective a bit. Anyone can find themselves in the unfortunate situation of seeking relief for some horrific incident caused at least in part by outside forces, especially when one considers that the vast majority of spinal cord injuries are caused by vehicular accidents. Car accidents account for more than 33 percent of these cases, and when it comes time to determine grounds for a lawsuit, one point that will likely be leveraged by the opposing side is whether a seat belt was securely fastened when the accident occurred.
Whenever a spinal cord or brain injury strikes, it’s not surprising for both the individual affected and those who care about him or her to be in shock over the incident. After all, despite the all-too-common causes that often result in such tragic circumstances, no one ever thinks something so harrowing and unexpected could happen to them. Once it actually does, a flood of considerations are liable to rush to the surface, most notably the well-being of the patient in question.
Spinal cord injuries are devastating. Whether it happened from an accident, a fall, or another cause, the costs of the medical bills can be massive and incredibly overwhelming. If you or your loved one has unfortunately found yourself in this position, it is quite possible you may be able to file a lawsuit to get compensation coverage for your injuries and losses.
Spinal epidural hematomas are devastating injuries. And as asserted in the trial of Fagin v. Dr. Statler, et al., currently being litigated in Tampa, Florida, Mr. Fagin’s spinal epidural hematoma and resulting permanent paralysis were totally preventable.
Settling a spinal cord injury lawsuit might not be as exciting as the drama of selecting a jury, cross-examining the other side, and eagerly awaiting a jury verdict. But it's often the best outcome. A settlement allows you to get paid more quickly, and helps you avoid the uncertainties of trial. After all, if just one juror doesn't like or believe you, he or she could taint the entire jury pool. Moreover, the process of going to trial can take years. Even if you win, the other side could appeal, endlessly dragging out the process.
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