No matter what the severity is, any injury to the brain or spinal cord is bound to have repercussions. In some cases, this may extend from overwhelming medical costs and lost wages -- often more than $1 million in the first year (and roughly $185,000 each subsequent year) -- to the affected patient having to readjust to an entirely new way of life just to cope with their condition.
However, oftentimes the reported 250,000 individuals currently facing the life-changing reality of a brain or spinal cord injury can find relief in the eyes of the law. After all, many of the most common types of brain and/or spinal cord injuries stem from incidents that may be the fault of outside parties. Let’s take a closer look at what constitutes a sound legal case as well as some of the most common types of injuries affecting the brain and spinal cord.
Normally, lawsuits centering on brain and spinal cord injuries can be traced back to one of two primary culprits: negligence or defective products. The difference? Negligence implies an action (or lack thereof) by an individual that directly led to the injury in question. Meanwhile, a case in which defective products are to blame is one in which a specific product’s manufacturing or design flaw caused the injury to occur.
Although other claims can be applied to brain and spinal cord injury lawsuits, these two comprise the vast majority. In any case, liability must be fully demonstrated for such a lawsuit to prove successful. For the most part, the amount of a settlement has greater potential to increase along with the severity of the injury, the expenses already incurred and the patient’s general health and well-being. Of course, every situation is different, and you’ll need to seek expert advice with regards to your own case before jumping to any premature conclusions.
As mentioned, negligence and defective products are usually at the center of brain and spinal cord injuries, but beyond these two broad classifications lies a wide variety of incidents that could result in such a severe injury. Shockingly, some of the most mundane, everyday activities are also among the most prevalent causes of all types of brain and spinal cord injuries. We’ll discuss these causes in greater detail below as well as how they might affect patients and the legal considerations that each one raises.
Regardless of what cause led to your brain or spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to a settlement that can provide invaluable assistance in dealing with the costly aftermath of the incident. Patients suffering from such injuries have been through enough already and deserve the chance to explore their options.
Recent research indicates that the most effective treatment for brain and spinal cord injuries begins as soon as possible, allowing rehabilitation to take full effect and to kick-start the healing process. However, time is also a key factor in any kind of legal action that may result from a brain or spinal cord injury. Based on the specific circumstances surrounding your injury as well as your physical location, the statute of limitations may be at risk of lapsing, meaning that your window of opportunity to seek compensation for your condition may be about to close.
If you or someone you love has suffered a recent accident, reach out to an attorney today to investigate the possibility of legal action. Brain and spinal cord injuries are among the most traumatic incidents someone can endure. So don’t waste this opportunity to seek relief from this horrific turn of events.