After an accident, one of the lasting effects people might suffer is a spinal cord injury.
Data shared by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) shows that, since 2010, 36.5% of reported spinal cord injuries have stemmed from vehicular accidents; this type of accident is the leading cause of these injuries. Second to vehicular accidents, falls have accounted for 28.5% of reported injuries.
According to the NSCISC, the annual expenses for such injuries are also staggering. Although expenses vary based on injury severity and the extent of the paralysis, the costs in health care and general living expenses can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars the first year after the injury; in subsequent years, it’s tens of thousands of dollars. On top of that, there are also the costs incurred from lost wages and loss of various employment opportunities.
Seeking an attorney’s help after an accident
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury, working with an attorney can help you in a number of ways, including the following:
- Your attorney can help you determine if another party’s negligence contributed to the accident that caused your injury; this other party might be an individual (such as a careless driver) or a company.
- Your attorney can also help you calculate the costs, both short-term and long-term, for the injury. Sometimes, the full effects of the injury aren’t immediately known; for example, health issues related to paralysis might develop months or years later.
- With your attorney, you can also explore different options for dealing with the costs. These include compensation from insurance companies and possibly from a civil suit in a case involving negligence.
Don’t hesitate to contact experienced Nashville injury attorneys after your accident. The physical and psychological costs of spinal cord injuries are enormous. As you’re recovering and adjusting to life after the injury, you shouldn’t have to.