Unfortunately, the spinal cord is one area of the body that does not tend to heal. Once the spinal cord is completely severed, there is only the smallest chance that a paralyzed person will completely recover. That said, advanced medical therapies exist that can sometimes assist a person with a spinal cord injury diminish the level of his or her disabilities. Those therapies are expensive, though, and not everyone has medical insurance and/or the financial means to afford them.
At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, it pains us to meet an individual who is not able to afford the medical care that is vital to his or her health — especially when the injury was caused by another person’s negligence. In such cases, the negligent person or party responsible for the injuries can potentially be held liable and made to pay for the costs of medical care associated with the injury.
Identifying All Liable Parties
Just because a serious spinal cord injury has occurred, that does not guarantee success in court. Before seeking damages, injured victims will want to seek counsel from a law firm that will investigate their cases to identify all people and entities that may be at fault. For example, if a drunk driver strikes another car, and the accident results in a spinal cord injury, is it possible that a motor vehicle defect also played a role in worsening the accident? In that case, it may be possible to hold both the negligent driver and the manufacturer of the defective car accountable.
Accurately Determining All Past and Future Damages
In addition to considering all of the parties who may be liable in a given spinal cord accident case, it is also necessary to consider all the costs and damages that may have already resulted and will result in the future because of the injury. For example, the severe disabilities that result from a spinal cord injury may continue for the rest of one’s life. They could include the immense cost of in-home nursing care services, an inability to work and earn a living and loss of consortium and/or loss of companionship from a spouse.
If you do not have an attorney to help you accurately measure these potential costs, you may end up with less than the amount you need to facilitate your care and provide for your family.