West Palm Beach Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
Spinal cord injuries are amongst the most devastating injuries a person can sustain. These injuries can lead to massive expenses for victims and their families as well as lifelong disabilities. At Colson Hicks Eidson, we are dedicated to helping you if your injury was caused by another person’s careless or negligent actions. We have successfully litigated spinal cord injury cases nationwide. Let our spinal cord injury attorneys get to work on your case in West Palm Beach and get to work on securing compensation for you today.
Spinal cord injuries can be devastating
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, we can see that there are around 300,000 people living in the U.S. with disabilities from spinal cord injuries. There are around 18,000 new spinal cord injury cases a year.
Spinal cord injuries happen in a variety of ways:
- vehicle accidents (38.3%)
- falls (31.6%)
- violence (13.8%)
- sports and recreation incidents (8.2%)
- medical or surgical mistakes (4.6%)
- other (3.5%)
Certain risk factors can also influence the possibility of someone sustaining a spinal cord injury. Statistics indicate males tend to sustain spinal cord injuries most often. That said, someone of any gender can injure their spinal cord, particularly if their injury resulted from an accident that a negligent party caused.
Age may, in fact, be the most significant risk factor for spinal cord injuries. In the United States, the average age of an individual who sustains a spinal cord injury is 42.
One might expect that most people would sustain this type of injury when they were much younger or much older. However, it’s possible that people sustain spinal cord injuries most often at this age because they are reaching an age when their bodies are beginning to become more vulnerable to harm. That said, they are still young enough to perform tasks and participate in activities that can put them at risk of injuring their spinal cords, such as driving and playing sports.
How much does a spinal cord injury cost?
The costs of a serious spinal cord injury can be tremendous. The medical costs alone can range from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, depending on the severity of the injury (partial paralysis or complete paralysis).
However, these are not the only costs that spinal cord injury victims and their families incur. When your attorney is calculating the total damages, they will also want to examine:
- Loss of income of the person injured. This includes loss of future income and loss of earning capacity.
- Future rehabilitation costs.
- The cost of long-term care, including in-home care.
- Emotional and psychological damages.
- Pain and suffering damages.
- Loss of consortium for a spouse.
- The cost of home and vehicle modifications. In many cases, these modifications are necessary to aid a spinal cord injury victim’s mobility. This can include ramps, stairlifts, and other assistive devices.
Each spinal cord injury case is different, and the team at Colson Hicks Eidson has 50 years of experience ready to bring to your side.
HOW A FORT LAUDERDALE SPINAL CORD INJURY LAW FIRM CAN HELP
An ethical Fort Lauderdale spinal cord injury attorney will not make any promises in regard to the specific amount of compensation you may recover when filing a claim or lawsuit. Many factors can influence how much a victim settles for or how much money a jury will award.
However, one thing a Fort Lauderdale spinal cord injury attorney can promise is to account for all a victim’s compensable losses when negotiating with an insurance company. It’s vital that you understand how insurers operate in these circumstances.
Insurance is a business. Businesses don’t set out to lose money. When spinal cord injury victims file claims, insurance companies may attempt to deny those claims outright at first. When doing so is not possible, they may nevertheless make unreasonably low settlement offers.
An insurer certainly won’t explain that you might be eligible for compensation for such non-economic damages as your pain and suffering. You need representation from a Fort Lauderdale spinal cord injury lawyer who will fight for what you deserve. Their assistance throughout this process will also allow you to rest and focus on your recovery.
Additionally, you need to enlist the help of a qualified Fort Lauderdale spinal cord injury attorney early on when you decide you may seek compensation primarily because a lawyer will have the qualifications and resources necessary to conduct a thorough investigation into your accident. You need to properly identify who caused your spinal cord injury before you can file a claim or lawsuit. Your lawyer will conduct an investigation to identify the liable parties, and they will gather evidence to present to an insurance company demonstrating why you should be compensated.
We are ready to get to work on your case today
If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury as a result of another person’s negligence or carelessness, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our spinal cord injury lawyers have helped many victims of motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall incidents, and defective products, medical malpractice, and more. We are going to get to work securing the compensation you deserve for what has happened, including coverage of your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering damages, and punitive damages. Dealing with insurance companies and other parties in these situations can be incredibly complex. We handle cases on a contingency fee basis, so you will not have to worry about attorney fees unless we are successful in your case. When you need a spinal cord injury attorney to handle your case in West Palm Beach, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at 305-476-7400.