In addition, medical costs over the course of the victim’s lifetime can be enormous. If you or someone you know has had a spinal cord injury, you know how difficult it is to have your life turned upside down. You may be entitled to damages from one or more parties. During this time, it is critical to have an experienced Illinois injury attorney by your side to help you understand your rights and guide you through the process.
This injury occurs when a traumatic event causes severe spine damage that results in the loss of movement, range of motion, or physical sensation. The spinal cord is a column of nerve tissue that is protected by the bones of your spine. It delivers messages between your brain and the rest of your body. Therefore, an injury to the spinal column may damage or destroy your brain’s ability to communicate with your body. The closer the injury occurs to your head, the more likely it will affect a larger area of your body.
Common spinal injuries include contusion, compression, and spinal fractures. Such injuries could produce side effects including severe depression, emotional trauma, and respiratory problems. Some spinal cord injuries can render a victim paralyzed, whether from the waist down (paraplegic) or from the neck down (quadriplegic).
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, common causes of this type of injury are:
A cord injury is a life-changing event and can be particularly traumatic if it occurs as an accident caused by another party. Recovery could take an extended period of time, and it is often very costly.
In spinal cord injury lawsuits, damages typically include compensation that goes above and beyond reimbursement for medical expenses and “pain and suffering.” These types of injuries can have permanent and life-altering effects. Because of this, a damages award can also include compensation for things like:
While some individuals can recover from spinal cord injuries with therapy and treatment, many may never recover and may need lifelong health care, which could prove extremely costly. According to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, average expenses for cord injuries in the first year range from $334,170 to $1,023,924.
|Severity of Injury||First Year||Each Subsequent Year|
|High Tetraplegia (C1-C4)||$1,023,924||$171,808|
|Low Tetraplegia (C5-C8)||$739,874||$109,077|
|Incomplete motor function at any level||$334,170||$40,589|
The Chicago spinal cord injury attorneys at Malman Law understand the severity of spinal cord injuries. We have a track record of success helping our clients obtain the maximum compensation from any responsible parties. We are experienced at helping our clients obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and rehabilitation costs.
We employ time-tested approaches to obtain the top recovery compensation by examining every aspect of your case with our legal and medical experts. Together, we help you obtain compensation for pain, suffering, medical bills, and lost wages.
If you are a victim of a spinal cord injury, an injury lawyer from Malman Law in Chicago is eager to evaluate your case and offer their expert guidance. We handle the complicated legal issues, allowing you to focus on recovery.
Most spinal cord injury lawsuits are based on negligence. For example, an injury caused by negligence can occur when a car hits you while bicycling, or if you fall down a broken staircase. In these types of cases, you will need to prove that the party you are suing is legally responsible. Sometimes, there will be more than one responsible party. You may need to look to drivers, property owners, employers, and multiple insurance companies.
Our injury attorneys from Malman Law have vast experience identifying responsible parties and dealing with insurance companies. If we cannot reach a fair settlement for you, we have a top-notch team of litigation lawyers that will take your case to court. We have the skill and resources to secure the compensation you deserve.
Injury victims should not have to bear the financial burden of accidents that occurred by no fault of their own. We are committed to
taking aggressive and immediate measures to hold the liable parties accountable for their actions and help
you obtain the monetary settlement to which you are entitled.
Call our offices today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced spinal cord injury lawyers. You can also visit us in the Chicago Loop, and we will begin building your case and developing a plan of action.
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As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.
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