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Nearly 71,000 people suffer from spinal cord injuries each year in the U.S., but that doesn’t include fatal incidents. These injuries produce catastrophic damage that results in paralysis either partial or complete, lifelong physical challenges, and even death. Your personal injury attorney in the Tri-Cities at the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., want you to know the types of compensation you may be eligible to receive for your spinal cord injury.
What causes a spinal cord injury?
There are many circumstances that may lead to a spinal cord injury including vehicle collisions, workplace accidents, or diving mishaps. Spinal cord injuries may also occur from negligent medical practitioners when injecting patients in or near the spinal cord.
How does a spinal cord injury affect one’s life?
If you or someone you love has sustained a spinal cord injury or SCI, you probably understand the toll that it can take on life such as lost wages, insurmountable medical bills, and even things such as a decreased quality of life. For some sufferers of SCIs, their quality of life significantly diminishes because they aren’t able to care for themselves or their dependents any longer. They may be unable to partake in once-loved activities and even experience emotional suffering from their new circumstance.
Medical expenses for an SCI can soar to the hundreds of thousands of dollars range, and SCI treatment often lasts a lifetime. All of these costs must be considered when determining an amount for your compensation. At the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., our expert Kingsport personal injury attorney can assess your medical bills and estimate future medical expenses when determining the proper amount for your compensation.
Lost Wages and Earning Capacity
Many sufferers of an SCI are unable to go back to work or earn wages to care for themselves and their family. SCIs may result in a partial or complete loss of wages both for short and long-term. These wages must also be figured on a lifetime basis. We work with economic experts when figuring this lifetime amount to account for inflation, and potential raises that would affect your earnings throughout life. Should your case go to trial, we can properly educate a jury on these facts.
Physical Pain and Suffering
SCIs often lead to insurmountable pain and suffering that may vary according to the severity of your injury and what your life was like before the injury. In some instances of an SCI, it may be difficult or impossible to walk, go to the bathroom or maintain control of bowels and bladder, or even transport yourself to and from a wheelchair. For each of these challenges comes a set of doctors and medical team to help care for you. Plus, many spinal cord injuries cause a great deal of pain that the person must live with for the rest of their lives. All of these factors should be considered for your case.
Other types of compensation for your SCI may be for your mental anguish as you are no longer able to carry out your normal daily routine or participate in the activates that you love. But, that is not all. The spouse or partner of someone who has suffered from an SCI may experience a loss of companionship or consortium, which would make them eligible to also receive compensation. Even children of the injured may be eligible to receive compensation as well.
Spinal Cord Injury Attorney in Kingsport
If you have suffered from a spinal cord injury in the Tri-Cities, or someone you love has, please call the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., at (276) 451-2056 to schedule your free consultation.
Representing the injured and disabled for more than 30 years, the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, PC, are proud to serve clients in Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City, Tennessee, as well as Bristol, Virginia.