Suffering a spinal cord injury is not only an overwhelming and traumatic time in one’s life, but it is also a time when financial stresses are high. Because spinal cord injuries are serious injuries that limit function and mobility, many people with spinal cord damage are unable to work or make a financial living again. Even if someone is able to work, it is not likely that he or she will be able to earn the same pay due to their new disability.
Along with a loss of income, a spinal cord injury can result in exorbitant medical bills. The truth of the matter is that spinal cord injuries are likely to cause a long-term financial burden for those injured as well as their families.
Collecting a Financial Recovery
If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to file a personal injury claim and collect compensation. In order to alleviate some of the financial stresses associated with a spinal cord injury, it is essential to learn about the types of compensatory damages available to you to ensure you collect a full and fair financial recovery.
What Are Compensatory Damages?
“Damages” is a legal term used by lawyers and the insurance industry to refer to money awarded to the victim for his or her losses related to the injury. There are many different types of damages victims of spinal cord injuries can collect, such as:
- Economic damages is an amount of money that is awarded to a victim based on his or her specific financial losses. For example, victims of spinal cord injuries will be able to collect for their costs associated with their ER visits, surgeries, hospital and medical bills, rehabilitation, physical therapy sessions, occupational therapy, other therapy programs, prescriptions, medical devices, in-home assistance, and future medical costs associated with the injury. In addition to being compensated for medical expenses, those living with spinal cord injuries will also be able to collect a monetary award for their lost income and benefits.
- Non-economic damages compensate spinal cord injury victims for their mental anguish, emotional distress, pain and suffering, disability or disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, and much more.
Because spinal cord injuries can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars for those injured, it is critical that victims recover all available damages. To help determine what your case may be worth and what types of damages you may be entitled to, please contact our law firm at 703-721-4233 today for a free consultation. We will be honored to fight for your full and fair compensation.