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Virginia Spinal Cord Injury Victims: Your Settlement May Not Be Enough

| Feb 16, 2017 | Catastrophic Injuries, Library

Like most victims, you are scared, angry, and overwhelmed after suffering a spinal cord injury in Virginia. The reality is that you will have to adjust to a completely different way of life—and when an insurance company offers you a settlement, you think it may be the perfect way to set up a new beginning.

However, this may not be the case.

Severe trauma to the spinal cord can result in partial or even total loss of mobility. Many victims do not realize that the total cost of their injuries will greatly exceed their insurance benefits, leaving them no choice but to seek compensation from the person or company responsible.

Here are just a few costs that could be paid for in full with your Fairfax spinal cord injury lawsuit:

  • Hospitalization. Paralysis victims are likely to spend weeks or months in a hospital, especially if they have lost all motor function. Many require medical assistance devices, including respirators or computerized speaking aids, in order to function.
  • Rehabilitation. Victims who are able to regain some mobility may still require daily help from caretakers, giving them a sense of lost independence. It is common for victims to become irritable or depressed as they adjust to their situation, but many forgo therapy because it is too expensive.
  • Specialized treatment. In many paralysis cases, juries will award victims an additional sum for pain and suffering. This allows patients to receive the best treatment options available, such as top-of-the line mobility devices or remodeling a home for better disability access.
  • Income payments. It’s not fair for someone else to injure you, but it is unforgivable that they could prevent you from earning a living. We can help you hold the person who caused your injury accountable for a portion of your lost income, allowing you to pay your bills and support your family.

We know that many accident victims feel defeated by their situation. We want you to know that it is possible to start over—but we can only help if you take the first step.

Call Shevlin Smith today at 703-721-4233 to get a FREE, one-on-one consultation with one of our board-certified DC injury attorneys.

Was your injury caused by hospital malpractice? Find out how to get justice in your case and the financial benefits you deserve. Click the link at the top of this page for a FREE copy of our book, Do I Have A Case? A Patient’s Guide to Virginia Medical Negligence Law.