It’s hard to imagine being involved in an event that, in just a few seconds, changes your life forevermore. Yet that’s exactly what can happen when a person who’s involved in a serious car accident suffers a spinal cord injury. At the office of Tetzel Law, we know that if you or a loved one has experienced a spinal cord injury, the future looks different. At our law office, our Massachusetts car accident attorneys want to make sure you get the financial award you need and deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.

What Are Spinal Cord Injuries?

The spinal cord is the part of the body that’s responsible for transmitting messages between the brain and the rest of the body. For example, when you pull your hand away from a hot stove or go to kick a ball, it’s because your brain and those parts of your body are communicating. When the spinal cord is damaged in an accident, this communication pathway is also damaged. The result can be partial or complete paralysis from the site of the injury downwards. 

The Costs of a Spinal Cord Injury After a Car Accident

The costs of a spinal cord injury after a car accident are unfathomable. And, while some of these costs do have a direct economic value, others are indeed impossible to calculate on a pure economic basis alone. Economic and noneconomic damages following a spinal cord injury include: 

  • Economic damages. Economic damages refer to costs for which there is an actual, calculable dollar figure. For example, medical bills, the value of lost wages, costs of renovations to a home to accommodate a disability, etc. are all types of economic damages. These damages will likely total into the hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. 
  • Noneconomic damages. Noneconomic damages cannot be calculated in the same way because these types of damages refer to intangible forms of harm, such as the value of a person’s pain, suffering, emotional distress, loss of spousal relationship, etc. One method for calculating noneconomic damages is to use a multiplier between one and five to multiply the value of economic damages by the chosen multiplier to arrive at the value of noneconomic damages. 

Liability and Recovery for a Spinal Cord Injury

Liability for a spinal cord injury is based on negligence—the failure to exercise the proper degree of care. Typically, this means that the liability insurance policy of the at-fault driver will offer a settlement to the victim of the car accident. It’s important to remember that a victim is under no obligation to accept a settlement offer, and may enter into negotiations to advocate for their right to a greater damages award. If a claim cannot be settled in negotiations, the claimant has a right to file a lawsuit and bring the case before a judge. 

Call an Experienced Call Accident Attorney Today 

Your life will not look the same after a spinal cord injury. To ensure that you get every dollar you deserve, you need to work with an experienced legal professional. At the office of Tetzel Law, our Massachusetts car accident attorney will work for you. We have years of experience and a reputation for excellence. Start with your free consultation by calling us today at (617) 742-1700 or by completing the contact form on our website.