A spinal cord injury (SCI) caused in a car accident is more often than not a life-altering event. Complete SCI causes total paraplegia or tetraplegia, which means paralysis below the waist or from the head down respectively. Some tetraplegia victims may even need a respirator to breathe. Incomplete SCI can cause loss of motor and sensory functions below the affected or injured spot. At the very least, it causes intense and persistent back pain and increased pressure on your neck and back.
Listed below are the main SCI types caused by car accidents:
Spinal cord injury victims may be able to file a catastrophic injury claim or disability claim based on the type of SCI sustained and its debilitating effects on bodily functions. It takes time to find out the extent of the damage, possible recovery and how much permanent impairment there is. SCI lawsuits can therefore be initially filed as a personal injury claim and amended later based on medical reports.
SCI victims who have lost some functionality that inhibits them from continuing on their current job or finding other gainful employment may also file for disability benefits. The outcome of the benefits claim will impact the outcome and amount awarded in any civil lawsuit filed against the driver and any other defendants who caused the accident.
Were you or a loved one involved in a car accident that resulted in a spinal cord injury? Our personal injury attorneys can help! It is imperative to contact our automobile accident lawyers as soon as possible.