After your serious injury, you may hope the insurance company representing the individual or entity will do the right thing and compensate you fairly for your troubles. But insurance companies are just like any other business. They exist to make profits. If they can find a way to deny your claim, they will keep more money in their bank accounts.
Insurance representatives may approach you not long after your accident. They may try to take advantage of your worry, fear, and frustrations. Because you might be wondering how you will pay your medical bills and provide for your family, you may be tempted to accept their offer. In most cases, they will try to get you to accept a settlement award that is far less than your case’s true value.
To build a successful claim, you need data. At KJT Law Group, we believe in using facts to build a solid foundation for any case. We can investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident. We can use your medical records to prove the significance of your injuries and establish a connection between your trauma and the other party’s negligence.
Part of the investigation is looking at the circumstances surrounding your injury. For example, if you were hurt in a car crash, we would investigate the accident scene, review the official report of the responding police officer, seek traffic camera footage, witnesses, and more.
Sometimes during settlement negotiations, both sides cannot come to an agreement. At this point, you may choose to move forward with a trial.
A Los Angeles trial attorney can handle the complicated legal procedures necessary to properly present a case.
You can recover economic (financial) and non-economic (non-financial) damages in your spinal injury case.
Economic damages are the direct impact your injuries have on your finances. Most commonly, economic damages are tied to your medical expenses.
Any medical bills stemming from the following may be eligible for economic damages:
While the above list should not be considered complete, it does give you an idea of the kind of medical expenses economic damages can encompass. Economic damages may also include lost income, including tips and bonuses. If you cannot return to work because of your injuries, you will be losing your salary and possibly any benefits tied to your job.
If your situation prevents you from ever returning to work, your economic damages may also include compensation for future lost wages or the money you could have earned but no longer can because of your injuries.
As the name implies, non-economic damages are those that do not have a specific dollar amount. While “pain and suffering” is the most common phrase people are familiar with, non-economic damages can include:
When your spine is injured in an accident, it can be either an incomplete or complete spine injury.
A common spinal cord injury is whiplash, which also occurs in traffic accidents. Whiplash traffic injuries most often happen when another vehicle rear-ends the vehicle you are in. That sudden impact causes rapid, intense hypertension, hyperflexion, or rotation of the spine. Perhaps surprisingly, this kind of whiplash happens most often at speeds under the posted speed limit.
While there are different types of whiplash, the one most often caused by car accidents is acute whiplash. Acute whiplash happens when the spine is suddenly and violently strained. Besides being very painful, whiplash can result in long-term spinal issues.
The disks in your back cushion your vertebrate, helping your back safely absorb minor impacts without injury. Without these disks, the movement would cause the bones in your vertebrae to rub against each other, causing damage and significant pain.
When a disk is herniated, some of the fluid in this cushion leaks out, leading to pain and other health issues. While herniated discs often occur gradually over time, sudden impacts such as those during a fall, car crash, or physical assault can lead to disk damage.
More than half of all spinal cord injuries are incomplete. Your brain and body communicate with each other via signals that pass through your spinal cord and central nervous system. An incomplete injury is a partial disruption of brain signals to the rest of your muscles. The signals can’t get to their intended destination, resulting in motor control difficulty and loss of sensation.
The three common types of incomplete spinal cord injuries are:
When you suffer an incomplete spinal cord injury, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
Incomplete spinal cord injuries are treated with speech therapy, psychotherapy, orthotic devices, medications, and surgery. If another person or company is responsible for your injuries, our Los Angeles law firm can help you seek compensation for these spinal cord injury treatments.
Complete spinal cord injuries cause you to lose all function of your body below the injury. If you suffer a complete spinal cord injury, both sides of your body are affected. Depending on where your spine is injured, you may lose the ability to control two or all four of your limbs.
Victims suffering from paralysis may or may not recover, depending on their level of injury. If you are partially or fully paralyzed due to someone else’s negligence, our Los Angeles spinal cord attorney can help you seek compensation for your suffering.