A spinal cord injury (SCI) can result in damages ranging from a few thousand dollars to millions, depending on the severity of the injury. For instance, one SCI survivor may be able to resume normal life with only negligible pain and debilitation, while another may suffer a life-long disability. In this case, the latter person would be entitled to a much higher damage award due to the relatively devastating impacts of his condition.
The types of damages typically involved in SCI cases include the following:
- Loss of Earning Capacity – When a person sustains a spinal cord injury, he or she may not be able to resume his or her prior job duties after a period of months or even years, if ever. The resulting loss of lifetime earnings can be recovered in a claim, with help from a vocational expert who can show the jury just how much you would’ve earned over your lifetime, if not for the injury.
- Life Care Costs – SCI survivors often need various degrees of care throughout their lives. They may need to employ a part-time housekeeper or even a full-time attendant to assist with their daily living needs. Family members may be able to provide some level of care, but the job is usually too much for a single person to handle. A life care planner can assess the costs of care provided by both family members and paid providers, and present this information to the jury to get you compensation.
- Pain and Suffering/Loss of Enjoyment of Life – These other non-economic damages relate to your quality of life and how it has been impacted by your injury. In California, the jury determines the amount of damages awarded for pain and suffering, so it is important to retain a reliable attorney who understands the obstacles SCI survivors face and knows how to relate them to the jury.
When it comes to a SCI claim, experience pays. A run-of-the-mill personal injury attorney who has handled few, if any, SCI cases may be tempted to settle for less than you deserve because he or she lacks the skills and knowledge to take your case all the way. To get the largest settlement possible, you will need advocacy from someone who has successfully represented SCI survivors in the past and knows how to extract higher awards in these cases.
At Wilshire Law Firm, our legal team is comprised of highly qualified professionals who are both experienced negotiators and tenacious trial lawyers. Throughout the years of our practice, we have helped many SCI survivors obtain maximum recovery for their losses. We represent all of our clients on a contingency fee basis, which means you won’t have to pay us any upfront fees. So why delay? If you or someone you love has sustained a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another party, call us today at (800) 522-7274 and let us fight to get you justice.
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