Spinal cord injuries can inflict permanent damage on a victim, severely limiting their quality of life and their ability to function normally. Spinal cord injuries can take a physical, emotional, and financial toll on the victim and their families. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of the negligence of another person or entity, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. You should speak with a spinal cord injury attorney as soon as possible to understand your rights and your legal options. If you’re looking for a San Bernardino spinal cord injury attorney, contact Hanson & Mouri Personal Injury Lawyers at (951) 688-0006 for a free consultation with one of our experienced spinal cord injury attorneys.
If you or a family member have suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of another person’s negligence or wrongful actions, let the spinal cord injury attorneys at Hanson & Mouri can help you fight your legal battle. Call us today at (951) 419-3199 to schedule your free consultation with one of our expert attorneys.
According to the Mayo Clinic, common causes of spinal cord injuries are:
Spinal cord injuries can be classified as “complete” or “incomplete.”
A spinal cord injury is complete if the victim loses all feeling and the ability to control and move the parts of their body below the injury.
Common types of complete SCIs include:
A spinal cord injury is incomplete if the victim still has some feeling and can control movement in the parts of their body below the injury. Victims may be able to regain some functioning back as late as 18 months after the injury occurred.
Spinal cord injuries can cause the following physical symptoms, depending on the severity of the injury:
Signs that a spinal cord injury may be life-threatening include:
A spinal cord injury will undoubtedly change the life of the victim for a significant period of time, and sometimes permanently. Even minor spinal cord injuries can cause chronic, debilitating pain. The loss of the ability to carry on with life as a person has been accustomed to often leads to depression. A victim’s losses might include lost wages, loss of occupation, loss of enjoyment of life, and costs associated with their medical care.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of the negligence or wrongful actions of another person, the responsible party may try to quickly offer you a settlement. While you may be tempted to accept their settlement, it may not be in your best interest to do so without consulting with a spinal cord injury attorney. You need an experienced spinal cord injury attorney who has the knowledge and resources to assess your injury and the value of the losses you have suffered as a result. They can also help you identify all parties responsible for your injury and ensure that you get the full value of compensation that you are entitled to.
A spinal cord injury often has a devastating financial impact on a victim’s life in addition to the physical. Therefore, you might be entitled to significant compensation if your spinal cord injury was caused by another person’s careless or negligent actions. This could include:
California follows a “pure comparative fault” system which can impact how much compensation you recover. Under this law, each party involved is assigned a percentage of fault. As a result, a victim’s compensation can be reduced if they contributed to causing the accident that resulted in their spinal cord injury. For example, if you are awarded $100,000, but you are found 40 percent responsible, you will only receive 60 percent of your compensation, or $60,000.
The average yearly and lifetime costs associated with a spinal cord injury can be significant. The table below shows the average expenses according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC).
|Injury Severity||Average Yearly Expenses
|Average Yearly Expenses
Each Subsequent Year
25 Years Old
50 Years Old
|High Tetraplegia (C1-C4) AIS ABC||$1,218,106||$211,528||$5,404,744||$2,970,372|
|Low Tetraplegia (C5-C8)||$880,188||$129,763||$3,949,065||$2,429,028|
|Paraplegia AIS ABC||$593,660||$78,642||$2,642,911||$1,734,463|
|Motor functional at Any Level AIS D||$397,544||$48,287||$1,805,650||$1,274,478|
These figures reflect the costs of healthcare and living expenses but do not include indirect costs, such as lost wages, fringe benefits, and productivity. NSCISC reports that these indirect costs, on average, cost victims over $80,000 per year.
Spinal cord injury victims in San Bernardino have limited time to file a claim due to California’s statute of limitations. Typically how your injury occurred will dictate the length of time you have. For example:
There are a limited number of exceptions that may extend the statute of limitations. In most cases, if you fail to file within these time limits, your claim will likely be dismissed, and the courts will bar you from pursuing compensation. The purpose of the statute of limitations is to ensure that lawsuits are dealt with in a timely manner so that evidence remains available and before peoples’ memories begin to fade. An attorney can help you identify the correct statute of limitations that applies to your case and assist you with taking the necessary steps to ensure that you are able to bring your claim.
If you or a family member has suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of the negligence of another person, do not delay contacting an attorney. To speak with an expert San Bernardino spinal cord injury attorney, call Hanson & Mouri Personal Injury Lawyers at (951) 419-3199. Your initial consultation is free, so contact us online or call us and schedule your appointment today.