Obtaining compensation for a spinal cord injury in Arizona

While driving home after working in Phoenix, an inattentive driver crashed into the rear of your vehicle. Due to the whiplash and the other driver's failed attempt to brake, you sustain a substantial spinal injury. Not only do spinal injuries hold extreme medical costs, but the emotional toll that a spinal injury takes on an individual can prove life-altering.

Spinal cord injuries in motor vehicle accidents occur throughout the United States. The first step after sustaining such a life-threatening injury involves seeking medical aid. To receive compensation for your injuries and their effects on your ability to work or travel, you must contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Due to your injury, you may have lost mobility, you may have amassed significant medical debt, and you may not have the ability to hold a job temporarily or permanently. None of these expenses should fall on you, especially if you did not cause your accident.

Spinal cord injury effects

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), injuring your spinal cord could cause serious health risks in many areas of your body. Perhaps you have:

  • Trouble breathing or lung problems
  • Circulatory or blood issues
  • Loss of muscle
  • Nerve pain
  • Pressure points
  • Pain in various areas
  • Brain or cognitive problems

Depending on the severity of your injury, your long-term care costs could increase to the millions throughout your lifetime.

Compensation for expenses and emotional health

When an individual files a personal injury claim, their attorney will help them receive maximum compensation. An injured person can receive economic and noneconomic damages associated to their ongoing medical issues.

You will provide receipts of given care and estimates that detail your potential future costs, so that a court can award you your required compensation. Economic damages could include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitative care
  • Prescription medication
  • Medical equipment

When you face a catastrophic injury, such as a spinal cord injury that limits your ability to stand or walk permanently, you can also receive noneconomic, or emotional, damages. The court will determine how your life changed, how your injury affects your ability to engage in normal activities or how your injury prevents you from continuing a life similar to your life before your accident. Based on these factors, a court may require the driver that injured you to pay more damages related to your:

  • Pain
  • Discomfort
  • Emotional trauma

You may not wish to attempt to receive compensation alone. Personal injury attorneys are versed in helping quantify your losses after a spinal cord injury, and they can help you determine a proper settlement amount, so that you can focus on your recovery.

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