Spinal cord injuries are incredibly devastating for victims. Not only can they lead to major medical bills, but they can also cause lifelong disabilities. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, we are here to help if you need a Dallas spinal cord injury attorney. If another person was responsible for your injuries, we will work to secure any compensation you are entitled to.
We utilize our spinal cords for nearly every movement we make. That is why spinal cord injury can be so devastating and impact every aspect of a person’s life. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), there are approximately 18,000 new spinal cord injuries each year in the United States, and their data shows that spinal cord injuries happen in a variety of ways. This includes the following:
Spinal cord injury victims sustain varying levels of disability depending on the severity of the initial injury and how a person responds to medical intervention. Victims and family members of victims often incur tremendous medical expenses due to these injuries. According to the NSCISC, the first-year medical costs of treating a spinal cord injury can range from $359,000 to more than $1.1 million. The more severe spinal cord injury, the costlier the treatment. In most cases, spinal cord injury victims must receive continual medical care that can cost as much as $191,000 each year.
However, the medical costs associated with spinal cord injuries are only the tip of the iceberg. Victims and family members must also deal with many “hidden costs” associated with these injuries. This can include:
Finally, victims and family members are likely to sustain immeasurable pain and suffering damages as a result of these injuries. Most victims of spinal cord injuries can no longer engage in the lifestyle they were accustomed to living, including leisure activities, intimacy with a partner, and work.
There may be various types of compensation available for spinal cord injury victims in and around the Dallas area. As we showed you above, spinal cord injuries can become incredibly costly for the victim as well as their family members. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, our attorneys work diligently to recover various types of economic and non-economic compensation on behalf of our clients in these situations. This can include the following:
The total amount of compensation available in these situations will vary depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding each particular spinal cord injury. It is critically important for spinal cord injury victims and their families to work with skilled personal injury lawyers in Dallas so that the correct amount of compensation can be calculated and requested from insurance carriers and at-fault parties.
It is crucial for spinal cord injury victims to understand that they have a limited amount of time to file lawsuits in these cases. The Texas personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date an injury occurs. This means that a victim or their representative will have a two-year window with which to file a lawsuit against the alleged and negligent party. Failing to file a lawsuit within this timeframe will result in the victim being unable to recover the compensation they are entitled to.
However, please understand that if there are any insurance carriers involved in the case, that these carriers will have their own deadlines in place. For example, most auto insurance carriers require their claims to be reported very soon after the incident occurs. Failing to abide by insurance carrier deadlines could result in the claim being delayed or even denied.
If you or somebody you love has sustained a spinal cord injury caused by the careless or negligent actions of another individual or entity in the Dallas area, reach out to the team at Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC for help as soon as possible. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling complex catastrophic injury cases, and we have the resources necessary to help clients recover the compensation they need. Our team is not afraid to stand up to aggressive insurance carriers and legal teams, and we have no problem taking a case all the way to trial if necessary. When you need a Dallas spinal cord injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling us at 214-295-2900.