Spinal Cord Injuries And Car Accidents

According to the Mayo Clinic , car accidents are the most common cause of spinal cord injuries. Unfortunately, when the spinal cord damage is severe, it can result in catastrophic and permanent challenges such as loss of muscle strength and coordination, especially in those body parts below the spinal injury site. If the spinal cord is completely severed, a victim may be permanently paralyzed and suffer life-long consequences both physically and psychologically. Additionally, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), traumatic spinal injuries are potentially permanently disabling and can have significant detrimental consequences on an injury victim’s finances, as a spine injury can create astronomical medical bills. If another driver’s negligence or recklessness caused your spinal cord injuries in a car accident, you deserve justice and could recover compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact Tyroler Leonard Injury Law today at 651-259-1113 and take advantage of a free case review with one of our dedicated team members.

Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injuries

Seeking medical help as soon as possible after a motor vehicle accident is crucially important. Spinal column injuries, as well as some serious head injuries, can have a delayed onset, which means that some victims may not realize how serious their injuries actually are. If you experience any of the following symptoms after a car accident, you should see a doctor immediately to receive a medical evaluation of your condition:

  • Unexplained muscle weakness
  • Loss of feeling in extremities
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control
  • Loss of the ability to feel heat or cold
  • Severe pain in your back or neck

Getting a complete medical evaluation by a healthcare professional after a car accident is important to ensure that your injuries receive proper treatment. A comprehensive medical report listing all your injuries can also provide excellent evidence if you later intend to hold a negligent driver responsible for your injuries and losses.

Compensation for Car Accident Victims

There are different types of compensation you could have a legal right to receive if you are a car accident victim who has suffered spinal cord injuries due to another diver’s negligence. While the exact amount of compensation will depend on the specific facts of your spinal cord injury case and the circumstances of your car accident, some different types of compensation can include:

Medical Expenses

If a negligent driver caused your injuries, you could potentially recover all medical costs related to your auto accident, including costs for medical treatments in the future. Medical expenses may include surgeries, out-patient treatments, prescription medications, hospitalizations, diagnostic testing, medical devices, and physical therapy, among others. You could also receive costs for a caregiver to come to your home, or even possibly transportation to your medical appointments.

Loss of Income

Spinal cord injuries can be serious and permanent. A spinal cord injury victim may require an extended recovery time or might never be able to return to their careers. If you suffered such devastating injuries, you could be entitled to loss of income, loss of future income, and lost earning capacity with a personal injury lawsuit.

Pain and Suffering

If you suffered significant injuries, you most likely experienced physical as well as emotional pain and anguish. If another driver caused your accident, you could potentially receive compensation for pain and suffering as well as other so-called non-economic damages, which can include loss of life quality, disability, disfigurement, and more.

Property Damage

If your car was severely damaged in an accident, you could receive the value of your car or your repair expenses. You could also recover compensation for any other personal property that suffered damage or got destroyed in the accident, such as eyeglasses, jewelry, or computer equipment.

Depending on the severity of your spinal cord injury, you could also receive a number of additional economic and non-economic losses. Contacting a spinal cord injury attorney can help you understand what types of compensation you may have a legal right to pursue. Learn more about the amount of compensation you deserve by contacting an experienced personal injury attorney at Tyroler Leonard Injury Law today to find out about your legal rights at (651) 259-1113.

Determining and Proving Negligence in a Car Accident

Every car accident is different. In some crashes such as rear-end collisions, fault and negligence appear more obvious. However, in other car accidents, victims may have a greater legal challenge to prove that another’s negligence caused their accident and resulting injuries and losses. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 94 percent of all car crashes happen due to driver error. Risky driving can include speeding, distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, and many other reckless behaviors.

If you suffered injuries or losses due to another driver acting recklessly or breaking the law, you may have a substantial ability to receive compensation for those losses. However, you will need to prove negligence with relevant evidence. An experienced car accident lawyer can gather the necessary proof for the following elements in a personal injury lawsuit:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care to drive safely on the roadways
  • They breached the duty by engaging in negligent or reckless behavior
  • Your accident and injuries happened as a direct result of the breach of that duty
  • You have actual damages such as medical bills, lost wages, or property damage

Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney at Tyroler Injury Law Today

Suffering debilitating spinal cord injuries in a car accident can be devastating for an accident victim and their entire family. Adjusting to a new life with permanent limitations or disabilities can be overwhelming. The experienced car accident attorneys at Tyroler Injury Law are determined to help clients receive the compensation they deserve under the law so that they can recover and adjust to their new circumstances without having to worry about facing financial hardship.

Clients come to us desiring both peace of mind as well as the knowledge that an experienced car accident lawyer will fight for their best interests. We pride ourselves on providing the individual attention our clients deserve. Learn more about your legal right to receive compensation for your injury and losses by contacting an experienced car accident attorney at Tyroler Leonard Injury Law now for a free, no-obligation consultation at (651) 259-1113.

Attorney Isaac Tyroler

Attorney Isaac Tyroler has been a strong advocate for injured people his entire legal career. He has a passion for righting wrongs, and he deeply cares about representing injured clients who may feel overwhelmed or uncertain about how to navigate the legal system. He is compassionate toward clients and aggressive with insurance companies and defendants. He is on the elected Board of Governors of the Minnesota Association of Justice (MAJ), the top personal injury lawyers’ group in Minnesota. And is currently the chair of MAJ’s legislative committee. [ Attorney Bio ]