After surviving an accident, it can help tremendously to have a legal advocate on your side. In auto accidents and falls, survivors can sometimes sustain traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, negatively affecting their ability to work or take care of themselves. Depending on their means before the accident and type of insurance coverage, accident survivors can face financial and emotional ruin.
Depending on the circumstances, other parties may have liability for an accident. For example, a bartender overserves a customer, who then gets into his or her car and runs a red light, catastrophically injuring another motorist. Several days later, it is discovered the bartender knew the patron was intoxicated and continued serving. Worst of all, the injured motorist sustained a C4 spinal cord injury and is now paralyzed.
Without an attorney, it is very difficult to discover whether other parties have liability. Not contacting an attorney after an accident can become a very costly mistake.
Spinal Cord Injuries Can Cost Millions Of Dollars
According to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the estimated lifetime expenses for a 25-year-old with low tetraplegia are $3,319,533. The reason for the costs are associated with adapting private homes to suit the injured person, along with nursing care and lost income.
By looking at our example and the costs associated with a spinal cord injury, if another party had been liable for the accident, it might be possible for a personal injury attorney to recover some of the costs for the paralyzed survivor. Although it is impossible to recover the life they once had, the extra income can provide for better treatments.
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