Spinal cord injuries can vary in severity, from a fractured vertebra to quadriplegia (paralysis of both the arms and legs). Bones, muscles and ligaments may heal, but the damage done to the spinal cord is often irreversible. Even relatively mild injuries can leave the sufferer with chronic pain that requires lifelong medical care and adjustments to daily life. If you were injured in a car wreck here in Louisiana that was caused by the negligence of another, you may be able to receive a monetary judgment to cover the financial impact that the injury had on your life.
Before any damages will be awarded by a Louisiana court, however, it will be necessary to establish a causal connection between the car wreck and the spinal cord injury. An attorney will work with doctors, accident reconstruction experts and others to make that connection and prove that the other party was responsible for your injuries. It will also be necessary to illustrate to the court how the injury has affected your life and livelihood.
Depending on the severity of your spinal cord injury, you may no longer be able to work in your chosen vocation. It may be difficult to play with your children, ride a bike or perform any other ordinary task. The inability to enjoy your life as you did prior to the accident may be the most frustrating part of the accident’s aftermath.
Many attorneys may be able to handle your case, but it is important that you find one with whom you feel comfortable and one who you believe will be an aggressive advocate on your behalf. Suffering a spinal cord injury in a car wreck can turn your life upside down. Filing a personal injury claim may not get you back on your feet physically, but a successfully litigated claim can get you back on your feet financially.