At work, on the road or in public, a spinal injury can have a dramatic impact on your life that lasts for years to come. Faced with a long recovery and the potential for permanent disability, a neck and back injury attorney is an essential ally as you begin the healing process.
Spinal Cord Injury Facts
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- There are approximately 200,000 Americans living with a spinal cord injury. Each year, between 12,000 and 20,000 new cases occur.
- Spinal cord injuries can have consequences affecting all parts of the body, including paralysis, respiratory problems, urinary and gastrointestinal issues, and depression.
- Principal causes of spinal cord injury include motor vehicle accidents (46%), falls (22%), violence (16%) and sports injuries (12%).
- The average medical cost associated with spinal cord injury is between $15,000 and $30,000 per year. Lifetime expenses can be more than $3 million, depending on the severity of the injury.
Protecting Your Interests Following an Injury
With the high cost of medical treatment alone, it makes sense to secure your interests following a neck or back injury. The best way to do this is often by exploring your legal options to the fullest extent possible with a personal injury attorney.
If your accident was the result of someone’s negligence, it may be possible to bring a civil lawsuit against them for damages. Other ways a neck and back injury lawyer can help include filing an insurance claim and negotiating a fair settlement.
When you contact the legal team at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C., we’ll go over the specifics of your case in detail and identify any opportunities for compensation. We are even able to meet you in the hospital and discuss your options with you or your caregiver.
What Kind of Damages Can I Seek?
The full costs associated with a neck or back injury may not be readily apparent, particularly when the potential for a lifelong disability exists. Victims of spinal cord injuries are entitled to compensation for a number of expenses, including:
- Medical care, such as hospital visits, surgeries, rehabilitation and prescription drugs.
- Lost wages or lost earning potential.
- Loss of spousal support or companionship.
- Punitive damages.
If your injury permits you to do so, keep careful track of all expenses you incur during your recovery. Most importantly, do not jeopardize your health by rushing back to work before you are fully healed — while it’s natural to want to provide for yourself again, wait until your primary physician gives you permission.
Particularly in the early stages of your recovery, do not accept a settlement from your insurer without first consulting with an experienced neck and back injury lawyer. Often the settlement offered is less than you deserve.
Let McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. Help
If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. first. Recovery from a spinal injury takes every ounce of your strength — as your legal representative, our goal is to ensure you have the resources necessary to do this.
Contact our office for your free consultation with our neck and back injury lawyers. We represent most personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning there is no fee unless the matter is settled in your favor. We provide legal representation to clients in or near Harrisburg PA, across central Pennsylvania and the entire state.