Suffering brain and/or spinal injuries, especially at the hands of another person, can be extremely traumatizing, and the road to recovery may be long and expensive. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury because of someone else’s negligence, we may be able to help you recover compensation for economic damages, as well as any intangible losses, such as loss of life’s enjoyment.
ELEMENTS OF BRAIN & SPINAL CORD INJURY CLAIMS
To file a lawsuit, the injury victim must have suffered trauma as a result of another’s negligence. In a negligence claim, the attorney representing the injured party needs to prove the following:
- DUTY OF CARE: This refers to a legal obligation that requires an individual to exercise a reasonable level of care so as to prevent harm to others. For instance, a doctor has a duty to perform up to the standard of care established by the medical community.
- BREACH OF DUTY: An individual or entity may be considered negligent if they breach their duty of care. For example, if a doctor performs an operation in a manner considered unacceptable by the medical community’s standards, they may have breached their professional duty.
- CAUSATION: The defendant’s negligence must have been directly responsible for the injury or damage that occurred.
- DAMAGES: For a victim to file a claim, the injury needs to have caused either economic or non-economic damages.
COMMON BRAIN & SPINAL CORD INJURY DAMAGES
In a brain & spinal cord injury lawsuit, an attorney may be able to help you recover the following damages:
- MEDICAL BILLS: Plaintiffs can recover money for any medical bills resulting from the injury, including hospital bills, prescription drugs, doctor visits and rehabilitation, as well as any future medical expenses.
- LOST WAGES: Compensation for time spent away from work, as well as a loss of earning capacity may also be awarded.
- PAIN & SUFFERING: When an individual suffers a spinal cord injury, they can experience lasting physical and emotional pain. These victims can receive monetary damages for this pain and suffering.
- WRONGFUL DEATH: When a spinal cord injury results in death, the victims’ family may be able to sue the negligent party. In these cases, the family may be eligible for damages based on the pain and suffering of the victim, as well as money to ease the financial burden left by their loved one’s absence.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT A BRAIN OR SPINAL INJURY?
The damages that can result from a brain and/or spinal injury can be both physically and emotionally daunting. When you have your future on the line, you cannot afford to put your trust in an inexperienced attorney. Instead, you need to seek the guidance of attorneys who have extensive experience and resources to either reach a favorable settlement or win your case at trial. We have done both on behalf of our clients on numerous occasions. At Fulmer Sill, we are proud to deliver high-quality assistance to all of our clients. Should you choose to seek our legal representation, we are confident that our experience and knowledge will produce a favorable outcome for you. All initial consultations are free, and we don’t charge any up-front fees for representation. We handle all fees on a contingency basis, meaning that unless we’re successful, you don’t have to pay us. Please contact Fulmer Sill at (405)510.0077 for a free consultation.