What Damages Can a Victim of a Spinal Cord Injury Claim?

Spinal cord injuries are often catastrophic, forever changing our clients’ lives. After spinal cord damage, you might be unable to move your legs or even your entire body. Other spinal cord injury victims do not lose all movement but are severely compromised.

Florida law gives injured victims the opportunity to claim money damages as compensation when someone else is to blame for the accident that injured them. Many clients qualify for damages for the following.

Medical Care

Medical bills are usually quite extensive. A report by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation found that the average lifetime medical care for a spinal cord victim at age 50 was the following:

  • Tetraplegia (high on the spinal column): $2,596,329
  • Tetraplegia (lower on the spinal column): $2,123,154
  • Paraplegia: $1,516,052
  • Incomplete motor function: $1,113,990

If you were injured much younger, then your expenses would be much higher. For example, someone who suffers paraplegia at age 25 would require $2,310,104 in lifetime medical expenses.

Lost Wages

Many of our clients need to take a break from work, at least immediately after the accident. Fortunately, they can receive compensation for these lost wages.

When spinal cord injuries are life-altering, our clients have been permanently disabled and unable to work at all. They can receive damages to make up for these losses. Even if they can return to a lower-paying job, they might qualify for lost earning capacity.

Property Damage

If a person is injured in a car accident, they can receive damages to replace or repair their damaged vehicle. In fact, any damaged property might qualify for compensation.

Pain and Suffering

Spinal cord injuries cause much more than mere financial losses. Being paralyzed is akin to feeling trapped in your body, which is an intense form of suffering that warrants compensation. Pain and suffering damages aim to make up for the physical limitations that you feel as a result of your injuries and can be extensive in spinal cord injury cases.

Emotional Distress

Physical injuries also have psychological repercussions. It would be unsurprising to experience:

  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Fear

Spinal cord victims can receive compensation for these negative emotions. Of course, they can have any mental health counseling and prescription drugs paid for. But damages are available for the emotional distress itself.

Punitive Damages

If someone injured them intentionally or was grossly negligent, then they might have to pay punitive damages. These damages are meant to punish the defendant and can be substantial.

Contact a Miami Spinal Cord Injury Attorney

At Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein, we have helped many clients receive the money they need to begin rebuilding their lives after a devastating spinal cord injury. Please contact us today, 305-371-2692, to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers.