Spinal Cord Injuries and Nerve Damage: Your Legal Options
The spinal cord is a column of nerves that runs up the back to the base of the skull. These nerves send signals to and from the brain that allow for movement and sensation in the body’s limbs and extremities. Spinal cord injuries involving nerve damage can have devastating effects on a person’s quality of life.
If another person or party is responsible for a spinal cord injury, there are legal options for spinal cord injury victims to consider. The personal injury attorneys at Zucker & Regev, P.C. help injury victims in the Brooklyn, NY, area consider what legal options are available to them, and how much compensation they may be due for injury damages.
Can I Sue for Spinal Cord Injury Damages?
Most spinal cord injuries are caused by either neglect or a defective product. Defective products refer to products with a manufacturing or design flaw that causes an injury. Neglect refers to situations in which a person or party’s actions (or lack thereof) lead to an accident. Some of the most common examples of accidents involving neglect that can lead to spinal cord injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Slips and falls
- Workplace accidents (most commonly construction accidents)
- Sports accidents
If someone suffers a spinal cord injury due to a defective product, or if they suffer a spinal cord injury as the result of an accident that was caused by neglect, they can sue for injury damages. To prove liability for a spinal cord injury, the plaintiff must be able to show that a person or party had a duty of care to the injury victim, that they breached that duty of care, that injuries were a direct result of the breached duty of care, and that additional damages were suffered.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
Individuals who are considering their legal options regarding spinal cord injuries involving nerve damage need to act fairly quickly. Each state has statutes of limitations in place that limit the amount of time a person has to file a civil lawsuit. In New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is three years. The three-year countdown begins on the day of the accident that causes the injuries.
What Types of Damages Am I Due?
When injury victims come to our Brooklyn law firm to discuss a spinal cord injury lawsuit, one of the most common questions they have is, “what types of damages am I due?” The types and amount of compensation that a person is due after a spinal cord injury depends on the extent of injury losses. Common areas of compensation in a spinal cord injury lawsuit include:
- Medical expenses
- Cost of ongoing therapy and rehabilitation
- Cost of assistive medical devices
- Lost wages or loss of wage-earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
Injury victims should never make important legal decisions without consulting with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. If you would like to meet with the spinal cord injury attorneys at Zucker & Regev, P.C. to learn more about your legal options, send us a message online or call our Brooklyn law firm at (718) 624-1211.