What Causes Spinal Cord Injuries?
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, spinal cord injuries affect some 17,700 people each year in the United States. Spinal cord injuries, often referred to as “SCIs,” are extremely serious injuries that can leave victims with long-term complications, including permanent paralysis below the site of the injury.
Any accident that causes trauma to the spinal column can result in a spinal cord injury. Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pool and spa accidents
- Sports accidents
- Recreational accidents
Can You Recover Compensation for Your Spinal Cord Injury?
Whether you can recover compensation for your spinal cord injury depends on whether someone else’s negligence caused your accident. Under California law, negligence occurs when a person fails to use the degree of care that would ordinarily be exercised by a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances. Whether negligence occurred in a given case is a highly fact-specific inquiry, so it’s important for spinal cord injury victims to have their case reviewed by an experienced attorney. If you don’t, you could be walking away from thousands or even millions of dollars in compensation.
How an Attorney Can Help Victims Get the Compensation They Deserve
If you have sustained a spinal cord injury and have already received a settlement offer from an insurance company, you may be wondering just how retaining an attorney can help you. It’s important to understand that insurance companies are in the business of making money and will do everything they can to minimize the amount they pay out. Some of the tactics they use to pay injured victims as little as possible include:
- Making seemingly large settlement offers just a few days after an accident, hoping that victims have not had a chance to retain legal counsel
- Making an unreasonably low initial settlement offer to make subsequent (yet still inadequate) settlement offers seem fair
- Pressuring victims into giving a recorded statement, hoping that they will say things that justify lowering their settlement amount
- Requesting overly broad medical record authorizations in an effort to find anything that can categorize a victim’s condition as pre-existing
Remember, you only get one chance to settle your case, so it’s critical that any settlement you accept adequately compensates you for all of your losses – including the ones that are going to arise in the future. For this reason, it’s highly advisable to retain an attorney to represent you in settlement negotiations with the insurance company. If you fail to do so, you run the risk of accepting a settlement far below the actual value of your case and dealing with a lifetime of uncompensated losses.
Call the Law Offices of Gary C. Eisenberg to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury in a preventable accident, there’s a very strong chance that you are entitled to significant compensation for your current and future losses. To schedule a free case evaluation with attorney Gary C. Eisenberg, call our office today at 818-591-8058 or contact us online.