Accidental injuries can happen at any time, and the injuries they cause can be serious, potentially disabling, and even life-threatening. Spinal cord and neck injuries are among the most severe types of personal injuries, and the impacts can range from impairments that affect your ability to work or enjoy activities with loved ones to catastrophic disabilities that render you unable to perform even simple daily tasks. At Sabuco, Beck, Hansen, Massino & Pollack, P.C., we understand how commonly accidents causing these types of injuries occur, as well as the devastating consequences they can have on victims. Our experienced Will County spinal cord and neck injury attorneys are here to help you through your recovery, answering your questions and assisting you in getting the compensation you deserve.
According to statistics from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), roughly 11,000 people each year suffer the potentially devastating effects of a spinal cord or neck injury. These injuries often occur as the result of trauma to the disks, soft tissues and vertebrae in the neck and spinal column, and can impact the ability of the spinal cord to relay messages to and from the brain to other body areas. The result is, unfortunately, often permanent impairments in the body’s ability to move and function, which can be severe and life-threatening. Depending on how and where the injury occurred, symptoms may or may not be immediately apparent, but the end result can be partial or complete paralysis.
Injuries to the spinal cord and neck can occur anytime there is a bump, blow, or strong jolt to the back or neck region. Circumstances under which these injuries occur include:
When you suffer from spinal cord and neck injuries, the medical costs and expenses can quickly add up. You may be dealing with ongoing costs for medical care and treatments, including hospital stays and physical rehabilitation, as well as costs associated with home health care and medical aids, such as wheelchairs and stairlifts. These costs often occur at a time when you are unable to work, and you may be facing future financial insecurity as the result of a lasting disability.
While some injuries may occur purely on accident, oftentimes they are the result of another person’s reckless or negligent conduct. Negligence is defined as doing something or failing to do something that results in harm to another, such as when a driver operates a vehicle in a reckless manner, a doctor makes a medical mistake or error, or when a business fails to post signs warning customers of a wet floor. In cases involving negligence, the at fault party may be held legally liable for any injuries that occur as a result of their actions, either through an insurance company claim or through a personal injury lawsuit. Under Section 2-1115.2 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes, damages you may be entitled to in a personal injury case include the following:
In addition to the above, you may be entitled to punitive damages, meant to punish particularly reckless or negligent conduct.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of an accident or due to someone’s negligent conduct, contact Sabuco, Beck, Hansen, Massino & Pollack, P.C. today. Our experienced Will County spinal cord and neck injury attorneys understand the serious impacts your injuries may have on every aspect of your life, and can assist you in getting the compensation you need to recover.
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