Because of their catastrophic nature, spinal cord injuries (SCIs) tend to cost a veritable fortune in both direct and indirect expenses. If you suffer high tetraplegia, for example, which is characterized by at least some loss of function in all four limbs, you can expect to incur more than $1 million in medical care and living expenses during the first 12 months alone.
While injuries that occur lower on the spinal cord typically cost less to treat, the resulting losses are still enough to threaten the average family’s financial security. If another party caused your injury and you can gather sufficient evidence of liability, however, you may be entitled to compensation for the following damages:
1. Healthcare Expenses
Spinal cord injuries are inherently expensive to treat because they require ongoing care. In addition to the costs associated with life-saving interventions, like ambulance fees and emergency department bills, injured parties usually require extensive rehabilitation, daily physical therapy, prescription medication, mobility aids, and medical equipment.
2. Lost Income
Minor spinal cord damage can keep you out of work for several months, while extensive damage can keep you from returning to work at all. Fortunately, New York allows for the recovery of lost wages, lost benefits, and loss of earning capacity. Depending on the circumstances, you may also be able to recover compensation for vocational training for a new career that accommodates any permanent limitations.
3. Property Damage
If the cause of injury damaged your personal property—if you were hurt in a motor-vehicle collision, for example—you may seek funds for all associated property repairs or replacement.
4. Other Objectively Verifiable Damages
While recovering from your spinal cord injury—and perhaps even after reaching maximum medical improvement—you may need help with housekeeping, meal preparation, child care, pet care, errands, and transportation. If you sustained permanent paralysis, you may also need to modify your home and vehicle to make everyday life more manageable. Thankfully, all such expenses might be recoverable in the state of New York.
5. Pain and Suffering
Non-economic damages like pain and suffering may not be tangible, but for injured parties, they’re every bit as real as the economic damages listed above. Regardless of the severity of your SCI, you will likely experience physical pain, emotional suffering, and loss of enjoyment in life, all of which may be recoverable as non-economic damages in successful personal injury claims.
6. Punitive Damages
You may be entitled to a punitive award if the liable party’s conduct constituted wanton recklessness, willful negligence, maliciousness, fraud, a high degree of immorality, a criminal indifference to civil obligations, or a conscious disregard for your rights, health, or safety.
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If you or someone you love sustained an SCI because another party failed to act with reasonable care, turn to WeitzPascale. Our compassionate team takes great pride in helping accident victims and their families pursue the compensation they need to move on with life. Call 516-280-4716 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free case evaluation with a spinal cord injury lawyer in Long Island.