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Spinal cord injuries are life-altering, often causing long-term disability with paralysis below the level of the injury. Spinal cord injury victims typically face years of physical therapy, expensive medical equipment, and treatment for common complications associated with paraplegia or quadriplegia.

This type of serious injury is always catastrophically life-changing, but it’s especially traumatic when it was a preventable injury that occurred due to someone else’s actions. When another party causes you serious harm and extensive financial damages they’re responsible for compensating you for your losses.

The Kent spinal cord injury attorney at Caffee Accident & Injury Lawyers understands the life-long consequences of a spinal cord injury on the victim and their families. While financial compensation can’t undo the harm, it can help the victim to maximize their recovery with fewer financial burdens.

Why Choose Our Kent Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers?

At Caffee Accident & Injury Lawyers in Kent, our Kent spinal cord injury attorneys have deep compassion for the life-altering changes spinal cord injury victims experience. Let us handle the legal challenges of settling your claim through an out-of-court settlement or through courtroom litigation so you can focus on maximizing your physical recovery and adjustment to your changed circumstances.

Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries In Washington

Accidents and injuries happen every day, but when it’s a life-altering injury, the victim shouldn’t be left holding the bag for the exorbitant expenses when another party’s negligence or reckless action caused the spinal cord injury.

Despite the protection of a column of vertebrae around the delicate nerves in the spinal cord—which sends and receives messages to control every body system—the spinal cord can become damaged or even severed from a blunt-force trauma or impact. When vertebrae shatter, they can pierce or tear through the delicate nerve fibers in the spinal column. Common causes of spinal cord injuries in Washington include:

  • Car, truck, pedestrian, and motorcycle accidents
  • Falls
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Diving injuries
  • Contact sports injuries
  • Complications from medical procedures

If you’re facing potentially catastrophic consequences from an injury caused by someone else, a Kent spinal cord injury lawyer from Caffee Accident & Injury Lawyers can represent your rights throughout the legal process of your claim for compensation.

Does A Spinal Cord Injury Require Ongoing Care?

A serious injury to the spinal cord causes life-altering changes in more than just a victim’s mobility. The injury and resulting paralysis alter many other bodily functions requiring ongoing care. Not only do spinal cord injury victims need expensive medical treatments and care immediately after the injury, but typically they require a new level of care for the rest of their lives. This includes the following:

  • Wheelchairs and adaptive equipment for the home and vehicle
  • Physical therapy
  • Home healthcare attendants for quadriplegia
  • Medical care for conditions related to paralysis

Individuals with spinal cord injuries often suffer ongoing negative health conditions associated with their immobility. These include the following:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Bone density loss and fractures
  • Pressure sores
  • Respiratory infections

Medical care for paralysis and its associated conditions is expensive and ongoing. Spinal cord victims should not be left with serious financial hardship or a hardship-related lack of care when someone else’s negligent or wrongful actions caused their injury.

Who Pays for Compensation for Damages After a Spinal Cord Injury?

Most injuries caused by negligence, reckless behavior, or purposeful wrongdoing settle out of court through an attorney’s negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance company. The appropriate insurance company for a spinal cord injury claim depends on how the injury occurred. For instance, the negligent party’s auto insurance in a car accident injury, or premises liability insurance in a slip-and-fall injury. Only in cases of insurance companies that wrongfully deny valid claims or seriously underestimate the value of damages in spinal cord injuries does the case go to court. Over 95% of spinal cord injury claims are settled directly through an experienced injury attorney’s evidence-backed negotiations with the insurance adjuster assigned to the case.

Proving Liability In Spinal Cord Injury Claims

Washington’s at-fault insurance liability laws require an injury victim to prove liability on the part of the person or business entity at fault through a preponderance of the evidence. To demonstrate liability in Washington personal injury claims, the injury victim (plaintiff) must show the following:

  • That the person at fault for the spinal cord injury owed a duty of reasonable care to prevent injuries to others (like a driver’s duty to obey traffic laws)
  • That they breached this duty through an act of negligence, reckless behavior, or wrongdoing
  • That the negligent breach of duty directly caused the injury
  • That the spinal cord injury victim suffered significant damages from the injury

Once a personal injury attorney in Kent diligently investigates the circumstances of the injury to identify the liable party and collect evidence, they’ll assess the expenses associated with the injury and craft a compelling case for compensation.

Spinal Cord Injury Damages

Spinal cord injuries require expensive medical treatment, equipment, and therapies. Damages in personal injury claims for spinal cord damages commonly include:

  • Medical expenses and ongoing future expenses
  • Lost income
  • Diminished earning capacity due to disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lowered life quality or loss of pleasure in life
  • Trauma, PTSD, depression, and anxiety

Once you recover compensation for your damages you can begin to move forward to maximize your physical recovery with the best possible medical care and fewer financial worries.

Contact Our Kent Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Today

Contact our Kent law office today for a free consultation for your spinal cord injury at (206)-312-0954. We only take a fee if we recover your claim for damages.