Can You File a Lawsuit After Sustaining a Spinal Cord Injury in an Accident?

Spinal cord injuries are a complicated kind of personal injury case. If you sustained a spinal cord injury, living and working as you used to can be hard. Unlike other kinds of injuries, a spinal cord injury may not improve, particularly when your spinal cord is seriously damaged. Unfortunately, this type of injury can lead to lifelong ailments, rehabilitation appointments, and surgeries that can be quite costly. So, if you sustained a spinal cord injury, you may want to consider filing a lawsuit with the help of an experienced attorney. Click here to learn more about this lawsuit:

How a Spinal Injury Can Develop

Injuries to the spine can occur because of a traumatic blow to, on, and around the spinal column. Because the spinal column contains sensitive nerves, even a minor accident can result in long-term damage. As you plan your personal injury case, you must determine how you sustained the injury. Nearly all major accidents can lead to some type of spinal damage; however, the most common causes of spinal cord injuries can occur after a car accident, sports accident, violent act, major fall, and shallow water diving. Your attorney will identify the specific cause of your injury to know if you have grounds for a lawsuit.

How to Prove Your Case 

Before you file a spinal injury lawsuit, you need to be aware of the possible grounds for your case including negligence and defective products. If your accident occurred due to another person’s negligence, you must show that another party’s actions directly caused the injury and its impacts. For instance, if the injury happened because of a car accident, you must prove the other driver was texting, drunk, or driving irresponsibly. 

Common Defenses in Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuits

If you already filed a personal injury lawsuit, you need to be prepared for a potential defense strategy. The defendant may claim that you contributed to the accident. If they can prove partial liability in the accident, your compensation can be reduced or eliminated. Also, the activity that resulted in your injury can derail your case. The other party may look for evidence that proves that you knowingly took part in risky behavior like contact sports to avoid paying compensation. In this case, you and your attorney will need to prove that despite your participation in risky behavior, the circumstances that resulted in your spinal cord injury were beyond your control