Spinal cord injuries range from the minor, like whiplash, all the way to full paralysis. It is difficult to injure your spinal cord on your own. Most cases are due to someone else’s negligence, and you could receive compensation for it. Morelli Law Firm can help.
Medical care is crucial to care for a spinal cord injury. It is not something that heals on its own. You shouldn’t have to pay for that care out of your own pocket. Our spinal cord injury lawyers in Hempstead can help you fight to get compensation for what happened to you.
What Financial Support Could I Receive for My Spinal Cord Injury?
In personal injury cases, the two kinds of damages you’re likely to receive are economic and non-economic damages. When you work with one of our spinal cord injury lawyers in Hempstead, we will determine the specifics of these damages and how much you could receive.
Common damage types for spinal cord injuries include:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Payment for surgery and tests
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation after your accident
- Lost wages during your recovery
- Capacity to work payments if you can’t work as well now.
- Property damage claims related to the accident
There may also be things like emotional distress, loss of consortium, loss of companionship, wrongful death, and others. Evidence of these will raise the value of your personal injury settlement.
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What to Do If You Receive a Settlement Offer
If you have a spinal cord injury, you might receive a settlement offer from an insurer before you’ve spoken to a lawyer. It may be tempting, but don’t take it without consulting one first. You could leave a lot of money on the table.
Your lawyer can study the value of your case and compare it with the offer you have. It might be fair, but it could also be a bad one. Your case could have far more value than what the insurance company believes.
If the amount is too low, we can negotiate for a better deal on your behalf. If necessary, we can go to court and get the matter settled in front of a judge. What you want to avoid is accepting too little money and losing your chance for further compensation.
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New York Statute of Limitations for Spinal Cord Injuries
According to New York Civil Practice Law and Rules Section 214, you must file your lawsuit within three years of your injury. This is the statute of limitations in New York for personal injury cases.
Filing a lawsuit does not mean that your case will go to trial, but it tolls (pauses) the deadline and opens a channel for negotiations between you and the other party. If the negotiations fall through, you can go to trial.
If you wait too long to begin your case, your right to compensation can get thrown out for violating the statute of limitations. Do not hesitate to contact one of our Hempstead spinal cord injury lawyers after your accident so that we can stop the clock.
Understanding Accident Liability
In order for someone to be liable in an accident, we must prove that the other party owed you a duty of care and violated it. A duty of care is simply the responsibility we have toward other people in different situations.
For instance, whenever we get behind the wheel of a vehicle, we automatically have a duty of care to drive responsibly. This is one responsibility that comes with the privilege of a driver’s license.
To prove that someone owes you compensation, we need to show they had a duty of care, that they broke, that the breach caused your injury, and that you’ve suffered losses because of that injury. When we gather evidence for your case, we’re looking for items that prove these four things happened.
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Get Your Hempstead Spinal Injury Case Started
If you have questions of compensation after your spinal cord injury, don’t wait too long to contact Morelli Law Firm. Our spinal cord injury attorneys in Hempstead can assess your case for free and without obligation.
If you have a case, we will be happy to extend an offer of representation. To request your free case evaluation, call us or use our online case evaluation form to schedule an appointment.