Seeking Compensation for Injuries Involving ParalysisJuly 19, 2019
Car accidents can cause a range of injuries depending on the seriousness of the crash. Minor fender benders can cause cuts and scrapes, or a mild case of whiplash, whereas high speed, multi-vehicle accidents can cause broken bones, head injuries, and life-threatening internal injuries. More severe types of injuries involve spinal injuries that result in paralysis. The victim’s life is often permanently altered. Oftentimes, the victim will require long-term medical care, physical therapy, and other services related to the injury, all of which can be very expensive. An experienced car accident lawyer can ensure that victims of paraplegia receive the compensation they deserve.
Types of Damages
When a car accident victim suffers a spinal injury that results in paralysis, there are several types of damages that they can collect, including the following:
- Medical Bills: This is the most common form of compensation. There is no cap to the amount of compensation you can receive for medical expenses. Victims often recover expenses for the following:
– Doctor’s appointments
– Physical therapy
– Accessories, such as wheelchairs, walkers, or heat pads
– In-home services
– Costs for future treatment
- Pain and Suffering: In Maryland, there is a limit on the amount of pain and suffering damages a car accident victim can collect, and the amount fluctuates based on inflation. Pain and suffering damages can include anxiety, depression, stress, and inconvenience, which are very common for people who become paralyzed.
- Lost Wages: If a victim’s injuries caused paralysis, they may no longer be able to carry out their job responsibilities. When determining the compensation amount for lost wages, the court will consider the victim’s occupation, age, skill, and experience.
- Loss of Consortium: When a car accident victim becomes paralyzed, they may no longer be able to engage in sexual activity with their spouse. These damages go to the uninjured spouse.
- Property Damage: If the car accident caused serious injuries, it is likely that the vehicle was also seriously damaged, if not completely totaled. The insurance company determines the damages and recovers the amount from the other driver’s insurance company. The amount should cover the cost of fixing the vehicle to the condition it was in prior to the accident. If the car was totaled, the victims can recover the total value of the car.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Justice for Victims of Spinal Injuries
If you suffered a serious spinal injury in a car accident, causing you to become paralyzed, it is in your best interest to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. Our compassionate and dedicated legal team will secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries and ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.