Do You Have a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit?
By: Cassandra Brandt
Many of the most common types of spinal cord injuries (SCI) happen during incidents and accidents for which another party is liable.
Depending on the severity of your injury, compensation sought can seek to improve quality of life diminished by disability, and in the least cover medical and care expenses.
You’ll have to prove the other party is at fault.
Most SCI lawsuits involve negligence, in which the action or inaction of another party results in injury, but defective products have also caused injuries and manufacturers held liable.
Every case is different. Was there a party responsible in your case?
Common SCI Lawsuits
- 39% of spinal cord injuries are sustained in vehicular accidents. You may have a lawsuit against the driver of another vehicle, or if you were a passenger, the driver of the vehicle you were in, or even the road workers if an unsafe environment for driving was created.
- Falls are the second most common cause of SCI. If you’re injured from a fall, especially in a public place, you may have reason to sue those responsible for the unsafe environment that caused the fall, such as wet, slippery floor in the grocery store that isn’t marked with a warning sign.
- Lots of spinal cord injuries occur when swimming and diving. Of all recreational activities that cause SCI, this is the most frequently cited reason for a lawsuit. On-duty staff may be found negligent, as well as parties responsible for signage indicating lack of diving safety.
- Acts of violence, such as gunshot wounds, comprise a startling 13% of SCI.
- With workplace injuries, employers may be sued for creating unsafe work environments, and failing to take safety measures, such as operating with faulty machinery.
- Contact sports can result in injuries for which individuals can be held liable for negligence.
- Hunting accidents also can cause SCI, typically one party’s negligent action with a weapon, and product defects have also been found to cause a weapon to fire.
Spinal cord injuries are expensive. Seeking an experienced attorney who can advise you on settling or suing can hold responsible parties accountable and get you the compensation needed to finance life with SCI. Contact the Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers today at 1-877-SCI-FIRM for a free legal consultation.