Thousands of Americans have experienced some form of spinal cord injury or SCI. These types of injuries are extremely serious, but nevertheless, it’s not always easy to collect compensation even if the victim was not responsible for the injury. Worse still, sometimes even the best health insurance policies don’t cover all expenses associated with ongoing care. Here’s a closer look at some of the challenges associated with spinal cord injuries and potential legal remedies in Chicago.
What Caused the Injury?
Your legal recourse depends on what caused your spinal cord injury. Before legal action can be taken, it must be clearly determined who was at fault and what factors contributed to potential negligence. If the SCI was caused by a workplace injury or a motor vehicle accident, for example, the victim may be entitled to recovery from the responsible parties. This may involve dealing with insurance companies and attorneys to sort out the details. If medical malpractice, such as a mishap during a scheduled procedure or similar negligence caused the injury, a Chicago medical malpractice attorney may be able to assist the victim of a spinal cord injury. In cases involving accidents, Illinois law typically is concerned with whether negligence was involved. If any party, ranging from the driver of a car to a medical professional, was negligent in causing a spinal cord injury, they may be liable for injuries caused by their negligence.
Determine Your Needs
Victims of injuries to their spine face both immediate and future concerns over their well-being. A key next step is to determine what the injured individual’s needs will be for short-term and long-term care. There are more than 1,800 doctors in the Chicago area, including many specializing in treatment of spinal cord injuries. An injured individual should have a consultation with at least one specialist. As part of these consultations, a list of needs should be compiled, which might include such items as a wheelchair, modifications to one’s home, and ongoing treatments. In cases where a workplace injury is involved, an attorney may be able to assist victims with applying for workers’ compensation related to their SCI and handle any related proceedings.
Victims may be well-advised to consult with an attorney before making agreements or settlements related to their accident claim. In Illinois, a person in many cases may not be able to reopen a claim once they have agreed to a settlement. An attorney specializing in spinal cord injuries is familiar with the plight faced by accident victims and may be of great help in determining if settlement is a good option in a particular case. Spinal cord injuries can often be more complex than typical injuries, and specialized help can often be of great value.