A spinal cord injury can arise in many types of accidents, including but not limited to car accidents, boating accidents, as well as slip and fall incidents. These very serious injuries are often the result of someone else’s negligence. The spinal cord is an extremely sensitive nerve bundle that originates at the head and travels down the back and then throughout the rest of the body. Spinal cord injuries can range from a simple disc bulge to paralysis.
If one’s neck or back hurts after an accident it is extremely important that one gets the necessary medical treatment for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, one’s condition could be dramatically worsened as a result of a lack of medical treatment. From a legal standpoint however, it is extremely important that one documents the injuries sustained as a result of an accident through medical reports. Many times individuals with a spinal cord injury characterize their pain as whiplash hoping that it heals with time and decide to live with it until the pain becomes unbearable. This is a mistake as many times the injury could be much a more serious condition then whiplash or a muscle spasm. Often times one may have suffered a herniated disc. By waiting too long to get medical treatment one hurts the value of their case. Insurance companies often use the lack of medical treatment as a basis to undermine an injury and the monetary value of a case. While one may have only waited to see if their neck or back healed on its own, the insurance company may argue that you have a weak claim by using the logic that when one is truly injured, they seek treatment immediately. While this may in fact be an incorrect assessment of your case, insurance companies use this as a common justification to offer you less money when your case may actually be worth much more.
Should you or a loved one suffer a spinal cord injury, please feel free to call the Law Offices of Jimmy De La Espriella, P.A. for a free consultation and learn how to protect your rights and seek the compensation you truly deserve for damages suffered as a result of the negligence of another.
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