Spinal injuries after a car accident and your compensation


While driving home after work, a distracted driver crashes into your vehicle from behind. You face serious injuries to your spine, and you require substantial medical and rehabilitative care.

Because Tennessee operates under ”fault” car accident laws, the driver that hit you will likely be held responsible for paying for your compensatory damages. You have the opportunity to receive economic and noneconomic damages for your expenses and emotional loss, so that you can focus on your recovery rather than facing medical debt. To receive maximum compensation, you may wish to seek the expertise of a personal injury attorney, as he or she will hold specific knowledge in your quest for financial reimbursement after your devastating spinal injury.

Identifying spinal cord injuries

According to the Mayo Clinic, spinal injuries can have both minor and drastic symptoms. Depending on the severity of your crash, you may have experienced:

  • Difficulty breathing or coughing
  • Pain in your back or neck
  • Whiplash
  • An inability to sustain normal movement
  • Stinging in your back or neck
  • Loss of feeling in your legs or arms
  • Loss of movement from your neck down

Though some symptoms can resolve on their own, due to the proximity of your body’s spine to your brain, spinal injuries can have life-threatening results. You may have faced paraplegia or quadriplegia.

Receiving associated economic and noneconomic damages

When obtaining compensation for these serious injuries and symptoms, you and your attorney will provide evidence of expenses that the driver must pay. These expenses may include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitative care
  • Prescription medication
  • Loss of income

The driver may also need to pay for unquantifiable, noneconomic damages due to your accident. These emotional damages may involve compensating you up to $1 million for your:

  • Pain
  • Suffering
  • Loss of movement
  • Loss of society
  • Inconvenience
  • Trauma
  • Permanent disability

Do not fight for your compensation alone. Personal injury attorneys have both the compassion and the knowledge to accurately represent you in your quest for reimbursement for your losses and injuries.