Palm Beach Gardens Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers

When someone ends up paralyzed from a preventable accident, the damages that ensue can be exorbitant. Depending on the extent of the paralysis, the injured party may never be able to work again, which would mean a lifetime of lost wages and benefits.

Living expenses will increase significantly, as well. People with spinal cord injuries (SCIs) may need physical therapy, occupational therapy, accessible vehicles, residence modifications, and home care.

Fortunately, those who were injured because of someone else’s negligence may be able to recover compensation for all resulting losses—as long as they can prove liability and damages. Even if liability seems obvious, you will need strong evidence to prove your case and collect a fair payout.

If you suffered a spinal cord injury and want to hold the liable party financially accountable, contact Donaldson & Weston. We know how debilitating SCIs can be for victims and their families. Our legal team will passionately help you fight for the full compensation you deserve. Call 561-299-3999 to schedule a free case evaluation with a paralysis attorney in Palm Beach Gardens.

How to Prove Damages in a Spinal Cord Injury Claim

There are two kinds of compensatory damages that claimants can recover by filing a successful spinal cord injury claim: economic and non-economic. Economic damages compensate claimants for monetary losses like medical expenses and lost income, while non-economic damages provide compensation for non-monetary losses such as pain and suffering. If you want to include both in the settlement negotiations, you must find a way to prove you incurred both.

Proving economic damages can be relatively straightforward. Evidence might include:

  • Hospital bills;

  • Pharmacy receipts;

  • Contractor quotes for making home modifications;

  • Mechanic quotes for modifying your vehicle or purchasing an accessible one;

  • Income statements;

  • Tax returns; and

  • Statements from financial planners, economists, and industry experts in your line of work.

To prove non-economic damages, on the other hand, you typically have to think outside the box. Since non-monetary losses can make up a considerable portion of the settlement, though, it is essential not to overlook them.

A seasoned paralysis attorney from Donaldson & Weston can help you come up with effective strategies to prove non-economic damages. Essential evidence might include:

  • Photographs of any scarring or disfigurement;

  • Journal entries detailing your daily struggles;

  • Statements from loved ones detailing their own challenges coping with your SCI;

  • Medical records explaining your prognosis;

  • Statements from psychological experts explaining the emotional impact of sustaining an SCI; and

  • Statements from medical experts detailing common symptoms like physical pain and discomfort.